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I have been in Thailand on a Non O extension for 16 years based on marriage or retirement (still happily married but the retirement extensions easier to do) and notice if I wanted to go overseas to earn a crust and return to the wife and kids that the condition of Cert Of Entry during COVID does not include re entry permits - only new visas and Non O-A or O-X requiring more insurance than my Non-O?

 

Is this for real? Why are IO still charging 3800THB for multi re entry permits otherwise?

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If married to a Thai your re-entry permit could be used to get a certificate of entry. Proof you are married to a Thai is all you needed. If not married to or the parent of a Thai and have a exte

Maybe off topic, but I will not be applying for a re-entry permit when I do my next extension. Waste of money, and there's no telling when the borders will be unconditionally open again.

+1 ... In the past I always got my multi-reentry permit at same time as my annual retirement ext. This year (in July) I guessed I wouldn't be going in and out in the coming 12 months so didn't get the

I have raised a similar question in another thread. 
 

There seems to a range of views on whether you can use an existing extension with a re entry or not, or if you have to obtain a new Visa. 
 

 

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I am sure if you can't use your Reentry permit due to bans on travel imposed by Thailand, Thai Immigration will gladly refund our money. lol

 

I usually get one each year after my December Retirement visa renewal, but decided to wait and see what happened. Was a good decision and will probably make the same decision this year.

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50 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

If married to a Thai your re-entry permit could be used to get a certificate of entry. Proof you are married to a Thai is all you needed.

Thanks and somewhat re assuring but:

 

The Thai Embassy web site in London (for example) does not mention re entry permits, and that if a visa has expired, one must reapply for a new visa. Also on the other thread you clearly stated visas have expired once we go onto extensions, both of which confuse me sorry to say!;-)

 

** I guess what I am looking for is a real life experience from someone who has been accepted or rejected for a COE with a valid re-entry permit with Thai family? Until now I have not read of such an instance.

 

Thanks.

 

 

 

https://london.thaiembassy.org/en/publicservice/119247-requirements-for-certificate-of-entry-during-travel-restriction

For family members of Thai nationals (spouse/children)

While Thailand still puts in place travel restriction, spouse and children of a Thai national can apply for the Certificate of Entry to go to Thailand.  

Required documents : 

  1. Your passport copy and your spouse's or child’s passport copy
  2. Copy of marriage certificate or birth certificate
  3. Copy of health insurance policy which covers COVID-19 related medical expenses in Thailand no less than 100,000 USD for the whole period of your stay in Thailand
  4. Declaration form
  5. A copy of flight confirmation
  6. A copy of ASQ booking confirmation

If your visa has expired, you have to apply for a new visa. Please see our visa page for more detail.

 

 

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Is your re-entry permit still valid? If yes, that's expiring same date as the extension of stay to the visa, and hence you're good. But if reentry permit already expired, then so would extension of stay, and hence you'd need to apply for a new visa. With your marriage certificate.

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7 minutes ago, Hamus Yaigh said:

If your visa has expired, you have to apply for a new visa. Please see our visa page for more detail.

If on a extension and have a re-entry permit it would not be possible to have a valid visa. As far as I know most embassies and consulate will accept a valid extension and a re-entry permit.

I think it is the usual confusion caused by so many people and officials calling a extension a visa. All you can do is ask the embassy it the re-entry permit will be accepted as equal to a visa.

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12 minutes ago, Hamus Yaigh said:

The Thai Embassy web site in London (for example) does not mention re entry permits, and that if a visa has expired, one must reapply for a new visa.

The Thais call an extension of stay a visa, so if you've got an extension (of the right type) you're good to enter.

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I'm going to piggyback off this thread because it's slightly relevant. 

I'm in Thailand on a Non-O multi visa and am going to switch over to a 12 month extension based on marriage next month.

Do I need a re-entry permit? 

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5 minutes ago, Sheryl said:

 

Only if you plan to leave the country and re-enter...which I do not advise unless you absolutely must.

 

I didn't get one when I did my extension in  July - first time ever that I did not.

 

Note that if you do nto get one at the time you extend your stay you can still get one at a later date.

Thanks Sheryl, really appreciate your advice. 

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