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BANGKOK 18 August 2019 07:31
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Thailand’s eVisa On Arrival (eVOA) service is now live

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8 hours ago, seajae said:

great but they have not done US and Australia, even Russia and these 3 are all major tourism countries for Thailand, really have to wonder why they did countries with few tourists first, maybe because it was easy and required less work

I don't think Russians need a visa?

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3 hours ago, VBF said:

And, it should be mentioned, that once this system is fully live, it appears that postal applications won't be possible. That means that I and people like me, who live in UK and want an SETV, will have to travel to the Embassy in London to get their visa whereas hitherto, one could apply by post - my latest one was posted to the embassy on the Monday and my PP with visa arrived back on the Thursday which was excellent service.

I'm definitely NOT impressed with this new"improvement"!  :angry:

 

Yes, I have to agree that the London Embassy's postal service is great. I just done a visa renewal by post, and I don't think it could of been any quicker! With them Monday morning, back with me Wednesday morning. 

 

A few questions I will need answers to like of...

 

Will my father be able to renew his 1 year ME visa, using his State Pension letter, as currently. 

 

How big a time window do you get to arrange the visit to the Embassy (for availability & price of flights to London and back from Edinburgh). Probably an overnight stay in London, as you have to be there early.  Then if you have to collect it again at a later date (oops you need it as photo ID for the return flight, where's my DL), and how long do you get to arrange the collection.

 

Will the consulates, such as Glasgow be able to apply a Visa to a Passport, once approved?

 

Likely I'll have to be back from Thailand when all these visits to London are needed.  So I need the detail to book my BBK EDI flight in November. 

 

So if visits to London, that's probably at least 6 return flights to London per Year. 

 

Detail eagerly awaited!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If this system system is copied from the VFS system the UK uses in Bangkok, It is very  inconvenient for anyone not staying in proximity to the relevant office.

 

Thinking of VFS Bangkok Slightly of Topic, 

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7 hours ago, Naamblar2014 said:

Yep the Chinese looking to visit countries less polluted than their own.  Thailand is slightly not as bad as China.  But it soon will be

I find Bkk streets exceptionally clean.I look out for litter their isn't any,occasionally I come across a plastic bag I just pick it up.

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1 minute ago, Percy P said:

I find Bkk streets exceptionally clean.I look out for litter their isn't any,occasionally I come across a plastic bag I just pick it up. Thai people just walk past it but am I committing an offence as it's something a Thai person can do.

 

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https://thaievisa.go.th/Home/

typically thai IT ,  a 404 error 😕

does indeed look like a downgrade on the mail in service and be a ballache doing appointments for all who want a visa .

Why they couldn't do setv evisa like cambodia been doing for years is beyond me .

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12 hours ago, bananafish said:


Any further details on that? I thought from April 1st I was going to be able to get a visa by applying online and picking up on arrival, like when entering Vietnam, so that isn't the case? 

unfortunately not, that would of been smart thing do for certain criteria but they call it evisa when in reality for likes of setv it nothing more than online appointment booking for the embassy .

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^

it not really good news in any way when look at the full picture .

What should of been simpler VOA and SETV is going be more money and more running about pending on country you from and what current services you had ...

Only thais could add what is a simpler system yet actually make it more work and charge more too 😕

Going be fun for London consulate if indeed have do visit appointment for every applicant  lol ... one would hope do keep a post in option of passport but looking unlikely from poor details released so far .

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49 minutes ago, BuckBee said:

Only thais could add what is a simpler system yet actually make it more work and charge more too 😕

Going be fun for London consulate if indeed have do visit appointment for every applicant  lol ... one would hope do keep a post in option of passport but looking unlikely from poor details released so far .

Indeed! In the same way that Retirees are being messed about by all the changes in financial and administrative requirements, now it seem that anyone even visiting Thailand for more than a simple 30 day holiday is being made to feel unwelcome. I've never subscribed to the "they just don't want foreigners in Thailand" but more and more it's feeling that way!  

I do hope that the Embassies reintroduce the postal application or make it a proper e-Visa just like Cambodia does. As I say, I hope, BUT.........

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18 hours ago, VBF said:

And, it should be mentioned, that once this system is fully live, it appears that postal applications won't be possible. That means that I and people like me, who live in UK and want an SETV, will have to travel to the Embassy in London to get their visa whereas hitherto, one could apply by post - my latest one was posted to the embassy on the Monday and my PP with visa arrived back on the Thursday which was excellent service.

I'm definitely NOT impressed with this new"improvement"!  :angry:

Can't you just step in to local Thai consulate nearest your city after the appointment is set-up, is everything now being centralised to London EMBASSY ?

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33 minutes ago, freedomnow said:

Can't you just step in to local Thai consulate nearest your city after the appointment is set-up, is everything now being centralised to London EMBASSY ?

The online applications can only be done to the embassy in London.

You will be able to apply in person for certain visas like before at one of the honorary consulates.

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4 hours ago, ubonjoe said:

The online applications can only be done to the embassy in London.

You will be able to apply in person for certain visas like before at one of the honorary consulates.

@freedomnow I fear that at least part of my point has been missed, partly because i didn't mention that the London Embassy IS the "local Thai consulate nearest my city." 

Even visiting it will take nearly a day of my time.  For people living in (say) Devon it will be a real hassle both in terms of time and expense. They will need to travel either to London for this new method or Cardiff to get a visa as before. 

 

My point is that until now one has had the opportunity to apply by post for a Tourist Visa and therefore no need to visit anything except the local post office to send the paperwork off.

Apparently the postal method will not be available soon.

 

@ubonjoe Do you see any likelihood of this new approach turning into a proper eVisa OR the postal application being reinstated?

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