jonw8uk

SETV Savannakhet - now asking for itinerary/bank statements

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Just a note to inform others

 

Tried to submit application today for my 6th SETV (3rd from Savannakhet)

 

Got to the window - after much longer queuing time than previous  - passports being scrutinised more.

 

He appeared to count my SETVs then asked what am I doing in Thailand.

 

I told him, I dont work, I'm on an extended holiday

 

Ok, show me bank statement and 'holiday plan'

 

As I had nothing prepared, and no data signal (to show a bank balance) I left to consider my next move.

 

P.S 2 russian girls got the same treatment ahead of me

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8 minutes ago, surinderek said:

it was coming

 

 

Will be interesting what other open doors will start closing in the future.

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14 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

I think that was the reason they asked for the additional requirements.

I think it is time for a new passport.

 

For sure thats the reason, and if I'd prepared some paperwork, it would've been ok.

 

Probably wise to have these proofs for any SETV application going forward

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13 minutes ago, elviajero said:

Where were the other 3 SETV's from?

 

Phnom penh x 2 and Penang (Penang my most recent)

 

If I had on onward ticket, and printed bank statement - do you think I'll get 30 day stamp on the bridge tomorrow (G7 passport)?

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6 minutes ago, jonw8uk said:

If I had on onward ticket, and printed bank statement - do you think I'll get 30 day stamp on the bridge tomorrow (G7 passport)?

Unless you a lot of visa exempt entries you will not have a problem getting a 30 day entry at the bridge. They like most other crossing from Laos are friendlier than some other ones.

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3 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

Unless you a lot of visa exempt entries you will not have a problem getting a 30 day entry at the bridge. They like most other crossing from Laos are friendlier than some other ones.

 

:shock1: I have 9 visa exempts from 2014/15

 

will find out tomorrow I guess....

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3 hours ago, surinderek said:

it was coming

 

3 hours ago, overherebc said:

Will be interesting what other open doors will start closing in the future.

 

Getting a fresh passport before one's 7th tourist visa isn't difficult. One can apply by mail near Soi Nana. 

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You can print off confirmed hotel reservations on booking.com (linked above on Thaivisa menu) without paying, you only have to pay at the hotel if you go. No credit card required. That works for 'holiday plan' proof. 

 

I'd get to an internet cafe, print those off along with some bank statements, and try again. 

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Just now, jspill said:

 

 

Getting a fresh passport before one's 7th tourist visa isn't difficult. One can apply by mail near Soi Nana. 

 

Yes, thats what i'm thinking.  Slight worry about the turnaround over the xmas period.  Generally under 2 weeks, but could be delayed this time of year.

 

I've only ever replaced them when full or have been lost.  This passport still has lots pages left.  Am I assuming correctly that if i want a new passport I can just apply, even though my current one is ok, or do I need to damage it?!

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7 minutes ago, jonw8uk said:

I've only ever replaced them when full or have been lost.  This passport still has lots pages left.  Am I assuming correctly that if i want a new passport I can just apply, even though my current one is ok, or do I need to damage it?!

I think you will find lots of people have gotten new US passports because of to many visas and stamps.

If you submit the application and pay the $110 fee you will get it.

I have heard of people applying for a new passport because they did not like the photo on the old one,

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My Embassy asked me why I want a new passport since the old one still had plenty of empty pages and valid for many years. I told them I plan travel a lot and don't want that the passport gets full while on traveling.

 

The next time, my passport fell in to water. Can happen. This was reason enough to get a new passport.

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You can also just state your appearance changed significantly so need new passport .

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But could someone explain to me what is the purpose of staying in Thailand for the whole year or even for many years if you don't have any family or business in the country? I mean if someone really likes the country and want to stay here it would be so damn easy to get an ED Visa and actually study those few hours every week, or am I wrong?

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Savvanakhet used to have a reputation for being the most relaxed place to get visas in the region.  Would it seem that this has changed? Perhaps there is a new boss in town.

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