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Offline thaiga

Tourism Minister Talks Up 5-Year Visas
« on: October 26, 2016, 01:52:51 PM »
Tourism Minister Talks Up 5-Year Visas

A long-discussed plan to offer five-year visas for foreigners was floated again Tuesday by the nation’s top tourism official.

Visas to facilitate those staying for extended periods would make Thailand more competitive with neighbors such as Malaysia, where 10-year visas are available, according to Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, who said the issue would be raised with the relevant immigration and security agencies.

“If Thailand had a clear strategy and marketing plan, I believe we could attract long-stayers as much as Malaysia does,” she said.

Visas such as those offered in Malaysia are not valid for employment but hold appeal for retirees and students.

Kobkarn also singled out complaints about delays at the Chiang Mai immigration office, saying it needed to increase staff because it takes more than six times longer for expats to extend their visas there compared to offices in other provinces.

As the northern province is home to about 12,000 long-stay foreigners and a destination the government wants to promote as a medical hub, Kobkarn said her ministry would push the Immigration Bureau to loosen measures, such as dropping 90-day check-ins in favor of an annual system.

The population of long-staying residents is expected to grow 5 percent to 10 percent annually, she said.

Various efforts and calls for long-term visas have been brought up many times but none has yet been pushed toward implementation.

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Offline sowhat

Re: Tourism Minister Talks Up 5-Year Visas
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2016, 04:38:42 PM »
that would be great 5yr visa. It would certainly attract more retiree's to come here.

they should also do something for you guys that have been here for a long time,like if you have been here 5yrs then double your existing extension to 2yrs,been here 10yrs make your extension 5 yrs.with yearly visits instead of ninety days to verify your address.
certainly would show willing and save a lot of work for all.

A long-discussed plan and as long as you have bad guys here it could stay like that
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Tourism Minister Talks Up 5-Year Visas
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2016, 07:02:33 PM »
I've been here for 27 years already. Doing my exensions of stay in Bangkok used to be a quite painful act with two or three trips a year to Bangkok until I got 50. But there they never asked me for the 90-days report. That started with the Immigration Office in Khok Kruat. But it could be done by sending it in the mail there. Now the officers in Dankwian won't let me do it by mail anymore. 90-days report via Internet doesn't work for me. So it's about four trips to Dankwian per year. Off course it would benefit all to reduce the extensions to five years each and the 90-days report to once a year. Better were waiving that at all!
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Offline thaiga

Re: Tourism Minister Talks Up 5-Year Visas
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2016, 10:40:40 PM »
My first ext. was pattaya and i did my 90 days there as well, combined with a holiday. that is about 460 kilo from my area.
Then a very helpful lady immig. officer there said, there is a new office opening in Korat right opp. big c. which was the assumption college.  :)

Pattaya is a bit of a slap and the older you get the further it gets also the fascination is not the same.

D.K. is still about 180 kilo round journey
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