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20 minutes ago, kmw said:

Hi all, just wanted to give an update, I was successful with my third metv back to back, you might remember on my seccond metv I got a bit grilled at suvarnabhumi, this time I decided to fly onto Chiang mai so immigration was at the transit area at suvarnabhumi, the officer didn't even blink an eye and I stamped in, I had the 20k thb with me as well, just in case

 

Will try again for a 4metv back to back in 9 months time, I really think I might be pushing my luck though 

Thanks for the follow-up!

 

I hope you won't  encounter any issues when you do your bi-monthly runs using this latest METV. Can imagine it will continue to be squeaky bum time whenever you get back into the country given the latest reports of denied entries.

 

Would be great to hear your experience if and when you use your 4th back to back METV next year! 

 

In any case, good luck and enjoy your stay!

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Hi all, just wanted to give an update, I was successful with my third metv back to back, you might remember on my seccond metv I got a bit grilled at suvarnabhumi, this time I decided to fly onto Chiang mai so immigration was at the transit area at suvarnabhumi, the officer didn't even blink an eye and I stamped in, I had the 20k thb with me as well, just in case
 
Will try again for a 4metv back to back in 9 months time, I really think I might be pushing my luck though 

This is good news, means the Elite visa isn't really necessary if you can use METVs as required
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Thanks DUS,

I normally drive up to mai sai a few days prior to the required departure date, they are usually nice up there, as apparently they won't let you leave unless they will grant you entry

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Thanks scuba,

I had the back up 20k thb in cash in case I asked and also 500k thb in a Thai account for the elite visa if I got deported, my plan was to fly to Singapore or Malaysia for several nights so I could apply, will see what happens next time I apply for the 4th metv 

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Thanks scuba,

I had the back up 20k thb in cash in case I asked and also 500k thb in a Thai account for the elite visa if I got deported, my plan was to fly to Singapore or Malaysia for several nights so I could apply, will see what happens next time I apply for the 4th metv 

Just so I'm clear, straight 3 METVs with 30 day extensions? Up to 9 months each one? No SETVs or visa exempts in between?

 

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2 hours ago, kmw said:

Hi all, just wanted to give an update, I was successful with my third metv back to back, you might remember on my seccond metv I got a bit grilled at suvarnabhumi, this time I decided to fly onto Chiang mai so immigration was at the transit area at suvarnabhumi, the officer didn't even blink an eye and I stamped in, I had the 20k thb with me as well, just in case

 

Will try again for a 4metv back to back in 9 months time, I really think I might be pushing my luck though 

 

Do you have 3 METVs inside your passport or did you make a new one upon arrival in Sidney?

Great to hear that you successfully entered immigration without any haywire!

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Hi DUS, Yes that's correct, I fly back to Sydney between each metv for about a week, 

 

I do have about 10 setv in my passport but they are all over 4 years old before the metv was introduced, I'm just getting a bit worried, as per my passport it's quite clear I am taking full advantage of the Thai immigration laws.

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Hi shroud, Yes I currently have 3 metv in my passport, Yes as soon as I land in Sydney I goto the consulate to apply for another metv, it usually takes them 3 business days process it

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14 hours ago, mcqueen said:

Doing bored runs in your own vehicle? any problems? how many people do it? (chiang mai)

I assume you mean border runs. Some do it (not sure about numbers). If you leave your vehicle on the Thai side of the border crossing, obviously there is no issue in principle. Taking your vehicle across to either Myanmar or Laos is, I believe, pretty involved to arrange. Perhaps, someone who has tried to do it will add their comment.

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On 14/07/2017 at 3:37 PM, ubonjoe said:

There is the Ban Laem crossing to Cambodia.

The closest one to Bangkok is the Ban Phu Nam Ron crossing to Myanmar that is in Kanchanaburi province. No visa sticker there just a pay 500 baht for a border pass.

950 Baht + 10 Baht for photocopying. No way round this cost.

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On 15/07/2017 at 0:49 PM, PeCeDe said:

Thanks, I readily admit to being nervous to cross the border at this time. With all the stories of people being refused admittance back into Thailand despite having valid visas but missing one seemingly minor item, (of course these stories could be lacking complete honesty)  I think this means a degree of caution is required.

Fortunately, I learned today the visa company I use for transport to and from Cambodia has changed it's crossing point and no longer goes through Poipet, so I feel more comfortable.

 

 

I have an METV (second one). I have been "hassled" by Immigration Officers twice, both times at Suvannaphum. So maybe this poster's nervousness is justified.

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On 21/07/2017 at 5:08 AM, BritTim said:

I assume you mean border runs. Some do it (not sure about numbers). If you leave your vehicle on the Thai side of the border crossing, obviously there is no issue in principle. Taking your vehicle across to either Myanmar or Laos is, I believe, pretty involved to arrange. Perhaps, someone who has tried to do it will add their comment.

I have done border runs to Laos on my motorbike. It actually makes the re-entry to Thailand easier with regards to visas as all the focus is on the vehicle. Loads of info in the motor forum.

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2 minutes ago, Briggsy said:

I have an METV (second one). I have been "hassled" by Immigration Officers twice, both times at Suvannaphum. So maybe this poster's nervousness is justified.

 

What is meant by "hassled"? 

 

Were you refused entry? 

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1 minute ago, perthperson said:

 

What is meant by "hassled"? 

 

Were you refused entry? 

1. Aggressive and illogical questioning.

"Why you no visa?" (I do/did have an METV)

"Why you go Mukdahan?" (Because Mukdahan is a permanent border crossing, I had entered there)

"Why you walking?" (This one confused me. What did she mean? I think she meant I did an 'in-out' which I did not. I told her I went on my motorbike which I did and I spent 5 days in Southern Laos)

"Next time you visa" (Well, the next time I used the very same METV as it was still valid)

 

And then as quickly as the accusations had begun, they evaporated and I was allowed to pass.

 

2. No.

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