ChomDo

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  2. Thanks for the reply. Yes it still seems to be unclear would my passports from 2 different countries be connected by the immigration when I start using the other one (the empty one that has never been used before). That's what I'm hoping for that my dual nationality would give me the advantage of switching between these two passports. The info (name, date of birth etc) on both passports is of course the same except for nationality. The flight ticket out of Thailand can be within 90 days. I just showed mine last week at the HCMC consulate.
  3. Do you mean that the immigration officers at Thai airports and borders can see all info (entries and visas etc) from my previous passports too? I mean for example now I've had my new passport for about 2 years and it's quite well filled with visas and entries to Thailand but my previous passport has even much more of those from the past 5 years before this passport. So the immigration can see my travel info from all passports and the embassies only from the current passport. If this is really the case then how about in my situation that I have 2 passports from different countries (dual nationality, both Shengen). The other one is full of in and out stamps to/from Thailand + visas and the other passport is still unused (totally empty). Now that I've started to have problems with the other passport I plan to start using the empty passport next time I travel. It's still unclear to me would they be able to see that these two passports from different countries belong to the same person or would it be beneficial for me to switch between these two passports every now and again. I think I once asked this and I got different kinds of opinions. I would appreciate some advice on this?
  4. I had a great experience there a few years ago too and I like the city so it's always nice to spend a few days in HCMC. Depends a lot on what kind of stamps you have in your passport I guess. I mean I been in Thailand for 10 years with all kinds of different visas but still this was only my second consecutive SETV so I was very surprised that there was a problem. And as far as other consulates go I've never thought of Yangon. Thanks for the hint, maybe I'll go there in the future. Surprised someone mentioned Hong Kong because it used to be one of the difficult consulates.
  5. I landed at Suvarnabhumi yesterday around 6.30pm and the line to enter the actual immigration area was already 100m down to the corridor where the tax free shops are. Unbelievable chaos all right. It took 45 minutes to get trough passport control.
  6. I just returned from my visa trip to HCMC. Not at all a smooth process this time. I've applied there before with my previous passport that had a lot more stamps and visas from Thailand and had no problems nor questioning. I was very close to being rejected this time even though it was only my second consecutive SETV (previous from Vientiane). In my passport I of course have a lot of in and out travel from Thailand and some SETV's. I know that Vientiane and HCMC are the only two places left were you can generally apply for a SETV without hassle so I didn't expect problems. After this experience I would drop HCMC off the list leaving Vientiane the only option left (of course also Savannakhet might still be OK). I've been to the Thai Consulate in HSMC once before and applying for a SETV was easy and smooth as many other reports suggest. Maybe things have tightened up there too then because this time it wasn't so nice and friendly anymore. They looked at my passport long and then told me that I have too many visas and it/out travel to Thailand. After a long interrogation they said that they can accept it this time but in the future I would have to have even more proof such as letter from guarantor in Thailand. After the 5 min questioning (which felt a bit like at the immigration office) and all the paperwork, which I had luckily prepared extra well, I got the receipt to pick up my visa the next afternoon at 1.30pm. I was also expecting it to be free but I guess most EU countries are not included in that extended period of free SETV, so it was 40USD. What was require besides the basics documents: - Flights to Thailand and out of Thailand - Bank statement (copy of screen shot of my BBL account balance)
  7. Yea I just applied in HCMC and was expecting it to be free according to the earlier news and discussion. In the end they charged 40USD.
  8. You probably won't have problems with that record (only one SETV in your passport) but I just applied there this Tuesday and had surprising difficulties. Below what I wrote about it in another thread: "Ok so I just returned from my visa trip to HCMC. Interesting story this time. I will write a more detailed review separately but I was very close to being rejected even though this would be only my second consecutive SETV (previous from Vientiane). In my passport I of course have a lot of in and out travel from Thailand and some SETV's but anyway I didn't expect any problems. I've been to the Thai Consulate in HSMC once before and applying for a SETV was easy and smooth as many other reports suggest. Maybe things have tightened up there too then because this time it wasn't so nice and friendly anymore. They looked at my passport long and then told me that I have too many visas and it/out travel to Thailand. After a long interrogation they said that they can accept it this time but in the future I would have to have even more proof such as letter from guarantor in Thailand. After the 5 min questioning (which felt a bit like at the immigration office) and all the paperwork, which I had luckily prepared extra well, I got the receipt to pick up my visa the next afternoon at 1.30pm. I was also expecting it to be free but I guess most EU countries are not included in that extended period of free SETV, so it was 40USD." Documents required: - Flights to Thailand and out of Thailand - Bank statement (copy of screen shot of my BBL account balance)
  9. Ok so I just returned from my visa trip to HCMC. Interesting story this time. I will write a more detailed review separately but I was very close to being rejected even though this would be only my second consecutive SETV (previous from Vientiane). In my passport I of course have a lot of in and out travel from Thailand and some SETV's but anyway I didn't expect any problems. I've been to the Thai Consulate in HSMC once before and applying for a SETV was easy and smooth as many other reports suggest. Maybe things have tightened up there too then because this time it wasn't so nice and friendly anymore. They looked at my passport long and then told me that I have too many visas and it/out travel to Thailand. After a long interrogation they said that they can accept it this time but in the future I would have to have even more proof such as letter from guarantor in Thailand. After the 5 min questioning (which felt a bit like at the immigration office) and all the paperwork, which I had luckily prepared extra well, I got the receipt to pick up my visa the next afternoon at 1.30pm. I was also expecting it to be free but I guess most EU countries are not included in that extended period of free SETV, so it was 40USD. Documents required: - Flights to Thailand and out of Thailand - Bank statement (copy of screen shot of my BBL account balance)
  10. So what would they accept? I plan to show an ATM bank slip from my Bangkok Bank account or would it be better to have my bank book with me?
  11. I was thinking exactly the same after reading all the comments here. Easy to say "why didn't anyone call the police"? I believe there's not too much the tourist could have done except to demand the driver to stop so they can get off the bus.
  12. Yes I was a bit confused with the dates there. I meant 28th or 1st of March.
  13. I'll try to find some of those threads. I just don't see how working on your own projects online to another country while being in Thailand can qualify as "illegal working" in Thailand. I mean as you said it should be just a positive thing for Thailand. It's not like those foreigners are stealing jobs from Thai people or creating any sort of negative influence by doing their own online based work here. These people can have good earnings and they spend a lot more money than Thais do so I don't see why it's considered "illegal" and bad for the country?? There should just be some kind of visa for these "digital nomads" and yes they could even pay some tax if it made it easier for them to get a long term visa. Looks to me like the country could gain a lot by offering these people some legal system to stay here and perhaps then pay a share for it instead of having to fool around with multiple tourist visas and border runs etc.
  14. Agree with your replies to these two comments. Especially "Hedghogs" comparison there that didn't make much sense to me. Of course Thais can't be allowed easy visa access to western countries but Thais for sure want westerners to come spend their money here. It's just obvious that the visa system here is not very well planned and there are no good visa solutions for many of us. The Thai immigration's amazing slogan "Good guys in, bad guys out" isn't working very well. The term "illegal work" has been mentioned here now many times. I understand that if you have a tourist visa you're not allowed to work in a company and if you do work in a company in Thailand you must have a work permit. But what exactly counts as working in Thailand? I'm just curious because there are so many people who live here and work on online based jobs that have nothing to do with Thailand. That can't be counted as working in Thailand right? For these people I don't see any other option than to stay here on tourist visas, Elite card or marriage.
  15. Yes I would understand that alright. Maybe I would then just show both passports and ask them if they could put the SETV in my new passport.