One other method foreigners use to stay in Thailand for prolonged periods of time is with chronic medical issues. What I was unaware of is that some tourists have been receiving extensions for illnesses like vertigo, high blood pressure, eczema, and just about anything they can get away with. This is another area Thai immigration will examine more closely.
I'll have two or three more visa-related videos going up in the next few days so check back often.
Members, I'll have the next episode of Making the Move to Thailand series up as soon as possible. I'm estimating I'll have the next 1-2 videos up in a day or two. I apologize for being late with it, meeting with immigration and making these videos, answering the emails, comments, and messages has me swamped.
In the next video:
1. The ED visa
2. Medical tourists
3. Being prepared
4. Relax, stay out of the drama, and focused on what's important
Trip to Vietnam
Yesterday I purchased my airline ticket to Vietnam. I depart August 26. I have yet to determine where I'll go exactly, what I'll be doing, or what I'll be photographing and filming, but as soon as I clear my schedule I will figure it out and provide the details. I've only been to Vietnam once and it was only for a night so the trip should be interesting.
In my next few I will attempt to present the information they give me so there are fewer misunderstandings. I am only the messenger. I will give opinion and state it as such and I will give fact that is directly from the heads of immigration. If I can help, please let me know. I will do what I can. If I can't, don't have time, or you don't like what I say, all I can do is say is get over it.
If you've been following what's going on with the new overstay policy, you'll remember that for those who overstay more than ten years, there was a lifetime ban. The newest proposal is eliminating this ban. Below is the latest overstay proposal presented to the Thai Ministry of Interior. The only difference from this and the last one is the lack of the lifetime ban. The official announcement of this policy is in approximately 60 days.
One other important change; as of August 29, visa exemption extensions will go from 7 to 30 days. The fee will remain the same, 1900 baht, and this change will give visitors two full months (or longer) in the country without a visa. Again, the 7-day extension will become a 30-day extension. The video on this and more goes online shortly.
Met with the Superintendent of Thai Immigration today regarding the new visa regulations. To my surprise, they enjoy my YouTube channel and would like me to assist them in making sure foreigners receive the correct information about the new visa regulations.
Videos and further details coming shortly.
I will make this short and sweet. I received a phone call about an hour ago and tomorrow afternoon I am meeting with several high ranking Thai immigration officers. This is a very important meeting. That's about all I can say for now. I am uncomfortable stating anything else because so far I am unsure of exactly what is wanted of me and I do not want anyone getting upset.
If you are a member, go into the visa section of the forum and read my explanation. To those who are not, I am sorry but I just can not publicly speak about this in detail until tomorrow.
Once I am finished tomorrow, I will explain further. I'm not trying to drum up hits or views or anything like this and the meeting is of great importance for a number of reasons.
Anyway, until tomorrow. I'm Scott and I'm an American in Bangkok.