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Old 22nd January 2019, 04:47 AM
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Thailand has made several recent amendments as to visa exemptions and free visas on arrival and I have found it very difficult to get information as Thai Embassies in Thailand and Indonesia have inconsistent information. A search of other websites has different advice and many are out of date.

For example, it is stated that visas on arrival are available to citizens of 15 countries but the list does not include Australia or Indonesia. Yet, I am told by a friend presently in Thailand that Australians are eligible for visas on arrival.

Apart from the Embassy web sites I have tried calling the embassies directly and find it impossible to actually talk to someone. I also rang the Thai Tourism authority in Bangkok who could not give me information and referred me to a Thai Tourism office in Jakarta with a telephone number which is not available.

I have also tried Thai Airlines but again found it impossible to actually speak to someone to get the necessary information. It seems increasingly most travel websites are automated so it is very hard to actually find someone to speak to and, even if you do, they suggest the Thai embassies for information.

We are planning to arrive in Bangkok on the 1st of April and to depart on the 4th of April. I know that the free visa on arrival facility was to be cut but has again recently been extended to mid April.

So, my specific questions are these:

As an Australian national can I get either visa exemption of a free visa on arrival at Bangkok airport that will cover just those four days?

My wife is an Indonesian national. Does anyone know if the exemption and free visa facility is available for Indonesian nationals?

Do we need to take extra passport photos?

I won't make any airline bookings unless I know what we can or can't do.

Thanks in anticipation for reliable advice.

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I've never visited Thailand before. Is it better than the Philippines as far getting a visa and cost of living? I heard to renew your tourist visa, you just have to take a bus across some border then cone back and they will renew your stay? What about retirement visas? Can you put money down in a bank and get a retirement visa? Thanks.

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C'mon, Mike, do a little research.

I've posted accurate and real Visa info on this site. Things have changed a little since, namely the notarized income forms, but, it all still applies.
The problem with most info is that it was heard from someone who heard it from someone, etc. Many times a bribe is what got it done, but, you're not told that.
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The problem with most info is that it was heard from someone who heard it from someone, etc. Many times a bribe is what got it done, but, you're not told that.

As an Australian national can I get either visa exemption of a free visa on arrival at Bangkok airport that will cover just those four days?

My wife is an Indonesian national. Does anyone know if the exemption and free visa facility is available for Indonesian nationals?
Neither of you are eligible for the free Visa on Arrival.

Do we need to take extra passport photos?
You should always carry a few extra photos and copies of your passport.

You shouldn't have any problem.

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I am Russian lady, I try buy house in Spain but get robbed by estate agent and legal man. Now I think buy house in Hua Hin, Thailand. Will I need visa and is it safe to buy house in Thailand.

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You can buy condo / flat easy but not a house , the house is a little bit more involved , ie start ltd company you and 4 thai's that don't know each others , Thai share 51% , you 49% , and you buy house into the company , cost to set up 20,000 plus 50,000 for your work permit , is 1 year visa , it's about the same cost every year just to keep it ticking over , so buy condo

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Don't buy any property in Thailand. It's, essentially, impossible to own by western standard.

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C'mon, Mike, do a little research.

I've posted accurate and real Visa info on this site. Things have changed a little since, namely the notarized income forms, but, it all still applies.
The problem with most info is that it was heard from someone who heard it from someone, etc. Many times a bribe is what got it done, but, you're not told that.
I went back a few months and didn't find your visa information.

Would be a great favor if you could describe what Americans must now do to rent retirement visa. I've gotten first on y own and renewed it twice on my own, getting notarized income statement from U.S.Consulate.

Thai gov't no longer accepts this, right?

I'm up for renewaI in Aug and may just leave rather than jump thru hoops. If they don't want me here, fine, it's their country.

So what does US citizen do? Monthly income forms for a year? Does Thai govt demand Thai Notarized stamp on bank forms? I don't want to bring large amounts into country but monthly SS and pension comfortably above previous Thai minimums.

How can I renew? Have to pay one of those "visa" firms, Many thanks.

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I went back a few months and didn't find your visa information.

Would be a great favor if you could describe what Americans must now do to rent retirement visa. I've gotten first on y own and renewed it twice on my own, getting notarized income statement from U.S.Consulate.

Thai gov't no longer accepts this, right?

I'm up for renewaI in Aug and may just leave rather than jump thru hoops. If they don't want me here, fine, it's their country.

So what does US citizen do? Monthly income forms for a year? Does Thai govt demand Thai Notarized stamp on bank forms? I don't want to bring large amounts into country but monthly SS and pension comfortably above previous Thai minimums.

How can I renew? Have to pay one of those "visa" firms, Many thanks.
I forgot to put question mark after last statement: "Have to pay one of those "visa" firms? "

I certainly hope not. Can I do it on my own?

Mainly, what do Thais want now, in lieu of Embassy notarized letter, to establish monthly foreign income for Americans?" Thanks again.

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C'mon, Mike, do a little research.

I've posted accurate and real Visa info on this site. Things have changed a little since, namely the notarized income forms, but, it all still applies.
The problem with most info is that it was heard from someone who heard it from someone, etc. Many times a bribe is what got it done, but, you're not told that.
Hi, Thai Bigfoot. I appreciate the information you posted earlier to me but somehow I can't find it now. But screw it, I'm bailing on Thailand. I'm not spending 67,000 baht a month here, not being a punter.

Another query: I know I can book on line and usually do, but have a complicated thing where I have a few thousand miles miles on Cathay but can't reach them in English. Might you now a reliable travel agent? And address? I'm in Jomtien but obviously Pattaya is fine. Thanks.

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