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This is one of many things I have located offering different views on whether I need a visa for Thailand. The worry I have about this table is that the column heading where I find the USA listed is Tourist Visa Exemption Scheme. There is no doubt that if I was traveling to Thailand with the purpose of my visit being tourism, I would not need a visa. Tourism, in my mind, would be taking a vacation during time away from my job where my employer is not paying me for what I am doing while in Thailand, which is surely not the case.
I would appreciate some clear guidance on what I can say truthfully on entrance to Thailand that can be assured will be considered as a purpose of travel not requiring a visa. Here, it is confusing. I will need to tick one of the boxes on the landing card:
Looking at what they ask on the Thailand landing card:
It says Purpose of Visit must be tourism if you are using Free Visa-Exempt Stay, Visa on Arrival, Single Entry Tourist Visa or Multiple Entry Tourist Visa. Otherwise you might be rejected to enter the country.
Interestingly, tourismisnt one of the tick boxes on the landing card. There, you need to pick one of Holiday, Business, Education, Employment, Meeting, Incentive, Convention, Exhibition, Sports, Medical & Wellness, Transit, or Others.
I am sure that I could tick Holidayon the landing card and enter without a visa, but I believe that would be untruthful.
Can you provide assurance that if I tick Meetingor Conventionon the landing card, that as a US citizen I can enter without a visa?
I find some things online that it is a bad idea to tick Businessor Employmentto enter without a visa and work permit, but Meetingor Conventionwould be reasonably honest representation of the purpose of travel.
From: Bob Heile <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, September 10, 2018 9:03 PM
Cc: Trowbridge, Steve (Nokia - US) <firstname.lastname@example.org>; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Subject: Thailand Visa Info
Please distribute the attached to your groups. As you can see, for ~99.9% of the planet's population, getting into Thailand is not a big deal. You can go right in on a 30 tourist declaration or you can get a visa at the airport for the smaller group that may need to do that.
Bob Heile, Ph.D
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