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Simply amazing, I was told today at the local consulate, that they cannot process any visas before 26th as the honorary consul is not in the house. My flight is on 25th 👍

I wrote a mail to the embassy to confirm, it won't change a damn thing. But it would at least serve nicely to prove I tried. However I doubt I'll hear anything from them.

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For those who like to keep tabs on the entry points situation, just had a completely smooth entry at CNX Airport. Have been in Thailand since Early 2018 on a METV, SETV and am currently over half way through my second METV.

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3 hours ago, jethro69 said:

Simply amazing, I was told today at the local consulate, that they cannot process any visas before 26th as the honorary consul is not in the house. My flight is on 25th 👍

I wrote a mail to the embassy to confirm, it won't change a damn thing. But it would at least serve nicely to prove I tried. However I doubt I'll hear anything from them.

Huh where is that? In Germany I always got my METV in 2min. Filled out, stamped and signed by a women, who works there part-time:) 

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1 hour ago, SpanishExpat said:

Huh where is that? In Germany I always got my METV in 2min. Filled out, stamped and signed by a women, who works there part-time:) 

Close enough, Luxembourg.

It's basically a law firm, who handle affairs for the Belgium embassy.

Hope for the Thai community here that they handle things better, but I doubt it.

I contacted the embassy in Belgium directly, just to let them know about the circumstances, but it won't change a damn thing.

Let's look if they come up with a brilliant idea.....555

I would have not a problem if immigration in Thailand plays with their own rules.

I would need 1-2 visa exempt entries this year, and a SETV from Cambodia and Laos, which are trips planned anyways.

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16 hours ago, jethro69 said:

Simply amazing, I was told today at the local consulate, that they cannot process any visas before 26th as the honorary consul is not in the house. My flight is on 25th 👍

I wrote a mail to the embassy to confirm, it won't change a damn thing. But it would at least serve nicely to prove I tried. However I doubt I'll hear anything from them.

My local honorary consul in the UK is a one person outfit too and I've been advised to call and check availability in plenty of time before applying, particularly in holiday season.  It's not as if there will be a spare honorary consul just hanging  around to cover holidays.

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I was surprised by the information I got, which seemed to be verified by others working in the office, today at the Udon Thani Immigration Office. The date on my METV sticker in my passport is Sept 24, and if I leave the country up to or on that date, according to the office worker who processes the visa from across the desk (agent? officer?), I can return for an additional 2 months. Is this true? This is all news to me if true, except that I had met a European a few months ago who suggested something suspiciously similar. I nearly had a good natured argument with the person except that his English wasn't great and I thought there might be a miscommunication (I'm American, but my English is usually passable). Is there any truth to this about the additional 2 months available at the expiration of an METV. I have already done the 60 days plus 30 extension twice in a row, so this question refers to 2 months following all of that. 

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7 minutes ago, ThaiRebound said:

I was surprised by the information I got, which seemed to be verified by others working in the office, today at the Udon Thani Immigration Office. The date on my METV sticker in my passport is Sept 24, and if I leave the country up to or on that date, according to the office worker who processes the visa from across the desk (agent? officer?), I can return for an additional 2 months. Is this true? This is all news to me if true, except that I had met a European a few months ago who suggested something suspiciously similar. I nearly had a good natured argument with the person except that his English wasn't great and I thought there might be a miscommunication (I'm American, but my English is usually passable). Is there any truth to this about the additional 2 months available at the expiration of an METV. I have already done the 60 days plus 30 extension twice in a row, so this question refers to 2 months following all of that. 

Yes, every time you enter Thailand before the visa expires you will be allowed to stay 60 days, which can be extended by 30 days. So you can spend nearly 9 months in Thailand (making border hops in between) with a METV.

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Thanks, JackDD. I don't know why I thought otherwise. This is like my 6th METV. Regretful and ecstatic. Will the "remark" stamp ('This foreign barbarian dirties our Godly Thai soil too often') from a tourist visa two priors ago in passport potentially threaten passage? Is this passage more precarious/scrutinized than others concerning the METV? What about the 2 visa-exempts allotted -- does that mean that one could stay 11 months without new visa needed? My brain is spinning but in a non-bad way, for once. 

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20 minutes ago, ThaiRebound said:

The date on my METV sticker in my passport is Sept 24, and if I leave the country up to or on that date, according to the office worker who processes the visa from across the desk (agent? officer?), I can return for an additional 2 months. Is this true?

Yes. An entry on or before September 24th gets you another 60 days.

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2 minutes ago, ThaiRebound said:

Thanks, JackDD. I don't know why I thought otherwise. This is like my 6th METV. Regretful and ecstatic. Will the "remark" stamp ('This foreign barbarian dirties our Godly Thai soil too often') from a tourist visa two priors ago in passport potentially threaten passage? Is this passage more precarious/scrutinized than others concerning the METV? What about the 2 visa-exempts allotted -- does that mean that one could stay 11 months without new visa needed? My brain is spinning but in a non-bad way, for once. 

The stamp itself shouldn’t affect anything, but Immigration Officers will be interested in the cumulative time you’ve spent in the country as a tourist when deciding on future entries.

 

Almost 9 months is the max you can get from one METV, unless you’re the spouse or parent if a Thai in which case it’s potentially 11.

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Much appreciate, Elviajero. After this, I plan to lose my passport, fly to the US to get a new METV, and hope to get allowed back. The officer/worker at UD Immigration office said it shouldn't be a problem "flying in to Thailand" with yet another METV after looking at my long history, but she might know little about that. On a side not, she also apologized about having made a mistake with the date in my passport, stamping it with an alarming all-caps "Cancelled,' and then proceeded to scribble something in Thai below the error, ostensibly to inform the border officer to look for the correction on the *previous* page. I think that might have caused me some temporary trouble at my last re-entry.

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1 hour ago, ThaiRebound said:

I was surprised by the information I got, which seemed to be verified by others working in the office, today at the Udon Thani Immigration Office. The date on my METV sticker in my passport is Sept 24, and if I leave the country up to or on that date, according to the office worker who processes the visa from across the desk (agent? officer?), I can return for an additional 2 months. Is this true? This is all news to me if true, except that I had met a European a few months ago who suggested something suspiciously similar. I nearly had a good natured argument with the person except that his English wasn't great and I thought there might be a miscommunication (I'm American, but my English is usually passable). Is there any truth to this about the additional 2 months available at the expiration of an METV. I have already done the 60 days plus 30 extension twice in a row, so this question refers to 2 months following all of that. 

 

You are correct to be highly sceptical of anything an immigration official tells you that is not directly related to his own job. However, in this case, you were amazingly enough given correct information. If you enter Thailand on any day up to and including the expiry date of your visa, you will get a fresh 60-day permission to stay.

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8 hours ago, BritTim said:

 

You are correct to be highly sceptical of anything an immigration official tells you that is not directly related to his own job. However, in this case, you were amazingly enough given correct information. If you enter Thailand on any day up to and including the expiry date of your visa, you will get a fresh 60-day permission to stay.

I appreciate the confirmation of the information. I don't presume them to know anything useful. I come here for that

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On 7/23/2019 at 5:46 AM, aaron80k said:

Thank you very much.  I have a follow up question:

 

When applying for METV, requirement states that I show proof of flight out of Thailand.  Can I assume that after 60 days, I can get a 30 day extension, and thus purchase an outward airline ticket that is 90 days from entry? 

If you apply for a SETV do you need to have a flight to Thailand before you get the visa ? I do not want to confirm a flight before I get a visa. but could get a cheap short haul flight out of Thailand now. Thanks in advance for any info.

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