Hi BestCountriesToRetireCheap.com fans , today I’m going to be writing about Visa runs. Visa runs, in case you don’t know about them are what you have to do because countries only allow you a certain amount of time in country before you have to leave. Thailand for example is 30 days. Many Expats and digital nomads will do a Visa run to get a new entry stamp and get back in. These will usually be short trips across a border and back (not vacations).
Before I get into the nitty gritty of Thailand’s visa rules for Canadians, I’ll preface it with saying that I’m not a qualified agent, nor know the rules 100%. So, please take this article with a grain of salt.
The Thailand entry on arrival stamp is 30 days. That means, you have to leave every 30 days!
I just met a 24 year old English teacher who has been doing for a year, and has done a couple trips like this.
His first visa run was to Laos. Why Laos? (The company he was working for recommended it.) The problem of Laos is that it has a entry fee of 1500 thb. (The bus is a 2 day turn around trip.) 5500 thb was the cost of the bus (it includes the visa fee, hotel, and food).
It’s literally a visa run bus.
Then he got the single entry Thai tourist visa on the way back. That visa gives you a 60 day entry, with an option to extend to 90 days. That again was not free. The cost of this was 5500 thb through a visa specialist company.
Fast forward 90 days……..
He lost his teaching job in Thailand, and decided to take a break to Vietnam.
Then after that trip, back to Thailand. He got a 30 day stamp. Repeat this trip a few times………And now he’s back in Thailand…..at least for another 30 days.
Obviously there are long term visa options available for Thailand. But for myself I like the idea of 3-4 months in a country. Visa runs suck, and I try to avoid them like the plague.
Countries that have a 90 day visas with no huge fuss like Vietnam, or Malaysia are inching ahead because of it.
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