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Old 08-12-2009, 06:12   #1
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Thailand . . . Visa Run

Hi there! We're en route to Phuket, Thailand for Christmas and intend staying about 6 months (will be travelling home for 1 month, then have work to do on the boat).... we were wondering if anyone could shed some light on the correct procedure to follow regarding visa runs (do we get 30 days each time?) - and what about having to post a bond? Thanks!!
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My understanding is that you now get only 15 days on a visa run and can only do it twice but I could be wrong.
But wouldn't it be cheaper to leave the boat in Langkawi when you visit home?

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It changes constantly.

Typically (i.e. not every time), the boat will get 6 months, especially if you slip 1,000baht under the table.

Personal visas - make sure that you check everyone in as passengers, if they are checked in as crew they will need to leave the country on the boat and will be required to post a bond to ensure that they do (20,000baht each - maybe more now - this also changes with the wind). Skipper will need to post a bond.

Visas are valid for 30 days and can be renewed 3 times, either by sailing back to Langkawi or taking the scariest bus ride of your life to Burma. After you return from Burma, you have entered as a tourist and can then get your bond back. After 3 renews, you need another type of visa that is valid for another 3 months and is not available close by - you will need to take a flight to Malaysia. After six months you must leave and remain out of the country for 6 months min.

If you are leaving the boat - I would suggest Rebak Marina, Langkawi. If you are getting work done on the boat, I would also suggest anywhere other than Phuket. Phuket is the most expensive place to have boatwork done in SE Asia - by about a factor of 3.
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Some good advice on the Burma Visa run:
8North: Yachting Guide to Phuket, Langkawi and the Andaman Sea
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Thanks a stack for all the effort put into the replies!! Much appreciated!!!

Yes Rebak is an option, but ideally we wanted to only haul once (unfortunately we don't sleep easy when she is left in the marina!)... we want sandblasting facilties too and this they can't offer us.

We've been looking at PPS Satun - looks good in the emails and prices are exceptionally reasonable - we are going over there next week to scope it out.

Ideally we'd like to play around in Phuket until end Jan - haul in Feb and get the bulk of the work done - fly home in March (has to be March unfortunately) - return mid April, finish off, splash and head for the horizon.

So that's where we're at.... need to give the Thai visa issue more thought.

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