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3 hours ago, ubonjoe said:

It seems they did change their minds. 

 

 

I think the cabinet decision has not been changed but the journalists got it wrong or perhaps even the government spokesperson who talked to the journalists. I suspected as much when I posted this in the first topic on the subject:

 

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I wonder if the reporters got half of the story wrong.

 

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1 hour ago, juice777 said:

Why are they giving out free visas then?

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Desperation? Tourist numbers from all countries dropping? 

However, just what will this achieve? The relaxation in VOA fees applies to countries with few (except China and India) visitors and saving 1000 baht is hardly likely to persuade them to visit LOS. Most other tourists arrive FREE already under the 30 day Visa Exempt Scheme. Will this persuade them to stay FREE for 60 days instead? 

Window dressing and face saving, a heady Thai mixture! 

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Did not work for me since Ihad to do a visa run to Cambodia and they charged me 1500tbh for the visa to Cambodia and wanted to charge me 300 tbh for exiting Cambodia I did argue that last year it was 300 tbh and they let me pay the rip off 300tbh without problem.

Than back to Thailand very friendly stall at the boot.

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Just found this press release on the department of consular affairs website.

 

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ข่าวประชาสัมพันธ์ : A temporary tourist visa fee exemption scheme and a Visa on Arrival (VoA) fee reduction scheme.

By the Order of the Ministry of Interior dated 30 November B.E. 2559 (2016), starting from 1 December 2016 until 28 February 2017, Thailand will launch a temporary tourist visa fee exemption scheme and a temporary Visa on Arrival (VoA) fee reduction scheme. Details are as follows:

1. All applicants applying for Tourist Visa (single entry) to Thailand during the aforementioned period will be exempted from the visa fee.
2. During the aforementioned period, Visa on Arrival (VoA) fee will be decreased from 2,000 THB to 1,000 THB for applicants of the nationalities which are entitled to apply for the VoA at the designated immigration checkpoints.

 
1 ธ.ค. 2559 12:20:14 / อัพเดต : 1 ธ.ค. 2559 18:51:03 / เรียกดู 54 ครั้ง

Source: http://www.consular.go.th/main/th/news/1341/73242-A-temporary-tourist-visa-fee-exemption-scheme-and.html

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3 hours ago, mettech said:

Did not work for me since Ihad to do a visa run to Cambodia and they charged me 1500tbh for the visa to Cambodia and wanted to charge me 300 tbh for exiting Cambodia I did argue that last year it was 300 tbh and they let me pay the rip off 300tbh without problem.

Than back to Thailand very friendly stall at the boot.

 

Try as I might I cannot connect your post with this thread topic, please clarify.

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7 hours ago, Arandora said:

Desperation? Tourist numbers from all countries dropping? 

However, just what will this achieve? The relaxation in VOA fees applies to countries with few (except China and India) visitors and saving 1000 baht is hardly likely to persuade them to visit LOS. Most other tourists arrive FREE already under the 30 day Visa Exempt Scheme. Will this persuade them to stay FREE for 60 days instead? 

Window dressing and face saving, a heady Thai mixture! 


Notice how Chinese tourism fell through the floor when the "zero-dollar" tours (generating virtually no money for Thai businesses, aside from a handful of crooked ones) were ended.   Now they are desperate to try to bring in more tourists.

 

But, at the same time, they are pushing out many tourists who formerly spent money at Thai Businesses - repeat-tourists and longer-term tourists.  Those folks are now heading to Cambodia, Vietnam, The Philippines, etc - places that Welcome them - as Thailand makes it more difficult for longer-stayers and frequent-repeat visitors to continue contributing foreign-sourced currency into the Thai economy. 

 

What frequent visitor using Visa Exempts wants to risk being booted at the airport, given there is No Known Standard Ruleset which they can use to know what will happen?  Sure, they can go to the trouble to apply for a Tourist Visa for every visit, but if they visit too often, they may be randomly denied for even this option - even at formerly "friendly" consulates, many of which stretch out the process to 2 days.

 

Why would someone without personal-connections to Thailand torture themselves this way, when the purpose is relaxation and life-enjoyment?   Stressful visa application processes and "who knows" checkpoints are the antithesis of the goal. 

 

By contrast, one will never be booted from the airport, and have their plans ruined, when entering Cambodia, Vietnam, or The Philippines, so not a hard decision for many.  Thailand has a terrible reputation now for frequent travelers and independent-income expats.  Many people I know personally will not even attempt to visit.  It's a shame.

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7 hours ago, ubonjoe said:

Just found this press release on the department of consular affairs website.

 

Source: http://www.consular.go.th/main/th/news/1341/73242-A-temporary-tourist-visa-fee-exemption-scheme-and.html

I have just received an e-mail from the Thai Embassy  london Visa section- confirming that all single entry visa  applications are free until the 28th of Feb.

The Cardiff Thai Consulate are going to charge a £10 administration fee. (applicants in person)

 

 

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On 12/2/2016 at 0:09 PM, maimeephom said:

I have just received an e-mail from the Thai Embassy  london Visa section- confirming that all single entry visa  applications are free until the 28th of Feb.

The Cardiff Thai Consulate are going to charge a £10 administration fee. (applicants in person)

 

 

Well I'm just about to apply for a SETV for a trip in January so am interested in this - it's a small (£25) saving on a trip but every little helps! :thumbsup:

 

This is the Visa Fee page of the Thai Embassy in London's website  as of  tonight showing the announcement of the fee exemption

 

As usual, on that page it states "Visa fees are payable in pound sterling and in cash only" However on this, the Visa Application by Post page it says

 

"Visa and postage fee must be paid by Postal Order made payable to: THE ROYAL THAI EMBASSY."

 

Last time (Jan 2016) I sent a £25 Postal Order for the visa and £10 cash for the postage and received my passport with visa in about 4 days.

  I am wondering if one should just  send cash for the return postage???

 

I shall send an email to the Embassy asking if that is correct but knowing how slow they generally are to reply, I was hoping someone might have an inkling?

 

EDIT:  I sent the email and got an automated response which basically said Kindly visit the Visa Information Page  :sad:  No idea if I'll also get a response from a Human but the Embassy is closed until Tuesday 6th December - if i do, I'll post it here

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1 hour ago, VBF said:

I am wondering if one should just  send cash for the return postage???

Why not do what it states on the application by post  page instead of cash.

 

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Each applicant must enclose self address envelope with special deliverly stamp or pay an extra £10  on top of the visa fee to cover the return of passport

 

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