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  1. 4 hours ago, darksidedog said:

    Snip ..  I don't know anywhere else where simply doing your job justifies such publicity.

    You haven't watched US live press conferences at the scene of incidents .  They spend half an hour congratulating other government employees or their own employees on how great a job they are doing or did.  Then each new speaker ads new people they'd like to thank or commend.  If there's a politician involved if it's even worse.  It gets left out if they run the info later because no one wants to see that part of it, but it isn't just in Thailand.

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  2. 1 hour ago, Surelynot said:

    Surely these are fitted with all sorts of alarms and shouldn't they have known beforehand what the crane is licensed to lift........what am I thinking?

    May not be a capability issue. It is sitting on relatively loose fill.  You can see the metal plates where the back legs were sitting.  They're on top of maybe concrete columns laying on the ground to distribute the weight even more.  But where were the front ones sitting? On the left, if they're visible, it looks like it was pushed down.  There's not a greyish square metal plate.

     

    Unless the entire thing was slid forward and those are the pads for the front legs. But there's no gouging from the feet dragging or wheels dragging.

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  3. 28 minutes ago, Tanoshi said:

    If you stay in Thailand for 90 consecutive days, then you either have to report to Immigration or leave the Country, dependant on the Visa type you entered on.

     

    In the case of entering on a Non O Visa, permitting a 90 day stay, then applying for your first extension of stay, the visit is counted as a report and Immigration should issue you a with a 90 day report receipt of the next due date.

     

    Why you would even take copies of Immigrations notice is beyond me.

    The reason I asked us all the 90 day reporting threads are people with non O or similar visas.  

     

    But not everyone staying over 90 is on a non O these days.  A tourist visa, which i have, is 60 days,  plus a 30 days extension.  Plus a covid extension is very common. Some places may go to covid extension right after the first 60 days.

     

    So on day 80, when i applied for the covid extension, it is clear I'm going to stay over 90 days. And the website says the first application counted as a 90 day notification, so it sounds like a reasonable regulation.  I may have been too informed for my own good by looking it up at the website.

     

    I'm going to be taking a print out with me because that's what I was going by.  Maybe I'll get a fine or maybe someone will accept it, but I at least won't look like I was blowing it off. 

  4. Per the English version of the Thai Immigration website under 90 day reporting, this is true:

     

    "5. The first application for extension of stay by the foreigner is equivalent to the notification of staying in the Kingdom over 90 days."

     

    But when I decided to print the Thai version to take with me for the report as well as the English version (to explain why I don't have a 90 day return receipt), I found out the Thai version does not have this line.  So my guess is the rules changed at some point and the Thai version of the website was changed, but not the English.  But maybe it was the other way around??

     

    Here's the English version #5 right in the first section:

    Notification of staying in the Kingdom over 90 days – สำนักงานตรวจคนเข้าเมือง – Immigration Bureau

     

    And the Thai version:

    การรับแจ้งอยู่ในราชอาณาจักร เกิน 90 วัน – สำนักงานตรวจคนเข้าเมือง – Immigration Bureau

     

    In the Thai one, #5 disappears and #4 becomes a double asterisk item below the first 3.

  5. 18 hours ago, treetops said:

     

    There is a current thread where someone has been asked for it to extend their permission to stay.

    I saw that.  But it seems to be an isolated instance,  and I'm wondering if the io was looking for an excuse for sure reason.  Everyone i dealt with was completely reasonable. 

  6. For anyone wondering if they are busy now at MTT, I went with an appointment on Tuesday at 9:50 and it was empty.  There were about 4 people seated in the downstairs waiting area, plus 2 roaming around.  Since I am on a Tourist visa, I went to the 3rd floor.  The 2nd did not seem crowded when I poked my head in from the stairwell, but I didn't go look.

     

    There were 4 people in the 3rd floor waiting area, and I think 2 were waiting for someone to come out of the processing room since they were gone before I was done.  The other 2 were filling in forms.  I had already downloaded and filled in the editable .pdf forms, and printed them out.  So all I had to do was fill in the 2 additional forms they have and was sent into the processing room.  Only 1 other person was there, and she was waiting for her passport back.

     

    So I was done in as long as it took for the first officer to do whatever she needed to do on the computer, print a receipt, and the second to stamp my passport.

     

    I received a 30 day extension and told that if I still couldn't get back home, then I could get the 60 day extension.  My extension will end mid March so it is before the current program ends.

  7. At the airport in December they accepted my Thai cell phone number as being ok.  I was going to make a reservation right then if needed, but they let me pass without having a next address.  Sometime near the end of quarantine the hotel asked me for it, and by then I had made a reservation, and was able to provide it. 

     

    I never received my quarantine certificate.  It wasn't available on the day I checked out.  But they gave me the covid test results.  They said they would email the certificate when received.  I followed up a few days later and they said the government still had not given it to them.  No one has asked for the certificate in the 2 months since then, and I'm not sure who would.  Seems like hotels might be the ones with an interest in seeing it, but I think they assume that if you're freely roaming, you've either been here for a while, or passed quarantine.

     

     

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  8. 5 minutes ago, don43451 said:

    Thanks Carmine6!

     

    I'm headed to the Post Office ASAP!

    I was one of the few early people who waited due to the DC website instructions, so by the time I sent mine in, they had already approved the visa and they mailed the passport back the day after they got it.  Was 10 calendar days total, but very few business days since my period included Thanksgiving, which was 2 holiday days for the Thai Consulate, Los Angeles, then the weekend.  Not sure how long it is taking now or how Chicago is.  Good luck.

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  9. 30 minutes ago, don43451 said:

    I submitted my Visa/COE application about 2 am on Thursday morning using the link on the Thai Consulate, Chicago, web site.  After I hit "Submit", I got a message saying my application was successfully submitted.  Somewhere I had read that I would receive an email directing me to send my passport and payment to the proper supporting Consulate or the Embassy in D.C.  So far I have not received that email.

     

    I have attempted to call the Consulate in Chicago as they are the supporting consulate for my state, but I can't get through to anyone.  The mailbox for the number I am directed to is full.

     

    Should I go ahead and mail my passport and payment to the Consulate in Chicago or should I wait until I get an email telling me where to send it?  I have made all the arrangements to fly on Feb 18 so I already under the required 15 working days. I did submit everything on-line with over 15 working days left.

     

    Also, do all the supporting documents I uploaded to the web site need to be mailed with my passport, payment, and prepaid return envelope?

     

    Thanks for any insight anyone can provide.

    Mail it. Don't wait, or at least don't wait for more than a few days since they start working with the information provided electronically, so the actual papers aren't going to make a difference in approval time if sent a few days after versus the same day.  The DC Website says (or used to) that the officer would notify to send it in, but that is not the case.

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  10. Some questions for those who haven't done this before:

     

    1) Assuming the 60 day extension due to Covid is back, is there anything prohibiting newer arrivals on a single entry tourist visa from applying?  As in I arrived on a single entry tourist visa in December and the 60 days is done in about 10 days.  I searched and I'm guessing the posts on what to do are buried in posts almost a year old at this point.

     

    2) What documents should be prepared in advance?  Is it just the 30 day renewal list, plus the affidavit for Covid?

    3) Is the only difference in what you enter on the TM7, the numbers of days requested? Or do people reference Covid in the "Reasons of Extension" as well as maybe saying long holiday as well.

     

    30 day extension list per the Immigration website:

     

     

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    Documents to be submitted

    1. Application form TM.7 (application must be made in person)
    2. Copy of applicant’s passport
    3. Photo 4 x 6 cm. (not older than 6 months)
    4. Application fee 1,900 Baht.

     

     

  11. Check my post about Silver Palm, with their flyer embedded.  I didn't stay there, but saw someone review it after I had already booked where I stayed.  Balconies in every room.  Also, most or maybe all of the hotels in Pattaya have balconies.

     

    I stayed at the Siam Mandarina next to the airport and the windows can be opened from day 1.  The problems are, it was noisy since Kingkaew road is like a highway.  Constant traffic day and night.  I had earplugs so sleeping wasn't an issue.  During the day wasn't bad because you're up.  My windows were sliding type and the seals had worn so that there was an air gap and noise could get in.  On one side, they had the old styled vertically hinged windows where the latch closes the window tighter as you close it.  That probably shut the sound out to a normal level.  The other side had sliding windows like mine.

     

    Also, there were a couple high 2.5 ppm bad air days when I was there, so I had to shut the windows for that.  But I did open the windows on most days, for early in the day.  But I also was above the pool, which was a designated smoking area, so I couldn't open the window if someone was smoking.  But hardly anyone did that.  If I did it again, I would probably opt for a Pattaya hotel since the air would most likely be better.  However, I stayed there 2 weeks and there was a lot more smoke than there used to be from carts with grills and people probably grilling things around soi 10 and 11.  Got annoying in the evenings and morning in hotels I've stayed before without problems.

  12. 8 hours ago, sirineou said:

    Infinitely more people die in Hospitals than they do in pubs If i was the OP and had a fever but was not sure it was Covid. I would go to a Bar. where my survival chances would be much greater, After a few drinks, I would  order some stinky fish food.  if it does not smell and has no taste, then I would go to a hospital.:tongue: 

    This is the ASQ 14 Day Quarantine Hotels forum.  Heading to a bar versus a hospital is not exactly an option.

  13. 5 hours ago, DrPhibes said:

    Thanks, good to know.  However, the guy is flying out of LAX (Los Angeles) and there are no semi commercial flights on the spreadsheet leaving LAX (unless he can find a way to get to one of the listed departure countries airport).  He will have to wait for the January list on the LA Consulate website towards the bottom of this page:

     

    https://thaiconsulatela.org/en/visa/related-procedures-in-requesting-for-a-certificate-of-entry-and-visa-to-enter-thailand/

     

    And make his flight/ASQ reservations on a repatriation flight.

    You had the right idea and Ubonjoe filled in the info.  They only list the actual flight into Bangkok and not all the feeder flights possible.  So, they would not, for example, have one line each for flight from SEA, SFO and LAX to Taipei, that feed BR211 TPE to BKK. It would be a nightmare to keep up with schedule changes for all the airlines.  (That's a made up example as I don't know what their schedules are. BR11 out of LAX does feed BR211)

     

    So someone has to just check which airlines fly from their chosen origin to meet one of the flights to BKK and check the availability.  There are many times the number of flights possible compared to the repatriation list.  For example, I believe EVA has at least 2 flights per week from LAX through to BKK, and possibly 3 per week.  One on Wednesday, and one or two on Friday.  So about 8 or 12 flights per month.  That compares to maybe only 1 or 2 of the EVA flights being on the repatriation list per month.  It is also easier to switch to the week after on the same airline versus having to cancel a Cathay repatriation ticket and book on Korean the next week if things move to slowly.

  14. 9 hours ago, at15 said:

    I am planning on doing the Pixel by LabCorp PCR test kit at home and sending back via FedEx. Has anyone done this one? Is it accepted the same as any other PCR test?

    The test has to be an RT-PCR test, which their website says it is:

     

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    The Pixel by LabCorp™ COVID-19 at-home kit is a molecular test, also known as a reverse polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT).  This test detects the presence or absence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

    I went through the steps to order one to check the price and answered truthfully, and it says a test is not recommended for me at this time and wouldn't let me past that.  I got out of the browser, came back in and it still says that without letting me answer again.  So it saved a cookie or something.

     

    I don't know if they would allow an at home test since there's no control over the collection of the sample.  Either who's sample it is, or that it was taken correctly.  But I don't know how anyone would know unless they have a list of disallowed labs or the test results said something to that effect.  If it works, post, because it would be a good option for many people who are not near enough to labs with a quick turnaround.

  15. 9 hours ago, at15 said:

    I am planning on doing the Pixel by LabCorp PCR test kit at home and sending back via FedEx. Has anyone done this one? Is it accepted the same as any other PCR test?

    The test has to be an RT-PCR test, which their website says it is:

     

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    The Pixel by LabCorp™ COVID-19 at-home kit is a molecular test, also known as a reverse polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT).  This test detects the presence or absence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

    I went through the steps to order one to check the price and answered truthfully, and it says a test is not recommended for me at this time and wouldn't let me past that.  I got out of the browser, came back in and it still says that without letting me answer again.  So it saved a cookie or something.

     

    I don't know if they would allow an at home test since there's no control over the collection of the sample.  Either who's sample it is, or that it was taken correctly.  But I don't know how anyone would know unless they have a list of disallowed labs or the test results said something to that effect.  If it works, post, because it would be a good option for many people who are not near enough to labs with a quick turnaround.

  16. 12 hours ago, WuhanVagabond said:

    I thought the covid extension was only for people initially "trapped" here when the airports closed. Will they really give him a 60 day CCP virus extension when they see he just entered the country???

    That is my thought as well.  However, I wonder if there is another lock down, if they would redo this as people in the country are already screened and there would be a dip in new arrivals.  Money being spent by people already here is better than having everyone head home.  Theoretically, the original people are no longer trapped for the most part, and they didn't make everyone leave.

  17. 19 hours ago, srowndedbyh2o said:

    https://chooseserenity.com/covid states that if you are tested before 12p.m. you will receive test results the same day by midnight. If you test after 12p.m. you will receive test results the next day by noon. They charge $185.

    Here is one Fit-to-fly option:

    $70 with several L.A. locations; http://wellnessmart.com/physicals/

     

    I used Wellnesmart.  Was about 20 minutes turnaround.  There is a nurse on site to take temperature, weight, eye test, health history.  And then a doctor off site reviews and approves.

     

    You have to provide the form for them to fill out, so I used the one referenced by the Embassy and Consulate sites.  I used a pdf editor to put my name, DOB, and a couple other items.  However, the nurse didn't fill out some of the stuff like date and time, Dr. name, so I had to add that when I got home and noticed it.  It was close enough that I could have driven back there, but I didn't want to go back.  So make sure they fill it out before you leave.  I also stapled the receipt onto the form since it had the date and time on it, and things like my name as the "bill to:", fit to fly as the "Item Name" and it also made it look more official, since they just use a stamp to put their name onto the form that has the logo, name, phone, address.

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  18. On 12/18/2020 at 12:14 PM, Salerno said:

     

    Just had a look, a lot more hotels on the list now and quite a few including the airport transfer in the advertised price https://thaiest.com/blog/thailand-alternative-local-state-quarantine-alsq-hotels#chonburi

    I think the choices in Pattaya are the cheaper, functional hotels, or pricier hotels. No real in between.

     

    However, most have balconies in the cheap end, which is nice. I would take a balcony over nice furnishings.

     

    The one thing I wondered about is could I stop for the bathroom on the way there if I had to, and would I want to do the 1 1/2 hour ride after getting off the plane.

     

    I opted for the short trip from the airport, but if I had to do it again, would likely do Pattaya.

  19. I made it to Thailand. Here are some procedural things for EVA airways out of LAX.

     

    Bring a pen because while in the check in line, you have to fill out a form with your info and stating you haven't had any symptoms of covid listed.  The guy said both sides, but the second is mainly for people going to Taiwan. They have to download an app and fill in the info before getting on the plane. I filled in the info on the back side of the paper and probably didn't need to. But maybe they wanted the signature on that side as well. It was annoying filing in a form in line, but the pack of necessary docs made an ok writing surface. I would have brought something better had I known. 

     

    Someone takes a temperature reading and writes it in the paper while in line as well.

     

    All temps were done with touchless thermometers in the 3 places it was done. LAX, TPE arrival, BKK arrival.

     

    The check in agent asks for all the docs, and they make copies right then. I had 4 copies of everything, but they were all color laser, or I would have just told her I could give her a copy.

     

    They were checking in people for at least Taiwan, Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand, and one other I can't remember, so they work off the list of docs for that country.

     

    My Covid test said they use "... advanced techniques .... including RT-PCR"... I was worried that it wasn't clear it was RT-PCR, which it was, but it was accepted.

     

    TSA was unbelievably slow in my lane. But there were so few people, it was comparable time. 

     

    In Taipei, everyone had to be escorted in groups. They are obviously trying to not have one person walk around and spread it to people getting on 10 different fights out.

     

    So they group people by connecting flight. A few groups go through the security and then to a holding area together. The temperature check is right before the security check point, before you go to the holding area.  At some point, they call the destination flight and those people head in a group to that gate.

     

    Flight to TPE was about 40% full. Flight to BKK was about 11% to 15% full.  The full 5 or 6 rows at the back of the planes are kept open, probably for quarantining any people who get symptomatic in flight.

     

    There is an additional doc to fill in before landing at BKK. Covid declaration and contact info.

     

    Other people have described the BKK arrival process. Basically a series of people who check that you have all the docs, then arrange them. And you move to the next stop. One to check temperature, one to check you against the COE list, one the Covid doc and declaration. Then to immigration.

     

    I did not book any hotels after quarantine, since I had not chosen where I would go right after. That was a problem at all the points in the process. Luckily, having a Thai cell phone number ended up being acceptable.  I pulled out my declaration that had contact info for a friend, but I said I was not going to go stay at her house. She was going to come to Bangkok. So they would think about it a bit and settle on the Thai cell number. I took a picture of the TruemoveH packet with the number when I got the sim. I use that all the time, like in this case.  Or really is the best way to reach me as I change hotels a lot, so I'm glad they were ok with it.

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  20. On 12/15/2020 at 7:52 AM, radjag said:

    I tried to call the LA Visa section so many times, usually could not even get a ringing tone. But they did, eventually, respond to email. Including a flurry of email "ping-pong" quite late at night. I got the Step 1 acknowledgement, never saw Step 2. Was then told to re-submit all. Suddenly got Step 3 (the COE). Quite frustrating, but hey, I got what I needed. Yay!

     

    Now in an ALQ in Pattaya.

    I only received 2 emails. First was request to submit flight confirmation and ASQ, and 2nd was COE certificate. I never called or emailed them.

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  21. 8 hours ago, potless said:

    I telephoned the London office of EVA and there are currently no requirements for a Covid test for a Thai national flying to BKK. from LHR. The London number is +44 207 380 8300 if anyone is interested now or in the future. 

    Yes, my original post was about passengers transiting Taipei. And your follow up just said a Thai who booked EVA to Bangkok. The EVA flights out of the US connect through Taipei. So I assumed you were referring to a transiting passenger. Hence the additional info about it being related to that airport.  

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