Jump to content

Highest Reputation Content

#168909 New Visa Regulation

Posted by Max on 04 September 2014 - 10:47 PM

A German language newspaper called "Der Farang" writes, that from now on foreigners of 49 countries can prolong their at arrival stamped in Visa at any immigration office for another 30 days. So the visa on arrival now can be used for 60 day trips, no more visa runs for 5-6 week trippers like me.


The costs are Baht 1.900 and of course you have to go to the immigration and spend some time there.


The "old" 60 day visa I usually get from the Munich consulate costs me about Baht 1.200. And I don't need to go to the immigration...


So for me nothing will change, I'll still get my visa in Munich. The German lady who runs the Thai consulate in Muich is well organized.

If I send in my passport by postal service on Monday, I'll have it back incl. the visa on Wednesday.


Still maybe an option if travel plans change.


Here's the link to the German Thai newspaper:



  • 4

#168035 Important News: Harsh New Overstay Penalties

Posted by übergroβgeil on 07 July 2014 - 05:27 PM

Seems to still be at the "proposal stage", but source is reliable and with martial law this might be imposed as soon as August 12 (if not sooner).


These are the suggested new penalties:



  • Overstay more than 90 days > 1 year ban
  • Overstay more than 1 year > 3 year ban
  • Overstay more than 3 years > 5 years ban
  • Overstay more than 5 years > 10 year ban
  • Overstay more than 10 years > Life ban



  • Overstay less than 1 year > 5 year ban
  • Overstay more than 1 year > 10 year ban



Not sure if this is additional to current monetary fines (THB 500 per day up to a max of THB 20,000) but IMHO being blacklisted is much more severe.


If you're currently in LOS on an expired Visa, fix it up now. You have been warned!   :nono: 

  • 2

#152170 Visa Extension Vs Fine

Posted by Guy360 on 18 April 2012 - 11:30 PM

The warnings by Undercover and Agent Bond should be heeded as there could be serious consequences resulting from non-compliance. One thing that hasn't been mentioned is that your overstay remains on your passport as well as the Thai Immigration computers and can give you a problem the next time you try entering or have an overstay. Devote a few baht and an hour or two to obey the law, keep yourself safe and not have to worry about something negative happening. The benefit is not worth the risk.

  • 2

#152149 Visa Extension Vs Fine

Posted by undercover on 18 April 2012 - 10:23 AM

Mad Scientist

Your safest option for your 3 days overstay is to go to the Immigration Office in soi 5 Jomtien with your passport, air ticket and a signed passport photo. That will cost you 1,900 baht and take no more than 30 minutes. I highly recommend this over the lazy option...

The process at the airport may take a bit longer. Yes, you pay 500 baht for every day of overstay. Yes, you could save yourself 400 Baht by doing it this way. Make sure you allow yourself extra time to do the paperwork at the airport because they don't give a rat's ass about you if you end up missing your flight in the process.

The biggest risk you face during the 3 days of being on overstay is that if anything happens to you and the Police or Emergency services become involved. You will need to show your passport to somebody and then the proverbial sh1t will hit the fan. You will face a deportation order and will be required to return at some point in the next 6 months to stand trial.


  • 2

#170682 Transferring Visa Stamps To New Passport - Thai Logic

Posted by Bangkok Bill on 21 February 2015 - 08:42 AM

I have transferred my visa over into a new passport many times now, and yes, you are required to present a letter from your embassy. This is required. The letter is NOT, as the OP believes, to say that the old passport has been canceled. It is NOT. The letter is a formal request by your country's government to please transfer the old visa into the new passport.


What's more, your embassy is supposed to provide you with said letter automatically when you pick up your new passport. At least, the US Embassy certainly does. I don't even have to ask for it. They just say, "Here's your new passport, and here's your letter for Thai Immigration."

  • 1

#168527 Important News: Harsh New Overstay Penalties

Posted by motoguzzibob on 10 August 2014 - 05:07 PM

Please excuse my naive innocence (or honesty), but ....

I can't see the problem here. If you live in someone else's country without permission, what can you expect? You are breaking the laws of the country. Here in Europe and, I am fairly sure in the US and elsewhere, illegal immigrants are a hot topic. There are many Europeans that hate them - even the poor sods that come from strife torn countries where they fear for their life. But, this is not the place for that debate.

I can't see how you "forget" that you have been in a country for more than 90 days illegally? A year or more and surely you know you are breaking the law and risk being thrown into jail (maybe that happens as well?). 

Am I missing something here? I would dread to think that I could get in that situation and be banned from being in Thailand. Do people genuinely forget and then drift on for months/ years without giving a visa a second thought? Maybe there are a few poor old forgetful souls who do, but I doubt if it's many, if any!

Am I being too harsh?

  • 1

#161412 One Way Ticket - Oz To Thailand

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....

  • 1

#161411 One Way Ticket - Oz To Thailand

Posted by bungalowbill on 23 May 2013 - 10:37 AM

I agree, although have never done same,I can't see a problem,as long as you don't overstay & draw attention to yourself that way, you could begin searching the Internet for a cheap 1way ticket LCC's operate this way or even look on Thai website on their special deals heading, they have some cheap last minute flights.good luck & let us know what you end up doing & costs etc.
Rods B.B.
  • 1

#161356 One Way Ticket - Oz To Thailand

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

  • 1

#161120 The Visa Selection

Posted by woofiee on 13 May 2013 - 01:58 PM



THAILAND RETIREMENT VISA SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS one.jpg Must be 50 years old and over two.jpg No criminal history and must be able to enter Thailand three.jpg 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…

  • 1

#157513 Keep Your Valuables Locked Up!

Posted by übergroβgeil on 04 December 2012 - 03:46 AM

A timely reminder (with only days before the peak Xmas season) to keep your valuables locked up - and to have a back-up contingency plan in place.

This article appeared in the Age Travellers' section based on a recent bag-snatch experience by an Australian on Koh Phangan, but it could (and does) happen to any farang in Thailand.

A quick trip to madness

Posted Image

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

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.

You will rarely need to carry your (original) passport with you - lock it up. Take a couple of photocopies before you leave home and/or carry those with you and store them separately in your room. If an original is required (eg. for vehicle hire) let them sight it, but don't surrender the original. They can keep the photocopy but the original stays under your control & should go back in your safe asap.

Cash: NEVER carry more than what you need to spend - a couple of thousand Baht for Drinks, Food, Entertainment, Barfines etc should cover it. Anything else should stay locked up.

Consider where you keep your cash on your person; bags, standard wallets and unzippered pockets are the least secure. You can get very good waist or belt wallets with slash-resistant material online and just about any travel store.

Credit Cards: keep a secondary card or some t/checks in reserve - also locked up. Some of the more elite (gold, platinum etc) cards and companies like Amex offer concierge services and emergency contact numbers. Keep those numbers (including your insurance emergency-contact number) on you, including the Tourist Police (1155) - not just pre-programmed in your phone. They may just be useful if the shit hits the fan.

Once you've got the basics sorted out, you can contact one of the mods or fellow-members on your arrival in Patts, find an LBFM de-jour and either chill-out or party to your hearts content.
  • 1

#156818 Tourist Visa Extension

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.

I found this video on Youtube. It should be helpful.
  • 1

#152153 Visa Extension Vs Fine

Posted by agentbond007 on 18 April 2012 - 12:32 PM

It is far safer to keep it updated and not run on any overstay. As mentioned, if you are on overstay and something should occur, you well get grief from the officer or officials involved. Hut Soi 5 Immigration in Jomtiem and get an extension. You don't need any added aggrivation.
  • 1

#143045 Tourist Visa Extension

Posted by jamesxgatz on 16 August 2011 - 01:33 AM

Do I need to invent some reason to stay in Thailand longer?

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" :whistle:

(Apologies if that wasn't you. :) )
  • 1

#130001 Permanent Work Authorization

Posted by mufflover007 on 07 October 2010 - 02:45 PM

Sorry to hear that you will have to trade Kuwait for Malaysia. :whistle: 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.

Good luck,


Thank you, and I am sorry to hear of the untimely death of your friend a year and a ago. Any help always is most aprreciated. If any other members are firmilar with the details of how nd who talk too as far as getting the authorization to work there send me an offline or email..many thanks again.


  • 1

#114934 Moving To Los

Posted by Guy360 on 28 July 2009 - 01:27 PM

Decide where in LOS you want to live. Check out the various options. I would suggest renting a condo for 6 months and using it as a base while you decide whether or not you want to stay in that area. If the market is like it is now, a good buyer's market with low prices, and you decide to stay a long time, I would suggest purchasing a condo. It is far better than paying rent month after month, especially if you can get a very good deal now.

Bank of America as well as Citi-Bank are real good at wiring money to Thailand. Just open up an account at a Thai bank and you can do transfers online once you set up your codes with the US bank.

There are a number of health insurance policies available giving you various benefit options. The higher the deductable and the higher the co-pay the less expensive the policy. Check them all out.

Get all your affairs in order in the US. That would include a Will and/or a Living Trust. Make arrangements in the event of an emergency.

Have enough funds to last you at least a year as security. Get started seriously on Thai language courses that include reading and writing. The more fluent you are, the easier life will be, especially reading the language as it will help with your pronounciation and open a lot of doors for you. Speaking and understanding makes an unbelievable difference in how well you will do in LOS.

Readjust your thinking of what makes a successful day. In the US you can do a hundred things in a day and feel you accomplished something. Not so in Thailand. If you have a successful trip to the hardware store to pick up some screws or nuts and bolts or extension cords and do your banking both in the same day, you had a successful day. If you can get a satellite dish installed, you had a successful day that day.

I would also suggest getting your electric bill and water bill paid directly through your Thai bank account. It beats traveling there and waiting for a few hours just to pay your bill.

Find a good accounting firm, a good dentist and a good doctor. If you can find a good lawyer, so much the better. These are people you need to count on from time to time so build a relationship with them.

Travel light. Don't be a pack rat. Nearly everything you will need you can get in LOS, somewhere and for a price. If you are in the US your appliances are 110/60. You are on 220 in LOS. So leave your appliances home or sell them before you move. Don't start with converters or step down transformers. Just buy what you need in LOS.

Your computer equipment is best bought in US and if you get a warranty, make certain it is good for anywhere in the world. SONY is good that way, so is Toshiba and Dell. You may have a problem with HP.

Make certain you have a back-up drive either as a separate unit you own or an online service. Lightning storms and high electrical surges are common and can blow out your hard drive, even with a surge protector.

Have at least two contingency plans if things don't work out. That includes getting rid of your stuff in Thailand, getting your money out of your bank and making arrangements to leave LOS.

Good luck.

  • 1