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BANGKOK 19 April 2019 03:48
attrayant

Best time to renew extension: right before or right after Songkran?

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My 'permitted to exist in Thailand' stamp is May 24th.  If I recall, I can renew up to 45 days before that.  Using all my fingers and toes, and a few other appendages, I figured out that the earliest I can apply for renewal is Tuesday, April 9th - the week before Songkran. 

 

My hypothesis is that immigration lines will be shorter in the days just before Songkran compared to the days just after. Is my reasoning correct?  It's a retirement extension, if that matters, so it should be pretty easy & quick.

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Earlier the better, every time. Regardless of the holiday.

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Which immigration office are we talking about here - Chaengwattana or Chiang Mai? Both allow extensions to be applied for 45 days in advance as I recall.

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I'm in Bangkok so that would be the CW office.  I figured sooner is always better than later.  I'll figure on Weds the 10th.  That gives me Thursday & Friday to come back in case there's a problem on Weds.

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24 minutes ago, attrayant said:

That gives me Thursday & Friday to come back in case there's a problem on Weds.

 

I may be mistaken, but am under the impression that 12 April (your 'Friday'), and 16 April have been added as national holidays, which presumably affect the RTP/Imm?

 

I can't find the press release but am certain I saw it on an official Twitter feed.

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Wow good thing I asked. My Thai visa membership fees are really paying off! I’ll plan on the first possible day, Tuesday the 9th. Might be busy, but I don’t see how it could be worse than post-Songkran.

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1 hour ago, attrayant said:

My 'permitted to exist in Thailand' stamp is May 24th.

And you have good reason (travel plans? expiring document?) to be so early?

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17 hours ago, stereolab said:

Earlier the better, every time. Regardless of the holiday.

No matter what time a person chooses to go....that time will be early for some...and late for others?

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17 hours ago, attrayant said:

Wow good thing I asked. My Thai visa membership fees are really paying off! I’ll plan on the first possible day, Tuesday the 9th. Might be busy, but I don’t see how it could be worse than post-Songkran.

Your earliest possible week to extend falls inside a three day working week for immigration, also true of the following week... 8th, 12th and 15th/16th are closed, Personally I'd choose a midweek day later in April, but you might be ok on the retirement extensions desk. 

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Would 7th/8th May not be soon enough?

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I was refused an extension at Jomtien for being too early and told 30 days before is maximum.

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Depending on the IO "YOU" use, you can renew up to 60 days in advance.  The earlier you renew, the easier it is to sort out any problems ( if possible ) that surface - you do NOT loose any time, based on anniversary date to anniversary date.

Note: I do my 90 days 5 days in advance, ( 5 days to sort out any problems if any ) you do loose time...based on 90 calendar days.

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4 minutes ago, littlepe said:

I was refused an extension at Jomtien for being too early and told 30 days before is maximum.

30 days is normal, at Jomtem I have heard of people being permitted to do it sooner if they can show a flight out of Thailand before the 30 day mark. 

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