Education Visa News
Thailand travel restriction as of May 5, 2022
Education Visas and Re-Entry Permits
Koh Samui Language School explains all
With recent stories flooding in about people getting arrested and detained at borders nationwide, we thought we should share a few do’s and don’ts with regards to visas and re-entry permits.
Get the right visa
People here on tourist visas who have been skipping in and out of the country for long periods of time are being stopped, questioned, and deported. This is easily overcome by getting an Education Visa. An Ed-Visa allows you to stay up to 5 years in Thailand, without all the hassle of going in and out every 3 months.
Have the required money upon entry
If you are coming back in on your new visa, or with re-entry, immigration may ask you for 20,000 baht in cash. Please be aware that a bank statement will not be accepted and they will not allow you to go to an ATM, so be prepared with cash ready to present to them.
Have the required documents upon re-entry
If you get a re-entry permit, try to leave for no more than 7 days. If you need to leave for longer, make sure you have a valid reason such as medical treatment. Immigration will ask you for evidence if you’ve been gone longer than 1 week. Also, we will provide you with a signed letter supporting your return.
Please note, if you plan on taking more than a couple of weeks, you should be prepared to possibly have your visa cancelled. In this case, take your documents with you and then you can get another visa if you need to (although this will cost!).
Know what you’re talking about
If you’re on an Ed-Visa then officials will probably ask you some questions about what you’re learning. If you’re learning Thai, have a few phrases tucked up your sleeve to show them your skills.
Enter/Re-enter Thailand through Bangkok
Most of the feedback we are getting seems to be coming from the Bangkok airports. Try to avoid them by flying through Kuala Lumpur or Singapore and then to Samui. If you do arrive in Samui and there’s a problem, then we are here to help you. We have a great relationship with the immigration here so we have a lot more influence than if you get stuck elsewhere in Thailand.
Always believe what immigration tells you
Rules seem to change here quicker than the weather, so just because one immigration official tells you something, don’t take it for granted. No matter where you enter Thailand, it is up to the discretion of individual immigration officers as to what they ask you and what rules they wish to impose. Be prepared.
Say the word ‘work’
Unless you have a work permit, don’t tell anyone you are working, have been working, or that you previously worked here, even online. The cuffs will be out and you’ll be in jail quicker than we can say chok-dee (good luck).
We are happy to talk about any issues you may have with you visa or re-entry permits. Call in to the office to see us. Our door is always open.
We have put together some handy notes so you know exactly what you need for your education visa, how much it will cost, and how to get it.
If you would like more information, please contact us.
Immigration are important for Education visas!
We have a great relationship with immigration here in Koh Samui for ED visas.
Probably the best relationship of any school on the island.
We have had several visits from our immigration friends recently to check that you’re all attending your classes for your ED visas.
Don’t forget that it is part of your ED visa regulations to attend your classes every week. Other schools are being closed down because students aren’t attending! So, please help yourself and us by attending as many classes as possible to ensure there aren’t any problems.
Immigration like to see photos of you all, so we will be taking photos at the end of every class to send to them.
Most of all, it makes us happy when you come to class!
We hope to see you soon.
Learn Chinese with an education visa.
Study Chinese with an education visa! We are starting Chinese courses at KSTVS.
If you are planning to stay 3 months, 6 months or even a year in Koh Samui than this is your chance to learn Chinese at the same time!
Find our course hours and prices below.
Are you interested in this course or thinking about taking this course?
Please let us know by leaving a comment below so we have an idea how much demand there is for courses starting in May and June.
Thank you for your help!
Apply THIS MONTH for your ED visa or your extension! The new visa rule, to have a National Police Certificate will apply from MAY 2017. Take and advantage of this and get your ED visa NOW!
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Update visa news
As everybody knows, visa requirements, rules and procedures keep changing. Therefore we would like to give you an update about the new requirements for the ED visa. The Thai ministry of education is requesting a criminal background check for new students and students getting a second-year ED visa. So, if you are a new student or applying for a new year this only applies to you.
The good news is that for most nationalities you can obtain this National Police Certificate online. When this is not possible for your nationality you must apply to the consular section of the nearest embassy of your country. So for example, if you are French you can obtain the police certificate online, but if you are Russian you have to visit the nearest Russian embassy.
Please find the websites below for nationalities that can apply online.
Citizens of the United Kingdom
Citizens of France
Citizens of Germany
Citizens of Switzerland
Please find the information for Russian citizens below.
To obtain the Police Clearance Certificate the following documents are required.
* Copy of the main page of your current valid passport
* Copy of the main pages as well as registration pages of your domestic passport (for Russian Citizens only)
* Exact place of birth
* Previous names (in case you have changed them)
* Present citizenship
* Periods and places of stay while in Russia (for the citizens of other countries and Russian citizens without registration in Russia)
Latest visa news!
We would like to inform you about the new requirement for the ED visa. The Thai ministry of education is requesting a criminal background check for new students and students getting a second year ED visa. So if you are a new student or applying for a new year this only applies to you. The good news is that KSTVS can help you with this application and can get it for you in Koh Samui at the same time as applying for your other documents. If you already have this check, then we can translate it into Thai for you for free.
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Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm. Saturday 8am to 4pm.
Adult group classes run from 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm weekdays
Child group classes are run from 4pm to 6pm weekdays. And 9 am to 12pm OR 1pm to 4pm Saturdays
We are located on the central north coast of Koh Samui, near Mae Nam:
11/8 Moo 1, Maenam
Koh Samui, Surat Thani, 84330, Thailand