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6 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

It seems there are only long lines on Mondays and Thursdays when the visa run company goes there.

No mention of them limiting the numbers or an appointment system.

Vientiane is OK if you have enough time to make an appointment 2 or 3 weeks in advance.

This sounds better than expected, especially for Vientiane, as I am considering a visa run in mid-July.

 

Is there any additional documentation requirement than late last year? At that time, no bank statements were required in Vientiane, and Savannakhet required one recent statement showing more than 20,000 THB.

 

Thanks!

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7 minutes ago, Scott3000 said:

Is there any additional documentation requirement than late last year?

No changes at Vientiane. Register here and look for appointment dates now. https://thaivisavientiane.com/#

Ignore any visa requirements on that since they are not correct.  

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Hello, I flew in from HK three days ago. I was told by an immigration officer at Suvarnabhumi airport that he’ll not let me in next time if I don’t use Visa from my home country. I don’t have visa this time and I have 2 TV, 1 ED visa and several 30-day stamp on my passport. I understand that he has right to let me or not let me in to the country, but I don’t think it makes sense to use visa only from my home country. Hence, I want to know if I miss a new Thai immigration policy or something. I’ve never tried coming into Thailand by land, so I’m thinking to get a TV in Vientiane and take a bus to Nongkhai. 

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5 hours ago, junejet said:

Hello, I flew in from HK three days ago. I was told by an immigration officer at Suvarnabhumi airport that he’ll not let me in next time if I don’t use Visa from my home country. I don’t have visa this time and I have 2 TV, 1 ED visa and several 30-day stamp on my passport. I understand that he has right to let me or not let me in to the country, but I don’t think it makes sense to use visa only from my home country. Hence, I want to know if I miss a new Thai immigration policy or something. I’ve never tried coming into Thailand by land, so I’m thinking to get a TV in Vientiane and take a bus to Nongkhai. 

There is no publicly announced immigration policy change affecting people entering Thailand with tourist visas. However, at certain entry points, unofficial rules are being applied. Exactly what these amount to is not clear, and they may well differ between entry points (and even different immigration officials). The general thrust seems to be that some senior immigration officials feel that some with tourist visas are not "genuine tourists" and should not have been issued tourist visas. The most important factors appear to be total time in Thailand, and/or whether illegal working might be plausible.

 

To deal with your specific situation, if you can get a tourist visa in Vientiane and enter at Nong Khai, based on reports to date, there should be no problem at all.

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13 hours ago, junejet said:

I’ve never tried coming into Thailand by land, so I’m thinking to get a TV in Vientiane and take a bus to Nongkhai. 

At the moment that is probably your best option.

 

The airport IO’s are — as part of the ongoing clampdown — under orders to look out for long term tourists, review time spent in the country, and deny entry should the IO/supervisor deem it necessary.

 

You could try flying in again; on another day another IO might just waive you through with no questions asked.

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17 hours ago, junejet said:

Hello, I flew in from HK three days ago. I was told by an immigration officer at Suvarnabhumi airport that he’ll not let me in next time if I don’t use Visa from my home country. I don’t have visa this time and I have 2 TV, 1 ED visa and several 30-day stamp on my passport. I understand that he has right to let me or not let me in to the country, but I don’t think it makes sense to use visa only from my home country. Hence, I want to know if I miss a new Thai immigration policy or something. I’ve never tried coming into Thailand by land, so I’m thinking to get a TV in Vientiane and take a bus to Nongkhai. 

I have been avoiding both Bangkok airports, BKK and DMK, for visa exempt entry since I was interrogated at DMK in 2016. The two times I have entered by air, one was with an SETV in October, 2016, the other visa exempt in October, 2017, were via CNX -- the second time at extra cost in both money and travel time to me. I keep up with postings on this thread, and others have posted to the same effect.

In your case, it's probably much less costly to enter by air visa exempt to a different airport than it would be for you to go to your home country. And I have gotten two SETV's in the past 9 months by the method you suggest: At Vientiane and entering by land at Nong Khai. Last September, I entered by Nong Khai by one of the airline buses; in December, I didn't even bother to take the bus across the border, rather just share a taxi after checking out of Lao immigration, then flying out of Udon Thani airport. The flow through Thai immigration at Nong Khai has been much more efficient by personal vehicle than by bus, but both were free of hassle or inconvenience.

 

But by all means, with a number of visa exempt entries and SETV's in my passport since late 2017, I certainly would not enter Thailand visa exempt by BKK or DMK, without living outside the country for at least a year.

 

Hope this helps!

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Is it still possible to convert TR visa and/or visa exemption to Non-B (teaching) at Chaengwattana?  In the past has been easier/cheaper to send people to Penang but that's getting to be more and more of a hassle these days.

If so, does anyone have a current list of required documents?

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31 minutes ago, Jadam said:

Is it still possible to convert TR visa and/or visa exemption to Non-B (teaching) at Chaengwattana?  In the past has been easier/cheaper to send people to Penang but that's getting to be more and more of a hassle these days.

If so, does anyone have a current list of required documents?

It can be done. General list of required documents is here. https://www.immigration.go.th/content/service_73

In order to apply the applicant has to be living in Bangkok. All offices can accept the applications now.

If in Bangkok why not get them in Vientiane or Savannakhet instead of Penang.

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Help UJ I have an OA visa issued on April 18 2018 with enter before April 17 2019 , I entered on July 19 2018 with permission to stay till July 18 2019 . I exited thailand at the osmach Chong chin and apon re entry they would only give me 30 days exempt , have I made a mistake with the dates or have they in denying me the 365 day extension I’m still here waiting a reply at the border from TV 

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45 minutes ago, wozza said:

Help UJ I have an OA visa issued on April 18 2018 with enter before April 17 2019 , I entered on July 19 2018 with permission to stay till July 18 2019 . I exited thailand at the osmach Chong chin and apon re entry they would only give me 30 days exempt , have I made a mistake with the dates or have they in denying me the 365 day extension I’m still here waiting a reply at the border from TV 

It appears you entered Thailand on June (not July) 19 and received a permission to stay until July 18. You were given a 30-day visa exempt entry which is correct unless you had a reentry permit to keep a previous permission to stay intact. Your expired O-A visa is irrelevant. Did you have a reentry permit and, if so, what was the expiry date of the reentry permit? If you had no reentry permit, there is no mistake.

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40 minutes ago, wozza said:

Help UJ I have an OA visa issued on April 18 2018 with enter before April 17 2019 , I entered on July 19 2018 with permission to stay till July 18 2019 . I exited thailand at the osmach Chong chin and apon re entry they would only give me 30 days exempt , have I made a mistake with the dates or have they in denying me the 365 day extension I’m still here waiting a reply at the border from TV 

Did YOU have a Re-Entry Permit when you came back through Osmach Chong Chin ?? Wherever THAT Is ??....If You Didn't then that's PROBABLY Why you only got 30 Days Stamped in !!

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1 hour ago, wozza said:

Help UJ I have an OA visa issued on April 18 2018 with enter before April 17 2019 , I entered on July 19 2018 with permission to stay till July 18 2019 . I exited thailand at the osmach Chong chin and apon re entry they would only give me 30 days exempt , have I made a mistake with the dates or have they in denying me the 365 day extension I’m still here waiting a reply at the border from TV 

When did you exit and re-enter at the land crossing? If it was after April 17, 2019 and you did not have a Re-Entry permit it was correct to give you 30 days as your Visa has expired. 

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1 hour ago, Nong Khai Man said:

Did YOU have a Re-Entry Permit when you came back through Osmach Chong Chin ?? Wherever THAT Is ??....If You Didn't then that's PROBABLY Why you only got 30 Days Stamped in !!

Yes my bad , no entry permit , I was reading the permission to stay stamp date and not the visa date , thanks , looks like a trip home or apply for an O marriage visa 

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Hi. I applied for SETV in Vientiane and today went to collect my passport but I was told they won't give me visa because of long stay in Thailand. Last time I applied for visa in Vientiane was almost 2 years ago and i thought in worst case they would give visa with the warning. Anyway now I'm wondering if it's safe to cross through Nong Khai border by land without visa for 15 day exempt. Is immigration there restrictive as in BKK airport? Do I need 20k THB or flight outside of Thailand?

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