Beawander

Beawander

[bee-won-der]
noun
  1. The documented wanderings of Bea. Mostly to let her family and friends back home know she’s still alive, but partly so she can remember herself. 
Thai Tourist Visa in Hong Kong: Follow These 3 Steps to a No-Hassle Next Day Pick Up!

Thai Tourist Visa in Hong Kong: Follow These 3 Steps to a No-Hassle Next Day Pick Up!

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Time to go back to the Land of Smiles. 

Instead of just landing in the Thai Kingdom for a visa-exempt 30 days, I did what most self-respecting non-touristy tourist would do.

I got a Thai visa in Hong Kong.

The 60-day tourist visa process was very straightforward.

Much like how I extended my tourist visa in Chiang Mai, I followed the same principles.

Step 1: Ready Your Thai Visa Documents

According to the Thai Consulate website, there are 6 documents they want:

1) A copy of Hong Kong or Macau ID Card 

I gave them a copy of mine. If you don’t have one, that’s fine. 

FYI – There is no Thai Consulate in Macau, so you’d need to ferry over to HK.

2) A copy of the main pages of a passport including the last arrival Hong Kong stamp

By ‘main page’ they mean the one with your face on it. I don’t get arrival stamps because I use my local ID when I enter HK.

3) A valid passport (at least 6 months before expiry) with a clear page for a visa sticker. 

Just make sure your passport is not completely full and has at least 1 blank page for them to put the visa sticker on.

4) One application form must be completely filled out in English (CAPITAL LETTER) 

The Thai 60-Day Tourist Visa Application Form was kind of tricky!

It had a lot more odd questions than the one I filled out back home. Slightly confused and not wanting my application to get rejected, I called them up to ask.

These were the questions I was scratching my head at:

  • Proposed Address in Thailand
    • No need to book yet, just put down some hotel for now
  • Guarantor (local or in Thailand)
    • You can leave blank
  • Valid Countries
    • You can just write “all” or the # of countries your passport is valid in
  • Future Travel Info
    • Just put down the flight that you bought or intend to buy
    • The answer is always 60 days
  • You’re supposed to fill out the last two “signature” and “date” sections

5) One recent 2” x 1.5” headshot photo taken within 6 months

They were pretty chill about the photo size requirement.

I just used the same one that I took for the Home Return Permit application. I mean, they gave me a pack of 4, I need to find some way to get rid of it…

6) A copy of a confirmed round-trip air ticket or an itinerary

The fine gentleman on the phone told me that a one-way ticket is fine. Same thing with the Thai consulate back home.

I had already bought my flight a few days before so I just printed out my confirmed ticket. 

But I don’t think you need a purchased ticket before you apply for a visa…I could be wrong. 

How Much is the Thai Tourist Visa Fee?

Thai Consulate in Hong Kong - Visa fees300 HKD ($38 USD) for a 60-Day Tourist Visa.

I’d suggest giving exact change.

Here’s the price list for all Thai visas. Wow, a 6-month Multi-Entry Visa is 5x as much! 1500 HKD ($191 USD)

Something I just realized:

Now that I have my HK Passport, all I need to do is open up a local bank account (put some money in it), then I can apply for a multi-entry visa without going home.

Yay!

Step 2: Pick a Day, Go Early & Pay

How to Pick a Quiet Day

To avoid wasting time in line-ups (my biggest pet peeve), you can do a few things:

  • Find out when HK and Thai holidays are on here
    • Avoid going 1-2 days before or after. You KNOW it’ll be busy! In fact, avoid that week entirely if you can

      Thai Consulate opening hours

  • Know the consulate’s opening days and hoursOpened Monday to Friday, closed weekends and public holidays
    • Visa drop off/pick up is only from 9:30am to 12:30pm

  • I like to go on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Through no evidence at all, I just believe those are quieter days…sometimes, I’m wrong. 

I went on a Wednesday after a long weekend. Arrived around 10am and it was PACKED. I think their number system for the queue was broken that day too, so I had to stand in line to save my spot.

I stood for an hour for the lady to take 10 minutes to go over my paperwork. Oh well, at least it was done and just a one-time thing.

How to Get There

It was a bit tricky for me to find because…well, my Google Maps isn’t accurate in HK for some reason.

Thai Consulate Office Location Address

Here’s how you get there: 

  1. Take the MTR to Admiralty Station (Blue Line) and get out at Exit B
  2. Turn left when you get to street-level and walk past the bus depot to enter the business complex building (Lippo Center) on the left 
  3. Take the escalators to go upstairs, and follow signs to cross the Sky Bridge
  4. At the end of the bridge, you’ll see the Fairmont House building entrance on the left
  5. Go inside and take the elevator to the 8th floor

Congrats, you have arrived!

Now, go through the doors on the right to drop off your paperwork.

You may get asked questions.

I didn’t, but you may.

Remember, the answer to how long will you stay in the Kingdom is always 60 days or less.

Be the nice, patient and friendly farang they think you are.

This guy next to me was freaking about his complicated visa situation and shouting at the poor service worker. 

How to Pay for Thai Visa Fee

I paid for my visa at the payment counter (the first one on the left) with exact change.

She gave me a receipt and told me I can pick up my passport and new visa in the morning. 

Don’t throw your receipt away. You’ll need to bring it with you to trade it back for your passport and new visa.

Step 3: Pick Up Your Thai Visa

Thai Tourist Visa from Hong KongHow long does it take to get a Thai visa in hong kong?

24 hours.

The next day around 11am, I waltzed right in and picked up my passport at the payment counter.

I bypassed the long line up that was not meant for me. It was glorious.

FYI – You can use the visa any time within the next 3 months (In my case – July 3, 2019 to Oct 2, 2019).

Once you’ve used it (AKA entered Thailand), then it will only be valid for 60 days.

If you want to stay longer, you can apply for a 30-day visa extension while inside the country or do a border run. 

This was only my 2nd Thai visa, but getting a Thai visa in Hong Kong was easy.

KL in Malaysia, Vientiane in Laos and bigger cities in Vietnam are popular places to get a Thai visa. If it’s convenient for you, I’d suggest doing your next Thai Visa run in Hong Kong.

When I’m back home next time, I’ll probably get the Thai 6-month multiple-entry visa. Stay tuned!

Hope your Thai Visa application goes smoothly!

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