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Embassy clarifies visa rules – sort of

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur has clarified the reasons for its recent imposition of harsh “old” requirements for a Non-Immigrant B visa, in particular as they apply to any foreigner wanting to go to Thailand on a business trip. As reported by the Gazette Online yesterday the consulate in KL has, since May 21, been handing applicants a long list of the supporting documents it requires, including confidential company papers such as balance sheets, tax returns, etc. Tanee Sangrat, First Secretary of the embassy, told the Gazette that the requirements had existed for a long time, but that they were not previously “listed and recorded on paper”. In the past, he said, most people telephoned to inquire what paperwork was needed, but now the regulations are available in print [on arrival at the consulate]. “If you ask one of our officers, they will tell you the requirements, word for word from what is printed,” he explained. “They don’t have the authority to be flexible.” However, consular officers do apparently have the authority to be flexible when deciding whether an individual, having presented himself at the consulate, must actually provide all the documents. “It is not necessary that the applicant have all of the listed documents,” said K. Tanee, “but we will need as many documents as possible for countries that we consider [to] have problems.” K. Tanee declined to say which countries these are. “Our authorized officials will use their judgment in deciding how flexible they can be and whether to grant a visa or not.” He pointed out that confidential documents need not be given to the visa applicant. “In the case of confidential matters such as the company’s balance sheet, list of shareholders, income tax statement, and so on, these can be mailed to the embassy before the applicant arrives, along with a letter giving the name of the applicant and the date he or she will come to apply.” An embassy official who asked not to be named said, “Confidential company documents are usually faxed to us and we are the only ones to see them.” She denied that the more stringent requirements were aimed at making it difficult for Malaysians to visit Thailand on business. “These regulations are for the Thai embassy and consulates in Malaysia only, due to an agreement between the Thai and Malaysian governments. They are required of all [not only Malaysians] who come to apply here.” Thus the current policy is: everyone must supply all the documents on the list in support of a visa application. But, if they can’t get them all, they can still go to the consulate and hope that, first, their country is not one of those on the “problem” list and, second, that the official they deal with is prepared to be flexible that particular day. In addition to obtaining one of these esoteric visas, any person planning to visit Thailand on, say, a quick sales trip, is legally required to have someone in Thailand apply on his behalf for a short-term work permit. 🙂

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Phuket’s hotel and property players look north

Bill Barnett



Phuket’s hotel and property players look north | The Thaiger

by Bill Barnett of

One of Greater Phuket’s real estate and hotel market’s that has a decided buzz of late is the area north of Phuket over the Sarasin bridge in Phang Nga.

In Natai Beach, the entry of the Baba Beach Club and nearby Akyra has created renewed visibility for the broad West Coast stretch of white sand beach, extending north beyond Phuket.

Two upscale hotels are in the development phase in the vicinity, with one being flagged to an international hotel operator.

Up at the 1,000 plus rai Thai Muang mega-project, movement is once again underway, as is a nearby massive Japanese-led mixed-use project including a golf course.

Land values are currently running amuck in the Koh Kloi area where the AOT (Airports of Thailand) has reportedly acquired land for an upcoming Phang Nga airport which will provide Phuket with a second gateway alternative.

Premium land transactions are taking place, with the most notable being the recent trade of the former oceanfront site in Bodan that was to be at various stages first a Raffles and later a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

Looking at Phuket’s light-rail initiative, one knock-on effect will be the eventual linkage between the island and larger connection to a broader rail terminus in Koh Kloi. This will likely spur real estate speculators to acquire peripheral locations.

As Phang Nga’s West Coast four land highway expansion moves forward to Khao Lak and beyond, Phuket’s Northern neighbor is seeing a renewed push in its tourism, property and infrastructure.

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Motorbike rider dies after colliding with ten wheeler truck in Thalang

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Motorbike rider dies after colliding with ten wheeler truck in Thalang | The Thaiger

A male motorbike rider has died after colliding into the back of a ten wheeler truck in Thalang early this morning.

Thalang Police were notified of the accident along Thepkrasattri Road in the southbound lane through Thalang at 2am this morning. The conditions were dry and road was clear of traffic.

Emergency responders arrived to find the ten wheelers truck and driver,  55 year old Sirichai Konghom, waiting at the scene.

Nearby was a damaged motorbike. The 20 year old driver, Ittiphon Rodnokkaew, died at the scene.

Sirichai told police that he was driving from Surat Thani to Phuket. When he arrived at the scene he heard the sound of a collision at the back of his truck.

Police are continuing their investigation.

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Boating no-go zone set for  HRH Princess Sirivannavari visiting Phuket

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Boating no-go zone set for  HRH Princess Sirivannavari visiting Phuket | The Thaiger

Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana is visiting Phuket today to inaugurate a new marine research vessel. A boats no-go zone has been set.

The Phuket Marine Office has announced “Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana is visiting Phuket today to inaugurate the new marine vessel at the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC)”

“The official ceremonies is from midday to 5pm,  No boats may enter in the special zone during HRH Sirivannavari’s visit from midday to 5pm which are…

1. Latitude 7º48’42.36” North Longitude 98º22’21.70” East

2. Latitude 7º48’01.74” North Longitude 98º22’08.56” East

3. Latitude 7º47’49.25” North Longitude 98º24’33.99” East

4. Latitude 7º47’03.49” North Longitude 98º24’12.01” East?

For non-nautical types, here’s a more helpful map. The exclusion areas are between the PMBC and Koh Lon in Chalong Bay

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