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2 hours ago, Bender Rodriguez said:

this is nonsense as you might be on a flight with an INFECTED THAI

 

The STV (Special Tourist Visa) is not available to Thai nationals

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Well if this visa gets me home to Thailand to see the wife and allows me to stay in Thailand for 90 days to start with then Im all for it. Some simply cannot afford the cost to quarantine in a ho

If any rich tourist really does take part in this, they are going to be very disappointed. They will not be arriving in the happy fun Thailand they're imagining. I'm on Samui. It's a ghost town. It's

I spoke with and received some initial application information for the New STV Visa from the Thailand Longstay Company and thought I would post it here for anyone wanting a little more information. Pl

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3 hours ago, Max69xl said:

Everything is about making as much money as possible for everyone. That includes the company in charge, the ASQ-hotel and also the connected hospital in Thailand. Don't forget the airline ticket which won't be cheap. The 10,000 baht application fee is probably the cheapest cost of all. It seems one requirement is missing, the proof of funds enough for at least 90 days. To me it looks like the old list for the suggested Phuket model which was a 30 days minimum trip. The STV is supposed to be a 90 days minimum trip which is extendable twice. 

Yes that's true. And the most expensive one could be in hospital. We never hear any report from any falang who in sent to hospital

1. What happen with them ?

2. What kind of treatement do they get ?

3. Do they have bad experience there ?

4  How long they have to stay in hospital ?

 

Remember that they requiere insurance cover with minimum $100.000 . Imagine this could lead to insurance scam. 

 

No western countries obligate you to hospital if you get infected unless you get sick. Instead you have to quarantine yourself in your property.

But in Thailand they force you to be in the hospital even that you have no symstoms. This is insane.

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4 hours ago, zzzzz said:

still NO info on flight costs and how the 100/flight will get to Bangkok ( via from where?)
how many airlines are willing to operate at a loss as flying 100 passengers is hardly even breaking even
OR cost for the 15 night stay and at which hotel and are the hotels ONLY in Bangkok?

The flight info and cost are provided to you once you pass the initial screen as are the info on insurance options, ASQ etc. The current ASQ list is already available from various sources and there are hotels in International flight areas. I believe they dont want people arriving at one location and then traveling thru the country to some random place like they did originally when the country first allowed returns. They lose control and monitoring and people dont follow the rules.  They are using "charter" flights in order to give some control over the movement and to help maximize the flight use

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1 hour ago, dblh said:

Good info, thanks for it. This is way better option than applying Elite visa and still go through ASQ and everything else. Some of my friends will go for this once all the details are out.

What's the FB group where is recent information coming to Thailand?

I have no clue what FB page has info for the return. I would not rely on any second hand source of accurate information on returning as that's where a lot of the mis-information comes from. Get the info from the Thai government dept or assigned companies, even then info will change as it gets refined and inacted 

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3 hours ago, treetops said:

Now touted as 30 days minimum (including 15 days ASQ).

The new STV is a 90 day visa with 2 - 90 day extensions available to it. The listed comment is a minimum suggestion I think and not been finalized requirement yet. If it is part of the final regulation it is much better as it is listed as part of the pre-paid requirements unless you can prove your own home or condo or lease. That's much short than having to pre-pay for a full 90 day initial visa stay. Again this Visa isn't intended for short stay tourist but I don't think they can force you to stay in the country any longer than you want to. 

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4 hours ago, CanuckThai said:

I'm not an applicant, nor will I be.  There's a lot of quirky news about the newly proposed/offered STV.  One would assume that an application or inquiry could be discussed directly with one's local Thai embassy/consulate.  I'm guessing it would follow suit with a repatriation flight request (until international flights resume).  That's why it's a bit odd, to be paying for the service of the "Thailand Longstay Company".   

 

It gives the same greasy feeling, I had, when I was directed to book and pay for my repatriation flight, through an "appointed agent" in Bangkok, at 3-4 times the going rate, that the flight booked directly with the same airline would have been.

I think they are setting this up in this way to help manage the flow of information and coordination of paperwork and flights to help take the burden off the Embassy staff. I presume that even though there may be only 1200 visas issued a month initially there will be countless more people contacting for information and questions. The embassy are then relieved from that burden and can continue to deal with other visa issues and other business. There was quite the long lists of complaints before about the non response from Embassies during this Virus situation and this may help eliminate most of that.  As for paying for the service of the Thailand Longstay Company is like any other business, there are cost of operations that have to be paid for in order the handle all these tasks. I suspect that you never worked for free did you?   

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9 hours ago, farang51 said:

Thanks for your hard work to make this thread more serious - I hope the worst of the complainers stay away, so this thread does not get polluted too.

 

I hope the STV succeed and will be the first step to a more open Thailand - and I hope that we will not see some idiot breaking quarantine and then test positive; that would effectively close up the borders again.

Thanks. Posting Threads here can be like herding cats or 3 year olds most times. You get every version of question not related to the thread, every complaint about countless wrongs that have been done and general down right bitching that has nothing to do with serious threads meant to help, not to mention the comments from people that dont read what is written. It makes me feel sorry for the moderators here to try to sort through posts.

 

I hope this can help people needing info and hope those that are stuck outside trying to get back and can qualify have some success. Again this info is not all finalized and doesnt apply to all but its part of a starting point to help get back to normal

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Wait for the flight costs and you will be shocked for sure 😉charter flights with social distancing....50-60k Baht from Europe sadly wouldn’t shock me.  That plus 3 months pre paid health insurance of most probable a Thai insurance company along with crazy rates. GL and I hope I will be proved wrong.

 

This visa is only appealing for people stuck outside the country while paying double rent at the moment. I totally get that every additional month double-payments are frustrating. They will sadly be the Guinea pigs and milked to the Max!
 

 

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1 hour ago, SpanishExpat said:

Wait for the flight costs and you will be shocked for sure 😉charter flights with social distancing....50-60k Baht from Europe sadly wouldn’t shock me.  That plus 3 months pre paid health insurance of most probable a Thai insurance company along with crazy rates. GL and I hope I will be proved wrong.

 

This visa is only appealing for people stuck outside the country while paying double rent at the moment. I totally get that every additional month double-payments are frustrating. They will sadly be the Guinea pigs and milked to the Max!
 

 

Does it mean they decide which airline to fly with ?? So we can only choose the product from their list ??

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22 minutes ago, alianware said:

Does it mean they decide which airline to fly with ?? So we can only choose the product from their list ??

That‘s how I understood it. If not, you could easily choose Qatar Airways/Emirates flights, if you know the flight date from the embassy. That’s how it worked for the people with marriage visa and they paid/pay the regular price like in the booking engines.
However, that has nothing to do with a charter flight. That’s one of the main reasons I would wait now for details and not rush with the application. 
 

The funny thing is that there ARE daily commercial flights to BKK with full crews on it, but they can’t sell the tickets, as Thailand just allows repatriation flights/ the few scheduled flights arranged with the embassies/private jets.
Just Qatar Airways itself is flying 2x per day to BKK.


They should have developed a special booking engine for the ASQ Hotels, let everyone book their own flights + the usual negative Test proof etc when going to the embassy. Much easier, faster and cheaper process.

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48 minutes ago, SpanishExpat said:

They should have developed a special booking engine for the ASQ Hotels, let everyone book their own flights + the usual negative Test proof etc when going to the embassy. Much easier, faster and cheaper process.

[emphasis mine] And that explains precisely why Thai logic has not been able to fully embrace this method quickly.

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I received the same email after enquiring with the TAT office in my home country. I completed the first step, sending off the initial email to the thailongstay company but received no confirmation yet.

The STV suits me as I usually stay 2-3 months and it currently is the only way that gives me any hope of getting back anytime soon but I have the feeling it will be too complicated and expensive to be worth it.

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