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Newbie Q & A Getting settled in KKC / TransferWise
« on: January 16, 2019, 10:33:32 AM »
I was looking at TransferWise and I remember that some of you have discussed it here. I couldn't quite follow the process on their website.

I want to transfer money from my Thai savings account to my U.S. checking account.  Can do?  So, how about if I want to send the funds back to my Thai savings from my U.S. checking.  Can do?  Is it just one account that I need to set up with TransferWise or what?

Thanks, lah!

Open discussion / Who woulda thunk it?
« on: January 10, 2019, 10:09:17 PM »
Panama City, Panama
Who woulda thunk it?

Read any good books lately? / Culture Shock! Thailand
« on: January 07, 2019, 07:54:52 PM »


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Thai immigration reveals new requirements for retirement, marriage extensions (visas) =>

Thai mmigration have confirmed the new requirements for foreigners when applying for an extension of stay based on retirement, marriage or being a parent to a Thai child.

The updated requirements, seen by Thaivisa, are detailed in a national police order dated 26 December 2018 and signed by immigration chief Lt Gen Surachet Hakparn.

An unofficial translation of the updated requirements are as follows:

2.18 In the case of family member (mother, father, male or female spouse, child, adopted child or child of spouse) with Thai nationality. Can be authorized for not more than 1 year.


Evidence of annual income that equates to no less than B40,000 per month of alien father, mother or spouse such as.

1.       Tax receipts of the supporting relative. (Presumably Thai tax receipts for a foreigner working in Thailand supporting foreign spouse, parent or child, e.g. you have a Thai wife and support your mother or non-Thai child from a previous marriage living in Thailand).

2.       Evidence of a pension. Letter of certification from a Thai bank supported by bank statements showing a pension being transferred to the pensioner’s bank account every month for at least 12 months. Exceptions are allowed for those who have been retired for less than one year – example given.

3.       Evidence of income from a foreign embassy or consulate.


For retirement extensions of no more than 1 year evidence of average monthly income of B65,000 is required.

1.       Evidence of pension. Same as 2 above,

2.       Evidence of income from a foreign embassy or consulate.

The changes are that applicants must be able to show income going into a Thai bank account and that income proof from an embassy (providing your embassy still issues income letters) will still be accepted.

The document is the first official confirmation from Thai immigration regarding the aforementioned extensions of stay (more commonly referred to as retirement and marriage visas) after it was announced in October that several embassies including those of the UK, Australia and United States, would no longer be issuing income letters or affidavits to expats in Thailand.

The income letters had been used by expats to confirm their income when applying for a retirement or marriage extension.

The embassies announced they would stop issuing the letters in January 2019 because Thai immigration wanted them to start officially verifying the income of everyone applying for the letter.

An unconfirmed report submitted by Thaivisa member bkk6060 stated that immigration are likely to offer some leeway to foreigners with regards to submitting 12 months worth of statements for the first applications under the new requirements.

However, from 2020 applicants will need to make sure they are able to show a full 12 months worth of income coming to a Thai bank account.

This infographic from the British Embassy Bangkok details how to open a bank account in Thailand. The requirements for opening a Bangkok in Thailand are likely to be the same for most foreign nationals, although individual branches may require additional documentation.

A certified version in English of the new requirements will be posted on Thaivisa shortly.

Many thanks to Tod Daniels, Arkady, Ubon Joe and BadBanker for the information. =>

News and Announcements / Stupid error messages!
« on: December 16, 2018, 07:05:01 AM »
Sun 16 Dec 2018, 6:54 am

When you try to login to the forum, ignore any error message that looks like the one below.  It doesn't mean anything. Just make sure is in your browser address bar and reload the page.

The page you are trying to access is restricted due to a security rule.

If you believe the security rule is affecting the normal operation of your website, contact your host support team and provide detailed instructions how to recreate this error. They will be able to assist you with rectifying the problem and adjusting the security configuration if needed.

Visas, et al / Full day notary services, US Embassy, Bangkok, 20 Dec 18
« on: December 14, 2018, 07:08:00 PM »
In case you have been living under a rock, 31 Dec 2018 will be the last opportunity you have to obtain an income affidavit from the U.S. Embassy (as well as from embassies of some other countries).  The U.S. Embassy, Bangkok is setting aside an entire day to obtain income affidavits. Do your own math, but as you can apply for your extension 45 days early, if you obtain an affidavit now, you can probably use it if your  extension expires before 1 Aug 2019

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok is pleased to offer a full-day of notarial services.

Date:  December 20, 2018.
Time:  0730-1400
Place: US Embassy Bangkok 95 Wireless Road, Bangkok

There will be approximately 400 notarial appointments available. All services will be provided by appointment only.  Please visit us here to make an appointment. 

Fees for notary services are $50.00 USD or 1700 Thai Baht per notarial stamp.

To expedite your service, please bring exact change or consider paying by credit card to facilitate the movement of people through their appointments.

Please arrive with your passport, a copy of your passport and documents filled-out completely, correctly, and NOT signed. Documents can be accessed through these links =>

Income Affidavits:

Open discussion / AIS is down, but service is improving!
« on: December 12, 2018, 05:19:37 PM »
Wed 12 Dec 2018, 5:10 pm

My AIS fiber went down about an hour ago.  I called the service center expecting to have a typically witless conversation with them.  However, a robo voice came on and identified my account number and said internet down due to a problem with the telephone exchange and estimated service would be restored around 20:30 this evening.  Or something to that effect.

Just having reassurance that AIS is aware of the problem and that it is not something on my end takes the uncertainty out of it and lets me deal with the problem more rationally.

Pretty cool!

User Guide / CleanTalk - Java script error messages
« on: December 08, 2018, 09:17:49 AM »
A member was attempting to post got one of those annoying error messages

"CleanTalk: *** Forbidden. Please enable JavaScript. ***"

This message is very misleading. The solution is :

1. Log out of the forum.
2. Close your browser.
3. Open the browser and froum again.
4. Log in again.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Visas, et al / Extension went smoothly...
« on: December 07, 2018, 11:29:40 AM »
Did my retirement extension yesterday.  Arrived at 8:27 am, got number 4. Walked out the door with extension in hand at 9:15. We had all the paperwork in order including--for the first time in 15 years--the TM30.  Everything was in order and all was pleasant.  The only reason it took 45 minutes was that the printer ran out of toner, and it took quite a bit of futzing around to install a new cartridge until the BIG BOSS came to the rescue and sorted it.

No discussion about any new procedures for documenting income.

Where to find . . . / Good handyman!
« on: December 07, 2018, 11:21:43 AM »
Have had two dealings with Mr. Roj, both very satisfying.  First, he replaced the faucet in a bathroom basin.  Only took 20 min, and the fee was minimal.  Today, he looked at our pump for the water tank which has been periodically switching on for no reason.  Apparently, a part of the pump mechanism will eventually have to be replaced.  The estimate he gave us for new part was less than what we paid last time it was replaced.  We were grateful for the information and he didn't want to take B100 for his trouble. 

Good guy.  Apparently can do most handy-man type maintenance.

Mr. Roj,
Sawaroj Sirichan

A freak thing happened last week.  While riding my bicycle, unseen, a dog came up behind me on my left and chomped on my calf just above the ankle. It took several seconds to even process what had just happened, and by that time I was gone and the dog was gone.  It was not significantly painful or bloody, so I cleaned the wound and decided to wait to see how bad it was. Bad idea!  I was in some kind of state of stupidity or something.  After Fon urged me to get treatment, I researched rabies on the internet and it is not very pretty!  Here is what I learned:

1. Rabies is common among stray dogs and cats in Thailand.
2. Once symptoms emerge in humans, the disease is virtually always fatal.
3. The incubation period--usually a couple of weeks--may in fact vary from a few days to several years!

So that means even if you have no symptoms, you could be walking around for years with a time-bomb inside you waiting to go off.

I knew most of that stuff already and went through this with a serious cat bite six years ago.  Anyway, came to my senses and went to RAM and got tetanus and rabies injections, and returned today for one final rabies shot.  I understand that is is not costly of you go to gov hospital.  This course of treatment for me at RAM was a little less than B4,000.

A final bit of irony. I was under the impression that my BOOPA (not Aetna) coverage only applied if I am checked into a hospital.  I discovered too late that I also have accident coverage which includes animal bites .... BUT you have to present your sorry ass for treatment within 24 hours of the incident.  So, if I had attended to this right away, it would have been a freebie.  Been paying BOOPA for 8 years and never taken a setang back from them.  Oh, well! 


In case anyone is interested:

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok is pleased to provide services in Phuket.


Date: November 29, 2018
Time:  12:00pm–3:00pm
Venue: Novotel Phuket Vintage Park, Novotel Phuket Resort
Address: 89 Rat-Uthid 200 Pee Road, Patong, Kathu, 83150 PHUKET THAILAND

Hotel phone:   +66 (0) 76 380 555   




No appointment necessary, services are provided on a first come – first serve basis.


To expedite your service, please arrive with your documents filled-out completely, correctly, and NOT signed. Documents, forms and applications can be accessed by clicking on any of the below listed links.



         3,740 THB- Renewal of adult passports
         3,910 THB- Renewal of minor (under age 16) passports
         4,930 THB- Renewal of first adult passports
         4,930 THB- Replacement of adult lost/stolen passports
         3,910 THB- Replacement of minor (under age 16) lost/stolen passports
         1020 THB- Adult passport card
         510 THB- Minor passport card
         1,700 THB (per notary stamp) – Notary– including Income Affidavits

Above fees are based on an exchange rate of 34 THB to 1 USD

PLEASE NOTE: You must bring copies of your passport bio-data page and each supplementary document required with a passport application per the online instructions. Please follow all relevant passport renewal instructions according to above links. Original documents will be returned to the applicant, however, the copies will not.

IMPORTANT: For applications on behalf of minors, the child and both parents must appear in person.


Please be advised the U.S. embassy does not accept credit cards and will no longer accept cash (U.S. Dollars and Thai Baht) at outreach events for American Citizen Services. This is a worldwide policy, and no exceptions can be considered, please see the No Cash Announcement.

All payments at U.S. Embassy outreach event must be made in the form of a BANK DRAFT.

All Bank Drafts must be:

     Purchased from Bangkok Bank, Kasikorn Bank, or Siam Commercial Bank (SCB).   (There is no need to have an account at the bank to purchase a bank draft) (Kasikorn Bank calls a “Bank Draft” a “Bill of Exchange”).
     Made out to “American Embassy Bangkok.” (No variations, errors, or typos are permitted. Do not write on or make any markings on the bank draft.)
     In the exact amount of Thai Baht (THB) for your total service.
     At the official embassy exchange rate at the time of the outreach.
     Fees and exchange rates are included in individual outreach announcements and posted on our website.
     Submitted at the time of service.
     Issued within the last six months.
     You can show below information to the bank:

และระบุสั่งจ่ายถึง “American Embassy Bangkok”

Delivery Service: You must purchase and submit a separate 100 THB bank draft. Do not include the cost of the envelope in your total bank draft for services.

 Please note:


     Cashiers’ checks, personal checks, cash, credit or any other form of payment will not be accepted.
     Bank Draft requirement only applies to Consular Outreach Events. Services rendered during normal business hours at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok or the Consulate in Chiang Mai will continue to accept payments made by credit card or cash (THB or USD).


The Passport Retrieval Process Has Changed! – Beginning 1 July 2018:


Passport Return by Thai Post Registered Mail:
Your new passport will be sent to your mailing address in Thailand through registered mail. ACS will cancel your current passport at the time of application and return it to you.


Purchase a prepaid Thai Post envelope at the outreach event for 100 THB (SEPARATE BANK DRAFT IS REQUIRED).


Do not include the cost of the envelope in your total bank draft for services.




Bangkok Bank

147 Thanon Ratuthit Songroipi Rd

Tambon Patong, Amphoe Kathu

Chang Wat, Phuket 83150


Siam Commercial Bank (SCB)

Jungceylon Shopping Center

Patong Beach, Phuket 83150


Kasikorn Bank

Thanon Ratuthit Songroipi Rd

Tambon Patong, Amphoe Kathu

Chang Wat, Phuket 83150


You may use any branch of the three participating banks. The above branches are suggested since they are near the venue.





Starting on October 1, 2017, all beneficiaries and applicants living in Thailand must direct all questions regarding Social Security to SSA Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) in U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines at Please visit for more Social Security information.

For other outreach dates and locations please see

For information on US Citizen Services please see

For questions please email

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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Bangkok Field Office is pleased to join our Embassy colleagues at November’s Consular Outreach event in Phuket.

The following USCIS services will be available:

·         Review and accept I-130 relative petitions

·         Respond to case-specific inquiries for applications pending with the USCIS Bangkok office

·         Accept I-407 to record abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR: green card holder) status

·         Answer general USCIS-related questions: petitioning for family members; the impact of international travel on LPR status, etc.

·         Provide information about the international adoptions process

·         Provide information about expedited naturalization for spouses of US citizens with qualifying employment

·         Taking fingerprints related to an application or petition that is pending with USCIS


To expedite your service, please arrive with your documents filled-out completely and correctly.  Forms, filing instructions and other USCIS-specific information can be found on the USCIS Bangkok website.

Please note that fee payment must be transacted in accordance with U.S. Embassy outreach event procedures.

For questions please email

Where to find . . . / polybard ?
« on: November 09, 2018, 09:56:22 PM »
Do HomePro or the other big box stores have polyboard (poly board), also called polyester board or EPS foam board. Is it called something else in Thailand?

Tks, lah!

News and Announcements / Khon Kaen Forum Outages
« on: October 27, 2018, 05:45:27 PM »
For the past couple of weeks, Khon Kaen Forum has been experiencing intermittent outages where users are unable to access the website. This is some kind of database/resources problem and we are working on it.  Fortunately, so far, the outages have been intermittent and short-lived.  So, for now, if you are unable to access the forum, please try again in an hour or two.

Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience while we sort it out.

Fri 26 Oct 2018, 11:51 am

From : American Citizens Services Bangkok <>
Subject :  Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Mission in Thailand to Cease Providing Income Affidavit

U.S. Mission in Thailand to Cease Providing Income Affidavit
October 26, 2018

As of January 1, 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and the U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai will cease to provide the income affidavit for the purpose of applying for Thai retirement and family visas and will not notarize previous versions of the income affidavit.  The Royal Thai Government requires actual verification of income to certify visa applicants meet financial requirements for long-stay visas.  The U.S. government cannot provide this verification and will no longer issue the affidavits.

Please consult the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, D.C. and Royal Thai Immigration Bureau websites for information on how to meet the requirements for a Thai retirement visa or extension. 

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