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    Hi all.. thanks for all the help previously with the visitor visa. Things have moved on and forward and am happy to say am gonna be getting married in Thailand in April.

    Could do with a bit of advice for planning to get things done over what no doubt is a very busy period

    I have just booked flight for 7th April, coming back to UK on 22nd. Having read the sticky on what to do to obtain a settlement visa i am hoping to get as much done as possible whilst i am in thailand with the missus.

    As i understand songkran is 12th -15th April.

    The plan is to arrive in bkk on 8th april (sunday) at 6.30am. Presumably the british embassy is not open on sundays so i would need to go on monday 9th and i believe no appointment necessary.. so on the 9th i am hoping to get the affirmation to marry as well as getting it translated and authenticated.

    Pam will be meeting me in bangkok and we then plan to travel to surin by bus (tickets will be booked for this tomorrow) i guess it would be sensible to leave bankgkok on the 10th just incase the express service offered by the MFA is not quite as express as it should be.

    Then when get to Surin go straight to Amphur on 11th and do the formal bits.

    Then hopefully village ceremony during songkran, little honeymoon on koh chang and back to bangkok a day early to get everything translated.

    Is this gonna be do-able? presumably the 9th april and 11th april offices will be open etc.. and its just the actual dates of 12th -15th where everything will be closed and people will be chucking water on each other??

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    9th April is Easter Monday, and the UK embassy will be closed. http://ukinthailand.fco.gov.uk/en/ab...ffice-holidays And on the following Friday (the 13th) for Songkran as well.

    I tried to have a look on the MFA site, but couldn't find their information about closure for Songkran, I'll have a bit of a root about and see if I can find something.
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    My immediate thoughts are that it would be doable, but with the holidays it would do well to build in some flexibility and make sure you take some waterproof bags for protecting all that important documentation! There will be lots of people travelling before and after and fewer working and there will be lots of water throwing.

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    biff, KhunIan.. thanks for the input. Didnt realise about Easter.. dammit.. oh well i will just have to hope that the MFA is open on 10th if you cant shed any light on this biff i will just email them. Guess i will also need to check whether the amphur in surin will be open on the 11th!!

    Also for purposes of getting about during songkran.. do local buses and other buses still operate?

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    I reckon the MFA will be open on the 10th, there might not be so many staff there, so there could well be more queues, everything might be a lot slower than usual. I also think that the Amphur will be open as well, get your g/f to go and ask them.

    She also might have more luck giving the MFA a call 02575 1057 email consular04@mfa.go.th (that's the legalisation department, I think that's the right one?)

    Oh and, just to add to what KhunIanB said...waterproof everything!
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    thanks biff.. just looked on the site and fired an email off to consular01.. i will update with any response.

    Is it just the translation that could be the hold up?.. i.e. once in the MFA is it all completed there while you wait? or is there potential for having to wait another day? If so what size bribe would sort that out?

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    Local buses and other buses will be operating, but the amount of people travelling before and after songkran will be MASSIVE and so seats will most probably be a lot harder to come by, if you were to book beforehand then a good idea. During Songkran, IMHO, it could be a bit dangerous travelling due to the amount of alcohol/celebrations going on, just something to bear in mind.

    There is also the heat, humidity and mossies at that time that can make rushing around a bit uncomfortable, so don't try to rush things, keep as cool and hydrated as you can and hope it all works out okay for you.

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    Translation shouldn't take more than about 20 minutes. There's a place in the MFA building that will do it for you.

    Or there are places opposite the embassy.

    If you want to avoid the traffic, take the BTS to Mo Chit, then jump a cab from there, should be around the ฿120 mark for the taxi.

    What might hold you up is the wait at the MFA offices. First you go to the counter on the 1st floor, they give you a ticket and send you into the supervisor's office, they check your documents, then you go back to the counter, then you get another ticket, then you wait, then you go to the window and hand over all your documents, then you wait for them to get it stamped.

    There's no bribery to be done there, it's all very official and isn't like a country Amphur with all the 'presents' lined up on the shelf! The ฿800 service is the same day service, obviously the earlier you get there the better, but you'll have to go in the afternoon, because you won't get your affirmation from the UK embassy till then.

    So, there is a chance that you might have to go back, but you probably will be ok. The thing with all this is that if you're on a tight schedule, sods law comes into play.

    Personally I didn't go for the sane day service, my arse was already numb from sitting down for the best part of two days, so me and the Mrs went shopping and picked it up 3 days later!
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    "so on the 9th i am hoping to get the affirmation to marry as well as getting it translated and authenticated"

    I don't think you'll be able to have the affirmation authorised by the UK Embassy, translated and then authorised by the MFA all in one day. I dropped mine off at the Embassy in the morning but they weren't offering collections until after 14.30 the same day. Even if you then get to the MFA and a quick translation, mine took an hour at the MFA building (1st translation was rejected) I don't think you'll have time to have it stamped by the MFA even with the same day service.

    I would allow two full days in Bangkok to have the affirmation authorised in full. First day to get it done at the embassy & translated. Second day go very early to the MFA and pay for the same day service which you should then be able to collect after 12.00 that day if there are no issues

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    Vanbobble, very glad to hear that things have moved on and that marriage is due. Shame about the flight arrival date and I know it is easy to say but it's really worth doing a search on things before committing yourself. I posted this back end of January about closure dates for the VFS/Embassy during Easter & Songkran.

    Never mind though, I am sure you will get things sorted out, even if you have the village ceremony before the Aphur one it won't matter.

    Good luck.
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    I managed to get all my affirmation stuff done in the one day, but it was touch and go. I agree with the other posts, give yourself some breathing space because it's easy to make a mistake somewhere along the line. With hindsight I would do it over 2 days.

    I started the day early and got to the UK embassy at 08.30. Then a taxi to MFA. The translation shop inside the building was too busy and I ended up getting the affirmation translated by a woman who approached me outside the shop.

    It was very much a rush job to get the translation done and submitted before 1200, for the same day service.

    So much so that I failed to notice the translation didn't include all the details it should have, such as the translators contact details or the date when the document was translated

    For that reason I would recommend you give yourself 2 days

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    We got married during Songkran but that was 7/8 years ago, but I think I got afirmation to marry the same day. The problem was booking the Amphur. They said three days which gave us very little time between my flight back to the UK. However when we got the affirmation to Marry translated (near the Embassey in BKK) we were informed we could get a same day appointment and all the translation done including marriage certificate for X baht (about £100 then). So off we went in the taxi to the Amphur with another couple and got everything done the same day. (Tea Money is bad but does work !). During the trip back the lady who run the translation agency got out of the taxi part way back to the office, when I asked where she was going the wife said "shopping !" LOL. One thing to note April is hot and wearing a suit was very very warm, we had the "marriage" party in the sisters house with no aircon. Good Luck !

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    Ivan. Ditto, even down to down to the lady going shopping, and the party with no aircon. Amazing.

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    thanks all for the advice.. i think i am gonna do it the other way around (go to embassy etc and amphur registration at the end of the trip) and leave myself 2 full days as suggested.. but still take some "tea money" just in case.

    Gary - special thanks to you mate. and you are right i should have checked!! Fingers crossed i can end up being as happy as many of you on here

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    Tea money is not a prerequisite, vanbobble. If you go with this in mind, then you will be duly relieved when you probably wouldn't have had to, anyway.

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    yep, you go flashing brown envelopes around and they'll gladly take them off you.

    You don't need any. Certainly not in the MFA, they'd most likely get quite angry with you if you suggested anything like that.

    The Amphur office, that's slightly different, especially if it's upcountry somewhere. But still, don't go in there with that idea in your mind.
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