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  1. skatewash


    If I understand what you've said you've never entered Thailand on a Visa Exempt Entry, so seems to me you would have no trouble doing so for the first time. You would get 30 days as a UK citizen and that would take care of your two week holiday. For extra peace of mind, you may want to have the equivalent of 20,000 baht cash in your possession when you enter Thailand as that is a requirement for entry on a Visa Exempt Entry, but is seldom asked for unless the immigration officer is suspicious that you are working or living in Thailand. As you will probably have a return ticket to the UK with you it would seem that you would not be subject to much scrutiny and if you were you would have all the necessary evidence to support your request to enter.
  2. True. I personally use a Krungsri Bank Mee Tae Dai account which is currently earning 1.3% interest (compounded daily, paid monthly). Significantly, it is classed as a regular saving account rather than a fixed term account and I do have a debit card. It also means that unlike a fixed term account I do not have 15% automatically withheld on my interest that I have to get back by filing a Thai Income Tax Return the next year. I'm not required to file a Thai Income Tax Return and have no reason to do so using a non-fixed term account. The only thing different about this savings account is that you only get two free withdrawals per month after which you have to pay 50 baht per withdrawal. Also, if you actively draw down this account you get to keep more accrued interest because it's paid monthly rather than a the end of the term as in a fixed term account. I pay my living expenses from this account by making 1 or 2 withdrawals per month and transferring the money to another savings account. I actually pay for my daily living expenses from this other account with an ATM debit card. My retirement account has an ATM debit card as well, but I keep this in my safe as it's not needed daily.
  3. My bank letter from Krungsri and before that Bangkok Bank only really had four meaningful pieces of information: my name, my account number, the balance in my account, the current date. In other words, the bank letter provides evidence that the account belongs to me (and only to me, not a joint account), and that on the date it was written my account had such and such a balance (greater than 800,000 baht). It doesn't prove that the money has been in the account for the required seasoning period. The cost of this letter is 100 baht, if my memory can be trusted. The letter is in Thai. I believe all immigration offices required this bank letter. To prove the balance was seasoned properly I also have to obtain a 3-month bank statement issued by the bank and stamped with their stamp. The cost of this is also 100 baht, I believe. Looking at this statement one can confirm that the balance in the account never dropped below 800,000 baht during the 3-month period before my application for retirement extension. This certified bank statement is required by most, but maybe not all, immigration offices (mine is in Phuket). Actually, I think I ask for a 4-month statement just to be sure to cover completely the 3-month seasoning period. It's the same cost for 3 or 4 months. At the immigration office I have my bank passbook with me. The immigration officer checks that, I guess as confirmation that the balances in the passbook match with the certified bank statement. Sometimes the immigration officer wants me to make copies of the passbook and sign them, which I guess is more confirmation that the balance has never dropped below 800,000 baht during the seasoning period. I tend to top up the account used for the retirement extension with one relatively large transfer from my home country just before the seasoning period. There are roughly monthly ATM withdrawals that I live on outside of the 3-month seasoning period. (I also bring another bank account that shows more frequent weekly withdrawals and if necessary I could show how the money flows from one account to the other account and exactly how I pay for my living expenses. However, that has never been necessary.) Phuket Immigration does not require that the bank letter and statement be made on the day of application and I have always used ones dated the day before my visit to immigration, and that has always been acceptable in Phuket. I have also never been asked to show a balance on the day of the actual application, but if asked I could go to an ATM and get a printed receipt showing the current balance. My understanding is that some other immigration offices require both of these additional things (documents dated the same day as the application, and something indicating the current balance) but up to this point Phuket has not. At my Krungsri branch which is rather small, I have to make the request for my letter and bank statement one day in advance. In other words, I have to wait for the letters and statements to be signed so that I can pick them up at the start of business the following day. I go straight to immigration to do my retirement extension after picking up these documents.
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  7. skatewash

    USA income affidavit

    This is my favorite proposal so far! As someone using the 800,000 baht in a Thai bank for three months this would save me 20,000 baht and eliminate the seasoning requirement. I would switch to the jingthing income method in a heartbeat.
  8. skatewash

    USA income affidavit

    CW = Chaengwattana, the location of Bangkok's Immigration Office.
  9. skatewash

    Patong to Phuket immigration Office.

    Here's an all song thaew solution to get to the Phuket Town Immigration Office from the west coast beaches. Take a blue baht bus to Phuket Town, where you get off at the downtown Phuket Destination on Ranong Rd. where all the blue baht busses drop off their passengers. Then a very short walk in the same direction on Ranong Rd. to Suriyadej Circle (pronounced in Thai: Wong-wian Su-ri-ya-det), where you can catch a pink baht bus (either #1 route - orange on the map, or #3 route - green on the map) going to Saphan Hin Park (pronounced in Thai: Sa-pan Hin). The pink baht bus will cost you 10 baht per ride. Note that the route goes right by Phuket Road which is where Phuket Town Immigration Office is located very near to the traffic circle there on Phuket Rd. Even if you get off at Saphan Hin Park it is a very short walk to Immigration. Simply reverse the process to go back: walk over to Saphan Hin Park from Thai Immigration and catch a pink baht bus back to downtown (Suriyadej Circle), and then a very short walk up Ranong Rd. to get into a blue baht bus going back to your west coast beach town (it will have the beach destination written in English on the bus). A couple of tips. The pink baht bus should be boarded at a bus stop (although you could try to hail one, it's better to look for the pink bus stop signs). Here's what the pink busses look like: Notice that this one is a Route #2 bus (red lettering in English on a white background sign on the side of the bus) while you want only a #1 or #3. This is what the pink baht busses look like. http://phukettravelandtours.com/pictures/phuket-town-pink-baht-bus-route-map.jpg Note that your blue baht bus will drop you off on Rayong Rd. near the big traffic circle (green and orange on the map) near the center of the map (near Downtown Market). The nearby big traffic circle (green and orange on the map) is Suriyadej. You will catch the pink baht bus here which will take you to the bottom of the map where you will find Saphan Hin Park. The Thai immigration office is just up and to the right of the traffic circle there on Phuket Rd.
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  11. skatewash

    "Certificate of Residence" - I Need To Get New One

    Oy! Sorry to hear that. I've learned that in Thailand the simple can be made to seem impossible and (less often) the impossible can be made to be quite simple. It sounds like your Immigration Officer is being a stickler for all the rules. Not that he's making up any new rules, just being very thorough ticking all the boxes and cross-checking, etc. You might be collateral damage, not the primary target of the enforcement effort. The impetus for all this enforcement may be to get the owners registered properly as businesses where foreigners are staying, so they can be taxed correctly. (The irony is that I think it's still the case that an online registration will be approved with no evidence of anything. Bizarre. Maybe that will change one day. I'd be tempted to give the online route a try, but I realize that's not for everyone and there are no guarantees it would work for you.) Well, sounds like you have all the additional documentation you need (now) and hope it all goes smoothly on your return visit. Let us know. I don't know if I've told this story on this thread already, but I had my Thai Driver's License stolen in Athens and when I tried to replace it at the Land Transport Office I was told that I would need to get a Thai police report on the loss of the license. To make a long, long story short, I can paraphrase Dickens: Thai license stolen in Athens, result misery (certified translations of Greek/English police report into Thai, certification at the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, probably some sort of affidavit from the US Embassy, etc.); Thai license lost in Thailand (no evidence needed at all), result happiness. It took me a while, but I finally realized I had lost the driver's license in Thailand *before* it was stolen in Greece.
  12. Embassy property in a foreign country is not sovereign territory. This concept is widely misunderstood. It's been stated several times in this long thread as if it were true. It's not. This link provides some amusing stories and explains the distinction between diplomatic immunity and sovereign territory: https://pathtoforeignservice.com/is-an-embassy-on-foreign-soil-the-sovereign-territory-of-the-host-country-or-the-embassys-country/ I know the stories cited occur at American Embassies, not British ones, but the international law is the same in both cases.
  13. skatewash

    "Certificate of Residence" - I Need To Get New One

    As a practical matter I seriously doubt that Thai immigration would care whether the owner provided the information or the owner's designated agent. What might be more of a concern is that the person signing the rental contract is the same person supplying the tabian bahn and Thai ID. In other words it's not like Thai immigration is conducting a title search they just want names to match up in the various documents. If they care to check, that is. I don't think you'll have any problems. Good luck!
  14. skatewash

    "Certificate of Residence" - I Need To Get New One

    Under the circumstances, I would definitely fill in the TM-30. What you showed is the first page. The first section is geared toward the person filling in this form. Sounds like that would be you as possessor, so you put your name here as well as your current address (the one you are reporting you stay at). (Note: that this could have been done by your landlord, in which case he would have put his name and address information here). The second section is the address where the alien stays. Again, as you are filling in the form you would put your current address here (same as section one). (Note: if you landlord was filling-in this section he would put the address where you stay here). If it seems like you're entering the same information twice, you are, first as the reporter (possessor) and once as the person staying at that address. They wouldn't always be the same person, but in this case, they are. There is a second page to the TM-30 form that you should also fill in. This second page is often printed in landscape mode and you should enter information for only one line for yourself (date of entry, passport number, etc.). One advantage of doing the online is that generally you don't get asked for all the documentation you will be providing in person (owner's tabian bahn, Thai ID, etc.). They may require that information in the future, but as of now (my understanding) it isn't required in order to get the account set up. The volunteers can be helpful in giving your TM-30 the once over to make sure everything is ready to go and whether you have all the support documentation you need (sounds like you do) and give you your queue number. There have been improvements in the processing time at Phuket Immigration, possibly due to some customers doing the reporting online. Benefits them and benefits the people who prefer to do it in person. Win-win.
  15. skatewash

    "Certificate of Residence" - I Need To Get New One

    There's nothing wrong with going there to Phuket Immigration yourself as the possessor of the property with the documents specified. There should be no problem doing that. However, online reporting is an excellent alternative if you have the patience to set it up the first time, especially if you are likely to do any sort of travel outside of Thailand in the future. Every time you return to Thailand you must notify Thai Immigration of the address where you will be staying within 24 of arrival at that address. Thai immigration can figure out if you have done this or not, but as in all things, it's up to them whether they want to enforce this rule. I'm the OP of the thread that LivingInKata linked to above. I wrote a how-to guide for doing the online reporting of your address. And then about a week later immigration completely switched everything around. Murphy's law in action. So, if you decide to try the online registration my advice is to skip anything I wrote in that thread and start reading from LivingInKata's comments. It really does work and it's awfully nice when it does as you avoid the trip to immigration within 24 hours of your arrival back at your home. It's an easy way to comply with the letter of the law even if immigration decides not to enforce it so strictly. It's basically the same reporting mechanism that hotels use but Phuket Immigration is one of the immigration offices that allows regular people to use it as well. It's a very nice thing that Phuket Immigration does, but don't feel you have to go that way, it's also possible to report in person. It's also possible (but not something I would recommend) to not report at all and then see if Phuket Immigration catches you, especially if you're a gambling man.