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    Default Fee waived on tourist visa

    The Royal Thai Embassy Vientiane/Laos have announced that the fee for the single entry tourist visa (SETV) will be waived from 1st December 2016 to 28th February 2017. Some good news if you're going on a two month visit to Thailand.
    They must be desperate to get the tourist numbers back up.
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    Be interested to see the figures if arrivals are above average during this period .
    I ve been through Vietnam 3 times this year simply because dont need a Visa anymore for a stay of less than 14 days ..... otherwise would have given VN a miss .
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    I imagine the majority of 60 day Thai tourist visas issued in Vientiane are handed to long-term expats on perpetual visa runs. It's hardly going to improve tourism from that outpost. Even elsewhere, the percentage of genuine tourists staying longer than 28 days must surely be in single figures.
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    Dont think it s just Vientiane , I thought it was across the board IE London , im sure i ll be corrected ...
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    I also assumed it was across the board but, even so, the vast majority of tourists stay less than 28 days. They should be concentrating on attracting more of those. A free 60 day visa incentive might get them two drops in the ocean instead of one.

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    If it's a free Tourist Visa from 01/12/2016 to 28/02/2017 = 90 days

    So, with the normal 30 day FREE Tourist Thai visit for UK citizen's then does this announcement give free Visa's time for holidaymakers from the UK from 28/02 + 30 days = 30/03 (120 days)

    Is this correct?
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    No. The free promotion is valid for visas applied for between the 01/12/2016 and 28/02/2017.

    The visa is a 60 day single entry. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Without a visa, you get a 30 day visa exemption stamp on arrival, not a visa.
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    Refer, Post #7

    Does that mean it's possible to arrive on 28/02 and then stay 60 days without a Visa as the exemption stamp will be extended from 30 days to 60 days, i.e. up to 28/04 without the need for a Tourist visa?

    OR, will the visitor still require to apply for a "free" visa to cover their 28/02 to 28/04,
    (i.e. 60 days) time in Thailand?

    OR, will any free visa stay in Thailand end on 28/02? This would require the visitor to arrive on or after 31/12/2016 to have a free visa visit up to 28/02.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lipboy View Post
    Does that mean it's possible to arrive on 28/02 and then stay 60 days without a Visa as the exemption stamp will be extended from 30 days to 60 days
    No. You need a tourist visa in advance to stay longer than 30 days.

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    OR, will any free visa stay in Thailand end on 28/02?
    No again.

    The dates refer to the application date for the visa. Nothing else.The offer is valid for applications made within those dates. They bear no relevance to your travel date, nor the expiry date of the visa.

    A 60 day tourist visa is valid for three months from date of issue. That means you can arrive in Thailand any time within that 3 month period and be granted 60 days stay from the date of your arrival.

    If, for example, you get a free visa on 1st February, you can arrive in Thailand any time up to the end of April and stay for up to 60 days.

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    http://thaiembassyuk.org.uk/?q=node/45
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    Below is a COPY from a Royal Thai Consulate E.mail dated 04/12/2016

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    Single entry enquiries


    Reference your enquiry; yes you do need to apply for the visa.

    Thailand’s decision to waive the fee for a single entry tourist visa does not mean you do not require a visa it means that there is no charge for the visa.

    However, if you intend to visit the Hull Consulate in person to apply for the visa, there is a £20 processing charge.

    To be granted the Tourist Visa with Single Entry at Hull within one hour you will need to bring with you the following:-

    1. Your passport (minimum 6 months remaining validity and with at least two blank pages for the visa and for entry/exist stamps)
    2. Two recent passport size photographs as available from a photo booth.
    3. Completed Visa Application Form- see attachment.
    4. Visa processing charge of £20 in cash only.


    If you do not wish to pay the £20 processing charge you will need to apply for your visa at the Royal Thai Embassy in London either in person or by the post.

    Regards,

    Royal Thai Consulate
    Hull
    HU13 9PB

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