||1. POLICE LIEUTENANT COLONEL JETSADA YANGNOK|
|2. POLICE CAPTAIN TEERAPONG PRAJUGJIT
Presentation by the UDON IMMIGRATION about the various aspects of the department’s tasks as well as visa–rules and requirements.
Mr. John Thavon (International Marketing Executive) of Bangkok Hospital Udon welcomed all participants to the presentation and informed that he volunteered to perform as “real time” interpreter.
Mr John continued to introduce the two representatives of the UDON THANI IMMIGRATION, Chief Inspector Police Lieutenant Colonel Jetsada Yangnok and Police Captain Teerapong Prajugjit and handed over the microphone to Mr. Jetsada.
Mr. Jetsada in short introduced the Udon Immigration and informed that Nong Bua Lamphu is part of the jurisdiction of Udon too.
Their task, among many others, is to keep control over everybody who arrives at the airport and see to it that all goes by the Law of Thailand. Special attention will be applied to prevent possible illegal entries. In addition, those Expatriates who cause trouble and or break the Law face the possibility of being repatriated and posted on a black–list.
Be aware that you, if applicable, have your re–entry before you leave the Kingdom. In case you forget it, you may encounter much trouble and may have to apply for a new visa.
It should be well noted that the old Law of 1979, to report to Immigration or the local Police station, within 24 hours after arriving at your place of stay in Thailand, has been revived and will be enforced.
Failure to report shall be fined with 2000 THB
For those who stay in a hotel or guesthouse and the like, the hotel or landlord is responsible.
In the near future it will be possible to do this registration by filling in a form at the website. At the time of launching, Expatriates will get a password, entry code and instructions.
Your 90 days report has to be done in person and can be 15 days before or up to 7 days after the given date. It is advised to come early and don’t wait until the last day.
Your papers that prove your income shall be issued or validated by your Embassy and must not be older then 30 days.
Your 400,000 or 800,000 in a Thai bank account shall be updated on the day you apply for your visa.
Every individual, with the proper papers, is entitled to open a bank–account. It is not necessary to have a work–permit to open an account.
Overstay is charged 500 THB / day up to a maximum of 7 days. After 7 days you will have to face the Police and the Court. The maximum fine for overstay is 20,000 THB.
Normally, and especially with the start of ASEAN in 2015, some rules may be subject to be changed, deleted or added. It is advised to keep good track of that. Follow the publications of Immigration, the media and the Udon Expat Club’s website.
Also with ASEAN it will not be possible to enter the other ASEAN countries on your Thai visa. As it looks now, you still need a dedicated visa for each country.
Mr Teerapong continued with a power–point presentation about the many types of visa that exists. He informed that he will give an overall view and that those who have an individual question are invited to visit the office for detailed information.
Compulsory health insurance is strongly recommended but not yet needed to enter the country. However, the car or motorcycle you drive shall be insured.
In general there are two types of visa; Short stay and Long stay.
Short stay for: Tourists, transit, medical care, humanitarian reasons, visit friend’s, to go to Court, etc.This type of visa is valid for 30 or 60 days with a possible extension for 30 days. After that, you have to leave the Kingdom and come back, as long as you have a normal reason, whenever you like. Even as that is the next day. Only in case you are suspected of criminal intentions a new visa will be refused.
Long stay for: Marriage, retirement, volunteers, family, experts, investment etc. There are various possibilities;
– Immigrant visa
– Retirement visa
– Visa to become a monk
– Volunteer or officer at a foundation (Mother Theresa)
– Supporting or be supported by a Thai citizen
– Expert (Teacher, adviser)
For details and requirements for all above given visa please contact Immigration or visit a related website.
Mr Jetsada completed the presentation with the emphasis to give our joint efforts, to work together and to do our utmost to keep Udon Thani a good place to live and keep crime at large.
The audience expressed their compassion and cooperation to that invitation with much applause.