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My Trip to Vientiane to get an O Visa

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The OP got a Non O based on marriage.... What would be the needed paperwork for a Non O based on retirement?... If they are still offering that as an option?

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43 minutes ago, sfokevin said:

The OP got a Non O based on marriage.... What would be the needed paperwork for a Non O based on retirement?... If they are still offering that as an option?

They want 800k baht a bank or proof of 65k baht income, a medical certificate and a police clearance certificate (it can be one for here).

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21 hours ago, billsmart said:

ot back from Vientiane, Laos where I got a new, 90-day, Non-Immigrant Type O visa based on Marriage to replace my 12-year-old Type O-A visa with which I was recently denied a one-year extension because I did not have health insurance even though I was asking for an extension based on Marriage. I promised I’d give a brief account of my experience in case anyone out there is thinking about doing the same.

First of all, if you are thinking about getting a new visa in Vientiane, you should check out at least two websites:

What? Do they they really require 100K in the bank for 6 months even for single entry based on marriage now?

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18 hours ago, baansgr said:

Annual extensions are an extension of your original visa so

No, annual extensions are extensions of your permission to stay.  The reason you need a re-entry permit to re-enter Thailand while on an extension of stay is because you no longer have a visa.

 

The issue with insurance arises if you originally entered on an O-A visa even though it has since expired.

 

 

 

Edited by Suradit69

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38 minutes ago, Vyhod said:

What? Do they they really require 100K in the bank for 6 months even for single entry based on marriage now?

That is what is shown on the appointment website but it does not appear on the actual embassy website.

No sure they are asking for it when a non-o visa application is done. They would accept the proof even if was not required,

 

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21 hours ago, notrub said:

At the immigration office in Buriram they told me a few weeks ago that I would not need health insurance to renew my ret. visa in January.

Got the same info from the same office this Friday. So they haven't changed their mind (yet?).

 

In case they did by the time you get your yearly extension, they can issue a 60 days one, so plenty of time to get organized.

My wife was doing the talking, and with a bit of hindsight I get the feeling they came to understand that forcing people to convert to non-O would only give them more work.

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1 minute ago, religious monga said:

last i went it cost 15 baht on the cross bridge bus and 8000 kip on the bus into vientiane.

or 30 baht tuktuk to train station or 70 baht tuktuk into nong kai on the thai side

Yes, you can do that all yourself and don't NEED a "handler." You could probably walk all the way if you wanted for free. I just found his services very useful and worth the THB 800 (THB 1,000 with tip).

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23 hours ago, notrub said:

14 12 2019

 

Your introduction stated that you were refused retirement visa renewal because you did not have health insurance.  At the immigration office in Buriram they told me a few weeks ago that I would not need health insurance to renew my ret. visa in January.  Was the decision to require you to have health insurance a local one or has something changed nationally that will affect us all? 

 

I get a bit nervous when I read about experiences such as yours.  I have learned that 'be prepared' only works when they don't change the rules which, as we all know, they do from time to time.   

 

Thanks in advance for any comments you may have.

Is your renewal to from an  original O or O. A Visa? I am also up in January for ext/ret at Buriram and original visa was  O.A .

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Bill thanks for the info could you give us a rundown on the remainder of requirements copies of marriage and other such info they wanted, thanks

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On 12/14/2019 at 4:27 PM, billsmart said:

I hired a “handler” when I got out of my car and was glad I did.

Where did you leave your car? 

How much did they charge you for parking and was it a safe area to leave your vehicle? 

 

Thanks in advance Bill.

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Spending 20000 baht on a 2000 baht visa and people wonder why the immigration visa services are so messed up now.

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