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Transit visas cost around US$5, tourist visas cost US$10 and three passport photos must accompany applications. The actual fee depends on the country in which you arrange your visa, e.g. in Penang a tourist visa is M$30. A transit visa is valid for 30 days, a tourist visa for 60 days. People arriving in Thailand without a visa may be granted a 15-day stay, no extension allowed, with proof of onward ticket and sufficient funds.
Non-immigrant visas are good for 90 days, must be applied for in your home country, cost around US$15 and are not difficult to get if you can offer a good reason for your visit.
Travellers with New Zealand passports may enter Thailand as visitors for up to 90 days without a visa - or so says the latest report from Thai Immigration in Bangkok.
You had better confirm this in writing in advance at a Thai embassy or consulate - it almost seems too good to be true.
Thailand does not issue 'multiple-entry' visas. If you want a visa that enables you to leave the country and then return, the best you can do is to obtain a visa permitting two entries, and this will cost double the single-entry visa. For example, a two-entry three-month non-immigrant visa will cost US$30 and will allow you six months in the country, as long as, you cross the Malaysian border (or any other border with immigration facilities) by the end of your first three months. The second half of your visa is validated as soon as you re-cross the Thai border, so there is no need to go to a Thai embassy/consulate abroad. All visas acquired in advance of entry are valid for 90 days from the date of issue.
If you overstay your visa, the practice at Bangkok International Airport now seems to be to fine you 200 Baht per day of your overstay.
Bangkok is a good place to collect visas for westward journeys, and most countries are represented by an embassy. For more information see Embassy page.
Tourist visas may be extended at the discretion of Thai Immigration. The Bangkok office (tel. 0 2286 9176) is on Soi Suan Phlu, Sathon Tai Road, but you can apply at any immigration office in the country - every provincial capital has one. The usual fee for extension of a tourist visa (up to one month) is 500 Baht. Bring along two photos and two copies each of the photo and visa pages of your passport. Extension of the 15-day transit visa is only allowed if you hold a passport from a country that has no Thai embassy. The 30-day transit visa cannot be extended for any reason.
If you need a re-entry visa for an out-and-back trip to Burma or the like, apply at the immigration office on Soi Suan Phlu. Cost is 300 Baht.
If you fail to get your passport stamped on arrival, as has happened to people arriving by long-tail boat at Satun in the south of Thailand, you can take your sorry story to the Immigration Office in Bangkok and after filling out countless forms and showing a ticket out of the country you might get away without being fined.
If you want to stay longer, a non-immigrant visa is the one to get. Extending it is very much up to how the officials feel about you - if they like you then they will. Money doesn't come in to it. An Australian teaching English in Thailand recounted how he had to collect various signatures and go through various interviews that resulted in a 'provisional' extension. Back in his province he then had to report to the local office every 10 days for the next three months until his actual extension came through. 'Extensions needn't be expensive', he reported, 'you just have to say nice things and smile to a lot of people'. Becoming a monk doesn't necessarily mean you'll get a longer visa either - again it depends on whom you see and how they feel about you.
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