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They had the same graphic/information posted in July. Short after everything was extended by the cabinet. Yawn!

Interesting that the actual announcement says nothing about amnesty ending or the need to prepare to leave or anything remotely like that.

I understand there's a few on these forums hoping people will have to leave,but your going to be very disappointed because an extension of some sort is going to happen 😊😊😎😎

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55 minutes ago, PabloPablo said:

I don't understand why we cannot wait out the epidemic in a safe place.

Actually we can. And immigration mentions an outbreak as a reason to stay, in addition to no flights available.

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10 minutes ago, JoseThailand said:

Actually we can. And immigration mentions an outbreak as a reason to stay, in addition to no flights available.

But that's reliant on your embassy being cooperative (issuing letters) and being a citizen of three countries I can honestly say that has rarely been the case over the last 20 years or so whenever I needed consular support abroad.

 

Many see the issuance of formal (begging) letters as something embarrassing and aren't authorized from their MFA back home to give them out.

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6 minutes ago, FlyingThai said:

But that's reliant on your embassy being cooperative (issuing letters) and being a citizen of three countries I can honestly say that has rarely been the case over the last 20 years or so whenever I needed consular support abroad.

 

Many see the issuance of formal (begging) letters as something embarrassing and aren't authorized from their MFA back home to give them out.

That's their job, to assist their citizens abroad.

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On 9/6/2020 at 4:32 AM, Daithi85 said:

A few people went to immigration for extensions this week and were told to come in 2 weeks as things might change.

 

As I recall, they suggested that people who could not meet the 400/800K baht requirement wait until the middle of September to apply for a year-long extension.  I figured maybe there was a move afoot to relax the 400/800K requirement in light of Covid, but it wasn't a sure thing just yet.

 

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3 hours ago, CorpusChristie said:

The UK Embassy  will not be issuing those letters for people on tourist visas

I thought the UK & Australian Embassies had said they would issue letters for people on tourist visas / visa exempts who could show that they weren't able to get a flight back. 

 

I think UK guys would struggle to do this (The KLM flights via AMS seem to have been running regularly & Qatar seems to be ramping up its flights) but some of the Australian guys would seem to have a solid case. 

 

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2 hours ago, JoseThailand said:

That's their job, to assist their citizens abroad.

Their job is to carry out the tasks the Foreign Ministry back home dictates them. Not more, not less.

 

Consular officers and Ambassadors don't take marching orders or in many cases even requests from citizens.

 

Need an example? In March I brought my passport to the German Embassy to get it registered in Thailand. First they invalidated my old passport cutting it apart, then they suddenly realized it wasn't possible to stamp the new one due to some internal registration error so I had no properly registered passport anymore until they contacted the issuing office back in Germany. And of course they made it out as if this was my fault. Don't get me started about embassies and their staff they all suck!

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1 hour ago, JoseThailand said:

Did anyone request a letter on the grounds of an outbreak? Immigration mentions that option.

Seems you will now need a valid reason as to why you cannot go back home, to get an Embassy letter .

 

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13 minutes ago, CorpusChristie said:

Seems you will now need a valid reason as to why you cannot go back home, to get an Embassy letter .

 

It depends on the embassy.  The US embassy is giving letters to any American.  No reason needed.   No questions asked.

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44 minutes ago, FlyingThai said:

Their job is to carry out the tasks the Foreign Ministry back home dictates them. Not more, not less.

 

Consular officers and Ambassadors don't take marching orders or in many cases even requests from citizens.

 

Need an example? In March I brought my passport to the German Embassy to get it registered in Thailand. First they invalidated my old passport cutting it apart, then they suddenly realized it wasn't possible to stamp the new one due to some internal registration error so I had no properly registered passport anymore until they contacted the issuing office back in Germany. And of course they made it out as if this was my fault. Don't get me started about embassies and their staff they all suck!

I'm not sure I understand the problem. I'm German, got a new passport in March as well. The edges of the old passport are cut off, that's normal procedure. While applying for the new passport, I also applied (and paid 25 €) for a letter, which states "New passport nr. XXX is a continuation of old passport nr. xxx". So on leaving the country, the immigration would just give you the exit stamp in the new passport. It works just fine, I've done it many times. As a frequent flyer, I'm on my 14th passport now.

 

But maybe there's something I don't quite understand in your post.

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1 hour ago, FlyingThai said:

Their job is to carry out the tasks the Foreign Ministry back home dictates them. Not more, not less.

 

Consular officers and Ambassadors don't take marching orders or in many cases even requests from citizens.

 

Need an example? In March I brought my passport to the German Embassy to get it registered in Thailand. First they invalidated my old passport cutting it apart, then they suddenly realized it wasn't possible to stamp the new one due to some internal registration error so I had no properly registered passport anymore until they contacted the issuing office back in Germany. And of course they made it out as if this was my fault. Don't get me started about embassies and their staff they all suck!

OK, sorry, for my former post. I guess you didn't get the new passport in Thailand, as you "brought" it in to the embassy.

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On 9/5/2020 at 9:06 PM, Phillip9 said:

Interesting that the actual announcement says nothing about amnesty ending or the need to prepare to leave or anything remotely like that.

This reminds me of the children's game called telephone (read the rules here if you don't know about it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_whispers).

 

Official announcement: Extensions will start counting from September 27.

 

Interpretation: Amnesty will be over. Letters from embassy and doctors needed. Prepare to leave.

 

Go figure...

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Ok so I got my US embassy letter last week but still unsure if it’s sufficient to get an extension past September 26. Originally I arrived end of February on visa exemption then got a month extension permitting my stay to end of April. Afterwards received my first US embassy letter due to covid running rampant and during this time everything in Thailand was pretty much on lockdown with curfews and all. what I hear from my friends and family back home specifically Los Angeles the situation is terrible and several of my friends and relatives were not spared of the disease. I’m curious as to know if anyone else from the states with was automatically approved for an extension using the most recent embassy letter. 

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6 hours ago, Ganesh108 said:

OK, sorry, for my former post. I guess you didn't get the new passport in Thailand, as you "brought" it in to the embassy.

Yes it was issued in Germany but they fouled up and instead of issuing it with residence "Bangkok, TH" and charging me the non-resident fee they issued it as if I was living there locally. Of course that way I can't claim VAT back. I did have a proper confirmation latter that I don't live in Germany anymore since 2005 but the embassy said according to their system I'm still registered in Germany. My municipality said that's nonsense and issued me another letter saying exactly that, then they finally relented to stamp the passport. Cost me two mornings to go to Sathorn.

 

Bottom line of this somewhat off topic post if that the diplomatic missions are for the most part lazy, useless paper pushers who draw a big salary but do very little to resolve the concerns of their citizens abroad. I do realize that some people have unrealistic expectations as far as embassy services are required but from what I experienced even with my most basic requests is that they (Germany, Switzerland, Canada) usually excel in incompetence and ignorance. The U.S. embassies so far seems to be the most engaging when I see what services my American friends are able to receive.

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