Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > Southern Asia

Southern Asia Topics specific to Southern Asia, from Iran and Armenia east through Pakistan and India to China / Vietnam / Indonesia.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Motorcycle travel in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, India...

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 3 Jan 2009
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: somewhere on the road between Ushuaia and Alaska
Posts: 377
Re-entering Thailand ('extending' stay with bike)

Hi,

I'd like to stay in Thailand a bit longer but only got the 'allowance to stay' on arrival in Bangkok (30 days, not extendable). Also got all the bike paperwork in Bangkok, so all good.

If I want to stay another month: Can I just exit Thailand in the South (Malaysian border) and then re-enter same day? Do I need to go into Malaysia, or is it good enough to just leave into noman's land between the two country & then turn over.
I know foreign people (for example divers) here regularly do visa-runs without any problem. Just wondering about the bike...

Cheers
Bjorn
__________________
__________________________
http://www.panomoto.com
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 4 Jan 2009
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: On the road
Posts: 122
Hey.
Your timing, like ours, is impeccably bad.
Things have changed as of Nov 26 08.

Over land entries will only get you 15days in your passport now, no exceptions but a one time 7day extension is possible in Bangkok. All arrivals at the airports get a 30day visa. Still 30days for your bike at the moment and you can renew the bike at any foreign entry point add finitum, your bike doesnt need to exit.

This change is going to severely shake up all those divers living in Thailand who have been flitting over the border once a month for the last ten years.

There are now services where agents will take you to the border town, go with you across the border, put you up in a hotel, race to the embassy, get you a 60day visa the next morning, pick you up and then take you back into Thailand... All for a fee of course.

We are in Phnom Penh getting our 60day visa now. Pick up tomorrow...

Your options for this are.
Phnom Penh, Penang or Vientianne.
__________________
Round the world on a Postie bike, 2-up
Bilingual Blog (japanese and English)
http://faster-than-walking.com
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 4 Jan 2009
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: somewhere on the road between Ushuaia and Alaska
Posts: 377
Oh well, I guess 15 days will have to do. I was planning to head for Laos anyway.

So if 15 days is good enough for me: Can I then exit Thailand, NOT enter Malaysia, turn around and re-enter straight-away with a 15 day allowance to stay for me & the bike?
__________________
__________________________
http://www.panomoto.com
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 5 Jan 2009
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: On the road
Posts: 122
Possible theoretically I guess, but highly unlikely in practice.
Ive never tried it though.
I think you will come into difficulties of not having an exit stamp from a neighbouring country.

Why not enter Malaysia, 3month visa is free for most, have lunch then enter Thailand again??
__________________
Round the world on a Postie bike, 2-up
Bilingual Blog (japanese and English)
http://faster-than-walking.com
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 6 Jan 2009
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Helsinki
Posts: 1,583
Malaysia is officially a carnet country, but they seemed all but strict about it, in fact we probably could have entered with our bike without a carnet, because no-one seemed to be interested about it at all. We actually looked up the customs building, and found the officials, who then stamped it appropriately, because we didnt want to risk having trouble later on. They didnt even bother to come out and see the bike! This was on the main highway between Thailand and Malaysia.

Havent tried, so I dont really know, but doesnt sound like a good idea to make a u-turn, before you´re stamped into the next country.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 7 Jan 2009
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Cebu, Philippines
Posts: 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bjorn View Post
Hi,

I'd like to stay in Thailand a bit longer but only got the 'allowance to stay' on arrival in Bangkok (30 days, not extendable). Also got all the bike paperwork in Bangkok, so all good.

If I want to stay another month: Can I just exit Thailand in the South (Malaysian border) and then re-enter same day? Do I need to go into Malaysia, or is it good enough to just leave into noman's land between the two country & then turn over.
I know foreign people (for example divers) here regularly do visa-runs without any problem. Just wondering about the bike...

Cheers
Bjorn
Just make sure its all straight with Thai customs when you leave. I was told that if when I was gone over a certain date I would fined 100baht per dayon the bike (not a big deal). In fact when I reentered over 2 months later through the Vientiane border in Laos(different border that I left) the customs officer never charged me any money at all.

I met a biker from England in Cambodia who was over 6 months on the outbound penalty to bring the bike back but I am not sure how that one turned out when they got back into Thailand. Anyway, just an fyi to be clear with customs before you leave Thailand as we all know there is no exact science to border madness. The new 15day visa really stinks. I once got stuck with a 3500baht visa overstay in Thailand....now that will be a more common occurence for people. Call a place paradise then kiss it good bye.

Oh and also consider Vientiane for your border run. Its an easy cruise from Bangkok. Good luck!

Last edited by globalvisions; 7 Jan 2009 at 09:13. Reason: forgot something
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 9 Jan 2009
Gold Member
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: davao city, philippines
Posts: 93
visarun

hi,
we're currently also doing the visarun to phnom penh every 2 months but thinking to go to vientiane for a change... is the bridge across to vientiane actually open for motorbikes??? as far as I know it was not possible to cross from thailand into lao this way...
take care

darius
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 24 Jan 2009
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Germany
Posts: 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by globalvisions View Post
The new 15day visa really stinks. I once got stuck with a 3500baht visa overstay in Thailand....now that will be a more common occurence for people. Call a place paradise then kiss it good bye.
Hi

according to the newspapers in Malaysia, the Thai-Government plans to change the 15-day regulation in march similar to the malayan 90 days.

Rick
__________________
www.motornomads-world-tour.de
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 24 Jan 2009
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Birmingham
Posts: 124
I sorry to have missed everyone at the Chiang mai Meet....hope it was good...

I did a "visa run" a few weeks ago at the Malaya border.

All that happens on the Thai side is you hand over the piece of paper you were given on your way in and have youre passport stamped.

I left the bike in No mans land and got myself stamped in and out of Malaysia and then back into Thailand where the very nice customs man filled out a new piece of paper....and another 30 days for the bike in Thailand.

Come to Laos and Cambodia....great dirt riding even with a heavy overlander....Adventure Central....
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Long Stay in Thailand with Bike llanelli Southern Asia 4 24 Jan 2008 03:51
entering EU and leaving US registered bike ther (?) RussianBear Trip Paperwork 2 25 Sep 2007 17:25
extending a stay in gutemala. marieandguy Central America and Mexico 4 14 Jun 2007 23:51
how long can my bike stay in Thailand airport wilma and fred Trip Transport 3 20 Mar 2007 20:52
Entering a Bike thru Mexican Borders MoroCycler Central America and Mexico 2 8 Aug 2005 23:01

 
 


HU DVD Summer Special!

Now that summer is here, get On the Road! Take 30% off the Achievable Dream - On the Road! 2-DVD set until August 31 only. Get On the Road! Learn the tips to staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure!

Our veteran travellers share their tips (and great stories) for staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure.

"A fantastic, informative and inspirational DVD."

"It's brilliant - thank you very much!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'ONTHEROAD' on your order when you checkout.


Renedian Adventures


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 10:44.