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1 hour ago, blny said:

Hi guys!
I am a Pole who lives in Ao Nang, I flew to Thailand on March 15 and got 30 days on Visa Exempt then I extended it by 30 days in the immigration office. Later I did 2 border run to Malaysia and I flew twice from Kuala Lumpur to Krabi by plane.
Last time IO told me that next time I need to have turist visa, otherwise they don't let me in Thailand.
Where, with my history, can I get the easiest SETV ??

Ps. Sorry for my bad english 🙂

From Krabi, the obvious choice is Kuala Lumpur. Most consulates in the region are probably OK since you have no previous tourist visas in your passport. Are you planning to stay longer than a further 90 days? If so, in the current climate, you should be looking at alternatives to tourist visas.

 

By the way, although you cannot (safely) try to enter visa exempt by air, you can still get a visa exempt entry at most land crossings. Only use this option if you fail to get a visa at some point in the future. You are only allowed two visa exempt entries by land in a calendar year, and this is your fall back plan in emergencies.

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Sounds like you have used your 2 ve border entries for 2019. You can obtain setv but its getting dangerous flying into los, even with tourist visa but thinking OK for next one. After that setv with border entry. That gets you to next yr when you have 2 ve border entries. Eventually gig is up. Flying in will not be possible. Setv will run out along with zero border entries left. 

One small tip..have one visa exempt entry up sleeve when obtaining setv anywhere. If visa issued  with VOID stamp, you will need that ve border entry.

Check out 2 current threads with members in that box.

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On 8/13/2019 at 7:22 AM, Cheesus said:

I realize that with my history (numerous TR visas with extensions, staying most of the year in Thailand)

Seems pretty clear you are not a proper tourist by most accepted definitions especially if you stay for most of a one year in Thailand.  I would not be surprised that even if you do get a Tourist Visa, the immigration official at the Thai border may turn you away at some point.

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24 minutes ago, gk10002000 said:

Seems pretty clear you are not a proper tourist by most accepted definitions especially if you stay for most of a one year in Thailand.  I would not be surprised that even if you do get a Tourist Visa, the immigration official at the Thai border may turn you away at some point.

Sorta agree but I'm thinking if he actually obtained setv a border entry not a problem. Airport entry even with visa very problematic.

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Thanks for the answers Dr Jack and Brit Tim!

 

17 hours ago, BritTim said:

Are you planning to stay longer than a further 90 days?

Yes,  I opened a small bar and restaurants but for a business visa I need 4 million thb investment ?? Mine costs only 1 million.
 

16 hours ago, DrJack54 said:

Sounds like you have used your 2 ve border entries for 2019.

Yes, I used my two border runes, I know now it was stupid but my friend who lives here for a long time, claimed that I could fly from another country to Thailand and renew my 30 days on Visa Exempt. 🤦‍♂️

Brit Tim recommends KL, I've been there a few times, some other friendly places ?? I would like to see something new.

 

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27 minutes ago, blny said:

Thanks for the answers Dr Jack and Brit Tim!

 

Yes,  I opened a small bar and restaurants but for a business visa I need 4 million thb investment ?? Mine costs only 1 million.
 

Yes, I used my two border runes, I know now it was stupid but my friend who lives here for a long time, claimed that I could fly from another country to Thailand and renew my 30 days on Visa Exempt. 🤦‍♂️

Brit Tim recommends KL, I've been there a few times, some other friendly places ?? I would like to see something new.

 

 

27 minutes ago, blny said:

 

 

Without sounding harsh I don't think your fully aware that your now skating on thin ice. There is current thread where member who had already used the two visa exempt border entry per calendar yr and flew to Saigon to obtain setv. PP returned with the visa and void stamp. So now cannot enter by land border and will need fly into Thailand hopefully obtain visa exempt stamp. (Its not visa on arrival). Even then what next and that's assuming is allowed entry. If denied entry will have to return Saigon. 

You mention "easiest place for setv...." Even if you get one you could be denied entry. BritTim suggestion of KL is good because if you get your visa and yet denied entry into los and fly back, you still retain that visa. Its not cancelled so you could enter via border. Don't put Saigon on your option list.

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What you think about Kota Bharu consulate?? I never been there...
If not KB, I would fly to KL by plane but I want to bo back by land by bus or train. It seems less risk to me??

 

 

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52 minutes ago, blny said:

What you think about Kota Bharu consulate?? I never been there...
If not KB, I would fly to KL by plane but I want to bo back by land by bus or train. It seems less risk to me??

 

 

If you can obtain setv somewhere then try fly in. Chaing mai might be good option. 

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2 hours ago, blny said:

What you think about Kota Bharu consulate?? I never been there...
If not KB, I would fly to KL by plane but I want to bo back by land by bus or train. It seems less risk to me??

Kota Bharu has historically been a good place to apply for a tourist visa, but I have not seen recent reports. With all the changes that have been happening, nothing is guaranteed. If you do go to Kota Bharu, although it is only about an hour from the border, onward travel inside Thailand is quite time consuming.

 

From Kuala Lumpur, I suggest returning by bus to Hat Yai (entering Thailand at Sadao). There have been bad reports in the past, but it seems OK right now. Up until a year or so ago, I would have recommended taking the train, but there is no longer a through train service, and you must now clear immigration at the road crossing, rather than the station, where an old battleaxe tries to find an excuse to deny you entry.

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