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1 Year Multi-Entry Non-Immigrant 'O' Visa based on marriage/kids Current Options 2020

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Hello,

 

I guess this is a popular topic, however when I search I see a lot of O-A retirement and 1-year extension based on marriage questions, which is not what this question is about.

 

As an aside, I'm aware it's possible to apply for a 60-day extension, and I may well do that, as the Immi people at the town I usually go to are very amenable, but that doesn't alter the fact that my current visa will expire this year.

 

I am a UK passport holder, but I believe much of this applies to a large number of passport-holders of other countries.

 

From the various threads I've read over the past few months, it sounds like the current options include (please correct me if I'm wrong):

Laos: Savannakhet; Vientiane (...sounds affordable)

Vietnam: Saigon (...sounded like it was the best place to go)

Malaysia: Penang (...sounds a bit hit and miss with caps)

Burma: Rangoon (...sounds a bit expensive compared to the other options)

 

AFAIK, other ASEAN countries are not really amenable. My experience of the Thai embassy in Jakarta was that there didn't seem to be anyone Thai there to help, and info that sounded incorrect, and it seemed a bit of a wasted journey. It would be nice if Cambodia was an option, but it sounds like it's not.

 

Some people sound like they're muddling up different processes, and talking about showing 400,000THB in the bank or £5,000 in the bank.

I think the former is for the extension based on family, and the latter is for the new 6 month ME tourist visa.

 

I'm hoping that all the current state of play can be put on a single thread for reference.

My original Non-Imm-O-METV was from London, just before they reportedly stopped doing them last year. I don't have 400,000THB handy, and as we know the UK Embassy are incredibly unhelpful about supplying the 40,000THB/month info (unless someone knows a workaround for this?).

I had my Thai wife and some of our kids. It was surprisingly simple, just a glance at my bank statement, and a few smiles and chit chat in Thai.

I work offshore, and I just want to make sure I get to the right place to get a new one sorted out, and I may be able to get my employer to send me to the right place on the way to Thailand from wherever I finish working.

 

My eldest child is 16 and has a Thai ID card and a Thai passport and UK passport, and is usually in the UK.

I don't know whether they are able to travel with me and help me get a visa, by flashing their Thai ID or if it's not necessary.

 

It seems that trying to get another ME Non-Imm O Visa (Family) in the UK is not going to work (why this has changed, I don't know), so I'm hoping that I don't have to change to (and stump up yet more for) one of the various alternatives, such as SE Non-Imm O (Family), or some kind of Tourist visa.

 

If anyone has tried and tested any other countries' Thai embassies for these kinds of visas, please tell...

 

Thanks in advance, I know there are some knowledgeable people here who field the same kinds of questions routinely here, and their advice is valued.

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you don't say if you are married, but if you are the best 2 places for a multi 'O' visa is HCMC or Savannakhet. no financials required

 

not sure about child visa's

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If you do not have money to show there are only two local options for the one year ME non immigrant O visa - Savannakhet or HCMC.  

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46 minutes ago, codebunny said:

I had my Thai wife and some of our kids.

 

27 minutes ago, steve187 said:

you don't say if you are married, but if you are the best 2 places for a multi 'O' visa is HCMC or Savannakhet. no financials required

 

not sure about child visa's

Sounds good... which of those two is the "best", in terms of overall costs/time to get there from BKK and general user-friendliness? I've never been to either, but I might imagine that Savannakhet is sleepy, a long drive/bus ride from even a local airport, and Saigon is full of sharks, and maybe a quick flight and hotel/resto lottery.

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18 minutes ago, lopburi3 said:

If you do not have money to show there are only two local options for the one year ME non immigrant O visa - Savannakhet or HCMC.  

but there are posts here that sound like people went to Burma and Vientiane and maybe Penang too... are they still options? I guess flights to Penang might be competitive with flights to Saigon.

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3 minutes ago, codebunny said:

 

Sounds good... which of those two is the "best", in terms of overall costs/time to get there from BKK and general user-friendliness? I've never been to either, but I might imagine that Savannakhet is sleepy, a long drive/bus ride from even a local airport, and Saigon is full of sharks, and maybe a quick flight and hotel/resto lottery.

hcmc has flights from u tapao airport, from reports i have read, they seem to be good, i have been to Savannakhet, very good, but can be busy, i treat the journey as a break and stay a few days either way at hotels

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8 minutes ago, codebunny said:

but there are posts here that sound like people went to Burma and Vientiane and maybe Penang too... are they still options? I guess flights to Penang might be competitive with flights to Saigon.

Believe the other Consulates will require a show of financials and am sure Penang requires.  Flights to HCMC are very cheap if you select airline - that Consulate will require payment in USD and an extra note from spouse requesting that the visa be issued (not required at Savannakhet and payment there in Baht but flight access very bad).

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Gotcha... sounds like Savannakhet is the easiest once you're there, but Saigon is the easiest overall.

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2 hours ago, steve187 said:

hcmc has flights from u tapao airport, from reports i have read, they seem to be good, i have been to Savannakhet, very good, but can be busy, i treat the journey as a break and stay a few days either way at hotels

DMK or Swampy too, I guess? I saw that Nakhon Phanom and Sakhon Nakhon have airports near (60mi) to Mukdahan, I never knew... I haven't been up that way in years. 'Twas a long bus ride. My memories of Laos is there ain't much there, but the lingo is easier. Saigon could be interesting, both are visa free or eVisa for most developed countries, including the UK, but maybe Laoland is a bit more easy going, cheaper?

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10 hours ago, steve187 said:

you don't say if you are married, but if you are the best 2 places for a multi 'O' visa is HCMC or Savannakhet. no financials required

 

not sure about child visa's

How about the Thai embassy in Singapore, is this an option for a Non Imm O?

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9 hours ago, codebunny said:

DMK or Swampy too, I guess? I saw that Nakhon Phanom and Sakhon Nakhon have airports near (60mi) to Mukdahan, I never knew... I haven't been up that way in years. 'Twas a long bus ride.

Nok Air and Air Asia have a fly/ride service to Mukahan.

Nok Air does them via Nakhon Phanom, Sakon Nakhon and Ubon. See: https://content.nokair.com/zh/Booking/Where-we-fly/Flight-Service/Fly-n-Ride/846.aspx

Air Asia only via Nakhon Phanom.

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1 hour ago, gisjames said:

How about the Thai embassy in Singapore, is this an option for a Non Imm O?

It may be possible if you have 400k baht to show.

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36 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

Nok Air and Air Asia have a fly/ride service to Mukahan.

Nok Air does them via Nakhon Phanom, Sakon Nakhon and Ubon. See: https://content.nokair.com/zh/Booking/Where-we-fly/Flight-Service/Fly-n-Ride/846.aspx

Air Asia only via Nakhon Phanom.

For travel to Savannakhet from Bangkok reports I have read suggest it may be both cost effective and easier to just take the VIP type bus service directly to Mukdahan bus station (where the cross border bus starts) rather than travel airport/wait at airline/fly/wait/van

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39 minutes ago, lopburi3 said:

For travel to Savannakhet from Bangkok reports I have read suggest it may be both cost effective and easier to just take the VIP type bus service directly to Mukdahan bus station (where the cross border bus starts) rather than travel airport/wait at airline/fly/wait/van

That is OK if you don't mind sitting on a bus all night before getting there.

From here in Ubon it would not be hard to do the fly/ride yourself. Lots of buses from the bus station to Mukdahan and there is a shuttle bus from the airport to the bus station.

Another option is a overnight train to here and then a bus to Mukdahan.

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55 minutes ago, lopburi3 said:

For travel to Savannakhet from Bangkok reports I have read suggest it may be both cost effective and easier to just take the VIP type bus service directly to Mukdahan bus station (where the cross border bus starts) rather than travel airport/wait at airline/fly/wait/van

i think going by road public transport would be the last and then if it was the only route, i would use

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