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So today I went to MTT with British Embassy letter, where I met a German guy who is also on VE, but no embassy letter. When waiting to enter the first tent, the helper asked if he had an embassy lette

Sounds like you lucked out and got the standard one-time allowed extension. Good for you!  If you extend again before 26-Oct, and they have not changed any rules, you will most likely need a letter.

The IOs instruct you to put "Covid-19" as the reason for requesting an extension. While I was waiting in line, that is what they told every single person from whatever country.   Frankly, it

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Thanks man! After going all in today to convince the German embassy to issue letters would be great if we don't actually need them. From what I gleaned from a few behind the scene talks I would urge other EU citizens to try the same. They might have a struck a face saving deal.

 

Edit: nevermind, he obviously still had a normal extension available, so nothing changed. Rest of us probably still need letter.

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5 minutes ago, superatoz said:

adam219 is this yr first time doing a 60 day extension ?

VE, i have not applied for the (30) day extension before

 

sorry, cant edit original post to add that info, sorry if it creates confusion, but i have until now been led to believe that wether you have an extension left or not, you need the letter

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15 minutes ago, Adam219 said:

VE, i have not applied for the (30) day extension before

 

sorry, cant edit original post to add that info, sorry if it creates confusion, but i have until now been led to believe that wether you have an extension left or not, you need the letter

Thanks for the report. I'm on VE and never had to use my one-time 30-day extension. I now have the embassy letter but was planning on trying it without if I didn't get it. Is it better to put "tourism" or "COVID" for the reason in the application, does it affect whether you get the full 30 day extension in one go or not? I wonder.

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22 minutes ago, Adam219 said:

VE, i have not applied for the (30) day extension before

 

sorry, cant edit original post to add that info, sorry if it creates confusion, but i have until now been led to believe that wether you have an extension left or not, you need the letter

Sounds like you lucked out and got the standard one-time allowed extension. Good for you!  If you extend again before 26-Oct, and they have not changed any rules, you will most likely need a letter.

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2 hours ago, vkuehne said:

Thanks man! After going all in today to convince the German embassy to issue letters would be great if we don't actually need them. From what I gleaned from a few behind the scene talks I would urge other EU citizens to try the same. They might have a struck a face saving deal.

 

Edit: nevermind, he obviously still had a normal extension available, so nothing changed. Rest of us probably still need letter.

Several (maybe most) immigration offices don't accept the "normal" 30 days extensions during the amnesty. That's why they ask for an embassy letter. 

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5 minutes ago, Max69xl said:

Several (maybe most) immigration offices don't accept the "normal" 30 days extensions during the amnesty. That's why they ask for an embassy letter. 

Well that's what people have been saying on Facebook and here but you do wonder whether some posters just misunderstood. I went all the way to Ubon to get my regular 30-day extension but maybe I could have just gone to MTT.

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2 hours ago, Fibonaqi said:

Thanks for the report. I'm on VE and never had to use my one-time 30-day extension. I now have the embassy letter but was planning on trying it without if I didn't get it. Is it better to put "tourism" or "COVID" for the reason in the application, does it affect whether you get the full 30 day extension in one go or not? I wonder.

Obviously if you're looking for a regular extension of a tourist visa or visa exempt you must put tourism as the reason for extension. I think some clueless people have been putting covid and then wondering why they are asked for an embassy letter. Probably all along this regular extension was available in Bangkok if you just use your common sense!

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14 minutes ago, edwardandtubs said:

Obviously if you're looking for a regular extension of a tourist visa or visa exempt you must put tourism as the reason for extension. I think some clueless people have been putting covid and then wondering why they are asked for an embassy letter. Probably all along this regular extension was available in Bangkok if you just use your common sense!

That's what I thought too. Only asking because they ask for the embassy letter which mentions COVID as the reason.

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50 minutes ago, edwardandtubs said:

Obviously if you're looking for a regular extension of a tourist visa or visa exempt you must put tourism as the reason for extension. I think some clueless people have been putting covid and then wondering why they are asked for an embassy letter. Probably all along this regular extension was available in Bangkok if you just use your common sense!

The IOs instruct you to put "Covid-19" as the reason for requesting an extension. While I was waiting in line, that is what they told every single person from whatever country.

 

Frankly, it makes more sense, as anyone requesting an extension has been here 6 months at least, and probably had a chance to see pretty much everything, so putting 'tourist' would probably get a smirk from the IO.

 

They all know full well why people are asking for extensions. There's no pretense. People prefer to ride out the pandemic in a place where it's largely been beaten back. Plus, the food's good.

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6 minutes ago, Walker88 said:

The IOs instruct you to put "Covid-19" as the reason for requesting an extension. While I was waiting in line, that is what they told every single person from whatever country.

 

Frankly, it makes more sense, as anyone requesting an extension has been here 6 months at least, and probably had a chance to see pretty much everything, so putting 'tourist' would probably get a smirk from the IO.

 

They all know full well why people are asking for extensions. There's no pretense. People prefer to ride out the pandemic in a place where it's largely been beaten back. Plus, the food's good.

I was thinking that the "Reason" must match the actual immigration law categories here:

So "Tourism" matches case 4. I could be wrong. I may get a straight 30 days with no "under consideration". I'm sure the checker person would correct me if I should put "COVID" instead.
https://www.immigration.go.th/en/?p=14714
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2 hours ago, Fibonaqi said:

I was thinking that the "Reason" must match the actual immigration law categories here:

So "Tourism" matches case 4. I could be wrong. I may get a straight 30 days with no "under consideration". I'm sure the checker person would correct me if I should put "COVID" instead.
https://www.immigration.go.th/en/?p=14714
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That's what I thought and it worked for me in Ubon but who knows what Bangkok immigration are thinking?

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