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BANGKOK 26 June 2019 00:38
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Savannakhet, a visa to die for ?

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5 hours ago, BuckBee said:

visa companies will ruin this consulate and thai border .

No it is the new Law at the consulate's  not just Savannakhet...  a few years ago no matter where you went with a vIsa company, you did not go to the Consulate... The Visa Company Agent took all the Passports, also collected them the next day...

 

The Consulates all over now state you have to apply in person + collect in person = loads of people waiting, so nothing to do with Visa Companies  

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It seems a lot of effort and hassle to circumvent doing the right thing. If it's a tourist extension it can be done at any immigration office. If it for a type O for retirement or marriage, either show money as foreign transfer monthly or money in the bank. A back door approach seems fruitless. If you don't have the money to stay in Thailand you should consider going somewhere else.

If someone doesn't want to wait in a queue, they can always get an appointment in Vientiane. If they can plan ahead and get an appointment. 

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What kind of visa these people want ?

If I was a grumpy old Thaivisa member I would say that nobody should be given any visa in any country around Thailand, and everybody should have to go back home to get one ! But luckily I am not so old and grumpy to think like this !

 

 

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1 minute ago, myjawe said:

What kind of visa these people want ?

If I was a grumpy old Thaivisa member I would say that nobody should be given any visa in any country around Thailand, and everybody should have to go back home to get one ! But luckily I am not so old and grumpy to think like this !

 

 

Don;t worry, there are many grumpy old gits to fill that requirement.

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I too am not grumpy. I am well aware of Thai culture and traditions and foremost is respect and courtesy. 

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Because everything is not black and white I'm afraid.

 

I have a friend who had a life threatening illness. Treatment wiped out a large percent of his savings.

With the poor exchange rates, his pension doesn't quite cover the 40 000 Baht per month needed.

He doesn't pay rent and can live comfortably on his pension

 

He's been here for over 30 years and has a wife and family.

As he see's it, he can either go back to Australia alone and live on the pension

or can go to Savannakhet and get a non-immi visa.

 

A pretty easy decision for him I suggest.

 

 

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Sorry I was trying to reply. I think the subject is changing from the long lines and dropping bags. The majority of people in line were probably looking for a shortcut for their visas. Sorry about your friends but you might want to help him out or get a "go fund me" page. 

Sorry if I sound curt and that's not my intention. Reserving a place in line and going off to eat is rude and gets under my skin.

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14 minutes ago, FredGallaher said:

Sorry I was trying to reply. I think the subject is changing from the long lines and dropping bags. The majority of people in line were probably looking for a shortcut for their visas. Sorry about your friends but you might want to help him out or get a "go fund me" page. 

Sorry if I sound curt and that's not my intention. Reserving a place in line and going off to eat is rude and gets under my skin.

As stated, I agree with you about people pushing in line.

 

My point was, that you said people are circumventing the system and if they haven't got the required funds they should leave.

It's not always as easy as that.

 

 

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I agree with you that there are exceptions. I doubt that the majority of those in line (or bags in line) share the same problems. In fact, they negatively affect your friend by plugging up the system. I wonder if these are the same people that complain about their troubles at the border. Such as being turned down for entry, excessive questioning, etc. I suspect that you and I don't have problems because we know the rules and do our best to follow them. 

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When I saw the headline, a threat to life came to mind other than crossing the road safely. We are reading of people having to queue for several hours in what can be, often is, high temperatures and humidity. How many elderly folk, foreigners who are married to a Thai and have to go through the same circus year after year, providing exactly the same information and documents they have done numerous times before, how many of those can go through that torture without collapsing?

The current situation is clearly unsustainable, but how long will the Thais take to react and do something about it? Vientienne caused the problem, no doubt without any warning or thought of how it would affect Savannakhet. It is as if they work for two different countries rather than the same, totally independent of each other and operating under different rules.

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I try my best not to be arrogant and tell others what to do. We need to take responsibility for ourselves and do the right thing. Thailand doesn't owe us anything and we are not covered by their health insurance. We need to follow their immigration laws and comply with the minimums.  I can't comment about people in uniform making up rules because I don't see it. 

This subject has reverted to arguing so leaving things be and "I'm outa here" 

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Vientienne has obviously lost a lot of cash income with their appointment thingy, and looks like Savv now has a rubbing of hands cash influx....

 

Perhaps Vientienne will be scratching their heads regarding the loss of revenue very shortly..

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