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Hi, im currently in America and my wife is close to getting her visa so im researching how im going to get over there to escort my wife and daughter back to the states. I'll have 6 months from the issue of the visa to bring them back.

 

I read that my options are the Non-O visa where i can stay up to 90 days and the visa exempt which i can stay 45 days but dont need to apply for a visa. Which route would you recommend i take?

 

The trouble is that I only want to book a one-way flight so that i can purchase a new flight for the return of all 3 of us. I think going the visa exempt route i would need proof of an ongoing return flight from Thailand, in which case i would need to book it and cancel it as i don't imagine the airlines allows for a return flight with two new passengers aboard. I also don't think the thai embassy in LA will be too understanding when i start emailing them about this, so i figured asking this forum would be a better start.

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The visa exempt entry's 45-days includes the 15 days of ASQ so realistically, you will have about 30 days to sort out the logistics (or at best, only 20 working days).

 

With these new variants popping up left, right and center, flight scheduling and even availability is getting perilously dynamic these days. I recall a few months back that several European carriers were only issuing one-way tickets due to Thai government restrictions on 'approved' carriers. For example, last year KLM were passing through Bangkok with up to two flights/day but they were repatriation flights that headed onwards to Taiwan, Philippines and Malaysia with only a non-boarding stopover in Bangkok on the return leg.

 

Checking frequently with the airlines directly would be good advice.

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25 minutes ago, NanLaew said:

The visa exempt entry's 45-days includes the 15 days of ASQ so realistically, you will have about 30 days to sort out the logistics (or at best, only 20 working days).

He can get a 30 day extension of the 45 day entry. 

Moved to the Thai visas forum.

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You only need a onward ticket to meet the ticket out within 45 days requirement. You could look for a low cost one way ticket or get a temporary onward ticket from on the sites listed here.

https://www.google.com/search?q=onward+flight&rlz=1C1SQJL_enTH791TH791&oq=onwar&aqs=chrome.2.69i60j69i57j69i59j69i60l2.10502j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

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You might want to hurry.  Isn't Biden cutting off any international incoming travel ASAP?  you might just have to get her on a plane this week.

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OP, my guess is that there would be some people in similar situation to yours.

Did you consider dealing with an agent in Thailand that could assist/facilitate your family obtaining visa to states without you needing to come to Thailand. 

As for coming to Thailand I would suggest you just enter visa exempt. Post the 45 days you can organize other options eg non o (marriage) etc. As ubonjoe suggested you could buy a throw away onward ticket.

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I was able to get my wife a 10 year, multiple entry visa, once we were married. Tried for student or tourist visa prior to that, with no luck. When my wife had her appointment scheduled, she brought a thick file with all kinds of supporting documents. Fortunately we were advised in advance, for her to bring my original passport with her. That is all they were interested in seeing, and they studied it carefully, for a full 5 minutes or so. I think they wanted to see the visas, and to be assured that I have a history of coming back and forth. Once they saw that, it was approved, and she had her visa two weeks later. 

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25 minutes ago, DrJack54 said:

Did you consider dealing with an agent in Thailand that could assist/facilitate your family obtaining visa to states without you needing to come to Thailand. 

It seems the visa is handled already.

1 hour ago, kornkanok224 said:

Hi, im currently in America and my wife is close to getting her visa so im researching how im going to get over there to escort my wife and daughter back to the states.

He just wants to be here to travel with them to the states to insure there is not a problem.

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1 hour ago, ubonjoe said:

Only from certain countries and Thailand is not one of them. But everybody needs a negative covid 19 test done 3 days before departure.

and quarantine in america now too plus contact tracing.  Not sure what that entails

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1 hour ago, ubonjoe said:

Only from certain countries and Thailand is not one of them. But everybody needs a negative covid 19 test done 3 days before departure.

You sure about that? Don't assume.

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7 hours ago, ubonjoe said:

I don't assume anything. I listened to the news today. It is only the UK and some countries in Europe that were going to be allowed before.

Also this map from the IATA that provides info by clicking the USA. It is till dated January 14th.

 https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/world.php

 

In response to increased rates of COVID-19 transmission in the United States and other countries, and to protect New York State’s (NYS) successful containment of COVID-19, NYS has issued a travel advisory for anyone entering NYS from a non-bordering state or traveled internationally from a country designated under a CDC level 2 or higher COVID-19 travel health notice.

All travelers coming to NYS from areas beyond the border states (NJ, CT, PA, MA, VT) must fill out this form. Travelers that are asymptomatic must quarantine for 10 days from the last day in a non-border state or another country, unless the traveler meets certain criteria.     JOE; perhaps with your CONNECTIONS,you can verify with CDC what level Thailand is currently, 26Jan 2021.

 

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