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Ban Pakard... Trouble with valid Non-Imm O visa during border run... 2000 baht added "fee" to receive stamp

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I should add that yes, I had already paid the 2300 border run fare with my driver. That covers the Cambodian visa fee.

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7 minutes ago, jimn said:

I agree that your treatment is appalling however the guy does have a point. Doing a border bounce every 90 days although legal is not what its designed for. If you are living here full time, you really should be on an extension of stay based on marriage.

Thanks, my treatment was poor, but the main issue here is that anyone doing the border runs on the marriage visa should expect possible problems at this crossing, in the form of heavy fines.
That's the real reason I'm posting, to warn others. If I didn't have the 2k on me, I would have been sent back to Pattaya empty-handed and headed for an inevitable overstay of at least one day while I tried to get documents in order for the Jomtien immigration, whom probably wouldn't issue an extension if I had already overstayed? 
It would have been a right mess, and probably would have culminated in me needing to go back to Savannakhet post-haste to receive a new Visa.

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13 minutes ago, jimn said:

Yes I fully understand your point and the IO was totally out of order. I do think though that there is a growing trend especially at the consulates outside Thailand to stop issuing Multi Entry Non O. The UK now only issues single entry and I believe a few other countries as well. I believe the reason they are doing this is to stop people doing exactly what you have been doing and live permanently in Thailand on a multi entry. They want you to get an extension of stay. I predict that at some point all the nearby consualtes in Laos, Vietnam etc will also stop issuing multi entry Non O for the same reason. 

Yes, I have noticed that trend too. The contrast between the process of extending (photos of house, family, wife being present, etc etc) compared to simply turning up on the bus at the border is fairly stark. That disparity needs to be closed, and I don't see the requirements for extension becoming that lax any time soon, which means the border-crossing options will likely become tougher.  

If my experience today is the new norm at this crossing, it means that day has finally come for many in Pattaya. I can get used to doing extensions, but today (and the rest of this week, maybe even month) would have gone a lot differently for me if I didn't have the extra 2k baht in my pocket when the figure was scribbled on a piece of paper and slid across to me earlier. 

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Must be quite a big revenue source from these one year visas.5,000 baht in Savannakhet and 200 USD in Ho Chi Minh City, plus 1,900 baht for any 60 day extensions, as opposed to 1,900 baht for one year extension.

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I was always a bit confused why having a O visa, people were still making 90 day border runs. I just assumed they could and would do one year extensions, similar to O visa holders that do retirement extensions but don't make 90 day border runs.  Reading some of the posts above, I think I now understand.

 

4 hours ago, thaistuff said:

The contrast between the process of extending (photos of house, family, wife being present, etc etc) compared to simply turning up on the bus at the border is fairly stark.

 

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Isn't this the second post on exactly this, the other being at Bang Laem.

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