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  1. Jomtien Immigration has posted this sign:
  2. Correct - the sign does relate to the reporting of a change in address (TM.28) . The person who sent it to me was shown that sign by the Immigration Officer when they were told they needed to report their address within 24 hours -- when they later sent me, at my request, their receipt for the report, it was a TM.30 - they owned their condo through a Thai company and were in process of applying for a Non-Immigrant "O" since they entered on Visa Exempt and will be obtaining a one year retirement extension after they receive the "O" visa. In the person's case, as MD of the Company Ltd, they were told they were late (about 3 or 4 days) in filing the report, but they were not fined.
  3. Correct - the sign does relate to the reporting of a change in address (TM.28) . The person who sent it to me was shown that sign by the Immigration Officer when they were told they needed to report their address within 24 hours -- when they later sent, at my request, a copy of their receipt for the report, it was a TM.30 they had filed - they owned their condo through a Thai company and were in process of applying for a Non-Immigrant "O" since they entered on Visa Exempt and will be obtaining a one year retirement extension after they receive the "O" visa. In the person's case, as MD of the Company Ltd, they were told they were late (about 3 or 4 days) in filing the report, but they were not fined.
  4. Chonburi (Pattaya) Immigration has a sign posted stating a fine not exceeding 5,000 baht plus 200 baht per day after it was due.
  5. FACTA was implemented in stages, but if I recall correctly, it was 2014 when foreign financial institutions were required to start reporting on US residents (citizens, green card) - in order to do that, the Bank needs your Taxpayer ID number - individuals is usually their social security number and businesses have to apply for and receive a number from IRS. Currently, foreign financial institutions are required to report accounts with balances of US$50,000 or it may be accounts with more than US$50,000 at the end of the calendar year. This could be lowered sometime in the future, but that remains to be seen. Also, under FACTA, you are required to include a report on foreign financial assets with your US income tax return (if not required to file a return, the report is not required) - but there are thresholds depending on filing status - if you are single and not residing outside the USA for I believe it is more than 330 days, the threshold is foreign financial assets of US$50,000. If you have resided outside the USA for more than the stipulated number of days, the threshold increase to US$200,000 before you need to file the report with your income tax return. Please don't confuse FACTA reporting with FBAR reporting. FBAR relates only to bank accounts and is reported to FINCEN (a section of the US Treasury Department, but it is not part of the IRS) - the report is filed online and is required if at anytime during the calendar year you had an aggregate of more than US$10,000 in foreign bank accounts - FINCEN is the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and the report, which has been required for many years by the US Money Laundering Laws.
  6. Does it? It is possible the reference to removal of entry rules may apply to the Thailand entry rules before the 2X entry rule was put in place, i.e., reference is to removal of previously posted information, which could have been the "old" rules. The comment is really not clear as to what was removed.
  7. If using an Embassy income letter for applying to change the visa (Tourist Visa to Non O) or for a visa (exempt arrival applying for a Non O), Pattaya Immigration has been requiring the Ministry stamp for some time now - however, for those entering on a Non-Immigrant O Visa and applying for an extension of stay using the Embassy letter, they have been accepting the letter with no requirement for a Ministry stamp.
  8. Queen Sirikit is both a government hospital that treats Thais and foreigners and a Naval Hospital for the Sattahip Navy Base personnel. As such, you will see both civilian and navy staff and doctors. Myself, I use Bangkok Hospital Pattaya - even though it is the most expensive in Pattaya, I am a retired US Federal Employee and have insurance I carried over into retirement which covers 85% of my outpatient/drug costs and 100% of inpatient costs. If I didn't have insurance or one with limited cover, I would most likely be using Queen Sirikit or be forced to return to USA for medicare coverage. For those that may be interested in using Queen Sirikit, the following relates to my Thai partner who is under the 30 baht scheme and experience with both a private hospital here in Pattaya and at Queen Sirikit. My Thai partner was being treated at Pattaya Memorial by a gastroenterologist who worked part time on weekends and evening - his primary place was Queen Sirikit and he apparently was also a Naval Doctor as he was unavailable at Pattaya Memorial for a few months because as my partner explained to me "he had to go play soldier." You may find that several doctors, especially those with specialties, work full time at a Government Hospital and part time at a private hospital - generally they will be available for appointments only on certain days and/or after normal daytime working hours at one or more private hospitals or at a clinic. I know several farang expats go to Queen Sirikit for treatment because it is an excellent hospital with very good doctors and most speak fair to good English - other hospital staff not so much. My partner's first trip to Pattaya Memorial (private) hospital was an emergency situation - in ICU for 2 days and regular room for 2 days - total cost was about 140,000 baht (when the initial costs were mounting, I inquired whether they had "member card" program, they did for a cost 1,000 baht baht per year - once we got the card, it applied to the current inpatient stay and they immediately revised my bill at that point to reduce the cost incurred by 12,000 baht - I found it interesting that their signs advertising the "member card and discounts" was only in Thai; later I visited a Canadian expat friend who was in Pattaya Memorial - he was commenting about the cost (no insurance to cover) and I suggested he get the card - he was not aware of it, inquired, paid his 1,000 baht and his bill was accordling reduced. Sometime later, because of another problem, we went to Queen Sirikit as my partner was a member of the 30 baht scheme (Thais are required to register at the Government Hospital for their official - Tambian Ban - residence (in this case, Chattarat in Chayaphum Province, but once receiving the registration card, you can use other Government Hospitals in Thailand). They informed us that there was renal failure, the condition was serious, and the doctor recommended we go back to Pattaya Memorial as they had the necessary medical records. Turned out to be an infection that the gastroenterologist said was probably caused by eating bad seafood - another 140,000 baht for the stay. A few years ago, which was about 2 years after the esophagus problem, my partner started throwing up blood again - since I was really not in position for another 140,000+ out of pocket expense, we went to Queen Sirikit (about a 40-50 minute drive from my house in Jomtien area of Pattaya) - no problems in being admitted - they have a triage person at the emergency room entrance who evaluates patient conditions and assigns a priority - red must be highest, because that is what he gave my partner who was immediately wheeled into the emergency room. The doctor also explained to me in English his condition and treatment needed - a surgical procedure using a scope down the throat. My partner spent 6 nights in a hospital ward with many other patients in separate bays (no A/C, but they had a fan blowing on each bed, they do have some private rooms, but not for those on the 30 baht scheme - my partner actually liked the ward better than a private room as there was always someone to "talk " with). Upon release, there was some papers to sign, but the bill was "zero" as it was an emergency room admission. A few months later, we went back to Queen Sirikit to have "pus" pocket on my partner's shoulder that was itching and becoming painful examined - no prior appointment. Again, this was using the 30 baht scheme for treatment. The only thing is to expect a 3 to 4 hour wait to see the doctor - however, after it was treated for infection with a return trip when it was lanced, we no longer had to see the doctor for followup examination, cleaning, and re-bandaging, so the wait was about 30 to 40 minutes after the scheduled appointment time. Other than the doctor/hospital fee (as I recall it was 50 baht instead of 30 baht) we had to pay for medicine - the pharmacy wait can be another 30 minutes to an hour depending on how busy they are and the cost was quite reasonable. Regarding the comment about what someone was told at Banglamung Hospital, it is the primary Government Hospital for Pattaya and patients needing more specialized treatment are sent to the Provincial Hospital in Chonburi - since Queen Sirikit is primarily for serving Naval personnel, maybe they have been told to discourage folks from going there, but there was no problem with my partner being treated for outpatient care at Queen Sirikit - they have doctors in most if not all specialties as well as some of the latest diagnostic equipment. Even with the surcharge for foreigners, it is substantially less costly than the private hospitals - for those without insurance or limited coverage, I would recommend they use Queen Sirikit over Banglamung or Chonburi Hospitals if they live in the Pattaya area. Even with the waits, which according to some expat friends that have been treated there, can also result in a few days or weeks before obtaining non-emergency surgery or diagnostic scans such as CT scan.
  9. Here is Bangkok Bank website instructions regarding transferring funds to Bangkok Bank Account in Thailand through their London Branch:
  10. I have ordered several times from Amazon - electronics & clothes. On check out, they add a "custom's deposit" and shipping to the total. So far, I have received a refund from the custom's deposit on all such purchases. I prefer paying the custom's fee upfront so there is no hassle with customs and I can track shipment until it is delivered - knowing on which day it will arrive. However, when I ordered some DVDs, the upfront customs was not included, but no customs fees were incurred. Amazon uses there own contracted airline for some shipments - in the case of the DVDs, they went to some address in Bangkok and then were mailed to me using EMS.
  11. Miribel is very dog friendly - their website is: They definitely cater to visitors with dogs:
  12. I haven't been to Utapao Airport, but my travel time from Jomtien area in Pattaya to Queen Sirikit Hospital (as I understand it, the airport is not much further) - time was usually 40 to 50 minutes depending on traffic (same for returning).
  13. Queen Sirikit Hospital in Sattahip which is both a government hospital and the Navy base hospital had signs in English that foreigners paid 50% more than Thais -- even at that, the Hospital is substantially less than private International hospitals. I was there with a Thai person who was the patient.
  14. I have used Bangkok Bank NY Branch for several years - they have an Automated Clearing House (ACH) number used by all US banks for inter-bank transfers. Bangkok Bank NY Branch charges a fee depending on the amount transferred - O for up to USD50, USD5 for USD50.01 to USD2,000, USD10 for USD2000.01 to USD50,000, and USD20 for anything over USD50,000.01. The NY Branch deducts the fee from the amount being transmitted and sends the balance to my account with Bangkok Bank in USD. Bangkok Bank charges a conversion fee of .0025% but not less than 200 baht or more than 500 baht which is deducted before they deposit the funds in baht into my account . The code FTT shows up in my Bank Pass Book and "International transfer" on my online detail. The NY Branch is not a retail bank - there are no accounts for individuals - when they receive the funds, they continue the transfer minus their fee to your Bangkok Bank Account where it is deposited. Most US Banks will allow you to transfer funds from your account to anther bank with ACH number for free. Depending on how your US Bank is set up will depend on the process. I initially set up with INGDirect online bank (subsequently bought out by Capital 360). They use a person to person (PtoP) method - you set up the PtoP account similar to how you would set up an online bill pay account - you enter account name, account number, ACH number, and email address for recipient. The recipient receives an email when money is sent and must "pick up" the money by entering the type of account, account number, and ACH number. As the sender, I also receive emails on the transfer and when it is picked up. I recently set up my Chase Bank to transfer the funds (my pension is direct deposited to my Chase account). Their procedure was for me enter account name, account number, receiving bank name & ACH number to set it up. They then sent two small amounts of less than $1 each (in this case Bangkok Bank did not charge any fees). I then had to confirm to my bank the amount of the two deposits - once that was done, the accounts were linked ( I have my Bangkok Bank account set up to receive a text message on my phone for any International deposit, it shows the USD amount net of the NY Branch's fee, the Bangkok Bank fee in baht and exchange rate used, and net deposit in baht). Once linked, then I just go to external bank account transfer section of my Chase online banking account, select the Bangkok Bank NY Branch and enter the amount to send.
  15. The Pattaya City Expats Club has arranged now for several years for a Hospital to bring the annual flu vaccine to their meeting along with nurses to administer the shot. On October 16, nurses from Phyathai Hospital Sriracha will be administering the vaccine to members and guests. However, it is necessary to "signup" at their meetings prior to October 16 - you do not have to be a member of the PCEC. Usually there are 50 to 60 people getting the vaccine - The Hospital discounts the price of the shot - this year, the price is 700 baht. Phyathai Hospital Sriracha also offers their Club members a 10% discount on certain items (medicines, room, etc.) and they usually have a speaker from the Hospital give a presentation every other month.