The original case involved a US citizen planning to travel to Thailand from the Philippines. The individual intended to obtain a tourist visa upon arrival and was uncertain about the requirement for a return or onward ticket and whether health insurance was necessary for entry into Thailand. There were also inquiries about the specific policy requirements if health insurance was indeed obligatory.
In response, Baan Smile clarified several key points about the entry requirements. Firstly, while Thai immigration may not necessarily request a return or onward ticket, it was highlighted that the airline could insist on it. Baan Smile shared an experience of travelling from the Philippines to Thailand without a return or onward ticket, and no queries were raised. It was noted, however, that this experience involved a non-US passport holder.
Secondly, Baan Smile corrected the misunderstanding about visa procurement. The specialist clarified that a tourist visa cannot be obtained on arrival. To get a tourist visa, one must apply from a Thai consulate before travelling to Thailand. However, US passport holders have an advantage as they are eligible for visa-exempt entry. This means they do not need a visa at all. Although the immigration authorities can ask to see an outbound flight out of Thailand, they rarely do so. The airlines are the ones more likely to require proof of leaving Thailand within the number of days granted upon arrival, which is 30 days for visa-exempt entries.
Lastly, Baan Smile confirmed that there is currently no insurance requirement for tourists entering Thailand.
In conclusion, Baan Smile can assist this specific client in understanding and meeting the entry requirements for Thailand. The company can facilitate the necessary arrangements, such as securing travel arrangements, preparing itineraries, and aiding in obtaining the right visas. Baan Smile's expertise and experience can ensure a seamless and hassle-free process for those wishing to visit, retire or live long term in Thailand.