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  • #4902
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    Dear expats and nomads,

    I have been living on and off in Thailand for around 5 years on a variation of tourist and education visas. 

    On a recent visa trip from Vietnam the airport immigration officer at DMK airport took me into the office and told me that I have been in Thailand too long and would be sent back to Vietnam. 

    I receive my income in the USA which I then send to my Thai bank account for living expenses.

    After some discussion with the immigration officer without going into too much detail, I had to pay him 5000 BHT to be allowed entry into Thailand this time and was told to get the correct visa next time.

    At first I thought it was crazy that I had just been bribed by the immigration officer for 5000 BHT to enter into Thailand but it’s actually still cheaper than buying the Elite Visa.

    I am still now actually considering the Thai Elite Visa but curious if this is going to lead to anymore troubles in the future or possible denial of entry on other basis of health insurance or anything else?

    I work at home online running my own USA based websites, I don’t want this to be later considered as working illegally without a work visa. 

    500,000 THB for the Elite Visa I feel is a acceptable price if it’s removed all the headaches but I also recently hear about people with elite Visa still getting fines for TM30 and now we have the Covid-19 situation.

    Should I wait for the elite visa or get it quickly? Any tips on the pros and cons would be much appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Andy 

    #4539
    Anonymous
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    Dear expats and nomads,

    I have been living on and off in Thailand for around 5 years on a variation of tourist and education visas. 

    On a recent visa trip from Vietnam the airport immigration officer at DMK airport took me into the office and told me that I have been in Thailand too long and would be sent back to Vietnam. 

    I receive my income in the USA which I then send to my Thai bank account for living expenses.

    After some discussion with the immigration officer without going into too much detail, I had to pay him 5000 BHT to be allowed entry into Thailand this time and was told to get the correct visa next time.

    At first I thought it was crazy that I had just been bribed by the immigration officer for 5000 BHT to enter into Thailand but it’s actually still cheaper than buying the Elite Visa.

    I am still now actually considering the Thai Elite Visa but curious if this is going to lead to anymore troubles in the future or possible denial of entry on other basis of health insurance or anything else?

    I work at home online running my own USA based websites, I don’t want this to be later considered as working illegally without a work visa. 

    500,000 THB for the Elite Visa I feel is a acceptable price if it’s removed all the headaches but I also recently hear about people with elite Visa still getting fines for TM30 and now we have the Covid-19 situation.

    Should I wait for the elite visa or get it quickly? Any tips on the pros and cons would be much appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Andy 

    #5657
    Anonymous
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    Howdy,

    I’m working here and I have an account at SPDB. I have a debit card.

    I am 24 and really excited I finally have a job that allows me to save money AND travel. In the US I had a rewards credit card that helped with airline miles but I was convinced to close it when I moved here.

    Now I would like to get a credit card, preferably one that I could get airline miles rewards on. Since most my travels for the next few years will be here in ASIA I was looking at a local card, maybe something that put miles toward airlines.

    But what I have learned so far.

    1. China doesn’t like to give cards to non Chinese.

    2. If you don’t have a [email protected] load of money, work for a top 500 company, and/or work visa it is impossible

    3. If your unlucky, no credit card.

    So I am assuming I can’t get a local credit card. I see nothing but bad news on the forums and articles. What I don’t see is anyone talking about using an international card.

    Is it possible to open an American rewards card with my SPDB account? So it is easy to pay it off? I would only use the card to buy airplane tickets, hotels, basically travel stuff.

    Since most is bought online, it might not have to be local. Is that possible? Or do American credit cards not accepting on Chinese internet? ( taobao, east china air, etc ) I’ve always had my Chinese gf buy things online for me because she has a rewards card.

    #5658
    Anonymous
    Guest

    I don’t have a personal credit card in China, only use US based credit cards here. Having said that, I have two…a CapitalOne and an airline rewards card.

    I would only use CO if I need to purchase stuff overseas as they do not charge the foreign exchange fee of 3%.

    I’d use my airline rewards card if I am purchasing airline tickets from the US based websites, and all other purchases while I’m visiting the US.

    #5659
    Anonymous
    Guest

    It’s true. China Banks don’t really issue credit cards to non Chinese.

    I have a past experience too.

    I bought an apartment and taken a loan with the local bank.

    Then they issued me a credit card with a credit limit of only RMB$10,000/-. I tried to apply for another credit card because the limit is too little for me to use when on overseas business trip.

    I tried two local banks, China Merchant and Shanghai Pudong Bank. But both rejected me without a reason.

    #5660
    Anonymous
    Guest

    2 minutes ago, MoonOverMiami said:

    I don’t have a personal credit card in China, only use US based credit cards here. Having said that, I have two…a CapitalOne and an airline rewards card.

    I would only use CO if I need to purchase stuff overseas as they do not charge the foreign exchange fee of 3%.

    I’d use my airline rewards card if I am purchasing airline tickets from the US based websites, and all other purchases while I’m visiting the US.

    So that means I could sign up for a card online, and just input my SPDB information? I’ve never signed up for a credit card before.

    My first one I got when I was 16 from my local bank in USA and My mom did most the work. I was too 16 and above it all to actually pay attention.

    #5661
    Anonymous
    Guest

    I don’t know who gave you the advice to close your U.S. credit card.

    Always handy to have one, especially for online transactions (non-Chinese web sites). Like /profile/27-moonovermiami/?do=hovercard” data-mentionid=”27″ href=”<___base_url___>/profile/27-moonovermiami/” rel=””>