Indonesian tourists planning to visit Thailand must be cautious as recent incidents have shown some visitors being denied entry due to incomplete travel documents.

The Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok has highlighted the importance of meeting Thailand's entry requirements, which include having a valid passport with a minimum six-month validity, a return ticket, proof of accommodation, and sufficient funds for the stay, estimated at 15,000-20,000 baht per person.

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Indonesian Tourists Warned About Entry Requirements in Thailand

Indonesian tourists are being advised to exercise caution when planning trips to Thailand, following reports of travelers being denied entry due to incomplete travel documents. 

According to Tempo, the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok has issued a warning, emphasizing the significance of meeting Thailand's entry requirements to ensure a smooth travel experience. These requirements entail possessing a valid passport with a minimum validity period of six months, a return ticket indicating plans to leave Thailand, and evidence of accommodation arrangements during the stay. 

Additionally, tourists are urged to carry an adequate amount of funds for their visit, estimated at 15,000-20,000 baht per person, to cover expenses. The embassy has underscored the potential consequences of non-compliance with these regulations, citing violation of Thailand's Immigration Act B.E. 2522 (1979), which grants immigration officers the authority to refuse entry to individuals lacking the necessary documentation.

While not every tourist undergoes rigorous scrutiny, immigration officers conduct random checks to ensure compliance with entry requirements. It is therefore imperative for Indonesian tourists, as well as travelers from other countries, to meticulously prepare their travel documents to avoid any complications upon arrival in Thailand.

By adhering to these regulations, tourists can mitigate the risk of being denied entry and ensure a hassle-free visit to one of Southeast Asia's most popular travel destinations. As such, Indonesian tourists are urged to heed the embassy's advice and make necessary preparations before visiting Thailand.

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Thailand Urges Korea to Strengthen Visitor Screening Process

Thailand has urged Korea to enhance its screening process for visitors from visa-waiver countries following instances where Thai citizens were denied entry into Korea. The request was made during a meeting between the foreign ministries of both countries on Thursday.

Last year, as reported by The Korea Times, several Thais who had obtained Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) were denied entry into Korea, sparking discontent among the Thai public. Thailand emphasized the need for Korea to implement a stricter screening process for K-ETA approval to prevent ineligible travelers from entering and reduce the incidents of denied entry.

Yoon Chu-sok, director-general for consular affairs and safety at Seoul's foreign ministry, assured that Korea is committed to preventing inconveniences for well-intentioned travelers. He expressed hope for closer cooperation between Korea and Thailand to enhance people-to-people exchanges.

Under Korea's visa-free agreement, foreign nationals must obtain a K-ETA before entry, similar to the U.S. ESTA program. Introduced in 2021, the K-ETA aims to expedite the entry process.

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