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Got METV in Australia with no residency / employment requirements.

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Can we skip the posts about airfares. General rule is return jetstar under $500 aud. One way for example right now at many dates Melbourne/bkk $209. Feb 25 as example. The thread is about info from members obtaining metv obtained in country other than their own.

So far we have one be it obtain one in Melbourne and another post about positive email from perth consulate to non Australian national. Let's hope more countries make this available.

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It sounds like posters are saying Americans can get an METV in Australia though that's not what the OP said. Does someone know that this is possible for certain?

That is what OP said.

It's written on the consulate websites there, that you don't need to an Australian national. The Melbourne website seems to be down at the moment, but this is the application form for Canberra:

http://canberra.thaiembassy.org/Home/DownloadForm/4304860377

From the second page this is all you need to show:

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its really very simple and easy :

8 k AUD for the last 6 month !!

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Scoot airlines also fly Don Mueang to Melborne

Cost Feb 18th 5175 bht return 26th Feb 4925 bht

Problem with this is a lay over in Singapore

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Scoot airlines also fly Don Mueang to Melborne

Cost Feb 18th 5175 bht return 26th Feb 4925 bht

Problem with this is a lay over in Singapore

They also fly to Perth from both airports. I booked a Sydney return in June for $498 return.

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Obtaining an METV from Australia may be a solution for some but an expensive solution. Flights, Hotel Accommodation, Ground Transportation etc.!

This is far better then going back to the states for yanks though. Best news I've heard in a while. OP when you say "show flights" you mean flights/tickets leaving Thailand?

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I always have enough to do for a once-a-year 2-3 week trip to USA. I would much prefer that than for a trip to Australia for no other reason than to get a visa.

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Obtaining an METV from Australia may be a solution for some but an expensive solution. Flights, Hotel Accommodation, Ground Transportation etc.!

This is far better then going back to the states for yanks though. Best news I've heard in a while. OP when you say "show flights" you mean flights/tickets leaving Thailand?

Going to AUS is no doubt cheaper than the US, but traveling from Thailand to Australia for a METV seems an expensive and unnecessary solution. Even with a very conservative budget getting the METV would double the cost of 3 SETV's.

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Gotta love all the moody posters saying 'no, no, this is still expensive, I don't want you to be happy' :)

Obtaining an METV from Australia may be a solution for some but an expensive solution. Flights, Hotel Accommodation, Ground Transportation etc.!


This is far better then going back to the states for yanks though. Best news I've heard in a while. OP when you say "show flights" you mean flights/tickets leaving Thailand?

One report was from a guy who only had to show the first flight to Thailand.

But to be safe I'd say also have a flight confirming departure from Thailand. You could just rent one on flyonward.com for $10, it's a real ticket that then automatically cancels 48 hours later, by which time you've got the visa sticker.

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From the Thai Consulate n Perth Form A Visa application form

A complete application will take 3 business days to process, not including the day that you lodge your application.

So if they wait beyond 48 hours to verify your flyonward ticket using the record locator and your last name the status of your ticket it will say CANCELLED.

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2 business days on the Melbourne website.

Checkmate.

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2 business days on the Melbourne website.

Checkmate.

As it is 2 business days, they can still they can check the status in Melbourne more than 48 hours from when you make the Flyonward reservation even if you are in their lobby when you make it. Flyonward is mainly geared so that you can get a ticket before entering a country and have a valid ticket upon entry not for sitting in a Consulate back office.

and the Melbourne Form says: All visas will take a minimum of 2 working days to process once a complete application has been received.

Anybody with a record locator and a last name can check a ticket status ... and I thought you liked Perth.

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Good information about the METV option, thanks lads.

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As a few posters predicted they are going to be issuing these pretty much everywhere soon. Thai economy can't support strong visa rules. Expect the overstaying ban to be abolished soon, also.

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It seems that (?) all the reports here for obtaining an METV have been made in person at a Thai Embassy or Consulate -- not by mail.

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Great! So Perth will be the new hub for visa runners doing an out-in run? Some of the old companies could restart by arranging visa-run packages to Australia!

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