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I'm interested to know if anyone (other than Chinese) have made any progress in applying for the 9-month Special Tourist Visa (STV). I returned to Australia from Thailand in March and have been stuck here ever since. (I own a condo in Jomtien and have a non-O retirement visa plus re-entry permit, plus I have a Thai bank account with more than B500k in it.) I emailed the Thai Long Stay company on 30 September, but got no reply. I tried phoning them but they did not answer their phone. I got an email from them on 8 October asking for my passport details and the location of my nearest Thai consulate. I sent these, and also told them that I am happy to meet any conditions they set, including testing, hotel quarantine, police checks, health insurance, tracking etc. I got another email on 21 October which said: "Thank you very much for sending us your information. Your information has already been registered in our system. Once we are able to officially start processing your application, we will update you as soon as possible." Has anyone got any further with them than this? I believe the hold-up is that Long Stay have not yet received from the Thai government a list of countries whose citizens will be eligible for the STV, but that they are expected to decide this before the end of this month. Can anyone confirm that? 

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I applied through TL but they cancelled the flight. They have the money for the fees and plane ticket and I got nothing. Still hoping, but it is really disorganized and they do not seem to be talking

I "think" initially it had some kind of "pressing circumstances" clause re the 3 month thing which was relaxed a few weeks ago.   Still see no reason whatsoever to refuse people leaving (all

So how many STV entries have there been so far world wide. I'm aware of the 39 from China last week and more scheduled from China shortly. Been mentioned in Thai news forum that STV from Europe Novemb

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Maybe a bit off topic, but if you were eligible in Thailand for a retirement extension based on your  Non Imm O Visa and have 500K on a Thai bank-account, why don't you apply for the 1-year Non Imm O-A Visa.

You would need 300K additional on a bank-account (as you need to show 800K on bank-accounts), and subscribe to the mandatory IO-approved health-insurance for Non Imm O-A application (easy if you know how).

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OP, what's the situation with Oz gov stating AU citizens cannot exit Australia.

I've read that permission to do so has been very much exception rather than rule

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2 minutes ago, DrJack54 said:

OP, what's the situation with Oz gov stating AU citizens cannot exit Australia.

I've read that permission to do so has been very much exception rather than rule

That permission is mentioned in the requirements for the visas.

"5. Permission to travel from Australia issued by the Australian Border Force

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form"

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2 minutes ago, DrJack54 said:

... what's the situation with Oz gov stating AU citizens cannot exit Australia.

 

Still being dicks but it has never applied to those that normally reside outside Australia and if intending staying outside for > 3 months shouldn't be an issue either.

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16 minutes ago, Salerno said:

 

Still being dicks but it has never applied to those that normally reside outside Australia and if intending staying outside for > 3 months shouldn't be an issue either.

Correct. Was not aware of that.

I note it states "if your travelling outside Australia 3 months or more......

Wonder what stops someone just stating they are traveling for 3+ months 

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13 minutes ago, DrJack54 said:

Correct. Was not aware of that.

 

I "think" initially it had some kind of "pressing circumstances" clause re the 3 month thing which was relaxed a few weeks ago.

 

Still see no reason whatsoever to refuse people leaving (allowing for flight availability) ... coming back is a totally separate issue IMO.

 

 

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2 hours ago, JomtienExile said:

I emailed the Thai Long Stay company on 30 September, but got no reply. I tried phoning them but they did not answer their phone. I got an email from them on 8 October asking for my passport details and the location of my nearest Thai consulate.

I've had the same experience as you, as did many others - Thai Long Stay Co. just doesn't seem all that reliable and I probably wouldn't risk giving them their THB 10K non-refundable application fee. Nothing to stop them from giving the same silent treatment, or reverting with the same "we're still waiting for further details" response after taking the money.

 

I imagine Thai Long Stay Co. still hasn't sorted our their terms with the govt, on perhaps less stringent requirements if one applies via TLS to justify the application fee they charge. Or it could be some behind-the-scenes jostling over brown envelope commercial terms.

 

On the bright side, a few embassies from a number of select cities around the world have published STV application information so applying direct with these embassies is possible now. As mentioned by Ubonjoe, the Canberra embassy is one of them.

 

One thing to note is the STV isn't a 9 month visa, but technically a 3 month visa with 2 additional extensions of 3 month each. I guess even if the initial STV is stated as 3 months, you should be able to get clearance from Border Force to exit.

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2 minutes ago, 5ilver said:

On the bright side, a few embassies from a number of select cities around the world have published STV application information so applying direct with these embassies is possible now. As mentioned by Ubonjoe, the Canberra embassy is one of them.

So how many STV entries have there been so far world wide. I'm aware of the 39 from China last week and more scheduled from China shortly. Been mentioned in Thai news forum that STV from Europe November?.

Believe it when I see it.

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1 minute ago, DrJack54 said:

So how many STV entries have there been so far world wide. I'm aware of the 39 from China last week and more scheduled from China shortly. Been mentioned in Thai news forum that STV from Europe November?.

Believe it when I see it.

 

These 3 groups (2 from China + 1 from Scandinavia) seems to be pre-arranged ones on charter flights as they were announced by the Thai authorities at the start of October, way before any of the embassies started publishing info publicly about the application process. I imagine these folks are connected and aren't regular applicants.

 

I believe around mid-Nov onwards, we should start hearing reports from the first few successful STV applicants as I do know a few people (including myself) who are trying to give this a go right now.

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4 minutes ago, 5ilver said:

I believe around mid-Nov onwards, we should start hearing reports from the first few successful STV applicants as I do know a few people (including myself) who are trying to give this a go right now.

If in Europe and not in Norway or Finland, I think you better hurry. I am in Denmark and I plan to apply Monday or Tuesday with arrival November 6th. They update the list of countries the 1st and the 15th every month, and I am sure many European countries will be removed from the list at the next update.

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I applied through TL but they cancelled the flight. They have the money for the fees and plane ticket and I got nothing. Still hoping, but it is really disorganized and they do not seem to be talking with the consulates that control the planes.

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1 hour ago, 5ilver said:

 

I believe around mid-Nov onwards, we should start hearing reports from the first few successful STV applicants as I do know a few people (including myself) who are trying to give this a go right now.

What's your definition of "few"

Get back to us when there are hundreds of entries of STV.

Especially from countries other than the mother ship.

 

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1 hour ago, cjinchiangrai said:

I applied through TL but they cancelled the flight. They have the money for the fees and plane ticket and I got nothing. Still hoping, but it is really disorganized and they do not seem to be talking with the consulates that control the planes.

This is why I’m very reluctant to apply for STV using the Longstay Company, even if I did accept all the requirements. I understand I’m also supposed to hand over the 10K baht application fee without knowing the cost of flight tickets and insurance. 

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