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British passport chaos resolved

British passport chaos resolved

Yet another new system for Brits wanting to renew their passports in Thailand had a dismal start after a compulsory email contact address was invalid for several days.
At the end of March, the British embassy website announced that postal applications to Liverpool passport office (the system introduced as recently as last January) had been scrapped. [...]

Tourist courts successful

Tourist courts successful

After trial runs in Pattaya and Phuket, the tourist court initiative is now spreading fast in Thailand. A new Bangkok venue opened in Pathumwan municipal court last month and 15 more are planned nationwide in the next year.

The tourist courts aim to deliver quick and fair rulings in usually minor cases involving foreign holidaymakers who [...]

Passport security worries

Passport security worries

The tragedy of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has thrown into relief the loopholes and weaknesses of passport scrutiny at many major international airports including those in Thailand and Malaysia.

It has now been revealed that the two men travelling on the stolen passports of an Austrian and an Italian were Iranian nationals. There is no [...]

Care Home Opens for Pattaya Retirees

Care Home Opens for Pattaya Retirees

A new business initiative promises to deal with a well-known problem for elderly expats: lack of good retirement homes with care facilities. Now Absolute Living (Thailand), a new long stay operator, has just opened its doors at the 150-rai Long Lake Hillside Resort which is a ten-minute drive from central Pattaya on the bypass road [...]

Parking crackdown a failure

Parking crackdown a failure

The latest attempt to solve Pattaya’s Beach Road traffic problems has been as short-lived as usual. Local officials from Banglamung District and City Hall had led a New Year campaign to force baht buses, taxis and tour buses to use only the 17 yellow stop zones located along the recently widened thoroughfare which borders the [...]

Is Your Money Safe?

Is Your Money Safe?

Complaints about ATM skimmers continue unabated, whilst it is becoming clear that refunding your stolen cash can be problematical. It is by no means standard practice for Thai banks to make a full restitution. One Pattaya expat, who had 100,000 baht stolen from his account, was reimbursed only 50 percent and then had to sign [...]

Tourist Police on the Move

Tourist Police on the Move

Pattaya’s 50-strong Foreign Tourist Police Assistants (FTPA) have announced plans to expand their activities assisting the work of local tourist police superintendent, lieutenant colonel Aroon Promphan, throughout the city. Until recently, FTPA and a larger number of Thai volunteers have been largely restricted to helping tourists and sorting out public order problems in the busy [...]

GIANT PROPERTY EXTRAVAGANZA UNDER ONE ROOF AT HILTON

GIANT PROPERTY EXTRAVAGANZA UNDER ONE ROOF AT HILTON

The Pattaya Property Show unfolds next week at the Hilton Pattaya, where more than 50 leading developers and realtors will showcase condominiums, luxury villas, houses, and commercial properties from throughout Thailand. Several yet unannounced luxury launches also will be unveiled, benefiting from the wow factor of Pattaya’s largest-ever property exhibition.

Admission [...]

New rules announced for British passports

New rules announced for British passports

The UK government has announced that all new and replaced passports, except emergency travel documents, will now be issued in its passport office in Liverpool. The ruling applies to all Brits no matter from which country they are making an application. As regards British nationals in Thailand, they will no longer make the postal application [...]

Visa Restrictions for Married Couples

Visa Restrictions for Married Couples

The Thai Immigration Bureau has announced that the foreign wives of expats with a one-year retirement visa will in future need their own separate pension income or cash in a Thai bank. In the past, these wives have been able to “join” their husband’s visa by simply showing a marriage certificate and a current non-immigrant [...]

16 - 31 March 2014

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