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Ministry of Foreign Affairs proposes Multiple Visa, 1 Year 3000 thb - Sunbelt Asia

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As long as the word "Multiple" appears, it means that we will be doing 90 day visa-runs or 90 day reports as before.

I am waiting for the word "Multiple" to disappear,

Would not be surprised if the word "Multiple" will be replaced by "Monthly". We will be doing monthly visa-runs and monthly reportings.

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Whats their game?

For ages they hunt down people who have not concisely adhered to the rules.

Then they suggest a less stringent visa could be available (subject to legislation).

My opinion like many on here is it won't happen

For instance just think how many staff they could lose by making things easier like forgetting about the stupid 90 day address report. Hopefully they would be the real pricks.

Doubt that would be a good thing for the career Immo officer.

Some fool is talking out his hot air port.

Its all about the money, just to repeat myself.

As many of the posts on TV prove, it is practically impossible for the government to control immigration officers and get them to consistently apply a set of visa rules. Judging by the abundance of condo for rent signs that have appeared in the last few months on every power pole near where I live, I wonder if many traditional long stay visitors might already have departed the LOS?

Although I rather doubt it, this might possibly be an attempt by the government to welcome long stay visitors (and their money!) back by introducing a new (simpler?) visa that makes it harder for immigration to drive still more people away.

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Can guarantee that the Thai government does not understand or care about any of your points. You cannot project your cultural norms onto theirs.

"You cannot project your cultural norms onto theirs."

Cultural norms?

My, my someone is certainly full of himself. Bloated egos apparently precipitate verbal flatulence.

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It might bring more people to Thailand but for those who come anyway perhaps they will stay longer.

There's a couple from Denmark staying for part of the winter in the house next door to me. They came for 3 months to escape the cold back home. They've been coming here every year for about 10 years now.

Why three months ? Because that's the limit without needing to do unnecessary and perhaps costly travel on visa runs to other countries. So it's simple, they come for three months then go back home.

These people are here only to escape the winter so a 6 months visa would suit them perfectly and who knows, maybe next year they will stay for 4 months or even a little longer. Multiply that by 100's of thousands of people and it could be the difference between a tourist season boom or bust affecting the entire industry.

One thing's for sure - they will never be doing any visa runs so unless this is changed the limit to their stay will always be three months maximum and I know they don't like to go to immigration after 60 days looking for a 30 day extension. Nobody wants to plan to visit government offices looking for visa extensions during their long winter holidays in their retirement.

My mother who's here right now came for two months this winter. She won't ever do a visa run or go to immigration to do an extension, the tourist visa is valid for 2 months so she came for 2 months.

This proposed change is welcome and will affect a lot of people, especially older people of my mothers generation who in my experience tend to plan carefully, stick to the rules by the letter and take no risks at all.

My mum didn't like the sound of arriving on a visa without the visa validity covering the entire period of travel, I know she held off on getting it until just before she came for this very reason despite the fact that I told her it doesn't matter and you can enter on the last day of validity.

Different generations have very different outlooks and a lot of the winter tourists are retirees from my mothers generation.

Ooooh, sounds great.

Though I'm married to a Thai, I choose a retirement extension cos it's simpler but ties up 800Kb!

We are here for about 6 months, in the winter here - to escape the winter in South East Spain LOL.

How I would love a 6 month multiple entry visa for 2,000b.

However, if it sounds too good to be true - it probably is.....

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i dont think it matters at this moment as the price of oil seems to be the major factor in how long people stay or even if they come here

I know hordes are leaving

breaking leases

living poor

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What Thailand has to wrap its head around is there are people who are under 50 years old and want to LIVE in Thailand for extended periods of time and ARE NOT TOURISTS. These people already have their own money or a business in another country and will not be a threat to loss of jobs for Thai people.

If they do this then a lot of problems for LONG TIME visitors or short time EXPATS under 50 years old will be solved for everyone.

This is such a smart idea that I'm sure Thailand will never do it.

It might even suit part timers who are on retirement extensions.....

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I'd be pissed if this came to pass and had bought a TE visa.

Sorry if I'm reading you the wrong way but it sounds a bit sad to me.... the fact that other people might benefit from a change in regulation that in NO WAY limits the status of those on TE Visa would be annoying to them? Smacks of envy to me... the source of many a problem in the world today and almost never helpful.

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Can guarantee that the Thai government does not understand or care about any of your points. You cannot project your cultural norms onto theirs.

"You cannot project your cultural norms onto theirs."

Cultural norms?

My, my someone is certainly full of himself. Bloated egos apparently precipitate verbal flatulence.

It means they think differently...

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It would be much better to have a reasonable solution to the 90-day-report nonsense, and a better way to do the retirement extension. Has anyone from Phuket been able to do the extension at an immigration office out of Phuket? It should be possible, and will give it a try in Phang Nga tomorrow. Will keep you posted.

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i have many under 50 friends who are spending money in other asian countries this year who will be happy if this happens

assuming they don't fall in love in/with their current abodes wai2.gif

That is the motivation for the Thai government. Been told many are not buying up condos and lots of apartments go unoccupied. Cambodia is less than B10K a year for a multi entry and working permits are easy. These newly enforced visa stipulations are costing them money and good will.

Thailand has great resources for doing business in China but Thai immigration and customs just get in the way.

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