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Offline Dylan_Leo

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I'm scheduled to travel back to Thailand on the 9th September on Etihad airways, all arranged through the local Thai Consulate on a Non-O based on Marriage. Initially all the document collection was a daunting task but so far not as difficult as first though. Just the Covid test, fit to fly certificate, then pay for flight. I will send photos of the departure and arrival once in quarantine  ;D ;D


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Good Dylan. Love to see that determination  ;D

Keep in touch with us through the process and we can all chat . . . for 14 daysalot !

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Hi Roger,
Below is the story of getting back to Thailand so far, It’s a bit long winded so I will send it in a few posts.

Part#1

I contacted the Thai Consulate at the beginning of August some time and was told I needed to get the following documents fully filled out, plus additional documents. Note: Hand written forms NOT accepted.
Visa application form (NON-O)
Declaration form
Letter from both my wife and myself explaining our situation, both had to be signed
A valid health insurance policy covering Covid-19 etc. (I also submitted a cover statement from the insurance company as it did not mention a maximum coverage for Covid-19 on the policy, which was accepted)
Copy of Thai Marriage certificate (will need document translated if married in another country)
Copy of blue house book
Copy of my wife’s passport
Copy of my passport
Copy of my wife’s ID card
My Passport
2 x photos
Copy of my residence in the middle east with at least 6 months validity (as I work there)
No objection letter from the company I work for
Recent salary statement
ASQ hotel reservation (needed to be paid by credit card)
After all the documents above were handed over (13th August) to the Thai Consulate I was asked what date I wanted to fly on the repatriation flight, I requested the next available flight which was on the 9th September. The Consulate was in control of all flight planning and would have to pay for the flight closer to the departure date.
On 1st September I received a call asking if I could change departure airport and airline as commercial flights resumed out of Dubai. I could fly out on the same day (just 2hrs difference from the original flight planned), I was then asked to book and pay for my flight asap which I did and sent details to the ASQ hotel and Consulate.
On 3rd September I picked up my passport with a NON-O visa and the COE (Certificate Of Entry) from the Consulate.
On the 6th September I went for a Covid-19 test and get a fit to fly certificate. The clinic I went to is a well-established chain in country but they were unsure of what check/tests were needed for the certificate as no specifics are known for males as they are only issued for women who are pregnant.
Note: The Consulate mentioned to me on at least 3 occasions that the certificate MUST say “Fit to Fly”. 
The following day I picked up my Covid results and fit to fly certificate and sent them to the ASQ hotel and Consulate.


Offline Dylan_Leo

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Part #2

At the airport
Check in took 10-15 mins as the poor girl behind the counter had to go through all the checks before issuing me a boarding card, people behind me were starting to lose their patience because of all the document checks needed.
The business class lounge (I always fly economy don%u2019t worry %uD83D%uDE0A) was deserted which was great for a change, see photo.
The flight was about 40% full, with about 80% being female HiSo%u2019s from what I seen.
On BKK arrival passengers were greeted by ground and airport staff, airport management, police, nurses, and even the military. All checks and immigration were run like a military exercise and I could not fault all staff involved, from landing to getting into the ASQ hotel mini bus was no longer than 50 minutes.

« Last Edit: September 22, 2020, 03:28:04 PM by Coolkorat »


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Dylan - thanks very much for posting that. Really good to have a first hand account and that will help some of us. I'm looking forward to more reports.

I hope you packed the scotch   ;)  Good luck in Q.  ATB
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Offline Dylan_Leo

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Hi Roger,

Yes the bottles came in handy  ::) ;D, I will give the ASQ updates once released and back to Korat.
I should have made a daily diary on events from first contact with the Consulate to arriving back in Thailand because there are details that I could have added and some I have already forgotten about  ::) ::)

Cheers DL

PS I did see on one YT clip that one hotel checked luggage for bottles  :o :o


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Dylan, which Thai consulate did you use?
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Offline Dylan_Leo

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Hi Teessider,

Dubai Consulate, staff were very helpful, splitting the documentation process into sections (step 1, step 2 etc)

Cheers DL


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My local consulate in Hull closed to visitors in March. I emailed the London embassy regarding my wife's repatriation procedure and was sent a stock reply mainly aimed at non-thai nationals. A further query regarding quarantine for thai nationals was ignored.
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Excerpt fm Thai examiner today 5 Oct 20:  "Over the weekend  (3-4 Oct) it became clear that a new local insurance package must be purchased by Special Tourist Visa applicants in addition to international coverage against Covid 19.  Right now, this excludes visitors from the United Kingdom, the United States and most countries in Europe dealing with a second wave of the virus.  Even if tourism authority projections are met, Thailand still stands to lose over 99% of its foreign tourism income from this time last year.
As well as the 14 days mandatory Alternative State Quarantine in Thailand and testing 72 hours before a flight to Thailand, and in addition to $100,000 health insurance coverage against the virus, a local Thai health insurance policy will also be required of the applicant for the visa.  This must be purchased from a Thai insurance firm and specify at least ฿400,000 inpatient coverage at a Thai hospital and ฿40,000 outpatient coverage.
Special Tourist Visa holders must also wear a wristband with a tracking app attached at all times in Thailand so that they can be traced."
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A Friend of mine in Chan has just returned from Phuket - he has a house there and spent 4 weeks doing some work on it. He says Phuket is relatively deserted and Folks are really suffering badly without the tourist income - (I wonder if 50% are dependent on it). A Lady a few doors away had no money for food and another Guy on the street, has had to sell his Taxi. It's desperate apparently.

Thanks for that report about the 'STV'. I can't see many tourists taking that up  ::)  On the other hand, I can see why Thailand wants to protect it's CV-19 oasis.

I guess Dylan is out of Quarantine now and hopefully and happily at home. Dylan - we look forward to your update and well done - assuming you ARE out  ;)  ATB

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Yes, I too can understand the wish to keep Covid 19 out of the country, but....... !  As a PS to my earlier post, In the Bkk Post this-morning:
"Pailin Chuchottaworn, head of a panel steering the economic recovery, on Monday urged the government to reopen the country in order to prevent it from collapsing.  He went on to say that the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) had done well in controlling the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic but maintaining zero cases of local transmissions by keeping the country closed had come at the expense of the economy. 
He also lamented the number of requirements for foreign travellers to enter Thailand.  For example, they not only needed to show they had tested negative for Covid-19, but the test also needed to be taken 72 hours prior to travel.  They must also have a medically trained escort with them, though it is unclear where they will find such people.  Those foreigners also had to undergo another test upon arrival and yet more while in quarantine, he said. Mr Pailin added that the 72-hour requirement also made it impossible to travel on Monday because of Saturdays and Sundays were non-working days."