Anyone recently been on a visa run to any of the above places? Any news on potential problems/smooth sailing? I was thinking of Penang this time, but given the Tsunami effects I guess it will be Vientiane again.
I currently have a Non-ImmB visa which I need to get renewed. Thankfully this time I have a new passport which only has one visa already in it, so I'm hoping it shouldn't be a problem.
Is there any way to avoid this pain in the ass every month or three?? I can get a Non-ImmB easy enough but no work permit because I work part-time.
(I guess I already know the answer to this one... :sad: )
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Mate Laos will only issue you a Non-imm B if you haven't had more than two (I think) before. Now as you have a new passport you'd hope they wouldn't know that you had. You should be okay, but.....?
Cambodia PP is supposedly a nightmare and they often turn people away.
What about Burma? I've got a couple from there before? Or even Savankhet (sp?) in Laos if Veintianne (sp?) knock you back.
Personally I'd stick with Penang, or maybe think about Singapore? Or why not do some 30 day runs to save some money and think about going to Perth or somewhere else in Oz to get a multiple entry Non-imm B? I've 'heard' Sri Lanka do multiples, let me know if you want me to find out for sure (it will take a while though).
Are you married or do you have any Thai kids?
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Any info you've got on this Ken would be much appreciated mate, thanks. Unfortunately it seems to be an unavoidable (and much repeated!) necessity when living here!
Actually, is there really any point in getting a Non-ImmB if I don't have a work permit? Does it cover my arse at all if I get caught working here? Maybe I should just get a transit/tourist visa...
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Originally Posted by kenkannif
Not that I know about!
I'll try to find out about Sri Lanka.....but it will take a while if at all (basically I'm not sure I can be sure until someone goes there and applies. I'm going to have to rely on what people tell me!).Originally Posted by mangoedout
Basically no it don't really help to be on a Non-imm B without a WP! You might have a little bit more of a leg to stand on, but not really IMO!Originally Posted by mangoedout
Penang do triple tourist Visas 3,600 Baht all told (includes sweetener to the agency!).
Originally Posted by kenkannif
How about the required documents? Is a letter of recommendation
from a government school sufficient to apply for a Non "B" visa in...
Triple tourist visas? What's that? Does that mean you can get three in a row?
Maybe I should go to Penang anyway - I've never been there so at least it will be new and interesting.
Air Asia do cheap flights to SingaBore now
Of course it's a bit more expensive to stay there for a day or two but might work out cheaper all tolled?
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Triple tourist Visa should work out like this:
Get it and come back in and get 60 days with the option to extend (and if this 'free' extension story is true it might be FREE....but I doubt it) by 30 days at Imm for 1,900 Baht. Then go out and re-enter (anywhere) and get 60 with the option to extend by 30 days. Exit (although you may need to leave before the full 30 days are up as the activation period is generally only for 6 months) and re-enter get 60 with the option to extend by 30 again. So 9 months of cover and other than the initial application you'll only need to exit twice more.
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Well I've not sent anyone there for a while, but last time they needed:Originally Posted by AJ
Letter (although the contract might be enough on it's own), contract, school reg, business reg, one other bit of paper that I think was the principals licence, degree and a TEFL (although these last two you might be able to get away with not having!). You also have to make sure your school is on their list, as if not you ain't going to have any joy!
From a while ago (bear in mind it's WORSE now):
ust to let you know that I finally got that damn visa. They were very, VERY reluctant to part with the precious little thing. Whatever it was that you faxed over to me seemed to just barely turn the tide, so thanks for the perseverance. The woman made it clear to me that although my paperwork was woefully inadaquate she would do me a BIG favor and accept the application.
"If you ever have any other teachers that need to do this same thing you might want to have them avoid Vientiane (although where is better?)--the grief this woman gave me over 3 days might be enough to make someone think twice about whether they really wanted to teach in Thailand or not."
Same as above, but they also like to see an unbroken CV! Nutters!Originally Posted by AJ
Although they do seem trusting (from a friend):
"Just returned from Laos. I barely got my visa as I didn't have any transcripts for them. I agreed to fax them this week, and I got my single entry visa in three hours"
And what another friend said:
"I just got back and sad to say that I only got a single entry B visa. The visa was easy to get, no dragon lady, just some young guy who was pretty helpful. He requested even more documents than what I had but I just pleaded ignorance. He couldn't explain to me in English what the documents were so I just kept a vacant look on my face."
Just a Visa letter and schools and business registation I think (although the last time I got one from there was almost a year ago!).Originally Posted by AJ
Mango marry a bar girl and get the marrigage cert and a copy of her ID and then get yourself a NonO.
I wanted to do that but could not afford the wiskey to get her that pissed!
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Friend of mine went to Sri Lanka just five days before the tsunami and got a one-year multiple non-immigrant B with no difficulty at all. Mind you, he did pay a lawyer in Bangkok 7,500 baht to put together a little bit of 'paperwork'Personally I'd stick with Penang, or maybe think about Singapore? Or why not do some 30 day runs to save some money and think about going to Perth or somewhere else in Oz to get a multiple entry Non-imm B? I've 'heard' Sri Lanka do multiples, let me know if you want me to find out for sure (it will take a while though).
The worst job in Thailand must be the man who has to sit down with a blue marker pen and mark a number two on the two-baht coins to stop people thinking they are one-baht coins.
Wicked Phil! Thanks for the info! You've saved me a few phone calls and e-mails! Cheers.
There you go Mango!
Originally Posted by kenkannif
Cheers, kenkannif for the detailed and valuable info!!
Seems that Yangon is the place to go, if you're tired of Malaysia...
I don't htink ther eis very much left of sri lana just now - are they stil issuing visas after that wave thing
I don't know anyone who's gone there recently, and I don't know anyone that wants to now
Hi ..about where to go for visa run : Hired a teacher in Nov. who got his Non-B 2 weeks ago in Penang in one day. This is new; it used to take 2 minimum. We've had teachers knocked back in Vientiane and others accepted with the same complete paperwork....