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Hi fellow seekers.

I have previously settled on using a  1 year, multi entry, Non 'O' (marriage) visa to stay 179/180 days (+) in Thailand as the simplest way to cover all my bases for on my annual visit. 40 years married, 15 years on 6 month stopovers in Thailand with wife.

 

I won't rant (too much) about how the new 'system' has thrown our lives into chaos - though i really, really want to.

 

This year, I fortunately found out in time that major changes were afoot and called the Thai Embassy (London) whose traditionally (allegedly) rude and irritable staff recommended a 90 day Non O visa which could be extended in Thailand - they did not say for how long.

 

... Cut to 5 hour Chaeng Watthana ordeal without description of procedure to amass all documents ...

They would only give me a 60 day extension (leaving me 30 days short) and recommended doing a border run via an airport to get a 30 day visa on arrival upon my return. Another money pit.

 Gnashing of teeth. 😬

 

The questions arising ...

1. Am I likely to have difficulties requesting a 30 day stamp/visa on arrival (at Swampy international) if I do as the Immigration officer suggests (after 90 day visa + 60 day extension) ? - Any experience/es anyone?

2. Would a land border run (at say , Kanchanaburi) be less likely to be successful? 

3. Assuming I do not want to be involved with bank deposits and health insurances in the future, am I stuck with this regime or perhaps going abroad after 90 days to get another 90 day Non 'O' (or other) visa at a thai embassy?

4. The Multiple entry option was not available when I applied online - despite the button showing on the screen - is this likely to be a permanent feature of non 'O' visas?

I might be flying to Vietnam or Penang at the end of February so I'll report back. 

 

Would appreciate some feedback in advance tho'.😕

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Do a border run and obtain another 60 day VISA at any embassy/consulate.  

Edited by Tounge Thaied
Didn't read original comment properly, needed to provide better advice.

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Yes, applying for a Multi-Entry Non Imm O - marriage Visa in a neighboring country is probably your best option as you can squeeze almost 15 months of stay in Thailand out of it (and can be extended for another 2 months).

> I PM-ed you some practical information on how to apply for it in Savannakhet, Laos / HCMC, Vietnam / Yangon, Myanmar.  So you can choose most convenient option.

Cheers and success!

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On 1/9/2020 at 11:18 PM, magpie3 said:

I have previously settled on using a  1 year, multi entry, Non 'O' (marriage) visa to stay 179/180 days (+) in Thailand as the simplest way to cover all my bases for on my annual visit. 40 years married, 15 years on 6 month stopovers in Thailand with wife.

 

I won't rant (too much) about how the new 'system' has thrown our lives into chaos - though i really, really want to.

Me to!  finished work early, first half of 2018, not quite chaos, but everything configured to use the ME visa, including pension configurations, so more awkward. The difference is I would prefer to be in Thailand less than 90 Days at a time and back to the UK. (The marriage extension can be complicated and very unlikely to be obtained in my visit timescales). The 60 Day extension sounds ok. HCMC consulate in Vietnam is still doing non-ME visa's but I wonder for how much longer....

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Should have stuck with the one year visa you originally settled on.  Oh well, live and learn, eh?

Edited by SiSePuede419
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Originally I t orhought that I would retire in Bangkok and live there full time,  I previously worked in Bangkok for 12 years and have been involved with Thais and Thailand for almost 40 years.  Still visit on a regular basis.  However, over the past five or so years I kind of like living where I do.  I seem to be shortening the amount of time that I want to stay in Thailand.  Now I'm thinking maybe just stay in in Thailand from early November to late March which would be approximately five months and miss most of the northern winter.  Instead of going the retirement visa route I was thinking 90 day non-immigrant and then extending for 60 days/another 90 day non-immigrant whichever is easier to obtain.  I already have Thai banks accounts, housing sorted out, etc.  How easy is this to do?  

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On 1/9/2020 at 11:18 PM, magpie3 said:

1. Am I likely to have difficulties requesting a 30 day stamp/visa on arrival (at Swampy international) if I do as the Immigration officer suggests (after 90 day visa + 60 day extension) ? - Any experience/es anyone?

2. Would a land border run (at say , Kanchanaburi) be less likely to be successful? 

1. You might have problems going for a 30-day visa exempt entry by air, though you would most likely be OK.

2. On the contrary, a visa exempt entry by land is almost certain to be successful.

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I like the OP and others only spend 6 months a year or less in Thailand (for the last 10 years with 2 exceptions of 18 months each).  I am getting tired if jumping thru the hoops for immigration on my retirement extension and want to drop it next year.  Does anyone see a problem applying for a 3 month tourist visa from Canada (actually 2 months plus a 1900 baht extension) then heading to Vietnam for a holiday.  In Vietnam I can apply for a another 3 month visa from a Thai Embassy and exit from Thailand to Canada after 2 months with no 1900 baht extension.  Theoretically I can continue doing this without keeping 800K + THB in my Thai bank.

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It would be nice if there was a "snowbird visa" that would allow a 6 month stay to escape the northern winters. The danger with a 90 day non-imm visa with extension in Thailand is that an airline might not allow you to board. The best choice seems to be the 1 year non-imm for family visit (if appropriate) and do a border run shortly before the 90 day point.

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3 hours ago, HannahD said:

extension in Thailand is that an airline might not allow you to board.

Then buy an airfare that complies and allows changes, even Air Asia offer that!

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4 hours ago, HannahD said:

It would be nice if there was a "snowbird visa" that would allow a 6 month stay to escape the northern winters. The danger with a 90 day non-imm visa with extension in Thailand is that an airline might not allow you to board. The best choice seems to be the 1 year non-imm for family visit (if appropriate) and do a border run shortly before the 90 day point.

no return flight required with a visa

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20 hours ago, Hanuman2547 said:

Originally I t orhought that I would retire in Bangkok and live there full time,  I previously worked in Bangkok for 12 years and have been involved with Thais and Thailand for almost 40 years.  Still visit on a regular basis.  However, over the past five or so years I kind of like living where I do.  I seem to be shortening the amount of time that I want to stay in Thailand.  Now I'm thinking maybe just stay in in Thailand from early November to late March which would be approximately five months and miss most of the northern winter.  Instead of going the retirement visa route I was thinking 90 day non-immigrant and then extending for 60 days/another 90 day non-immigrant whichever is easier to obtain.  I already have Thai banks accounts, housing sorted out, etc.  How easy is this to do?  

if married/Thai family why not do either a multi entry 'O' visa from savannakhet or HCMC, or a yearly married extension, if staying for 5 months a 'O' visa + a 60 day extension

if not married/Thai family than you can not do any extension on a 'O' visa other than a yearly extension

Edited by steve187
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Apologies for going missing - been a bit unwell.

Interesting to read the responses above - and the extensive details in the PM from Peter Denis.

 

She and I  have been taken under the wing of my extended family and booked on a 3 day trip to Vietnam at the critical time when my visa is running out.  Despite the family's favourite travel agent's assurances, I am slightly apprehensive about the re-entry into Thailand on a 30 day tourist visa waiver/exemption thingy.

Am I risking a neckdeepinbrownstuff experience?  

 

I will take ALL paperwork they could possibly want with me,  but in the twilight zone that is Thai immigration is my 30 day allowance as a tourist valid after the 90 day visa with 60 day extension??

I would take enough cash to persuade them I am of independent means - how much would anyone suggest?  Not including the tea money of course.

 

Hope someone is still following this post after my disappearance.😷

 

 

 

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