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Trying to apply for a visa back to Thailand

Below is the reply from the Thai Consulate to my Visa query

 

1 - To apply for a Non Immigrant O (Spouse visit) visa, you would need to provide a copy of a marriage certificate and registration.

 

2 - You are eligible to apply for either the Single Entry 60 day Tourist Visa (this can be done at our Consulate by appointment - the visa can be extended in Thailand for another 30 days) or the 90 Day Special Tourist Visa (application is online on the Royal Thai Embassy canberra website - this visa can be extended in Thailand for another 180 days).

You may also be eligible for the Non Immigrant O-A Long Stay/Retirement visa (using the application form on the Royal Thai Embassy Canberra website).

 

3 - The 500,000 Baht or $25,000 bank balance needs to have been in your account continuously for 6 months. 

 

Hoping someone can actually tell me what the.... if this 500000thb balance you must have to even apply for a visa to get back into Thailand ? Wife is ill in Korat but no marriage certificate which would now be very handy.

This a new COVID-19 cash grab to "Meet" you at the airport ?

Sorry if i am missing something here

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Do I understand correctly that something or somebody gave you the impression that you were married but that in fact you are not legally married?

Typically Thai. I can go to Singapore for 90 days on a UK passport without having to put money in a Singapore bank account. When will the TAT wise up and realise that Thailand has to compete with othe

Did you register the marriage at the Amphur office? If not, then you are not married.

1 hour ago, ubonjoe said:

The 500k baht in the bank is only for the new single entry tourist visa. It is a special one they created for tourists to enter the country.

You don't need it to apply for a certificate entry if married to a Thai.

Are you legally married to your wife?

If you don't have a copy marriage of your certificate with you she could email a scan of it to you that would be accepted.

Cheers ubonjoe.

We don't have a marriage certificate. Thousands of bloomin photos of our wedding at Sunee Grand Hotel but no certificate...and now Covid and i cant get home so we can even go to the Amphoe in Ubon to get one. I send my cash back to the misses in Korat every 2 weeks and invest the rest hence not having half a million baht in the Aussie bank account.

Seems even the TR Tourist visa is now asking for 500000thb in account.

So it seems I'm stuffed until they open the borders up and i can get back home as i normally do just on my Aussie passport and no need for a visa. Bank account doesn't even get questioned then.

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If you are not legally married to your Thai wife and thus do not have the KorRor 3 (Thai marriage certificate) and KorRor 2 (certificate of Thai marriage certification), obviously you cannot apply for the CoE on that basis.

The information provided by the Thai Consulate you posted is fully correct.

They mention > You may also be eligible for the Non Immigrant O-A Long Stay/Retirement visa (using the application form on the Royal Thai Embassy Canberra website).

When you are over 50 years of age, you would be eligible for a Non Imm O-A Visa.

The application for that Visa does not require any seasoning of funds, so it's just a matter of meeting the requirements and then applying for the CoE.

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It would take me a half a year or more of work to even come up with those funds, that's not even including the spent money to eat and go to/ from work.

 

Absolutely insane requirements.

 

Is this for 'all' tourists, or just from certain areas? I am Canadian so not sure what the visa requirements (if its even required?) are if I wanted to stay there for 30 days.

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21 hours ago, Farangstyle said:

This a new COVID-19 cash grab to "Meet" you at the airport ?

Sorry if i am missing something here

not sure that you are missing something, or seeing too much...

 

sorry for your present situation... hope your wife is ok. In the meantime, there is skype.

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22 hours ago, ubonjoe said:

The 500k baht in the bank is only for the new single entry tourist visa.

 

is this the same type of account requirement as for extensions?  has to be in a BANK account?  savings or fixed only?

 

will the embassy/consulate accept brokerage monthly statements from investment or retirement accounts?

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26 minutes ago, ChouDoufu said:

is this the same type of account requirement as for extensions?  has to be in a BANK account?  savings or fixed only?

will the embassy/consulate accept brokerage monthly statements from investment or retirement accounts?

It does say on the embassy websites that are issuing them.

I think your question would have to be answered by them.

This is what it states on the embassy in Singapore website.

"An original bank statement which states bank contact information and deposit with the equivalent amount of not less than 500,000 Baht for the last 6 months."

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Slightly off-topic, but if I post it on a previous thread that mentioned such things it might not get seen...

 

The bank statement needed for the one-year marriage extension, the one needed in addition to an up-to-date passbook and a letter from the bank confirming I have the account I claim to have - Would a screen shot print out of my on-line account suffice? I ask, as some have reported it taking up to five days to obtain if the account isn't held at the branch where you request such a statement. I've checked what is shown and the on-line account, surely, shows exactly what the bank would print out. I can do that covering the last six months of my Bangkok Bank account, and only two months is needed.

 

Or is that too simple and convenient?

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10 minutes ago, Bangkok Barry said:

Slightly off-topic, but if I post it on a previous thread that mentioned such things it might not get seen...

 

The bank statement needed for the one-year marriage extension, the one needed in addition to an up-to-date passbook and a letter from the bank confirming I have the account I claim to have - Would a screen shot print out of my on-line account suffice? I ask, as some have reported it taking up to five days to obtain if the account isn't held at the branch where you request such a statement. I've checked what is shown and the on-line account, surely, shows exactly what the bank would print out. I can do that covering the last six months of my Bangkok Bank account, and only two months is needed.

 

Or is that too simple and convenient?

If I.O. would be satisfied whit that  …, showing your mobile  screen from bank account or even going online to bank site upfront to them and showing so,... would be most simple way …. but NO I would think

This would be too simple and opening gates for fraud applications by the "no have...funds  ones "

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