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Posted by Guy360 on 18 April 2012 - 11:30 PM
Posted by undercover on 18 April 2012 - 10:23 AM
Posted by agentbond007 on 23 May 2013 - 12:09 PM
I have flown into Thailand many times from Hong Kong, Singapore, Laos and Indonesia without a return ticket to leave more times than I could count. Never had an issue....
Posted by bungalowbill on 23 May 2013 - 10:37 AM
Posted by alpaca on 21 May 2013 - 06:23 PM
I haven't done it this way before and would just like a bit of advice if this could present a problem either at Melbourne or Suvarnabhumi Airport with immigration etc.
Likewise could I be refused the tourist visa at the Suvarnabhumi immigration desk? I can't remember ever being asked to produce a return ticket there?
I can't see it being a problem at Suvarnabhumi as there are so many land options available to leave Thailand. I flew into Bangkok about 15 years ago and bought a ticket to Kathmandu and left a week later, came back after a couple of months from Calcutta and back into Thailand with no problem. Did a border exit from Mae Sai into Burma and came back in with a new visa, then booked a ticket to Hong Kong and back in again with no problem. But that was 15 years ago and as you know things don't change real fast in Thailand. You are also able to show that you have sufficiant funds and property for your extended stay and to purchase a return ticket.
Maybe on your departure card from Australia put down you are an Australian resident leaving permanatly so you don't need the return.
If questioned on your return you had a change of circumstances.
Good luck, hope someone else has better and more up to date info
Posted by woofiee on 13 May 2013 - 01:58 PM
THAILAND RETIREMENT VISA SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS Must be 50 years old and over No criminal history and must be able to enter Thailand Must meet the financial requirements as follows:
Bank Account of at least THB 800,000* or Monthly income of at least THB 65,000 or combination: Thai bank account + Yearly income= THB 800,000
* Must be at least 2 months in the bank
Hell, I could retire there now.
The sum of 800,000 baht must be in a Thai Bank for MORE than a period of 3 months prior to applying for the visa...This is the rule here, but for any interested parties there is an alternative....
That - and the Dutch girlfriend - are the things that keep me from moving there. I know I'll need more to move there but also the work issue needs to be considered. While I can work anywhere, without a work permit I can't even do internet work there and in-country web development wages are ridiculously low.
That said, every day 3 hours of learning app programming development. I only need 1/10,000,000th of an "Angry Birds" and I'm set for life…
Posted by gro▀geil on 04 December 2012 - 03:46 AM
What the article doesn't address are solutions. Hotel safes and Travel Insurance are ESSENTIAL when travelling overseas (and even more so in South East Asia) but there is no guarantee that nothing will ever go wrong.
A quick trip to madness
If I'd known what lay ahead, I might've thrown a rock at the head of the teenager who ran off with the bag containing my passport, driver's licence, credit card and cash. But I wasn't to know then that losing your identity in Thailand starts a downward spiral that could end in temporary insanity, if you let it.
When your passport and valuables are stolen in Thailand - including all your cash - the first thing the victim must do is pay money. That's right, you've been robbed of everything you own, now it's the policeman's turn.
Police reports (for insurance) don't come for free, I discover halfway through reporting the crime to an awfully young trainee policeman. No money; no report. So I borrow 240 baht ($7.50) off the nearest backpacker (a feat in itself) and finish the process.
The policeman tells me to go to Bangkok immediately and get a new passport. I take the boat to Koh Samui from Koh Phangan (of course I'm robbed on Koh Phangan, I am the cliched Australian at a full moon party who was lucky to even notice I'd been robbed at all) to board a plane to Bangkok.
I explain to the woman at check-in at Koh Samui airport that I'm flying to Bangkok to replace the passport I had stolen. I even show her my 240-baht police report. "No photo identification, you can't board the flight," she says. I reason with her. Then I beg. She calls for the airport manager. "Sorry sir, without photo ID, you can't get on this flight."
I rip my flight itinerary into a thousand angry little pieces and make my way to the harbour, where I begin a journey involving ferries, trains and buses that will take more than 12 hours (the flight time was 65 minutes).
Before my trip, I call my embassy where I'm told it will take a minimum of five working days to replace my passport. I cancel the flights and group tour to Cambodia I had set for three days' time.
I arrive the next day in Bangkok to find my new passport ready - the nice smiling man behind the counter tells me it never takes five days - but I can't change my flights back and I've lost my spot on my Cambodia tour.
Electing to flee altogether, I head to the airport and beg my airline to secure a seat on the next available flight home, but there's none till morning. With little cash, I sleep at the airport.
The next morning at customs there's a problem; they need to see a Thailand entry stamp on my passport. I show them my 240-baht police report. I cry a little, I tell them I just want to go home. It's no good.
Instead I'm frog-marched to a stark room where six customs officers watch a World Cup qualifying soccer game on TV. The game's obviously an important one because no one wants to leave it despite my teary protests that my flight's about to board.
I watch the big hand of the clock on the wall tick-tock right past departure. Someone eventually listens to me; he's actually quite sympathetic. But my next flight is now not till tomorrow morning.
I go and find my old bed on the carpet by the bookstore and settle in for the evening.
In high school I read Joseph Heller's Catch-22, which parodies a world where bureaucracy has made life truly insane.
In Thailand, I discover Heller's imaginery world becomes real, if only for a select few. All you need do is lose your passport; go on, I dare you to.
November 25, 2012
Posted by forqalso on 25 October 2012 - 09:38 AM
The new Immigration Office is out by Chang Wattana. It is quite a ways out there, but most taxi drivers would know where it is.
Posted by agentbond007 on 18 April 2012 - 12:32 PM
Posted by jamesxgatz on 16 August 2011 - 01:33 AM
No, you don't need to invent a reason. Just be honest and say "Bareback sex with Thai prostitutes because I don't believe I can get HIV that way"
Do I need to invent some reason to stay in Thailand longer?
Posted by mufflover007 on 07 October 2010 - 02:45 PM
Sorry to hear that you will have to trade Kuwait for Malaysia. One of our former members, Aus Jim, was a close friend of mine until his untimely death 1.5 years ago in a motorcycle accident, Jim worked the rigs and through him I met a couple of his co-workers. I have Emailed one of them (the only one I had an Email address) and copied your post in the Email. I will let you know what his response was when I receive it.
Posted by Guy360 on 28 July 2009 - 01:27 PM