To be fair, they have also simplified it, so there is no need to post the passport to the embassy any more. So a step in the right direction.
They could simplify it even further, since for some of us, their records ought to show my passport, a passport photo of me, numerous immigration photos of me plus several copies of my fingerprints.
So with all that, the form ought to virtually auto populate and give me an instant visa approval.
I think it's fairly difficult for Thais to get a UK visa ? I must try sometime.
I'm not quite sure about the idea of giving everyone from low income countries 90 days on arrival. It will just be another path for informal workers.
However, I see no reason at all why Thailand could not give those from high GDP countries 90 days, or preferably more on arrival. Just set a limit of 182 days per year before they have to apply for the resident visas.
No border runs, no counting of border runs, no different policies for different borders etc. Just a simple limit on the number of days. Checked on the immigration computer.
There's no legitimate reason why they can't raise the money via visa fees.
Longer visas, longer fees. No need to visit immigration.
Of course, the real reason why they have limits is for the tea money when people want to exceed those. As you know, when I was wanting to extend my last stay by about 3 weeks beyond the 90, there was no above board route, however I could have got a "solution" via an agency for 14,000 baht.
As we all know, the purpose of the savings is to prove people are solvent. Either prove income or prove there is a lump sum in a bank.Gaybutton wrote: ↑Wed Aug 10, 2022 6:47 amI wish the authorities would start considering how much more expats could contribute to Thailand's economy if they would release us from being forced to keep 800,000 baht just sitting there in a Thai bank account. It has to be in the account 5 months out of the year. Even during months when some of it can be spent, the account can never drop below 400,000 baht - and has to be brought back up to 800,000 before the deadline.
If they didn't have a requirement to keep the money in the bank for long term, people could borrow the money or pull all sorts of similar tricks to make it look like they have the 800,000 baht. How would you stop people doing that ?
If they remove the requirement totally, they will just attract more people who have neither the income nor the savings.
So assuming you accept the need to prove either income or assets, what system would be appropriate for the latter ?
Admittedly, the solution proposed for extending my stay beyond 90 days was a bent retirement visa. Including opening a bank account, crediting it with 800k for a very short period of time from the agency and somehow getting immigration to accept this, even though the money hadn't been there the required length of time. So even the current rules can be circumvented. I suspect the agency fee incorporated some tea money.
(I did not take this option).