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    Default Thai Wife Urgently wants to return to Thailand

    My wife and I live in the UK, but her father has been taken seriously ill and could die soon. Has anyone had any experience of a Thai national returning to Thailand during the Covid 19 crisis? Getting a 'Fit to Fly' certificate seems to be the biggest problem as the test has to be taken within 72 hours of departure for Thailand.

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    You may have to telephone the Thai Embassy at a matter of urgency.
    Or send them a email or a Facebook message. Do you live in or near London?

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    According to my mrs, There is currently a waiting list of around 4000 people with the embassy. The urgency of your situation might make a difference though. Give them a call.
    we are heading down on the 19th to get the fit to fly certificate from the embassy. Your gps office can do it but they will charge you £100+
    sorry this post is a bit clunky as I’m at work but wouldn’t she have to go to a state enforced quarantine for 14 days on arrival too?
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    On the Government website is reads:-
    covid 19 Exception Travel Advisory Notice.
    The foreign and commonwealth office currently advises British national against all but essential international travel. This advice is being kept under constant review.
    So here's the confusing bit?
    Your wife is not British,so I think she will be ok. Unless she may have to quarantine once she arrives into her destination excluding Phuket and Koh Samui.

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    The government advisory is just that, an advisory. People can travel if they choose to, there is no ban on that as far as leaving the UK is concerned.

    Travel advice will be updated tomorrow for some countries and on 10 July for others (including Thailand). This will remove the ‘all but essential travel’ advisory for those countries and will put travel insurance back in place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by te2008 View Post
    You may have to telephone the Thai Embassy at a matter of urgency.
    Or send them a email or a Facebook message. Do you live in or near London?

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    Tried that! The Thai emabssy in London gives a couple of numbers for 'immediate assistance' for Thai nationals. Both numbers went to voice mail!

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    Thanks for responding to my plea for help. Today the Foreign Office have changed the advice on Thailand. They will no longer be advising against travel to Thailand, but you will have to go into quarantine on your return to the UK. The confusing bit is a getting a 'Certifying letter' from the embassy here in the UK or a consulate. I can't find any guidance on how you go about this.

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    Thanks for your response. I've heard that the repatriation flights organised by the Thai UK Embassy take a maximum of 200 per day. The form to apply does stipulate that on arrival in Thailand you would have to go into quarantine for 14 days. The advantage of going by this route is that the Embassy will help with the necessary paperwork. I looked for commercial flights and the best I could find was to fly to the Middle East and on from there to Bangkok. Price of a one way ticket- £1600!

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    As you predicted Thailand is removed from the category of 'all but essential travel', but it would appear that at the moment you would have to go into quarantine on your return to the UK from LOS.

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    Sorry for the late reply, I just read this post today.

    My wife flew back to Bangkok on a repatriation flight on June 25th. Here's what you'll need to do to get your wife back to Thailand.

    Get your wife to contact the Thai embassy in London via Facebook as they are not responding to emails and phone calls.

    Yes there is a waiting list but due to the urgency of the situation your wife may be moved up in the queue.

    The embassy will then call if a flight is available (about 550 quid one way, Thai Airways) and ask you to book a time slot at the embassy in Kensington, London so that your wife can be issued with a fit-to-fly certificate. The fit-to-fly certificate is FREE OF CHARGE if your wife goes to the embassy. And by the way, the staff there were absolutely superb.

    She can then fly home once she has completes the brief medical check-up at the embassy.

    However, when she arrives in Bangkok she will be placed in quarantine in a hotel for two weeks. My wife is currently in quarantine now with just a couple of days to go.

    So even if she does manage to get a flight back to Thailand, she may not make it back in time.

    Nevertheless, I strongly urge your wife to contact the Thai embassy in London explaining the circumstances, and who knows, maybe special exemptions may be made in light of her family circumstances.

    Once again my apologies for not getting back to you sooner. Please get back in touch if you need any more help with this process.

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    Ah, this answers a question I posted in another thread about returning Thais.

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    The only thing different now Rav is the price has gone up to £708!

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    Quote Originally Posted by walshie View Post
    The only thing different now Rav is the price has gone up to £708!
    Well I guess it could be worse !

    My wife is currently in Thailand, but we are selling the house here in the UK. When that is sold she planned to return to help with all the packing (and going through her huge volume of clothes!) but that might not be a practical option, I may have to do everything myself But given that the house sale process can take a couple of months at least, I'm hoping things will be different by that point.

    Anyway, Paul I hope your wife can get back soon.

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    Can't see how it can be any worse for a Thai wanting to return home.

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    Hi Rav, so glad that you have taken the trouble to post this information. My wife has made an application (via the Embassy Facebook page) for a repatriation flight so it's good to have somebody with direct knowledge and experience. There is a lot on both our minds about this so I hope you don't mind if I ask a few questions?

    Were there any emails from the Embassy prior to receiving the call notifying her about the flight vacancy?

    Do you happen to know if it is ONLY the London Embassy that are facilitating these flights? As opposed to say, the Hull consulate?

    My wife only made the application a couple of days ago. I know there is a long waiting list so we may have to sit tight for a while. The wife's settlement / spouse visa expires on 25th of this month but that has been extended to 31st by the UK gov. Apart from the expriry of the visa she really wants to get back to care for her elderly grandparents.

    The one part of this process that I think we are both dreading is for her to have to go into quarantine and be isolated for 14 days! Has your wife said anything about the conditions of where she was placed? Do they have access to the internet etc?

    There will no doubt be other issues and queries that crop up about this but I'll keep it brief so as not to burden you or bore others on here. Who knows, with the situation changing daily this process of repatrition and quarantine may not be necessary for much longer. We can but hope!

    Thanks in advance for any information you are able to share. - Allan

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    Hi Allan,

    My mother in law is booked onto one of these flights on the 19th. The embassy actually called my wife to say she was able to book onto the flight on the 19th. They called 15 days before the flight is due to leave.

    The embassy then emailed with the bank account details to send the money into. It says on the email no credit card payments allowed.
    Once the money is paid they want a screenshot for proof of payment. Next they will allow you to book a slot to go see the embassy for a "fit to fly" certificate. Without this we are told she won't be allowed to board the flight. They are currently opening on Sundays to facilitate this medical check.

    I think it's worth noting that it does feel like an elaborate scam when you going through it all. I have been worried the whole time about sending £708 to random bank account details emailed to me with all the wording in Thai! Not to mention that my wife found out about the scheme on a facebook group!! Something that got my alarm bells ringing was the email address that sent all the correspondence: XXXXXXX@thaiembassyuk.org.uk. The domain name in the email address does not line up with the "http://www.thaiembassy.org/london/en/" domain. This would usually be the telltale of a scammer.

    Anyway I asked my wife to ring the number provided on the main embassy website to confirm the email address that had sent the information was legitimate before I sent the money.


    Something else to think about too is medication. My wife is convinced that her mum won't be able to get her medicine once she arrives at the quarantine. We are having to get a few weeks supply for her before she leaves just to be safe.


    All I have had since payment was made over a week ago was this:
    ขอบคุณครับได้รับเอกสารแล้ว

    วิวัฒน์




    No flight confirmations or e tickets yet.

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    My wife have been keeping an eye on flights to make sure my EVA air flight is still going next week to London and my wife had this message from a returning Thai lady form London on Facebook

    'Is there anyone flying back to Thailand this August? In the morning I received an email from Thai Airways. We flew on 15 August. The flight has been canceled. For now, I wait for the re-fund. The airline says to wait about 6-8 weeks'

    There are more messages about cancellations in August as well in case it affects anybody. Apologies if this already common knowledge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walshie View Post
    Hi Allan,

    My mother in law is booked onto one of these flights on the 19th. The embassy actually called my wife to say she was able to book onto the flight on the 19th. They called 15 days before the flight is due to leave.

    The embassy then emailed with the bank account details to send the money into. It says on the email no credit card payments allowed.
    Once the money is paid they want a screenshot for proof of payment. Next they will allow you to book a slot to go see the embassy for a "fit to fly" certificate. Without this we are told she won't be allowed to board the flight. They are currently opening on Sundays to facilitate this medical check.

    I think it's worth noting that it does feel like an elaborate scam when you going through it all. I have been worried the whole time about sending £708 to random bank account details emailed to me with all the wording in Thai! Not to mention that my wife found out about the scheme on a facebook group!! Something that got my alarm bells ringing was the email address that sent all the correspondence: XXXXXXX@thaiembassyuk.org.uk. The domain name in the email address does not line up with the "http://www.thaiembassy.org/london/en/" domain. This would usually be the telltale of a scammer.

    Anyway I asked my wife to ring the number provided on the main embassy website to confirm the email address that had sent the information was legitimate before I sent the money.


    Something else to think about too is medication. My wife is convinced that her mum won't be able to get her medicine once she arrives at the quarantine. We are having to get a few weeks supply for her before she leaves just to be safe.


    All I have had since payment was made over a week ago was this:
    ขอบคุณครับได้รับเอกสารแล้ว

    วิวัฒน์




    No flight confirmations or e tickets yet.
    Re paragraph 3! It sounds like a big scam to me.

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    It sounds a bit dodgy to me as well !
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    Re paragraph 3! It sounds like a big scam to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickj1000 View Post
    It sounds a bit dodgy to me as well !
    They need the cash to pay for someone's bill.

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    Well I've just copied these XXXXXXX@thaiembassyuk.org.uk details provided by Walshie. Rather than do a Google search I copied them directly into the box at the top of the screen which shows the https: details of whatever website you are visiting (sorry, not techie enough to know what it's called). Rather than directly going to the site a warning came up; "You are about to log into the site "thaiembassyuk.org.uk" with the user name "XXXXXXX" but the website does not require authentication. This may be an attempt to trick you. Is "thaiembassyuk.org.uk" the site you want to visit?"

    Now then, as this was just a reckie and I wasn't going to divulge any confidential details I took a chance to click the "yes" option. I was directed to what looked like the welcome (landing) page of the official Thai Embassy website. I was concerned that the padlock in the address bar had a red diagonal line through it but I have just compared it to the official Thai embassy website (accessed in a different window and by a completely different search) and I have to say that everything looked identical and authentic.

    So, hopefully, Walshie's (and my) concerns are unfouded and all will be well. Hopefully, Walshie will confirm with further good news after obtaining the fit to fly cert. In actual fact, what would really be useful is if Rav could chip in once more with the benefit and experience of already having gone through all of this.

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    Got sent a ticket from Eva air this morning. Flight confirmed for terminal 2 at 21:35 on Sunday.

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    Bloody hell Walshie, that is the EVA air plane I will be getting off at 19.25 !
    Quote Originally Posted by walshie View Post
    Got sent a ticket from Eva air this morning. Flight confirmed for terminal 2 at 21:35 on Sunday.

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