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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    Rule No 1 if you anticipate long queues and a delay because of some disruption/change/pestilence/upheaval and you still cannot avoid that trip to Immigration then get a Thai agent to do it for you.
    The staff know them, prefer them and expedite them.
    I can appreciate that a agent bribe can be efficient, but it's still money chuckin' at problem that shouldn't need it. You get sick of being shaken down. Like with a biz visa for indo... the fee itself, then the service fee just to get the telex, then you go the embassy, and they want the first fee again, and think wait a minute... but you haven't got the time, so either way, you're getting shaken down. I had a purpose in going to CW, which was to talk to people behind the desks and get some first-hand info, rather than just relying on the tw@ts at ToyVisa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainNemo View Post
    Isn't Indo even less user-friendly? I've only ever done the long business visa and VoA there, so I dunno about the ins and outs of KITAS.... Aceh is not my cup of tea.
    Aceh is a very hard line Islamic outpost. Keeps pushing for independence. A non Muslim might visit for research purposes, but apart from that ....

    Retirement Akita’s is much simpler and straightforward. Probably cheaper too. Compared to Thailand, where the same process gets harder every year due to official incompetence, the Indo system seems to get easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainNemo View Post
    Isn't Indo even less user-friendly? I've only ever done the long business visa and VoA there, so I dunno about the ins and outs of KITAS.... Aceh is not my cup of tea.
    yes and no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Switch View Post
    Aceh is a very hard line Islamic outpost. Keeps pushing for independence. A non Muslim might visit for research purposes, but apart from that ....

    Retirement Akita’s is much simpler and straightforward. Probably cheaper too. Compared to Thailand, where the same process gets harder every year due to official incompetence, the Indo system seems to get easier.
    ...but it doesn't seem like a fab place to live.

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    BOY you couldn't have picked a worse time to show up out at C/W.
    BOTH Section J (30 day extensions for tourist visa holders) and section K (30 day extensions for 30 day visa exempt entry holders and emergency extensions for VOA holders) are almost ghost towns until about 10-10:30..
    I was there last thursday (like I am most every thursday) and when I was walking out at 9AM there were 10 people sitting in Section K.
    Remember TOURISTS as a rule don't get up early. They get up LATE. So if you're on a 30 day visa exempt entry or a 60 day tourist visa entry and you want a 30 day extension get there at 9AM, (right after the people who queued up to get in the door early get in. You'll be out by 9:30-10 for sure.

    One would think (or not) that having spent the years in thailand you have that you would know things like this (or not). BUT hey at least you do now..

    AND FWIW; the chinese (and foreigners) who can't get flights out AND who have a letter from their consulate stating such now get 30 day extensions (or they did as of last thursday)

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