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  1. British Embassy Bangkok to Stop Certification of Income Letters From 1 January 2019, the British Embassy Bangkok will no longer be providing British Nationals with letters confirming their income. This letter has previously served as a supporting document for obtaining a Thai retirement or marriage visa. The British Embassy Bangkok is stopping the certification of income letters because it is unable to fulfil the Thai authorities’ requirements to verify the income of British Nationals. British Nationals should now demonstrate that they have an amount of at least 800,000 THB in an account in Thailand for no less than three months prior to the visa application, or a monthly income of at least 65,000 THB transferred into an account in Thailand for a retirement visa. For a marriage visa, the amounts are 400,000 THB in an account in Thailand for no less than three months prior to the visa application, or a monthly income of at least 40,000 THB transferred into an account in Thailand. A bank statement should be used as the supporting document for obtaining a Thai retirement or marriage visa. All British Nationals concerned should note that the last date for income letter applications is 12 December 2018. Notes A) Requirements for a retirement visa: Must be at least 50 years old; Must have an amount of at least 800,000 THB in an account in Thailand for no less than three months prior to the application for a visa, or a monthly income of at least 65,000 THB; Further information: https://www.immigration.go.th/content/service_22 B) Requirements for a marriage visa: Must be legally married to a Thai national; Must have an amount of no less than 400,000 THB in an account in Thailand for two months prior to the visa application, or an average annual income of no less than 40,000 THB per month; Further information: https://www.immigration.go.th/content/service_18
  2. British Embassy statement on income letters: Officials knew about problems in May and say that US nationals will also be affected The British Embassy in Bangkok has responded to Thaivisa urging for comments on the issuing of letters regarding income. They said that they had a meeting with immigration in May and told Thaivisa that they are "not verification experts". They have also claimed that US nationals will also be caught up in the problems as their embassy is also said to be stopping notarized letters in this regard as well. The reply to questions from Thaivisa came in a statement via email from the British Embassy. The full text of the reply is below: "The decision was made by the British Embassy following a meeting with immigration in May in which they confirmed that they expect the embassy to verify all sources of income of British Nationals requesting an income letter. Consular officers are not verification experts and therefore cannot fulfil (sic) this requirement. We also cannot verify income from every income source in every country of the world. Thai Immigration is able to verify the income in a Thai bank account, therefore British Nationals should show evidence of minimum funds for their visa type by showing a Thai bank statement and/or bank book. This is not a new requirement and has always been an option for foreigners renewing retirement and marriage visas in Thailand". Regarding the way forward the British Embassy Bangkok told Thaivisa.com "British Nationals should now demonstrate that they have an amount of at least 800,000 THB in an account in Thailand for no less than three months prior to the visa application, or a monthly income of at least 65,000 THB transferred into an account in Thailand for a retirement visa. For a marriage visa, the amounts are at least 400,000 THB in an account in Thailand for no less than three months prior to the visa application, or a monthly income of at least 40,000 THB transferred into an account in Thailand. A bank statement should be used as the supporting document for obtaining a Thai retirement or marriage visa. If the British National doesn’t already have a bank account, they should open one and follow the steps above". Asked if they were aware of action by other embassies the British Embassy Bangkok said: "Yes we are aware that the US embassy will also be stopping their notarised income letter. Please contact them directly for further information". The issue has been one of the most widely commented upon stories of the year on Thaivisa. Meanwhile the embassies of New Zealand and the Netherlands have confirmed to Thaivisa that they have no plans to stop the similar services they offer to their nationals in Thailand. "There is no change to the New Zealand Embassy’s current process. New Zealand nationals are welcome to visit the Embassy to complete a statutory declaration - and declare their income. "Alternatively, the Embassy can also issue a consular letter to those who present evidence that income earned is from the Ministry of Work and Income (WINZ) or Ministry of Social Development (MSD). The fee for completing a statutory declaration or consular letter is THB 1,330." A statement from the Embassy of the Netherlands read: "There is no indication that the Dutch Government is going to stop this service for its nationals". Earlier this week the Canadian Embassy in Bangkok told Thaivisa it had no plans change to its current process. -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2018-10-10
  3. Australian man and former Nana nightclub owner found guilty of human trafficking An Australian man who was the former owner of a nightclub on Soi Nana faces a lengthy prison sentence after being found guilty of charges related to human trafficking and prostitution. Bangkok Criminal Court on Wednesday sentenced Michael Pearl, originally from Sudan, to 19 years in jail, while accomplinces Ghassan Wakej, 36 from Syria, a Moroccan and two Thai nationals were each sentenced to 16 years in jail for forcing four Moroccan women into prostitution in Bangkok between 2016 and 2017. The court heard how Pearl, who owned the Dream Disco located on the fourth floor of the Zenith Hotel in Soi Nana, promised the victims well paid jobs as waitresses but instead they had they had their passports taken and were forced to work as prostitutes, INN reported. Pearl was first arrested last August at Suvarnabhumi Airport as he tried to board a flight to the flee the country. This is a developing news story, more info as we get it. -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2018-07-18
  4. Dramatic new footage of Tham Luang cave rescue released New footage has been released of the mission to rescue twelve boys and their football coach from the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai. The footage shows the boys on stretchers being brought out of the cave system. The BBC reports the boys were heavily sedated to the point they were they were almost sleeping in order to avoid them panicking in the dark and confinements of the cave. Citing a former SEAL diver with the Thai Navy, the BBC reported that some of the boys were asleep, while others were "groggy". Further footage released by the Thai Navy SEAL to Thai media also reveals the daring rescue mission. Earlier the Guardian reported how the water pumps used to drain water from the cave failed just moments after the last boy was evacuated. “The screams started coming because the main pumps failed and the water started rising,” one of the divers said. “All these headlights start coming over the hill and the water was coming ... It was noticeably rising.” The remaining 100 workers still in the cave then rushed for the exit as the water was noticeably rising. On Wednesday morning, Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong, an inspector for Thailand's health department, told reporters that the boys had on average lost around 2kg, but were otherwise in good health. Three of the were said to be suffering from minor lung infections. Later on Wednesday, officials released the first footage of the boys in hospital, which you can watch here. -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2018-07-11
  5. NINTH boy rescued from Tham Luang cave - Live updates Khoasod English and Sky News reports a ninth boy has made it out of the cave and is on the way to hospital. Earlier Associated Press reported that an ambulance was seen leaving the cave More info as we get it - hit refresh or scroll down for latest updates 16.23 Sky News citing Reuters who cite official confirmation of ninth boy being extracted from cave 17.00 Reuters confirm a ninth and tenth boy have been rescued from the cave - story below 17.19 Unconfirmed report 11th boy is out of the cave 17.23 Reuters report 11th boy out of the cave - see updated story below 17.29 11th boy confirmed out, but contrary to reports on social media, 12th boy not yet out 17.30 report on the future of Tham Luang cave - read the full story here 17.42 Police escort turns sirens on - expecting more activity 17.45 Unconfirmed but how's this for a team ethic 17.58 18.06 Unconfirmed report that the boys have been given anti anxiety medication before embarking on the dive 18.07 Hollywood producers already on the scene in Tham Luang News.com.au reports that Hollywood producers are already in Chiang Rai plotting the movie! Read the story here: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1047669-thailand-cave-movie-hollywood-producers-already-on-the-scene/ 18.10 reports of helicopters overhead suggest another evacuation is imminent 18.17 - foreign journalist detained for flying drone 18.24 Helicopter believed to be on the way to Chiang Rai hospital 18.30 A Wild Boar is free from the cave! 18.35 AP footage of the 9th boy leaving the cave 18.36 UNCONFIRMED reports that all thirteen have been rescued 18.40 Two English language live streams 18.47 Australian news reports that all 13 are OUT - but as of yet unconfirmed elsewhere 18.49 - It's 12! According to Reuters
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    Fifth boy RESCUED from Tham Luang

    Fifth boy RESCUED from Tham Luang Khaosod English reports the fifth boy was brought out of the cave at 4.45pm, with a sixth boy due imminently. Sky News citing a Thai Navy official, as well as CNN, AP and Reuters also confirmed that a fifth boy has left the cave. More info as we get it - hit refresh or scroll down for latest updates 17.00: Person stretchered into ambulance near Thai cave amid mission to free trapped boys - REUTERS 17.10 Thai PBS reports person on a stretcher put into ambulance 17.36 Reuters citing a navy official confirms that a fifth boy has left the cave - full story below 17.59 Ambulance believed to be carrying 5th boy arrives at Chiang Rai hospital 18.14 Unconfirmed reports 6th boy has left the cave 18.18 Another report claims 6th boy out of cave 18.20 - it's SIX Aljazeera confirm sixth boy rescued: 18.26 Unconfirmed report on status of other kids in the cave 18.30 We found you a live stream, in English via Thai PBS 18.37 Reuters says a 7th boy has left the cave - but not yet reported elsewhere. We're checking for more sources - as of yet UNCONFIRMED 18.44 IMPORTANT - still only six confirmed, not seven 18.47 Straits Times reports 7th boy has left the cave 18.51 Thai news site Spring News reports 7th boy has left the cave 18.52 CNN, Thai PBS report 7th boy has left the cave 18.56 Reuters release report (posted below) that 7 boys have now been rescued 19.05 Sky News in the UK says an 8th boy has now left the cave [unconfirmed] 19.06 Khaosod English reports 8th boy left the cave at 6.59pm - http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/crimecourtscalamity/2018/07/09/five-out-alive-more-daring-cave-rescue-success/ 19.15 CNN l reports 8th boy rescued from cave 19.16 Nation TV reporter shares photos of 6th and 7th boy being put into ambulance 19.23 CNN reports operations have finished for today. No official confirmation as yet 19.26 More unconfirmed reports that 8 boys have been rescued from the cave so far today This live stream says operations have ended for today and 8 boys rescued from the cave: 19.30 - BBC share footage of rescue helicopter 19.34 Thai language sites start to report 8 boys out of cave
  7. Rescuers begin evacuation of 'Tham Luang 13' Rescuers have begun the mission to extract 12 boys and their football coach who are trapped in the Tham Luang cave. A team of 18 divers went into the cave at 10am. Sky News, the Guardian and BBC all report rescue mission has officially started. More to follow -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2018-07-08
  8. First two boys RESCUED from Tham Luang cave Scroll down for most recent updates Ambulances are seen outside the Tham Luang cave complex after Thailand's government instructed members of the media to move out urgently, in the northern province of Chiang Rai,Thailand, July 8, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu The first two boys have been rescue from Tham Luang cave, Thai media has confirmed. The first boy walked out of the cave at 5.37pm, before the second walked from the cave 10 minutes later. Straits Times reports three boys have now left the cave safely. Reports on Thai news sites Khoasod and Daily News say the boys are in a field hospital and are about to be transferred by by helicopter to Chiang Rai hospital. CORRECTION: Spring News reports that a third boy has exited the cave. An official statement on the rescue mission is due at 9pm local time. 19.20: First two of Thai soccer team rescued from cave, official says BANGKOK (Reuters) - The first two members of a Thai schoolboy soccer team have been rescued from the flooded cave where they had been trapped for more than two weeks, a local rescue official said on Sunday. Authorities in northern Chiang Rai province began the dangerous mission to bring out the 12 boys and their coach earlier on Sunday. "Two kids are out. They are currently at the field hospital near the cave," said Tossathep Boonthong, chief of Chiang Rai's health department and part of the rescue team. "We are giving them a physical examination. They have not been moved to Chiang Rai hospital yet," Tossathep told Reuters. (Reporting by Panarat Thepgumpanat; Writing by Matthew Tostevin; Editing by Alex Richardson) -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-07-08 19.32: Unconfirmed reports say two boys are already at hospital, and two more are being examined in the field hospital at the cave. 19.32: AFP confirms four boys have left the cave 19.36: Thai news site Spring News is starting to report the identities of the first boy rescued, however officials have not yet named those who have exited the cave 19.40: Photos: An ambulance and military helicopter believed to be carrying rescued schoolboys seen near Tham Luang cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 8, 2018. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun 19.49: 19.54 - Thai Navy SEAL confirm 4 boys have left the cave 19.57: Sky news in the UK and Amarin News in Thailand report SIX boys out of the cave 19.58: Six boys have exited Thai cave - senior member of rescue team BANGKOK (Reuters) - Six boys have exited a flooded cave in northern Thailand where they have been trapped for more than two weeks, a senior member of rescue operation's medical team said on Sunday. Authorities in northern Chiang Rai province began the dangerous mission to bring out the 12 boys and their soccer coach earlier on Sunday. (Reporting by Panarat Thepgumpanat; Writing by Amy Sawitta Lefevre; Editing by Alex Richardson) -- © Copyright Reuters 2018-07-08 20:05 - Khaosod English live broadcast: 20:06 - Nation reports on the identity of the first boy to leave the cave ‘Mark’, 14, first the emerge from cave The first Mu Pa Academy footballer rescued from the Chiang Rai cave has been identified as Mongkhon Bunpiem, 14. He emerged from Tham Luang Cave at 5.10pm and was examined at a field hospital before boarding an ambulance to an airfield for the helicopter ride to Chiang Rai Prachanukraw Hospital. Mongkhon, whose nickname is Mark, is a football academy trainee whose played since childhood and tends to wear football jerseys all the time. His favourite team is Muangthong United of the Thai Premier League. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30349602 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-07-08 20.14 - President Trump tweets about Tham Luang rescue mission 20.51 - BBC footage of ambulance leaving cave 21.15- WATCH: Video reveals moment two Tham Luang cave boys taken into medevac helicopter 21.15 - UPDATE - Chiang Rai governor tells media only four boys have been extracted from the cave so far. And that the other boys are likely to remain in the cave this evening. More info: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1047117-update-four-boys-have-left-the-cave-so-far-chiang-rai-governor/ We'll update this post with more info as we get it. -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2018-07-08
  9. Unconfirmed report claims evacuation of 'Tham Luang 13' is about to start Image: Reuters Belgian media reports that divers plan to evacuate the boys trapped in the Tham Luang Cave imminently. Citing rescue diver Ben Reymenants, who is on stand by for the mission, the boys will be evacuated two by two, with evacuations starting late Friday and taking place throughout the weekend. According to the report , visibility inside the cave has improved enough for an evacuation to begin. The boys will each be given an oxygen mask and escorted through the labyrinth of corridors by a Navy SEAL diver who will take them to the third corridor in the cave where there is sufficient air for them to breath. "It’s a race against time, because on Sunday heavy rain showers are expected. But we remain positive", Mr Reymenants said (via The Guardian) ""We expect that the first two footballers will still be at the exit today. "It remains a difficult course through a labyrinth of corridors, with lots of diving and climbing. "But the process is along with the current and the visibility under water is already a lot better," he added. "Moreover, they do not have to swim a lot, they have an oxygen mask on them and they will almost always be kept on hand by one of the divers. "In the third corridor there is air for breathing, where they will also be checked by a doctor. Then there is another 1.5 kilometers of climbing and climbing". Mr Reymenants says that four boys will be evacuated each day with all evacuations taking place this weekend. Rescuers are currently in a race against time to evacuate the boys as oxygen levels inside the area of the cave where they are trapped have decreased significantly in recent days. Furthermore, monsoon rain forecast on Sunday evening will be bring more flooding to the cave. Mr Reymenants said that the spirit among the boys remains good with the group fantasizing about what food they want to eat when they get out. They have also been further buoyed after being shown footage of their families and the rescue mission taking place outside. The news comes after Sky News also reported on Friday that a rescue mission could happen on Friday or Saturday. Volunteer diver Ivan Karadzic told Sky News he expected the mission to take place "very soon". Meanwhile, Thai Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda was set to brief media at the cave on at around 9pm on Friday evening but was delayed. -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2018-07-06 LIVE UPDATES
  10. Thai boys trapped in cave to be given 4 months of food and taught how to dive File photo//The Nation - Thai NavySEAL / Facebook Twelve boys and their football coach who are trapped in the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai will be given four months of food and taught how to dive. "(We will) prepare to send additional food to be sustained for at least four months and train all 13 to dive while continuing to drain the water," a spokesperson for the Thai military confirmed. The group have been trapped in the Tham Luang caves for 10 days but were located by British cave diving experts at approximately 9.45pm local time on Monday night. But after the group was found, the emphasis shifted on how to get them out of the gave. Currently the group are thought to be around 3 kilometers from the entrance to the cave. Experts had warned that it could be months before the group the were able to leave the cave. Thai media reported that two Navy Seal doctors had already volunteered to say with the group for however long was needed before they could be returned to safety. Boys from an under-16 soccer team and their coach wait to be rescued after they were trapped inside a flooded cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 3, 2018, in this still image taken from a Thai Navy Seal handout video. Thai Navy Seal Facebook/Handout via REUTERS Anmar Mirza, the US National Cave Rescue Commission coordinator told Sky News: "Trying to take non-divers through a cave is one of the most dangerous situations possible, even if the dives are relatively easy." He said that "if the dives are difficult then supply(ing the group on site) will be difficult, but the risk of trying to dive them out is also exponentially greater." The news comes after video footage showed the moment the group were discovered by rescuers. The video features the voices of two British divers who ask the group: "How many of you?" "13", one of the boys replies. "Brilliant". -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2018-07-03
  11. All 13 Football Team Members Found Alive inside Flooded Cave Rescuers found all 12 boys and their football coach alive inside the flooded Tham Luang Cave Monday night. The 13 victims from a local football club, Mu Pa Academy Mae Sai, have been stranded inside the cave in Chiang Rai province because of flash floods since June 23. Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn confirmed at about 10pm on Monday that the victims had been found. He also made clear that rescue operations would continue non-stop until the victims were safely transferred out of the cave and to hospitals. As of press time, doctors with high diving skills are on their way to the spot where the victims had stayed. Checkups are needed to determine whether the football’s team members can be moved out of the dark cave immediately. If not, they will receive first aids and food inside the cave first. Victim transportation plans have already drawn up. Good news declared by Narongsak received loud cheers . Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30349177 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-07-02 Images: Credit Air force media by Kawin AFU
  12. New video shows boys in good spirits inside Tham Luang cave A day after they were located by British divers, new footage of the boys trapped inside the Tham Luang cave has been shared by the Thai Navy. The minute long clip, shared on the Thai Navy SEAL Facebook page, showed the boys wrapped in space blankets to keep warm and being cared for by specialist navy doctors who are staying with the boys in the cave. The boys, who appeared in good spirits, can be seen saying hello to the camera. Footage being shown on Thai Channel 3 on Wednesday morning also showed some of the boys receiving treatment to minor injuries to their feet. The footage was released as rescuers warned of the difficult task ahead in rescuing the boys from the cave. Aged between 11 and 16, the boys and their 25-year-old coach went missing on June 23, after they set out to explore the caves in a forest park following a training session. Rear Admiral Apakorn Yuukongkaew, commander of the SEALS unit, said rain was still a challenge but the boys would be taken out safely as soon as sufficient water could be pumped out of the cave. "But if that doesn't work, with the seasonal rain, we'll do it another way," he told reporters. "We have Plan 'A' and Plan 'B', and ultimately, everyone will return to their parents' embrace." The 13 have been given a gel with high calorie and mineral content to sustain them while rescue plans are worked out. Officials declined to say what plans 'A' and 'B' were, but said they aimed to bring the boys out the same way they had entered. Options included teaching the group to use smaller diving apparatus and guiding them out of the caves, from which 120 million litres of water had been pumped continuously for 75 hours by Tuesday evening. The SEALS tried to get phone lines into the cave to allow the boys to speak to parents and families staying at a nearby shelter throughout what could be Thailand's most high-profile rescue mission. At the Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai, security personnel turned away scores of people who came to show support, while more journalists joined hundreds of media representatives who have covered the drama blow-by-blow. Two British divers experienced in cave rescues, John Volanthen and Rick Stanton, were first to reach the boys, accompanied by the SEALS divers. Their search targeted an elevated mound they believed could have provided a refuge, but that was already flooded, so they went 400 metres (1,312 ft) further, and found the team. News of the discovery sparked jubilation among relatives and rescuers and spread swiftly enough to figure on the front pages of Tuesday's newspapers. "Found the 13 'Wild Boars', safe and preparing to come out," was the headline in the country's biggest daily, Thai Rath. Caricatures of smiling volunteers, rescue workers and media spread on social media and messaging platforms, applauding a search mission that involved citizens of Australia, Britain, China, Japan, Myanmar and the United States, among others. "Take our hearts - thank you," read one cartoon, while another read "You are our heroes," followed by "Thank you," in eight languages. Thais posted messages of joy and relief on Facebook, showering praise on Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osottanakorn. "Have to applaud this man," said one, while another asked, "Why not try for prime minister?" His deputy, Passakorn Bunyalak, dismissed rumours that the mission could last up to four months, but said the boys' safety was paramount and their extraction should not be rushed. Sura Jeetwatee, a doctor involved in the operations, said the team survived by staying put and drinking water that dripped from stalactite formations. SEALS commander Apakorn said the flow of a cave stream had slowed and water once at head level was now at shin level. He said the boys were in relatively good condition. "The children have been in there for ten days, they have food, doctors – they are doing well," he said. "There is no rush." Additional text from Reuters -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2018-07-04
  13. VIDEO: Incredible moment rescue workers find boys trapped in cave A video shows the incredible moment British rescue workers find 12 boys and their football coach trapped in the Tham Luang cave. The boys, aged between 11 and 16, went missing with the 25-year-old coach after soccer practice on June 23 after they set out to explore the Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai. A massive international rescue effort has been under way since, with rescue teams battling through thick mud and high water to try to reach the group. In the clip, a rescue worker can be heard asking "how many of you?" to which one of the boys replies "13". "Brilliant!", replies the rescue worker. The boys then asks what day is it before being reassured by the rescue worker that "many many people are coming". "You have been here 10 days, you are very strong", the rescuer tells the group. Later in the clip the boys can heard thanking the rescuers and asking where they had come from. Rescuers had been working on Monday to clear a constricted passageway for divers deep inside the flooded cave complex in a search operation that has been hampered by heavy rain. Divers from Thailand's elite navy SEAL unit had been focusing on an elevated mound inside the cave which cavers have named "Pattaya Beach", which could have provided the boys with a refuge when rains flooded the cave. "The SEALs reported that ... they reached Pattaya Beach which was flooded. So they went 400 metres further where we found the 13 ... who were safe," Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn told the cheering group of reporters. The next challenge will be getting the group out of the cave, which some have dubbed a "labyrinth". Rescuers had discussed waiting until water levels subsided to get the boys out. Other options included teaching the group to use diving gear to navigate the flooded cave. Medical teams were seen preparing first aid kits after news of the group's discovery broke outside the cave's entrance. Relatives of the boys took shelter from heavy rain on Monday and were seen cheering, smiling and receiving calls after receiving the news. Rescuers shook hands and congratulated each other as occasional cheers broke out. It remains unclear whether any of the group are injured or in need of medical attention. Additional text from Reuters
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