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Yes according to the current information they will be supplying the list of available flights that are associated with this Visa as only approved airlines\flights will travel as part of this Visa 

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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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23 minutes ago, 4evermaat said:

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

Im not sure what you said makes any more sense than what is being outlined.

 

Unless something changes the information will be provided to you by the Agency (Thailand Longstay Co in this instance) of the approved ASQ hotel accommodations, available flights, various available insurance etc. You choose the ones you want for the dates you want and book it yourself directly with the appropriate company. They dont choose any of those for you, you choose yourself 

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17 hours ago, Maestro said:

 

Who is GL?

I think that is suppose to be Good Luck, but not sure?   It becomes maddening trying to understand or guess what some people's abbreviations are suppose to me as most are just made up slang that not widely known. 

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The latest discussions that are popping up about possibly reducing the quarantine to 7 days from 14 days for the new STV if all goes well after the first few weeks is interesting. It's just discussion but I think it signals the fact that the people at the top are really starting to see they need to consider ways to do more to lessen the hurdles on returning tourist in all categories somehow to stimulate the return. It's by no means final in any way shape or form but until they start having those true discussions at the top the longer this problem will get worse. I'm sure we'll see other discussion topics pop up over the next few weeks as the internal issue from the lack of tourist (dollars) dwindles with the end to amnesty and exit of many shorter term tourist further reduces money and impacts the economy even more.  This is just my opinion on the situation and hope at this point. 

 

Again this thread is to try to help with positive information for those stuck outside Thailand and trying to get back. There are plenty of other threads available for the general complaints and bitching for those that want to do that. 

 

 

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But Richard Barrow, a popular Thailand travel blogger, tweeted on Thursday: “Travel agents have started to ask for a THB10,000 upfront service fee which is non-refundable. As the government hasn’t announced any details yet, including which countries are allowed to take part, it’s advisable not to pay yet.”

Barrow’s warnings are gospel for thousands of travellers planning Thailand trips, and his latest tweet fuelled a flurry of questions that suggest the special tourist visa could be a step too far for cost-conscious travellers.

The identity of the travel agents authorised to handle the new visa option and charge a fee is far from clear, although the  Tourism Authority of Thailand’s long-stay company does have preferred agents overseas that act as sales representatives for various holiday options.

https://www.ttrweekly.com/site/2020/09/special-tourist-visa-has-a-high-price-tag/

 

 

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33 minutes ago, zzzzz said:

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As far as a fee, I see no problem with a fee for service for an approved Agency.  You don't work for free do you?   Thailand Longstay Company is approved. As for an upfront fee, per Thailand Longstay Company  you don't pay anything unless you have the initial pre-approval (free) to determine if your you \ your country are acceptable to apply. That includes the check to make sure you have no issues with criminal or visa issue within Thailand that would exclude you.  At that point you receive all the information and approved vendors from TLC for the various services and you choose if you want to move forward with an application. 

 

As far as being non refundable that is no different than paying for a visa. You prepay and there is no guarantee of approval. 

 

I think it's wise and good advice to not presume you can use any Agency on the market and only use authorized vendors. As I've mentioned a number of times since I started this thread, this is the all still up in the air as the final rules have not been approved and posted yet.

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16 minutes ago, Dan O said:

As far as a fee, I see no problem with a fee for service for an approved Agency.  You don't work for free do you?   Thailand Longstay Company is approved. As for an upfront fee, per Thailand Longstay Company  you don't pay anything unless you have the initial pre-approval (free) to determine if your you \ your country are acceptable to apply. That includes the check to make sure you have no issues with criminal or visa issue within Thailand that would exclude you.  At that point you receive all the information and approved vendors from TLC for the various services and you choose if you want to move forward with an application. 

 

As far as being non refundable that is no different than paying for a visa. You prepay and there is no guarantee of approval.

Usually, the number of visas are not limited. Here, you may get 10.000 people or more applying for a visa that is limited to 1.200 the first month. We need more information about how they are going to do it.

 

Also, what happens with the flight, hotel, and insurance if you test positive before boarding the plane? Are there any kind of refund or do you simply lose the money?

 

And regarding the insurance, they say that it only covers COVID transmitted in Thailand. So, if you test positive when you arrive, will they reject covering you, saying you got the virus before arriving? https://www.tipinsure.com/CovidRegional/product_detail

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1 hour ago, farang51 said:

Usually, the number of visas are not limited. Here, you may get 10.000 people or more applying for a visa that is limited to 1.200 the first month. We need more information about how they are going to do it.

 

Also, what happens with the flight, hotel, and insurance if you test positive before boarding the plane? Are there any kind of refund or do you simply lose the money?

 

And regarding the insurance, they say that it only covers COVID transmitted in Thailand. So, if you test positive when you arrive, will they reject covering you, saying you got the virus before arriving? https://www.tipinsure.com/CovidRegional/product_detail

Those are very valid questions and certainly everyone going back to Thailand on any visa currently need to understand before they commit. 

 

If you test positive you will not be allowed to board the airline as one of the main requirements for any return now under all visa options is a negative covid test and fit to fly cert within 72 hours before you board any flight back

 

As for refunds of fees for any hotel, insurance etc, or changes of dates those are all questions you need to ask each vendor directly and the Thai Embassy if you choose to move forward. 

 

As for more info about the visa and requirements. Nothing has been finalized yet  untill the happens there is no additional information available. We all need to wait until that is produced, approved and published. Ive tried to post the most recent and current info available at the moment, all of which is subject to addition, deletion and\or change until final approval 

 

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5 minutes ago, Dan O said:

As for more info about the visa and requirements. Nothing has been finalized yet  untill the happens there is no additional information available. We all need to wait until that is produced, approved and published. Ive tried to post the most recent and current info available at the moment, all of which is subject to addition, deletion and\or change until final approval 

As far as I understand, they will release more details Tuesday or Wednesday after a government meeting. A little late when they expect the first batch of tourists a few days later; but, ok, we are in an unprecedented situation.

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4 minutes ago, farang51 said:

As far as I understand, they will release more details Tuesday or Wednesday after a government meeting. A little late when they expect the first batch of tourists a few days later; but, ok, we are in an unprecedented situation.

Yes more to come soon hopefully. But that may be a good thing if they decide to lower the quarantine time after a couple of successful weeks of returnees. It would be much cheaper financially. It will probably take a couple weeks to work thru all this info, requirements and approvals anyway 

 

I've already started with the first step so I can be in the list if they decide to allow the USA to be included. If not I haven't lost anything that I already had 

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4 hours ago, Dan O said:

As far as a fee, I see no problem with a fee for service for an approved Agency.  You don't work for free do you?   Thailand Longstay Company is approved. As for an upfront fee, per Thailand Longstay Company  you don't pay anything unless you have the initial pre-approval (free) to determine if your you \ your country are acceptable to apply. That includes the check to make sure you have no issues with criminal or visa issue within Thailand that would exclude you.  At that point you receive all the information and approved vendors from TLC for the various services and you choose if you want to move forward with an application. 

 

As far as being non refundable that is no different than paying for a visa. You prepay and there is no guarantee of approval. 

 

I think it's wise and good advice to not presume you can use any Agency on the market and only use authorized vendors. As I've mentioned a number of times since I started this thread, this is the all still up in the air as the final rules have not been approved and posted yet.

That's not really an accurate perspective.

 

Thailand Longstay Company isn't just any private travel agency. It's a government spin-off previously used (rather unknown) to promote retirement in Thailand. It's pretty much a government advertising agency.

 

When paying for a visa application you know what the process is. In this case you don't know any parameters whatsoever, it's basically "Pay us and eat the crumbs we feed you!" and there is no way I'd wire some obscure agency $340 upfront without having any guarantees or even reliable info about what they're able to provide. Credit card or Paypal maybe, I could always dispute that transaction if this turns out to be a giant turd (which I fully expect).

 

On top of that I pretty much guarantee you that all prices they'll eventually quote are HIGHLY inflated so someone is clearly taking the p*ss here.

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Has anyone gotten past the preliminary approval stage?  I submitted an inquiry but no response yet. My biggest concern would be getting the initial approval but not getting the COE approval or having flights available. 

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1 hour ago, FlyingThai said:

That's not really an accurate perspective.

 

Thailand Longstay Company isn't just any private travel agency. It's a government spin-off previously used (rather unknown) to promote retirement in Thailand. It's pretty much a government advertising agency.

 

When paying for a visa application you know what the process is. In this case you don't know any parameters whatsoever, it's basically "Pay us and eat the crumbs we feed you!" and there is no way I'd wire some obscure agency $340 upfront without having any guarantees or even reliable info about what they're able to provide. Credit card or Paypal maybe, I could always dispute that transaction if this turns out to be a giant turd (which I fully expect).

 

On top of that I pretty much guarantee you that all prices they'll eventually quote are HIGHLY inflated so someone is clearly taking the p*ss here.

The information I posted is accurate and directly from Thailand Longstay Company, the company that has the ability to process your documents and assist in the interface with the Thai Immigration and other departments.  They have a fee for the service they supply aside to any Visa fees. 

 

 I stand by what I posted. Perhaps you may have missed something I posted but it's all there for you review if needed. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, cjinchiangrai said:

Has anyone gotten past the preliminary approval stage?  I submitted an inquiry but no response yet. My biggest concern would be getting the initial approval but not getting the COE approval or having flights available. 

Have you even paid or gotten any payment information? Highly doubt they'll do anything without seeing the moolah.

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