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BANGKOK 18 August 2019 08:37
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Thailand’s eVisa On Arrival (eVOA) service is now live

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30 minutes ago, VBF said:

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.

The only place to get a answer about the mailed in application is the embassy. They may work out a way for you to send your passport and other documents with a prepaid return envelope to get it sent back to you by mail. I see no reason why they could not do that.

30 minutes ago, VBF said:

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

There has been info put out that they plan on doing e visas for tourists but I have seen anything about it lately.

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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.

That is not correct. There are no walk in applications available in the UK after the 1st April for UK and and Irish citizens. All applications are done through the web portal. If the application is successful, THEN you choose an Embassy or consulate to attend with your hard copy's and get the visa inserted in your passport.
You will not be able to walk in and apply for any visa in the way you do now. All applications will be handled via Bangkok

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10 minutes ago, Lovethailandelite said:

That is not correct. There are no walk in applications available in the UK after the 1st April for UK and and Irish citizens. All applications are done through the web portal. If the application is successful, THEN you choose an Embassy or consulate to attend with your hard copy's and get the visa inserted in your passport.
You will not be able to walk in and apply for any visa in the way you do now. All applications will be handled via Bangkok

I think wrong about the honorary consulates not being able to accept the applications.

From the info I have seen there are certain categories of visas that cannot be applied for online.

Not sure where you got the info that they will be processed in Bangkok. Everything I have seen is that approvals are still going to be done at the embassy or consulate where the application is forwarded to.

 

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5 hours 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 ?

It is NOT an appointment system. It is online visa application. You will create an account, scan and upload your documents, passport etc. Then, if you are successful, you will make an appointment at ANY Embassy or consulate, take the hard copy's of your documents that you submitted electronically and get the visa affixed in your passport. There is no option for walk in or postal applications as the information is required for you to upload securely direct too the Bangkok based Database. The Embassy has no input or decision in issuing the visa other than declining it if your hard copy's are in anyway different to those which you actually uploaded.
There 'Maybe' an option to post your documents once the initial application has been agreed and the agreement reached to issue you a visa. The London Embassy needs permission from the MFA and Immigration in Bangkok for this too happen. At the moment this permission has not been obtained.

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3 minutes ago, Lovethailandelite said:

There 'Maybe' an option to post your documents once the initial application has been agreed and the agreement reached to issue you a visa. The London Embassy needs permission from the MFA and Immigration in Bangkok for this too happen. At the moment this permission has not been obtained.

Do you have any documented proof for what you wrote about. I have seen nothing about such a thing.

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Just now, ubonjoe said:

I think wrong about the honorary consulates not being able to accept the applications.

From the info I have seen there are certain categories of visas that cannot be applied for online.

Not sure where you got the info that they will be processed in Bangkok. Everything I have seen is that approvals are still going to be done at the embassy or consulate where the application is forwarded to.

 

The application decision is done by the parameters built in the system which is a databased system running in Bangkok. The Embassy has no input. I'm not sure which categories of visas you maybe referring too? part from maybe some oddball visa, all the categories are built in to the system. Everybody in the UK holding a UK or Irish passport after the 1st April MUST use electronic application.

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7 minutes ago, Lovethailandelite said:

I'm not sure which categories of visas you maybe referring too? part from maybe some oddball visa, all the categories are built in to the system.

A OA or OX visa for example. Try it here. https://thaievisa.go.th/Home/LongStay

I got this when tried.

"You cannot apply for a visa through the Visa Application System.Your visa application can be submitted to following mission" 

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Well at least they can translate these inexisting laws such as 180 days a year or whatever into database parameters and waste less of people's time by rejecting them at the beginning rather than upon entry. In that respect I feel it's fair.

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Just now, ubonjoe said:

Do you have any documented proof for what you wrote about. I have seen nothing about such a thing.

The documented proof is on the London Thai Embassy Facebook page. The London Thai embassy tend to get there information out that way, rather than updating there web address frequently.Apart from that, I have first had knowledge of how the system is set up. You can accept what I am explaining or not. I told you 3 weeks before the US stopped the income letters it was going happen but you wouldn't accept it. The same way as I have told you there is a major overhaul in the immigration system which again, you choose not to accept. 
Sometimes it's better to listen what people are telling you instead of putting doubt in others minds of exactly what is happening. The system is designed to stop this swapping of passports and people gaining visas that shouldn't be getting them. Hence the whole system is now linked together via MFA and Immigration. All Thai Embassy's worldwide will eventually need to switch too this system. China switched to the self same system I believe the 15th February for those requiring more than a VOA.

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Just now, ubonjoe said:

A OA or OX visa for example. Try it here. https://thaievisa.go.th/Home/LongStay

I got this when tried.

"You cannot apply for a visa through the Visa Application System.Your visa application can be submitted to following mission" 

You will need to register then they will ask you to attend if it isn't possible to issue an online decision. Until closer too the time and the portal is actually complete, it's impossible to know exactly which visas can be applied for online.

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3 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

A OA or OX visa for example. Try it here. https://thaievisa.go.th/Home/LongStay

I got this when tried.

"You cannot apply for a visa through the Visa Application System.Your visa application can be submitted to following mission" 

Yes I have just tried it. it gives this and no further info. The portal isn't yet complete

 

You cannot apply for a visa through the Visa Application System.Your visa application can be submitted to following mission 
 
 

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Here.

**e-visa application will start from 1 April 2019**
Thailand has introduced e-visa application. From 1 April 2019, visa applicants in the UK and Ireland have to apply online. 

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6 minutes ago, Lovethailandelite said:

Apart from that, I have first had knowledge of how the system is set up. 

Wish you'd share how the system is setup, I like to identify loopholes.

 

U could also share so that I know what's coming 🙂

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Just now, lkv said:

Wish you'd share how the system is setup, I like to identify loopholes.

 

U could also share so that I know what's coming 🙂

There are no loopholes in the system. If you attempt to lie to it, it simply picks up on the next stage of application. It simply doesn't allow you to apply without the correct documentation in front of you which you then upload to the system electronically before you submit it. If by chance you managed to cheat the system in to issuing the visa, it would be picked up on when you attend to get the visa affixed and your hard copy.s are checked.

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Just now, Lovethailandelite said:

There are no loopholes in the system. If you attempt to lie to it, it simply picks up on the next stage of application. It simply doesn't allow you to apply without the correct documentation in front of you which you then upload to the system electronically before you submit it. If by chance you managed to cheat the system in to issuing the visa, it would be picked up on when you attend to get the visa affixed and your hard copy.s are checked.

I mean in regards to parameters like how many visas in a certain timeframe or limits in total duration of stay per calendar year, which would make the system reject an application. That sort of thing. 

 

Or they're not bothering with that?

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