Getting an ED Visa 2015
Clamp down on VISA's? Hardly. The government has added more paperwork but the end result is still the same. I've been on an ED visa for 6 years and just came through the immigration checkpoint at the airport without a word being said! I never got asked anything in Thai in fact the only time I was asked if I could speak Thai was at the Thai Consulate in Vientiane.
Ever since I started this blog I have said the best visa to get in Thailand is an education visa, not only can it be helpful if you can't yet speak English it was just so much simpler. Last year the shit hit the fan and the government introduced more red tape but they didn't stop the loophole at all!
So how does the ED Visa work now?
Like I said I've been on an ED Visa for now my 6th year. I go to Walen school which I recommend btw and so far I've never had an issue. I simply pay them the 24,000 baht for a yearly course.
Before you could get an ED visa and extend it in Thailand for up to 3 years. Those days are gone and now you can only stay for up to a year. You get 3months when you arrive and can extend it another 3 times, every time you extend you pay another 1900 baht. (The cost of living in Thailand).
Why would I do an ED visa when there are other options? Simply, it's just easier!
How to get an ED Visa
1. Go to Walen and sign up to the yearly course. Make sure you do this at least a month before you must leave the country.
2. Fly or bus to Vientianne.
3. Apply for the visa it's only 2000 baht and takes 15min to do but you have to stay the night to get your passport back.
4. Fly or bus back into Thailand.
If you've been on an ED visa for years it's advised that you can speak a bit of Thai, at the very least understand the following "Can you speak Thai?". That's the only question I was asked.
Including going to Vientienne it costs a total of 50,000 baht for the year (that includes flying to Vientiane. I lost about 5 days a year now doing this but if you thin about it it's only 4500 baht a month for the right to stay in Thailand, Bargain!
I don't know about the requirements of other offices however Chiang Mai have 3 month extentions, elsewhere like Bangkok you might only get 2. Make sure you check with the school you apply at.
In regards to schools, listen to my advice because so many people haven't and they have gone with schools that no longer give an ED visa because they can no longer satisfy the government requirements, there's a reason why some of these places are cheaper! Stick with Walen.