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Will Thailand extend the validity of Visas issued outside due to the present conditions

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I was issued a Non O-A visa with one year validity valid upto 05th October 2020.  This was issued by a Royal Thai Consulate outside Thailand.  It is very unlikely that i will be able to travel to Thailand before this date.  I had sent in a mail to the issuing Consulate seeking a clarification as to whether the validity of this visa will be extended.  Of course till now, there has been no response from them.

 

What is the general opinion of our learned members?  Are there any real chances of Thai Immigration Authorities doing anything about this?  I am sure there will be many more like me.  All of us have taken lot of efforts and pain to submit required documents, obtain insurance etc. for getting this visa.  If not extended, the entire efforts will go futile and we all need to start all over again.  This is just punishing us for no fault of ours and against normal natural justice.

 

 

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OP, imo very unlikely that borders will open prior to Oct 5. Even if they did what would the conditions of entry be. It certainly will be more than a visa only.

Kiss it goodbye.

 

Edited by DrJack54
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other options that are available albeit pricey are 3 months extension due to "sickness" and a one year "volunteer" visa...

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19 hours ago, excellfriend said:

I was issued a Non O-A visa with one year validity valid upto 05th October 2020.  This was issued by a Royal Thai Consulate outside Thailand.  It is very unlikely that i will be able to travel to Thailand before this date.

Covid-19 restrictions on entry only came around March/April this year if I remember correctly, you have had a valid Visa since October 2019. Why did you not use it earlier ? Or did you use it initially and leave not being able to return ? BTW...many of us have had our O-A visa potential cut short...grin and bear it...gloobal pandemics change things....

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20 hours ago, excellfriend said:

I had sent in a mail to the issuing Consulate seeking a clarification as to whether the validity of this visa will be extended.  Of course till now, there has been no response from them.

well   well ....  and you expected a reply to confirm  ?  lol

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Need UbonJoe on this but unless I'm mistaken, a 1 yr O-A issued 'whenever' does not go into effect until you enter the country (meaning you have 1 yr to start it) so IF you can get in before the expiration date your 1 yr should begin then.

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VISAS are never and cannot be extended ! [from an embassy or consulate]
It is all about the "permission to stay ! [from Immigration]

When people finally understand this difference then the whole discussion will get a lot easier.

 

VISAS have nothing to do with leaving the country !

A visa is permission to enter the country for the time the visa is valid.

[single entry = enter one time / multiple entry = enter unlimited times]

A "permission to stay" is permission to stay in the country and says how long you can stay.

This is what local Immigration extends .... not the Visa !

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22 hours ago, Caldera said:

I take it the OP isn't currently in Thailand. Most likely, their visa will just expire and they will have to start over anew once somewhat normal travel has been restored.

Caldera

If I read the OPs posting it states " It is very unlikely that i will be able to travel to Thailand before this date." So to me that means I aint in Thailand

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Even if your visas validity will expire before you can come to Thailand,and you have to start over, you don't need to apply for an O-A visa. Go for an Non-O instead. Less documents needed and no need for a health insurance. 

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1 hour ago, Max69xl said:

Even if your visas validity will expire before you can come to Thailand,and you have to start over, you don't need to apply for an O-A visa. Go for an Non-O instead. Less documents needed and no need for a health insurance. 

Poor advice...

A Non Imm O-A Visa will provide the applicant with almost 2 years of IO hassle-free stay in Thailand.  No need to park or transfer money to a personal thai bank-account, no need for jumping through hoops to apply at a local IO for a 90-day Non Imm O Visa and later again for a subsequent 1-year extension of stay.

At the end of the 2-years you can then either convert to a Non Imm O Visa (in order to avoid the in-country thai IO-approved health-insurance requirement) or - when visiting your home-country - re-apply for a Non Imm O-A Visa.

Admitted, the now mandatory thai IO-approved health-insurance requirement makes it somewhat more difficult to apply for the Non Imm O-A Visa at the thai Embassy in your home-country.

However, OP already successfully applied for it last year, so it's only a matter of addressing the IO-approved health-insurance requirement, which is relatively easy if you know how.

Obviously OP would have to wait till thai border situation relaxes, to apply for that Non Imm O-A Visa, as travel to Thailand is now only possible for specific categories of travellers and several covid-19 requirements to be met.

> I did PM you a Guideline document outlining how to meet that health-insurance requirement when applying for the Non Imm O-A Visa at the thai Embassy/Consulate in your home-country.

In order to access your PM-messages just click the letter-icon next to your Profile when logged-in to the Forum.

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