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So I have been staying 90 days in Thailand from late October last year with a SETV from my home country (Norway) and an extension of that.

I exited Thailand to Laos on the last day of my valid visa extension (27th Janury) and have been travelling around in Laos since. Tomorrow I will be in Savannakhet and the day after I will try to apply for a new SETV at the consulate there.

I just read on the thai consulates website and the requirements there that I need money or a bank statement of 20 000 baht and an air ticket booking out of Thailand. 
Are these requirements really enforced at the consulate?

 

Thanks in advance!

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An air ticket is not needed. A recent bank statement showing the equivalent of at least 20,000 baht is definitely needed. They may well want to see a hotel reservation (easily made and later cancelled). Even with that, there is no guarantee that you will get your visa. Over the last year or so, Savannakhet has been very reluctant to issue tourist visas, except to those with very little previous recent time in Thailand. Since you will be there anyway, it makes sense to try. Good luck!

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What are your chances for success if you have a close-to-new passport with no Thai tourist visas ? 

 

( Can they check how often you've gone to Thailand on your old passport ? )

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2 hours ago, BritTim said:

An air ticket is not needed. A recent bank statement showing the equivalent of at least 20,000 baht is definitely needed. They may well want to see a hotel reservation (easily made and later cancelled). Even with that, there is no guarantee that you will get your visa. Over the last year or so, Savannakhet has been very reluctant to issue tourist visas, except to those with very little previous recent time in Thailand. Since you will be there anyway, it makes sense to try. Good luck!

Thanks for answer, much appriciated.

Bank statement - like a letter from my bank, or just a print of my bank-account current status?

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51 minutes ago, Mangkhut said:

Thanks for answer, much appriciated.

Bank statement - like a letter from my bank, or just a print of my bank-account current status?

A print of your bank account current status (preferably in English or Thai) should suffice, as long as it is clearly genuine, and clearly your own account.

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I was at Savannakhet in November 2019. There were 8 people applying for visas. Two non o's and six SETV.

Only the non o's were granted. One person turned down for 90 days in Thailand already.

Good Luck

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4 minutes ago, Toosetinmyways said:

I was at Savannakhet in November 2019. There were 8 people applying for visas. Two non o's and six SETV.

Only the non o's were granted. One person turned down for 90 days in Thailand already.

Good Luck

OMG - so it means Im not likely to get a visa there.....

How about Vientiane? Is it difficult to get a visa there and how long is the appointment line ftm?

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53 minutes ago, Mangkhut said:

OMG - so it means Im not likely to get a visa there.....

How about Vientiane? Is it difficult to get a visa there and how long is the appointment line ftm?

I suggest you at least try in Savannakhet since you have already been out of the country for some time now. Most people that apply there have just left Thailand to do the application.

It should no be a problem in Vientiane with your history. Just checked on the Vientiane appointment website and their are appointments available for tomorrow and the rest of this week and next as well. See: https://thaivisavientiane.com/

 

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34 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

I suggest you at least try in Savannakhet since you have already been out of the country for some time now. Most people that apply there have just left Thailand to do the application.

It should no be a problem in Vientiane with your history. Just checked on the Vientiane appointment website and their are appointments available for tomorrow and the rest of this week and next as well. See: https://thaivisavientiane.com/

 

Ubon Joe... these are some comforting words, even though they were addressed to another person.

 

it can be such a relief sometimes to receive your knowledge.

 

I just wanna rub my head against that water buffalo pic of yours! 

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3 hours ago, Mangkhut said:

OMG - so it means Im not likely to get a visa there.....

How about Vientiane? Is it difficult to get a visa there and how long is the appointment line ftm?

You're a border line case as far as their SETV policy is concerned, so if I were you, I'd give it a shot since you are in Savannakhet anyway.

 

Do you have any previous Thai stamps in your passport before arriving in October?

 

Please report back how it goes!

 

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3 hours ago, ubonjoe said:

I suggest you at least try in Savannakhet since you have already been out of the country for some time now. Most people that apply there have just left Thailand to do the application.

It should no be a problem in Vientiane with your history. Just checked on the Vientiane appointment website and their are appointments available for tomorrow and the rest of this week and next as well. See: https://thaivisavientiane.com/

 

Thanks for answer Ubonjoe. 
 

About the Vientiane embassy - do tjey demand the same things that the consulate in Savannakhet?

 

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18 minutes ago, Caldera said:

You're a border line case as far as their SETV policy is concerned, so if I were you, I'd give it a shot since you are in Savannakhet anyway.

 

Do you have any previous Thai stamps in your passport before arriving in October?

 

Please report back how it goes!

 

I current passport is issued Dec 2015 and I have been visiting Thailand 1-2 times pr year and spending 2-3 months pr year in the country. No visas though, just VE and extensions and a couple of visruns in Mae Sai.

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6 minutes ago, Mangkhut said:

About the Vientiane embassy - do tjey demand the same things that the consulate in Savannakhet?

Only proof of the equivalent of 20k baht (or $700 US) in a bank.

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8 minutes ago, Mangkhut said:

I current passport is issued Dec 2015 and I have been visiting Thailand 1-2 times pr year and spending 2-3 months pr year in the country. No visas though, just VE and extensions and a couple of visruns in Mae Sai.

That should work in your favor - that's the history of a genuine tourist. It probably also helps that the previous SETV was issued in your home country.

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A lot of SE Asia consulates are also now asking for proof of rental agreement or accommodation for half of your intended stay, and they do not accept a mere hotel booking, they want receipt of payment. 

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