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My guide to online E-visa applications via London Thai Embassy (60-day SETV by post)

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Thanks Senior Player. Im just about to start an application (Ive been waiting for my last visa to expire) so Im sure your info. will be invaluable.

 

Can I ask if, with all your successive attempts to log in and continue, did u have to re-enter your application ref. every time? And did u initially write it down as I advised in my thread on this? If u recall I lost my almost completed application as I failed to write this down as soon as it appeared and when out of the blue the 'error return to home' message' appeared and when I returned to the home page I was unable to continue where I left off without the application ref. It would be a good idea to also warn people about this in your excellent step by step guide.

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27 minutes ago, SunsetT said:

Thanks Senior Player. Im just about to start an application (Ive been waiting for my last visa to expire) so Im sure your info. will be invaluable.

 

Can I ask if, with all your successive attempts to log in and continue, did u have to re-enter your application ref. every time? And did u initially write it down as I advised in my thread on this? If u recall I lost my almost completed application as I failed to write this down as soon as it appeared and when out of the blue the 'error return to home' message' appeared and I returned to home I was unable to continue where I left off without the application ref.

That's ok @SunsetT I hope it's helpful to you. With regards to the actual login, once you've registered your account by clicking on the verification link that's been sent to your email address, it's pretty much plain sailing from there on out. The only thing you need to login each time is the email address that you supplied and your password. You'll have to type in one of those authentication codes that determines whether you're a bot or not, but other than that, you go straight through to your profile page that has everything on it. There's no need to write down anything else.

 

If you haven't been sent an email verification link after registering your account after completing it, then I assume your account was never properly registered nor activated and you'll need to do it again until you receive one. As you pointed out in another thread, you need to omit the first 0 from your phone number (home or mobile) and set it at UK (+44). That was the only thing I thought you had trouble with? If your home number is a Thai one, then the same thing applies and you'll have to omit the 0 at the start of your phone number.

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1 hour ago, SunsetT said:

And did u initially write it down as I advised in my thread on this? If u recall I lost my almost completed application as I failed to write this down as soon as it appeared and when out of the blue the 'error return to home' message' appeared and when I returned to the home page I was unable to continue where I left off without the application ref. It would be a good idea to also warn people about this in your excellent step by step guide.

I've just seen your re-edited post above with additional information. I honestly don't recall ever being given an application ref when I was creating my account. Once I'd completed my User Profile, I just clicked on CREATE and a verification email was sent directly to my email address, which I then had to click on to activate my account. Once it was activated, I could then login with my password and email address. 

 

Perhaps you need to clear your web browser's cache first then start all over again? Alternatively, you can always use a different email address to the one you first supplied. It seems you never created the profile, nor activated it, so I would suggest doing it again.

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what a messy system, I use to do setv quite a bit for trips to thailand but simply won't bother any more as not worth the hassle or offers good value for the ever growing charges .
Why they could not use a proper simple evisa like cambodia been doing for about a decade where you get a visa simply at designated entry points is beyond logic .
It basically a huge step backwards in efficiency and made setv more hassle than it worth in many cases.

I rarely pre book accommodation and generally never book onward flight as like keep it fully flexible and make my mind up closer to the time ....

 

On a side note do airline checkin want see onward flight for setv or they still happy allow boarding if you got a setv .

 

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40 minutes ago, BuckBee said:

On a side note do airline checkin want see onward flight for setv or they still happy allow boarding if you got a setv .

I entirely agree with you about it being a messy system. The Cambodian visa you could always get relatively easy on arrival if you're prepared to queue up and wait for it. I don't know if that's changed recently?

 

I'm not entirely sure what you're asking me @BuckBee? Do you mean is it necessary to have a ticket pre-booked for your return flight before you check-in at your outbound flight? I think the answer is yes, but that's down to the discretion of whatever airline you're flying out on. Personally, I'll be booking a return flight when I book my outbound one, so it won't be a problem for me as I only intend to stay within the 60-days and not extend my visa.

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you could do cambodia visa online and they email you visa acceptance document you print out then you simply got a evisa stamp at any evisa entry point, was simple and smart and been in use around 10 years, why thailand didn't do similar is beyond logic 😕

 

As for flights I wondering if airlines requesting onward booking these days for those with setv as it was never required before by airlines if you had a valid visa as thailand only requested onward flights for visa exempt entry ...

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32 minutes ago, BuckBee said:

you could do cambodia visa online and they email you visa acceptance document you print out then you simply got a evisa stamp at any evisa entry point, was simple and smart and been in use around 10 years, why thailand didn't do similar is beyond logic 😕

 

As for flights I wondering if airlines requesting onward booking these days for those with setv as it was never required before by airlines if you had a valid visa as thailand only requested onward flights for visa exempt entry ...

I've never applied online for the Cambodian visa, I've always done mine upon arrival at Phnom Penh or Siem Reap airport, but I trust it's much simpler than the Thai one and doesn't require so much work on the applicant's part. 

 

I'm afraid I don't know the answer about onward flights with a SETV. Personally, I always plan on a return date so always have my return flight booked and already paid for.  

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25 minutes ago, Senior Player said:

I've never applied online for the Cambodian visa, I've always done mine upon arrival at Phnom Penh or Siem Reap airport, but I trust it's much simpler than the Thai one and doesn't require so much work on the applicant's part.

Cambodia (SETV for 30 days), Turkey and India (METV for, in India's case, one year) are a piece of cake and wholly online. Thailand is way behind on this one. And for visa exempt entries, Malaysia has had a 60-day standard since at least the 1990s

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Hello Senior Player. Great to read this. I feel better now. Applying for a SETV should be easier than I thought, after reading this. Thanks.

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I found the E Visa  application in UK hopeless,, I cant pre book flights due to my work status ,, even though i have a wife , kids and home in Thailand and house in UK

more than enough money    4 applications  failed cant get ME O visa  cant get SE O visa either ,,   im totally frustrated ,  As an offshore worker im going to have to do a visa in Vietnam or somewhere

23 years married ,,   does not count jack shit

Suvarnabhumi immigration told me  back in March when i left thailand  if i dont arrive with a METV O visa I wont be allowed in ???? 

 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, liddelljohn said:

Suvarnabhumi immigration told me  back in March when i left thailand  if i dont arrive with a METV O visa I wont be allowed in ???? 

It seems odd that you would be told this on the way out. 

If money no prob... how about an Elite?

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8 hours ago, lamyai3 said:

I think you have the dubious honour of being the first person to report back on successfully completing a tourist visa application through the new UK e-visa system. It seems several orders of magnitude more difficult than any visa I obtained for here previously. 

It certainly feels that way @lamyai3 I'm surprised there hasn't been more people reporting on this new UK e-visa system. There's certainly more hoops one has to jump through in order to get one, unlike before. But persevere, it's not as bad as it first might appear.

 

7 hours ago, Denim said:

Thanks to the OP for taking the trouble to post this thread.

 

I have learnt something from his experience. That I will never ever apply for any kind of visa from the UK Thai embassy in future. This whole procedure will inevitably result in fewer applications from people who are not necessarily commited to visiting Thailand for more than a few weeks. They will simply pass through Thailand and spend their money elsewhere. 

 

You're entirely welcome @Denim I think, perhaps, you might well be right about fewer applications from UK tourists. The speed in which I got my visa turned around is probably down to the low volume of applicants due to this laborious process.

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