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4 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

I am aware of it and considered it years ago shortly after it was first started . Looking recently it appears to still be a costly option if you use the card at a ATM here to get your money out.

Another problem is that it would be difficult to send the funds to qualify for the income option since it may difficult to get the proof the funds came from abroad.

Also one person who has was transfer his money to Bangkok Bank via their New Your branch which requires the IAT format now and direct express could not do them.

Good to know that about the Debit card.

 

In respect to the current direct-deposit method (via BBL/New York), I assume the IAT format issue has been resolved in time for the early-April direct-deposit transfer? I have been assured at a Chiang Mai BBL branch that this is the case.  Thanks.

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14 minutes ago, PaulinSaphanKwai said:

In respect to the current direct-deposit method (via BBL/New York), I assume the IAT format issue has been resolved in time for the early-April direct-deposit transfer? I have been assured at a Chiang Mai BBL branch that this is the case. 

As far as I know that has not been resolved yet. The last I saw about it was that they were trying to to have it postponed.

Most SSA payment are being sent by the IAT format already. Those that are not being sent that way may not be accepted next month.

I have been informed by New York mine are coming in with the IAT format.

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In Vientiane, Laos, just back from the consulate.

 

Said I had too many Tourist Visas in my passport (I have 4), and wanted a copy of my Thai Bank Card and pin number, and said I had to bring bank statements. I would have to write out a reason why I wanted another tourist visa. They asked if I had a Thai girlfriend(Just got one two weeks ago, told them I do now). Sometimes with immigration it's better if you don't have a girlfriend, I think in this case it would be better if I did have one, as in a thai dependant.

 

And they asked why I didn't get a retirement visa. That's because I'm 48.

 

Like a fool I went away and got a photocopy of my bank card but managed to wise up and get my passport and the photocopy of the bank card back off them. No, I didn't give them my pin number. 😄

 

I get paid on the 22nd, they wanted me to leave my passport with them overnight but I can't provide juicy bank statements tomorrow anyway. The day after tomorrow sure.

 

Think I can get a visa exempt entry into Thailand over the Friendship Bridge, or I could just bugger off to Vietnam and Cambodia for a month or two. I packed and prepped for two months outside the country.

 

Actually quite keen to go to Vietnam, and I'm quite enjoying the hotel breakfasts. 🙂

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10 minutes ago, BahnTH said:

Said I had too many Tourist Visas in my passport (I have 4), and wanted a copy of my Thai Bank Card and pin number, and said I had to bring bank statements. I would have to write out a reason why I wanted another tourist visa

Did you already have the "This person travels frequently to Thailand on tourist visas ..." stamp in your passport?

 

If confirmed by other applicants, this is a major change, but possibly not a bad one. It may explain why they are limiting the number of applicants they allow. It gives them time to scrutinise applications more closely. It may mean that they will be willing to give more tourist visas than in the past if accompanied by suitable justifications and supporting documents.

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Didn't see it, but I just found it now.

 

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^^ There's the trouble maker. Time for a new passport.

 

I'm not super upset or anything, I'm really burnt out on Thailand, been here for the last 6 years. Vietnam is all new and exciting, I want to go there instead. And staying out of Thailand during the twin whammies of Songkran and the elections is also appealing.

 

Not decided what I'm doing yet. Direct flights out of Vientiane are limited.

 

But anyway, there's some confirmation. 4 Thai TRs in my passport since January 2018, 4th one in a row will get you the dreaded stamp.

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1 hour ago, BahnTH said:

Didn't see it, but I just found it now.

 

taeRz93.jpg

^^ There's the trouble maker. Time for a new passport.

 

I'm not super upset or anything, I'm really burnt out on Thailand, been here for the last 6 years. Vietnam is all new and exciting, I want to go there instead. And staying out of Thailand during the twin whammies of Songkran and the elections is also appealing.

 

Not decided what I'm doing yet. Direct flights out of Vientiane are limited.

 

But anyway, there's some confirmation. 4 Thai TRs in my passport since January 2018, 4th one in a row will get you the dreaded stamp.

In that case, with that "remark stamp," I am surprised they would provide a TR Visa at all.  I have tried before - having bank-statement, rental-agreement, etc - "Sorry, with that remark, we cannot issue ..."  So maybe the limiting of applicants does have an upside.  All you have to do is show a bank-statement with 20K Baht (more is better) in it.

 

2 hours ago, BahnTH said:

wanted a copy of my Thai Bank Card and pin number,

That's crazy.  Front side of the card is not a big deal - assuming it is just to prove you have access to the bank-statement shown - but PIN? - forget it.  I think there was a miscommunication.

 

2 hours ago, BahnTH said:

Think I can get a visa exempt entry into Thailand over the Friendship Bridge, or I could just bugger off to Vietnam and Cambodia for a month or two. I packed and prepped for two months outside the country. 

 

Actually quite keen to go to Vietnam, and I'm quite enjoying the hotel breakfasts.

If you go elsewhere, then decide to come back, get a new passport while over there - will be devoid of any Thai history, so a good fresh start.  Also can watch what unfolds over here from a distance, and decide if the climate will make it worth even trying.

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7 hours ago, JackThompson said:

That's crazy.  Front side of the card is not a big deal - assuming it is just to prove you have access to the bank-statement shown - but PIN? - forget it.  I think there was a miscommunication.

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Yeah, there's a potential for thievery even without the pin, I don't have my bank book with me, but I'll go to the branch of my bank here and see if I can get a new bank card. Might be the best 100 Baht I ever spend. Better to be safe than sorry. Even if it's only a 10% chance.

 

Love everybody, serve everybody, trust only a few baby...

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On 3/20/2019 at 11:43 AM, BritTim said:

Did you already have the "This person travels frequently to Thailand on tourist visas ..." stamp in your passport?

 

If confirmed by other applicants, this is a major change, but possibly not a bad one. It may explain why they are limiting the number of applicants they allow. It gives them time to scrutinise applications more closely. It may mean that they will be willing to give more tourist visas than in the past if accompanied by suitable justifications and supporting documents.

Given a closer scrutiny of tourist visa applications, is there a sense among the more Senior Members that the Thai Emb/Vientiane is moving toward a uniform requirement for 20K and air tickets?

 

If so, are Tourist Visa holders being asked to show their 20K and air tickets to IO when they cross the bridge to Nong Khai as well?

 

Paul

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47 minutes ago, PaulinSaphanKwai said:

Given a closer scrutiny of tourist visa applications, is there a sense among the more Senior Members that the Thai Emb/Vientiane is moving toward a uniform requirement for 20K and air tickets?

 

If so, are Tourist Visa holders being asked to show their 20K and air tickets to IO when they cross the bridge to Nong Khai as well?

 

Paul

Not yet. It should be noted that there is little evidence to go on about what they will do with applicants with warning stamps (who in the past would simply have been turned away without discussion). However, there appear to be no new requirements being imposed on those without the warning stamp.

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I'm thinking of entering Thailand via the Laos border on a visa-exemption (no tourist visa) - which would be my first time of a border entry. Any reports on "failures" on this setup? I don't have that "This person travels frequently to Thailand on tourist visas ..."-stamp on my last SETV. 

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1 hour ago, aldriglikvid said:

I'm thinking of entering Thailand via the Laos border on a visa-exemption (no tourist visa) - which would be my first time of a border entry. Any reports on "failures" on this setup? I don't have that "This person travels frequently to Thailand on tourist visas ..."-stamp on my last SETV. 

There are no reports of problems using visa exempt entries at any of the border crossings from Laos.

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On 3/20/2019 at 11:57 AM, BahnTH said:

Didn't see it, but I just found it now.

 

taeRz93.jpg

^^ There's the trouble maker. Time for a new passport.

 

I'm not super upset or anything, I'm really burnt out on Thailand, been here for the last 6 years. Vietnam is all new and exciting, I want to go there instead. And staying out of Thailand during the twin whammies of Songkran and the elections is also appealing.

 

Not decided what I'm doing yet. Direct flights out of Vientiane are limited.

 

But anyway, there's some confirmation. 4 Thai TRs in my passport since January 2018, 4th one in a row will get you the dreaded stamp.

I lived in Thailand about 6 years altogether, too, including Jan-Feb of this year. Now in Quy Nhon from the beginning of March. Different set of problems in Vietnam; different crazy way of driving, but I am making a go at it. 

Subscribed to two ex-patriot forums here.

 

So, you are welcome to get in touch with me if you want to give Vietnam a try.

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Just a quick word of caution...if you are applying for a visa at the Thai consulate in Vientiane you must book on line in advance and print out the confirmation page, or show it on your smart phone on entry. All days are booked full well into April. In addition the website was down for nearly a week earlier this month... According to the Consul they are limiting the visas to 300 or less each day. Makes for a very frustrating experience if you need to apply for any visa at the Consulate in Vientiane! Best of luck!

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