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No exit stamp in passport, kept departure card when leaving Thailand.

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thexit    8
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Hey, just before booking a flight for next month to visit Thailand again I noticed something.

 

I visited Thailand for the first time in February with a visa on arrival. Immigration was nice and easy, got the stamp in my passport and on my departure card. Then traveled and when I wanted to leave Thailand again in March I took a domestic flight back to Suvarnabhumi, arrived there, went straight from domestic arrival to international departure as I didn't have checked baggage, only carry on. I even asked a lady of the airport staff and showed her my ticket for my international flight to make sure that was okay. She sent me straight to passenger and carry on screening, I got through there and then moved on to my departure gate without thinking about it further.

 

This led to the following situation: I never officially left Thailand according to Thai immigration. I only have an entry but no exit stamp in my passport, still have my departure card and did not pass immigration prior to leaving Thailand at the aiport.

 

The domestic flight to Suvarnabhumi departed at an domestic only airport, you can only fly to BKK from there so they don't even have an immigration office there.

 

I unwillingly found an airport security breach (I'm aware that those who want to take advantage of it already know about it) but that's not what I'm concerned about. My concern is that I might not be able to enter Thailand next month, for my planned vacation. I think the immigration officer will notice that I don't haven an exit stamp from my visit earlier this year - and even if he doesn't, their system will report that I never left Thailand.

 

What should I do? I just realized all of this now after doing some research on how immigration and departing Thailand should work when taking a look at my passport and rethinking the process, realizing that the departure card is still in my travel documents envelope. I plan on calling the Thai embassy in my country but I'm not convinced they'll be able to help me with this as it's not their responsibility. But whose is it?

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ubonjoe    18,095

Not sure how you managed to make that huge mistake.

Do have your boarding pass for you flight out of  Thailand and/or the ticket for the trip? With those you might be able to convince immigration on arrival you really did leave the country.

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thexit    8
8 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

Not sure how you managed to make that huge mistake.

Do have your boarding pass for you flight out of  Thailand and/or the ticket for the trip? With those you might be able to convince immigration on arrival you really did leave the country.

Not sure myself and not sure how that can even happen with the airport security/paranoia these days. Security breach, I guess.

 

Unfortunately I don't have the boarding pass anymore and can't print it out again as it expired obviously (just tried to make sure), what I do have is the receipt and check in confirmation in digital form/email.

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ubonjoe    18,095

Whatever you can get to prove the date you left the country will help. That is what they will want on entry. Expect a long delay on entry while they try to verify your proof.

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thexit    8
1 minute ago, Chou Anou said:

Wait, the OP is saying that somewhere at Suvarnabhumi, there is a baggage inspection security area at which you are on Thai soil on the one side, and when you come out on the other side, there is no immigration checkpoint for you to go through, just access to the international departure gates?  I find that VERY hard to believe.  Can someone else confirm that such a security checkpoint exists?  I highly doubt that it does.

That's basically how it is. Domestic arrival, only had carry on with me so I didn't have to go to pick up checked baggage. Turned left (I remember that much) to go to international departure where everyone else went straight, before I even left the arrival gate complex, did another security inspection and went straight on to international departure gates without having to go to an immigration checkpoint.

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Thailand J    109
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The entry stamp on your passport at the airport where you went from Suvarnabhum will proof that you were out of the country.

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thexit    8
Just now, Thailand J said:

The entry stamp on your passport at the airport where you are going from Suvarnabhum will proof that you were out of the country.

Yes, it will prove I left Thailand at some point but it doesn't prove I left it in time. I could have left the country yesterday and they wouldn't know. That's what I have a bad feeling about, they might think (and the immigration facts kinda suggest it) I stayed in Thailand longer than I should have been allowed to.

 

Do you think that will not be an issue?

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Thailand J    109
1 minute ago, thexit said:

Yes, it will prove I left Thailand at some point but it doesn't prove I left it in time. I could have left the country yesterday and they wouldn't know. That's what I have a bad feeling about, they might think (and the immigration facts kinda suggest it) I stayed in Thailand longer than I should have been allowed to.

 

Do you think that will not be an issue?

I hope the entry stamp at the other airport has a date.

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BritTim    4,035
3 minutes ago, Thailand J said:

I hope the entry stamp at the other airport has a date.

If any such stamp exists in the passport, it will be great proof. Depending on where the OP flew into, there may be no such arrival stamp.

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thexit    8
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7 minutes ago, BritTim said:

It seems as though you were able to use the line for people on domestic flights who completed immigration formalities at airports like Chiang Mai or Phuket. I thought your boarding pass needed to have a special stamp in that situation, so being able to use that line is a ridiculous lapse in security. Further, your passport would have been checked a couple of times, and nobody apparently noticed it still had the departure card.

 

Regardless, if what you say is true, immigration has access to the passenger lists for aircraft entering and leaving Thailand. On entry, expect it to take hours, but if you can show which flight you left on, I think you will eventually be OK.

Yeah, that's the conclusion I came to, that's why I mentioned that I didn't come from one of those airports but an airport without an immigration office.

 

The departure card wasn't attached to my passport, I was simply handed it back on arrival so the airline didn't see it.

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jeab1980    1,783
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12 minutes ago, Thailand J said:

The entry stamp on your passport at the airport where you went from Suvarnabhum will proof that you were out of the country.

Not if like me you return to UK no entry stamp for nationals i would presume that would be the same for all nationals returning to there country.

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