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Got METV in Australia with no residency / employment requirements.

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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.

Did you get those words of wisdom from another forum?

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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.

Piece of mind has a price. Not to mention I have obligation here that prevent me from leaving the country frequently. Also if I don't see Australia now I never will.

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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.

The US flight is a killer for me. And truth be told there is no place I would rather be less. Not to say the US is a bad place I've just been there and done that. I would be watching the clock the whole time. And there are no marsupials except the possum . Booooring!

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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.

The US flight is a killer for me. And truth be told there is no place I would rather be less. Not to say the US is a bad place I've just been there and done that. I would be watching the clock the whole time. And there are no marsupials except the possum . Booooring!

Well I've never been to Australia -- but I've heard it is full of Australians. I'll pass. I still have friends and family in USA to visit and 2-3 weeks is just about the right amount of time.

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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.

Piece of mind has a price. Not to mention I have obligation here that prevent me from leaving the country frequently. Also if I don't see Australia now I never will.

Australia is a great place to visit. Melbourne would be my choice.

What I don't understand is why people feel the need to seek out the METV at cost when they can get SETV's locally to Thailand. If you want to go to AUS anyway for a holiday then fair enough. But a specific 3/4 day trip seems unnecessary.

I expect it will be a short lived window if too many Europeans and Yanks turn up for the METV with a passport full of Thai visas/stamps. As soon as people start to circumvent the system the system gets changed and people wonder why and start whinging.

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I expect it will be a short lived window if too many Europeans and Yanks turn up for the METV with a passport full of Thai visas/stamps. As soon as people start to circumvent the system the system gets changed and people wonder why and start whinging.

There's no circumventing the system - there's never been an official limit on back to back tourist visa stay, or clear guidelines as to how long one can be a 'genuine tourist' at one time, and nowhere on the MFA website does it say one is breaking some rule by applying for the METV outside their home country.

No official reason was given as to why the double/triple entry system went away either... to say people were gaming the system is speculation. It may simply have been because consulates like Vientiane struggled to verify foreign bank statements in English. A western consulate may not have that problem, so perhaps nothing will change with Australia.

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I expect it will be a short lived window if too many Europeans and Yanks turn up for the METV with a passport full of Thai visas/stamps. As soon as people start to circumvent the system the system gets changed and people wonder why and start whinging.

There's no circumventing the system - there's never been an official limit on back to back tourist visa stay, or clear guidelines as to how long one can be a 'genuine tourist' at one time, and nowhere on the MFA website does it say one is breaking some rule by applying for the METV outside their home country.

No official reason was given as to why the double/triple entry system went away either... to say people were gaming the system is speculation. It may simply have been because consulates like Vientiane struggled to verify foreign bank statements in English. A western consulate may not have that problem, so perhaps nothing will change with Australia.

It also says on the Perth Australia visa application Form 'A':

CONDITIONS: 1. Each Application is considered on its individual merit and may be rejected without any reason provided.
but the reason an application might be rejected could be one of those cited above.
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So right now how many nationalities apart from the english OP managed to get one ?

I think it could be a nice option for people who don't want the hastle with the STV.

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I posted a copy of one that an American got in Melbourne in the METV topic. He got it shortly after the METV started and recently made a border run for another entry.

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I want to head back to oz early next month and no way is any one way flight under 10,000 baht,under 10,000 is low season prices.

From where, BKK? It's 6.3k last week of the month, 12k earlier than that.

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Which airline mate ?, I searched AirAsia and was coming up at 20,000 baht.

Try Jetstar

Thats a one way ticket bookie.....

Normal jetstar return flight's are approx $AU750 at the cheapest and around $AU950 at peek time around xmas etc.....thats 18,750 low 23,750 high, then there are sales like the one above, i got a one way flight from Melbourne to Tokyo for around $300, of course theres plus plus to go on top, cost me more to fly from Tokyo to BKK.

Most jetstar flights are direct into the city for choice, not so with Airasia, in fact Jetstar at the moment kill all airlines in ticket costs and have for a few years now from BKK to AU.

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I want to head back to oz early next month and no way is any one way flight under 10,000 baht,under 10,000 is low season prices.

here you go....

http://www.skyscanner.com.au/transport/flights/bkkt/per/160205/airfares-from-bangkok-to-perth-in-february-2016.html?adults=1&children=0&infants=0&cabinclass=economy&rtn=0&preferdirects=false&outboundaltsenabled=false&inboundaltsenabled=false#results

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06:05DMK
12h 25
1 stop DPS
19:30PER

400$ one way? Go check on the Airasia website, its under 200$ one way.

If you can beat jetstar its because you will have at least one stop over in KL....if you don't mind turning a 9hr flight into 15 or more go for it.

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I want to head back to oz early next month and no way is any one way flight under 10,000 baht,under 10,000 is low season prices.

From where, BKK? It's 6.3k last week of the month, 12k earlier than that.

xGSoiK5.png

Which airline mate ?, I searched AirAsia and was coming up at 20,000 baht.

That is AirAsia (surprised if you've used them you don't recognise their website)

I just checked for flights to Perth and they are cheaper than flights to Macau where I flew for CNY.

5600 THB outbound and 7600 THB inbound.

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I want to head back to oz early next month and no way is any one way flight under 10,000 baht,under 10,000 is low season prices.

From where, BKK? It's 6.3k last week of the month, 12k earlier than that.

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If you fly one-way to Australia for 6,3000 BHT and stay there you will not really need a Thai visa will you! If you plan to come back to Thailand you will need to book a return flight. Assuming its the same cost as the outgoing flight then 6,300 x 2 = 12,600. Oh but wait! This price does not include taxes, luggage, meals, booking fee...

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If you fly one-way to Australia for 6,3000 BHT and stay there you will not really need a Thai visa will you! If you plan to come back to Thailand you will need to book a return flight. Assuming its the same cost as the outgoing flight then 6,300 x 2 = 12,600. Oh but wait! This price does not include taxes, luggage, meals, booking fee...

Well he asked about one way prices so I replied about one way prices...

It does include taxes, Airasia show all in fares now. Don't need luggage for a 3 day visa run. Don't need terrible airplane meals just eat before and sleep on the plane. Visa booking fee is 80 baht.

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