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Fedexpat

Phnom Penh Thai Embassy: Hard to get VISA now

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Hi everyone.

 

 

I'm Italian and I have been in Thailand for the first time with a SETV 60 days + 30 days. After that I extended for another 7 days to match my flight date and avoid any overstay on my passport. 

 

However now I flew out from Thailand to Phnom Penh with the idea to visit the city and eventually get a new visa before going back. So I went to the well reviewed Lucky Lucky visa agency in PP and I got really surprised when they told me that nowadays almost 50% of visas get voided.

 

They also told me from their experience that if you previously extended your SETV at Thailand Immigration Office , 90% of the times your Visa will get voided if you apply. And that makes things even harder for people to get a new VISA in cambodia.

So I started thinking about applying for a new one. 

 

On Friday 22th feubrary 2019 I'm trying to go back to Bangkok and try to get a Visa exemption ( it will be my first one ) . 

So, instead of trying the luck with a new SETV and eventually get a voided one on my passport, I decided to save the 50$ and spend them on a new flight out from Thai ( for Vietnam On the 24th march, after exactly 30 days , just in case I need to show as a proof of onward ticket to airport custom ).

 

My question is: does anybody know if there is any chance they'll refuse to give me a VE flying back to Thailand from Cambodia?

 

Considering that I never attempt to get a VE before, I will have 20.000 baht cash in my pockets, Proof of onward ticket out of the country after 30 days and rent contract of my condo.

 

Do you guys think they will say like "you cannot get in another time" ?

 

I really need to get back because I still have all my things in the condo.

Can anybody tell me his/her opinion?

 

Thank you so much guys I appreciate any answer. 

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With your history, a visa exempt entry will be no problem.

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I may be wrong and with deference to BritTim's earlier comment, if you are aiming for a visa-exempt entry, regardless of having 20k cash and on onward ticket, there's a higher probability of getting knocked back at DMK Don Meuang than trying for a visa-exempt entry at BKK Bangkok. Your history doesn't seem too questionable but the IO with a 'bad hair day' scenario seems to be more of an issue at the northern airport.

 

Since you have Vietnam on your radar already, what's the chance of heading over to Saigon and applying for a SETV there? There used to be a pinned 'sticky' thread with updates about the difficulty or otherwise of getting various Thai visa's at regional embassies and consulates. Looks like it's been un-pinned, maybe due to lack of current information?

 

https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/189375-latest-reports-of-getting-a-visa-in-the-region/

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3 minutes ago, NanLaew said:

I may be wrong but if you are aiming for a visa-exempt entry, regardless of having 20k cash and on onward ticket, there's a higher probability of getting knocked back at DMK Don Meuang than trying for a visa-exempt entry at BKK Bangkok.

 

Since you have Vietnam on your radar already, what's the chance of heading over to Saigon and applying for a SETV there? There used to be a pinned 'sticky' thread with updates about the difficulty or otherwise of getting various Thai visa's at regional embassies and consulates. Looks like it's been un-pinned, maybe due to lack of current information?

Thank you guys for your answers.

 

My flight from Cambodia lands at Suvarnabhumi airport. I don't really know if DMK is better or not. 

 

I bought a ticket for Vietnam but not sure if I will go there 100%. I bought a refundable one just in case I change my mind. But doing so I can also show my onward ticket to airport custom. I hope they will let me get in without any problem. 

 

The first time I went to Thailand with a regular SETV, ticket, and everything set up they made me a LOT of questions. They even call another official to make some questions to me.

That's why i am worried. 

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You have good answers. You will have no problem visa exempt with your history. Flight out was necessary to board flight. Airline requirement. You have. Great. 

Just to add dont rule out your flight to Vietnam. Great joint. Not sure but as Italian think you can enter Vietnam visa exempt. Depending his long your visit.....you could obtain setv to Thailand in say, Saigon. 

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Thanks for the answers everyone.

 

I hope I don't have any problem. Will let you know day 22th feubrary.

 

Yeah can still use Vietnam to get a Visa maybe, but honestly I would rather do a Visa run in 2 days to Laos next time through an expert agency.

 

I heard that Thai Embassy in Vientiane is much more friendly for this kind of things.

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take the bus to Battambang, (5 hours) shared taxi to Pailin, (75 minutes)  an than use the Pailin land crossing for ur 30day visa exempt

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24 minutes ago, Fedexpat said:

Thanks for the answers everyone.

 

I hope I don't have any problem. Will let you know day 22th feubrary.

 

Yeah can still use Vietnam to get a Visa maybe, but honestly I would rather do a Visa run in 2 days to Laos next time through an expert agency.

 

I heard that Thai Embassy in Vientiane is much more friendly for this kind of things.

It looks like Vientiane is not as friendly as it used to be, there's a post of a guy in another thread who got the blu stamp at his first Vientiane setv.

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4 hours ago, yuiop said:

It looks like Vientiane is not as friendly as it used to be, there's a post of a guy in another thread who got the blu stamp at his first Vientiane setv.

Maybe if you do it with an expert agency its easier to get it than applying yourself. Not sure.

 

But many Russian people I met in Thailand made it by agency with no problem for 5k to 7k baht. 

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I think the OP has a legitimate concern and I think the above responses that he should not have a problem, considering his history, are correct.  All due respect.  I do feel one step closer to edge having even read it, though.  What is really going on here?  This guy is from Italy and on his first SETV and worried he can't come back to Thailand?  I understand why he is concerned, but why should he be concerned?  We don't need tourists, we need a submarine?  Anyway OP- Lucky Lucky has mixed reviews.  I've heard horror stories from renting bikes to getting visas.  If you want to try again in Phnom Penh, I would suggest LMN.  Within walking distance, riverside.  Can't send links here, but I used them about a year ago and it was smooth.  Note that today, 19th Feb is a holiday so the embassy won't be open and it takes 3-4 days in Phnom Penh (mine was three, but yes...they seem to be the slowest and unfriendliest and most corrupt of all), so you probably have to be on overstay.  500 baht per day.  Otherwise, just follow the advice of coming in visa exempt or going to basically anywhere else.

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In PP using an agent it can be overnight ( $60-65) to 3 days ( $45)
I have used the agent next to the silver river hotel on street 172 for years and years. Never any problem.

As he is in Cambodia, overstay (after 30 days) is $10/day

500 baht is Thailand

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11 hours ago, yuiop said:

It looks like Vientiane is not as friendly as it used to be, there's a post of a guy in another thread who got the blu stamp at his first Vientiane setv.

Do you have a link to that event ?

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12 hours ago, yuiop said:

It looks like Vientiane is not as friendly as it used to be, there's a post of a guy in another thread who got the blu stamp at his first Vientiane setv.

I'd be curious to see a link to that event too. That is insane. Warning stamp on FIRST setv in Laos? It has to be a joke. 

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14 hours ago, Fedexpat said:

The first time I went to Thailand with a regular SETV, ticket, and everything set up they made me a LOT of questions. They even call another official to make some questions to me.

That's why i am worried. 

OP - are you saying that immigration pulled you aside to ask you questions on your first ever trip to thailand ?  you mention you've never had a VE entry so you are not saying it was your first time entering using an SETV. 

 

 

 

 

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