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  1. Thanks Crossy. I looked into Carnet based on your suggestion (and found an English translation of requirements and procedures for applying for a Carnet here in Thailand). I am hoping there is an alternative to this for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it seems that this is mostly for professional / businesses use, not for individuals: From FAQ: Who can apply for a Carnet: "Technicians, Fair exhibitors, Traveling business/sales executives, Professional individuals and teams: Producers of motion Pictures/T.V. Films Crews / Surgeons Architects / Artists / Engineers / Educationalists / Entertainers / Freight forwarder / ETC" Also, it seems that a security deposit (in the amount of payable duties if carnet is violated) must be made. There seems to be a lot of "gray area" about what could constitute a violation (wiggle room to get hassled by a corrupt Customs officer.) Thanks for the idea of contacting a cycling club (and others who travel internationally for cycling events). I'm going to look into this. There must be a straightforward way of doing this. For those wanting to see the English translation regarding Carnets in Thailand, I am attaching it below. ATA Carnet English Version.pdf
  2. I was coming in Thailand from europe with an OA visa 5 years ago it was my only one visa i have ever had to come here and i am staying here since 5 years with each year a 1 year extension of stay based on retirement. Anyway I have to renew my 1 year extension of stay based on retirment at Jomtiem immigration office next tuesday, so i can ask the question for 2020 when i have to renew again,if i have to show an insurance proof and i'll let you know here the IO answer given to me.// Well as promised i am back with some facts i was today in Jomtiem immigration office and i have had my passeport back with my extension of stay based on retirement, i have asked to the 2 immigration officers presents at the desk 8 and they have confirmed next year if i want my extension of stay for 1 year i need to present a certificate of health insurance as required by the new law because i have had an OA visa granted 5 years ago. It's very infortunate because for some reasons i have 0 intention to go this way, so i have 1 year to try to find another option or it should be my last year in Thailand. I also just renewed my "retirement" extension and asked about status of health insurance requirement, and pretty much was given the same answer by Imm officials at Jomtien office, though nothing is yet black & white about this. I do not plan on staying in Thailand on a long-stay visa once my present one expires but I'm curious if a "traveler's insurance" policy would meet the requirements. Does anyone know? I've always had travelers insurance since coming to Thailand on a tourist visa, and continued with it when I switched to a long-stay visa. The insurer said there was no problem with having such coverage even though I am here on a long stay visa. The coverage is excellent as far as medical/health coverage goes, and exceeds the Thai requirements in terms of in-patient coverage. The annual cost and ease of getting coverage is not nearly as daunting as other alternatives such as Cigna, etc. Just throwing this idea out there to explore for those who feel they may find themselves "between a rock and hard place" when/if this rule goes into effect.
  3. So, I will be travelling to USA for a cycling event next month, and plan to bring my racing bike (valued about 180,000 baht). I've never travelled outside of Thailand with the bike before. I'm concerned about the possibility of getting hit with customs duty upon re-entry at the airport (CNX), one week later. I have no paperwork that proves origin of purchase like a receipt since bike was purchased back in 2015 in the USA. I entered Thailand with the bike a couple of years ago with no problems but I was coming in with a 60 day tourist visa. I'm now here on a long-stay visa. Since my trip will only be for one week, I'm concerned that it will appear that the bike was purchased on this trip when I go through airport Customs upon my return to CNX. Even though the bike looks used (scuff marks, scratches, dirt, has my name etched in various places on bike, etc ), it still looks very nice (and valuable). Further, I plan to get a cardboard bike box from a bike dealer to transport the bike (common practice by travelling cyclists). The box will make it seem like I'm travelling with a newly purchased bike. Will the box be a red-flag resulting in inspection? Should I be concerned that I may be subject to duty tax even though the bike is obviously my own bike and not intended for resale ? How can I prevent this? Mainly concerned with re-entry to Thailand, but actually I'm a little concerned about Customs coming into USA as well, now that I think of it. Is there cause for concern at that end? Anyone have some educated advice for me? I'd appreciate it.
  4. I had no idea that my starting this thread simply to celebrate the visual "fun" of Terminal 21 would generate 9 pages of Blah-Blah-Blah nonsense and bickering. Kind of sad really
  5. Sadly, I agree. Like all things bureaucratic here in the Magic Kingdom, when you dig below the surface It's really ALL ABOUT THE MONEY...money out of YOUR pocket and into THEIRS. Farangs are simply walking ATM machines to the powers that be. All altruistic notions aside, who does the 800/400 bank account really benefit? The banks, and nobody else. Who will the new insurance requirements benefit? The insurance companies and nobody else It's just the price you have to pay to live here, and I guess for most of us, it's still worth it.
  6. 1 hour ago, Almer said: Nothing makes any sense, ... Understatement of the century LOL. As Thai's will often tell Farangs, "This is Thailand, we like to do things a little different"
  7. I'm not a huge fan of shopping malls but I was majorly impressed when some new (and very nice) friends I met here on ThaiVisa offered to help me with my trip to DLP for my drivers license (just in case I had translation issues), and then, as an added bonus, gave me a quick tour of this wild and crazy Pattaya mall on the way back home! Here are a few pictures. For anyone not familiar with this mall, it's well worth the trip!
  8. Just wanted to post on experience of getting Residency Certificate at Chon Buri Immigration, which I needed for my Thai Drivers License. The process is actually very quick and efficient at this time at this particular Imm office May or may not be the same at other provincial offices. I arrived at 2pm on Monday with the following paperwork in hand: Completed application form (you can download a blank form at end of this post.) Copy of TM-30 (new rule at Chon Buri is that it MUST be signed by your landlord) A copy of my rental contract (also signed by landlord) My original passport, plus copies of main page, TM7 arrival card, visa page, and extension stamp page. 2 photos of approved size on white background. My paperwork was reviewed and approved by the nice and efficient girls at the information desk when you first enter building, and given a queue ticket to submit paperwork to an Imm officer. I waited only about 10 minutes to be called to submit paperwork. Was told to come back in one hour (not next day as is true at many Imm offices) for completed Certificate. During that time I went to a medical clinic around the corner and up the street about a 10 minute walk from Imm office to get a medical certificate needed for my drivers license application. If you need one, here is the location of clinic: https://goo.gl/maps/pabyczhG4HHv1yoU6. That test took 5 minutes to do and only consisted of a blood pressure test. The nurse filled out the medical certificate while another did blood test. Cost was 100 baht. Out of there in less than 10 minutes. Headed back to the Imm office after running a few other errands and the certificate was ready for me when I got there 45 minutes later. Pretty simple getting all the paperwork I needed for getting my drivers license in little more than an hour. Jomtien Immigration Office seems to be run pretty efficiently and all personnel were very pleasant and helpful. FYI, I went to Department of Land Transportation today to get my drivers license and found this office to be equally efficient and friendly. I posted a report on my experience at ChumBuri DLT here: Thai-Residency-Certificate-Form.pdf
  9. Regarding the need to get a Thai driver's license, my understanding is that you are expected to get one if you have a long stay visa (here in Thailand beyond 60 days). I never bothered because I do not rely on cars or motorbikes for getting around. Here's my concern: I am moving from Pattaya to Chiang Mai shortly. For my move, I will be renting an SUV car to move all my stuff. What happens if I get pulled over by police for some reason during the trip from Pattaya to Chiang Mai, and can only produce my US license and International Drivers Permit? I assume they will see my long-term visa in my passport, and so I could possibly be ticketed for not having a Thai License. How serious could this be? I mean is it typically a small fine like 500 baht, paid on the spot and then I'm on my way...or could it be more problematic? I am actually planning to get a license once I've moved to Chiang Mai but there are a number of reasons I'd rather not do this before I move unless I absolutely must. Appreciate any helpful replies. Thanks
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