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They built and have now opened the right turn coming out of the airport.  No more going several kilometers out of the way and having to do a U-turn at the stop light to go to the Bypass or to head West.  There is a red light there to allow some traffic control.  You wonder when the first several accidents will occur where Thai drivers ignore the light!

Alerts and News about the Region and the World / Swiss Air last flight
« on: September 19, 2020, 01:18:06 PM »
We have been told by a Thai friend of ours who is now stuck in Switzerland.  After today, 19 September, Swiss Air will no longer fly to Thailand until after the pandemic is under better control, especially in Europe.

Dealing with Thailand government / Relocation of Khon Kaen Immigration
« on: September 09, 2020, 07:23:44 PM »
I understand the building is essentially completed.  It is located North of where the Bypass intersects Mittraphap Road going to towards Udorn.  It is close to the Land Transport Office on the left had side.  For those who don't have wheels, it will be a trip!

Has anyone heard any word of when their move will happen?

Oh yes, Smiley Boy there as Counter #1 has transferred.

Visas, et al / Thai immigration launches newly updated website
« on: July 11, 2020, 11:42:48 AM »
The ThaiVisa Newsletter just provided a new announcement by Thai Immigration.  You need to note that to find information about a "Retirement Extension of Stay", one needs to first go to "Request to Stay" under "Other Information," then go to "Item #22 - Request to Stay - in the end of your life"!!!!  The "Extension by Marriage [or children] is defined as Item #18.  So, now we know how they consider us old farangs!

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[/size]Thai immigration launches newly updated website screenshot Thailand’s Immigration Bureau has updated its website with a new design making it easier to use and find out information. The new website, which is available in English and Thai, gives more emphasis to the increasing number of services which are available online, including TM47 and TM30 reporting. It also has a dedicated section of highlighted announcements such as the new QR code queuing system, which is available at immigration division 1. There is also a section for the latest news and services provided by immigration, including what is required for visa extensions and 90 day reporting. The site now also has a handy map feature that enables users to easily locate their nearest immigration office. The updated immigration website can be found at:[size=inherit]

The government announced the extension of the Emergency Decree including the curfew through the month of May (01-31.)  This is for the whole country.

Some businesses will be able to open as long as they implement strict social distancing.  These businesses include beauticians (wonder if it includes barber shops), restaurants without air conditioning, malls.  Any additional details, if any, have yet to be announced.

Check out this website (if opened with Google Chrome should be able to translate a portion of it.)  The portion describing the details of the businesses are on a chart and not translatable.

Today's Headline in the Bangkok Post.

Fifth Covid-19 case emerges in Khon Kaen
A 63-year-old woman from Nam Phong district has tested positive for novel coronavirus, the fifth confirmed infection in the province, governor Somsak Jangtrukul said on Tuesday.

Refrigeration trucks to hold the overflow of bodies where morgues cannot handle the influx.

Refrigerated tractor trailers that can be used as morgues are seen, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, outside Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island in New York City, U.S., April 9, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Discuss Shopping / Big C Online Shopping ad Drive Thru Pickup
« on: April 08, 2020, 06:23:03 PM »
If you want to use this service, go to Google Play (or iPhone's App Store) and download the application.  This allows you to not have to enter Big C but order what you need online and then go and pick up your order using their Drive Thru.

Discuss Shopping / MAKRO Store Hours for 60 and over
« on: April 03, 2020, 05:00:18 PM »
I confirmed that the Khon Kaen Makro Store will only allow people over 60 to enter the store between 6AM and 8AM.

Am also pretty sure due to the COVID-19 Crisis, store hours have been adjusted to 8AM-8PM for everyone else.

Open discussion / Mr T-Bone Steak House - Delivery
« on: March 27, 2020, 03:57:59 PM »
If you go on their Face book site, you will see that if you order 180 baht or more, free delivery.  Of course, the menu is in Thai.  I have attached it. 081 661-8890.

Alternately, you can contact them on Messenger.


We received our monthly statement from True.  My wife couldn't understand why the billing amount was 100 baht higher.  So, she called.  The customer service repr explained to her that she had ordered (and got) a True Android box, extra fee was 50 baht per month.  The first 50 baht was the charge for the previous month where they had not bill her.

So, while she was on the phone with the Repr, the person told her they could give us the new promotion, of 599 baht per month vs what we were paying, 799 baht per month.  (Unless you stay on top of all this, they do NOT inform you of these promotions.

So, then she also checked 3BB since we have both services (this is a God send since if you lose one, you likely will not lose the other.)  And yes, we can increase the speed from 400/400 to 1000/500 for less money.  Yes, you have to signup for a 1-year contract but we are going to be here for the duration anyway.

I think these 2 companies are feeling the pressure of the AIS push into the market!

The King has approved the declaration effective Thursday, 26 March.

Foreigners not allowed to enter the country.  Currently, a curfew is not in the decree.

More details as they are released.

Visas, et al / Online 90 Day Reporting
« on: March 24, 2020, 01:38:44 PM »
I know there is another thread that has a wealth of information/subject matter, visas, tm47, tm28, tm30, etc., and so to ferret out only the online reporting takes a bit of time and hard to reply on one subject.  So, I have started this thread just for Online 90 Day Reporting.

Did my first.  Of course I was nervous figuring I'd get the message that you needed to go to your local Immigration Office, but I proceeded anyway.

The easiest "application site" is to click on the following.  It bypasses the screen of the download guide, etc.
There is quite a bit of inputting much like the manual form, at least two pages.  They emphasize the correctness of the information throughout, at each step as you do your "submits."  Once you do the final review and click "submit" and if everything is acceptable to the application, your application is presented with a "PENDING".  You print that page (or save it in .pdf.)  You will need the Transaction Reference Number to access the site to see if your applicaiotn has been approved.It then tells you to go to that first page again (where you started) and click on the box "check status of your application".  Make sure you have the "Transaction Reference Number" to input  on the screen (or click on the other tab indicating "Passport" and enter the info they ask.  Either way you should get an immediate response, hopefully "Approved".This is a good way to do it now that we are in a somewhat of a lockdown.

If you wait a few minutes, like maybe 15 minutes, you can then go to the bottom of the "APPROVED" sheet and click on "The Next Appointment (PRINT)" and they will provide you with the "Receipt of Notification", which you can then print and attach to your Passport.

I used Google chrome to access the site.

Alerts and News about the Region and the World / COVID-19 Insurance
« on: March 21, 2020, 10:52:18 AM »
I know it may be a long shot, but . . .

A few days ago, I posted information about various insurance policies from 9 or 10 companies that would provide coverage if one caught the virus and had to go to the hospital.  A few would just write you a check for the coverage amount.  Some are Thai only, but SCB provide anyone coverage.  Most of the plans cover an individual up to 99 years old.

The initial offering of some would start immediately, but that offer expired Thursday, 19 March.  Now once you sign up, the policy becomes effective in 7 or 14 days.

So, we opted for the SCB Covid-19 Plus, which provide a payout of 100,000 baht, if hospitalized.  The premium cost, 520 Baht for 1 year.  I hope I never get to use it or the one for my wife, but for the premium amount well worth it.

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