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Obtaining a Thai SE Tourist Visa in Vietnam

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Hi, 

 

Could you guys just point out if my preparations are correct or if there's something missing that I've not thought about. (I like to be prepared). 

 

First 3 Months

 

- I've rented a condo in Thailand for 8 months

- First entry is by Air and I've a SE Tourist Visa that will be extended (60+30)

- While checking in (Sweden) I'll carry a flight ticket BKK-HCMC on day 85 (matching the rules that I must leave within 90 days that the check-in counters now enforce quite robust)

- I'll also carry a return flight ticket BKK-SWE but that's not relevant since that date is 8 months ahead (but that detail I'll ask more about in a minute)

 

I think these 3 months are all good and prepared for. (?). 

 

Visa Run 1

- I have a flight ticket to HCMC and a return ticket 5 days later to BKK. 
- I'm from Sweden and if I understand it correctly I'm not forced to apply for a visa since my stay is below 15 days. 

- I will apply for a new SETV for Thailand

- Am I required to have a 'new' exit ticket from Thailand within these 3 new months I'm about to aquire? 

               - I have 'heard' that if you carry a signed statement of you bank accounts sufficient enough to cover a METV, an exit ticket from Thailand is not needed (true/false?) 

               - I have a exit ticket from Thailand but please remember that this will be ~ 5 months away when I'm applying for my "second" SETV in HCMC. 

 

Visa Run 2

- ~ 5.8 months will now have expired of my total trip lenght of 8 months.

- A new Tourist Visa (90 days) will not be needed. only ~5 days abroad and re-enter by air and extend by 30 at immigration will cover my time before returning to Sweden from BKK. 

 

Are there any immediate problems you can see with my planning - please point them out. I appreciate all feedback. If you wanna throw in a "here's a good tip" that would be great too. 

 

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4 hours ago, aldriglikvid said:

While checking in (Sweden) I'll carry a flight ticket BKK-HCMC on day 85 (matching the rules that I must leave within 90 days that the check-in counters now enforce quite robust)

I have never heard of such a requirement. A return or onward ticket is not required if you have a valid visa for entry.

 

4 hours ago, aldriglikvid said:

Visa Run 1

- I have a flight ticket to HCMC and a return ticket 5 days later to BKK. 
- I'm from Sweden and if I understand it correctly I'm not forced to apply for a visa since my stay is below 15 days. 

- I will apply for a new SETV for Thailand

Am I required to have a 'new' exit ticket from Thailand within these 3 new months I'm about to aquire? 

               - I have 'heard' that if you carry a signed statement of you bank accounts sufficient enough to cover a METV, an exit ticket from Thailand is not needed (true/false?) 

You will get a 15 day visa exempt entry when you enter Vietnam.

To apply for the single entry tourist visa at the consulate in HCMC you will need to show a ticket out of the country within 90 days.

You also need a copy of a bank statement showing the equivalent of at least 20k baht to apply.

 

4 hours ago, aldriglikvid said:

Visa Run 2

- ~ 5.8 months will now have expired of my total trip lenght of 8 months.

- A new Tourist Visa (90 days) will not be needed. only ~5 days abroad and re-enter by air and extend by 30 at immigration will cover my time before returning to Sweden from BKK. 

 

No problem with your plans other than the possibley of need a return or onward ticket within 30 days to board you flight back to here.

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9 hours ago, ubonjoe said:

You will get a 15 day visa exempt entry when you enter Vietnam.

To apply for the single entry tourist visa at the consulate in HCMC you will need to show a ticket out of the country within 90 days.

You also need a copy of a bank statement showing the equivalent of at least 20k baht to apply.

You will also need to show a ticket INTO Thailand.

 

Ticket out does not need to be an air ticket, it can be a train ticket.

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Thanks, 

 

1) 

My airline is Finnair and they confirmed to me the other day that even if I had Single Entry Tourist Visa to Thailand I will need to show a ticket exiting Thailand, with a departure within 90 days. My original return ticket to Sweden (that is 8 months ahead) would not be sufficient, they said. 

 

That's why I will book my short Vietnam trip already - out of fear not being allowed to check in from Sweden because no proof of onward travel within 3 months. 

 

As you are very knowledgeable in this matter, do you suggest me asking Finnair again? 

 

2)

The bank statements are in SEK. 

 

Should I make the bank to translate it to THB/USD as well? 

 

3)

When booking my ticket to Vietnam I will make sure to make a return flight at the same time. 

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3 hours ago, aldriglikvid said:

The bank statements are in SEK. 

 

Should I make the bank to translate it to THB/USD as well? 

That should not be necessary. Just make sure you have something printed showing current exchange rates from SEK into USD or THB.

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10 hours ago, aldriglikvid said:

2) The bank statements are in SEK. 

 

Should I make the bank to translate it to THB/USD as well? 

Get the bank book updated before you go.

 

I presented a 6 month old bankbook and they wouldn't accept it so had to show cash instead.

 

Maybe get an online printout / screenshot of your accounts just before you apply in case a 3 month old statement is not accepted.

 

Edit: Or maybe try to open an account in Thailand and have money transferred to it if you'll be there a while.

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