Dealing With Visa Runs

What is a Visa Run?

Visa Run is the action a traveler makes to extend one’s stay in a country who wanted to stay longer but could not due to an expiring visa, so a traveler exit the country and just come back for another few days or weeks the country’s immigration would grant the traveler again.  It’s simply just border crossing and coming back.

For backpackers that travels around, we know that it is not just a non-stop traveling, we have to deal with visa runs too.  Different countries have different visa policies for different nationalities.  My Philippine passport holds a FREE 30 day visa in Thailand (which I believe most nationalities have too) and to other ASEAN member countries, and even though I would love to stay longer in Thailand continuously, it is not possible(unless I have a different kind of visa that would allow me to).  Which is why I would have to deal with the visa run for sure.

Visa runs can be made by exiting the country and then travel somewhere else, most probably its neighboring countries and then come back.  Same thing will happen there, having few weeks of visa to travel around the country then move again to the next or maybe come back to the country of your most favorite.  Visa run is what a traveler does to extend its stay in a country, some would rather come back as soon as possible while others would love to travel around the neighboring countries.

What’s Good and Not About Visa Runs

What’s good about visa runs is that it gives you a chance to see more countries when you have to exit the current one, although it may not be appealing if at the last week of your visa in Thailand you fell in love in Krabi and never wanting to leave (that’s just an example, but that could have been somebody else’s story).  What would you do? Visa run.  Yes, you need to exit the country and if you wish to come back soon then by all means if you still are financially and legally capable of coming back then you may do so.  Why did I say that?  Like I said, every countries have different immigration laws its up to them whether they would allow a tourist to enter their country again, and if luckily they would, still up to them how long they will allow a tourist to stay (like Thailand will let you have another 15 days if you’re coming back by land and 30 more days by air).

There are different visa runs you may want to check rather than by just going back with 30 or 15-day visa back (and I’m talking about Thailand), some would resort to the 90-day visa runs.  You can always ask information to any travel agencies about it, some agencies may have packages to do it all for you.

Lyndsay is the mind behind this fashion blog, she also blogs about her travels on Discount Travel Blogger giving tips on how to explore the world as cheap as possible. She has earned units in Masters in Psychology, designs websites and graphics, online marketer, YouTuberand a singer by heart.
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5 comments

  1. I’ve been stuck in Bangkok for a few weeks waiting for my unreliable bank to send me my new debit card, so I did a visa run to Myanmar, at the Ranong border. Cheaper and less hassle than Cambodia/Laos, plus I don’t have to waste a page of my passport (I don’t have many left).

    You’re right that they at least give you the chance to taste another country, however fleetingly. You have to look on the bright side of annoying bureaucracy I guess! And it gave me the excuse to see more of Southern Thailand, before heading back.

    When I did a visa run to Cambodia (Poipet) last year, I was the only one on the bus who did my own visa. The others let the bus driver fleece them out of unnecessary money just to hand their passports to a guard, which they could have just done themselves. I still had to pay a small, mysterious fee to immigration on top of the visa though, but I wasn’t stupid enough to argue. The widespread corruption in this part of the world is one of my least favourite things about it.

    If my bank doesn’t get its act together, I’ll have to do another visa run in 10 days. Penang maybe…?

    1. You’re a travel expert now Dave, but yeah, I would have to do a visa run soon, I might be going to Laos.

  2. Emme Rogers @ Roamancing

    Good information. Haven’t had to do a Visa run yet, but hopefully at some point I’ll be doing some more extended traveling.

  3. I lived in Ukraine for seven years – and even with a 12 month visa it was not possible to stay in Ukriane for more than 90 days without doing a border run. (The rules have changed since I left.) I visited Poland twice – for less than 30 minutes!

    Eventually I found that I could register with the Department of Immigration (OVIR) and not need to leave – although it was expensive, it was much cheaper than three trips to another country.

    1. I would prefer the border runs just for the sake of seeing other places, plus being that as cheaper is always a bonus. 🙂

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