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My Trip to Vientiane to get an O Visa

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Bill,

Great trip report...thanks. 

 

Three questions:

1) Aprrox. how many days were left on your old extension when leaving Thailand?

 

2) Did the Vientiane embassy give any resistance to issuing the new visa since the old extension of stay had not reached its stated/stamped expiration?

 

I ask above questions since I heard the embassy may not issue a new visa unless the old one has expired naturally even though exiting Thailand without  a reentry permit kills off the extension of stay.

 

3) When reentering Thailand did Thai immigration ask for any outward travel ticket or proof of income like 10K baht?

 

PIb

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What about the "letter frpm embassy"? the laos web site says there is a need for "letter from embassy" in case of applying for the retirement visa based on 800K baht in the bank.

what does it mean, this "letter from embassy" and is there a way to skip it?

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35 minutes ago, SCOTT FITZGERSLD said:

What about the "letter frpm embassy"? the laos web site says there is a need for "letter from embassy" in case of applying for the retirement visa based on 800K baht in the bank.

what does it mean, this "letter from embassy" and is there a way to skip it?

You post is a bit off topic and you are asking about a different  location.

The info on the Savannakhet consulate website means proof of retirement and has been discussed many times in other topics.

 

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Here in Buriram it is both bank book and 'visa' bank letter.  The balance in the book must be exactly the same as in the letter, which is valid for a very short time.  In Surattanni I had to make a new application a week after the first due to a fault of the immigration dept.. 

 

All was fine (as it could be following a forced trip to Kuala Lumpur), until the officer noticed that my bank letter had expired.  Never mind that this letter was only a few days old and that it matched my bank book exactly.  Mad dash across town and BKK bank did me a 'favour'  (100 baht) to produce a new letter in an hour. 

 

Back to immigration handed over the letter and the sum was not identical, 1,400,000.24 THB in the letter, 1,400.000.42 in the book.  No matter that the original error had been their fault and that I had just flown to Malaysia for a new stamp, and that the sum in the bank exceeded the amount required by quite a lot. 

 

It was back into downtown traffic and a very snooty young woman did another letter (for free!).  Finally got all the ducks lined up in a row and I got my new O visa.  We just managed to get the last ferry back to Koh Phangan and home...

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Does anyone have any experience recently applying for the O visa based on thai child? Were you also asked for a bank statement? 

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11 hours ago, Pib said:

Bill,

Great trip report...thanks. 

 

Three questions:

1) Aprrox. how many days were left on your old extension when leaving Thailand?

 

2) Did the Vientiane embassy give any resistance to issuing the new visa since the old extension of stay had not reached its stated/stamped expiration?

 

I ask above questions since I heard the embassy may not issue a new visa unless the old one has expired naturally even though exiting Thailand without  a reentry permit kills off the extension of stay.

 

3) When reentering Thailand did Thai immigration ask for any outward travel ticket or proof of income like 10K baht?

 

PIb

Pib,

 

1 ) My last One-year Extention of Stay was to expire on 14 Dec. I applied for the O visa at Vientiane on 12 Dec and received it on 13 Dec. Since I didn't have a re-entry permit, my rights to re-enter Thailand were terminated when I left.

2) No, they did not for, I think, the reason stated above.
3) No, I was not asked for an onward ticket or any proof of income when I re-entered Thailand.

 

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