How to get visa to Thailand in Kuala Lumpur
Citizens of most countries do not need visa to Thailand – at least in theory and if you’re going to visit Thailand for less than 30 days. If you would like to stay in Thailand for 60 or 90 days, they you need to apply for Thai visa in the embassy. I knew that I will stay in Thailand for at least 60 days, so I had no choice but to apply for 60 days visa to Thailand. As I were in Kuala Lumpur, I’ve decided to visit Thai embassy and get it done as soon as possible. Getting a visa is simple, at least in theory, you just need to apply for it in the morning with all required documents, and come back in the afternoon to get your visa. However this looks easy only in theory. I arrived at the gate of the embassy about 40 minutes before the opening and I was already second in line – I met a traveler who was writing an article on his netbook while waiting for the opening of the embassy. Few moments later more foreigners started to arrive and when the gate finally opened there was quite a large crowd waiting in front of it.
At the entrance I received a form to fill out and as I did not have photocopies of my passport, the doorman advised me to go get ones in the hotel on the opposite side of the street. I followed his advice and 5 minutes later I was back in the embassy with all necessary documents and filling out the form. A second after I filled out the form my number was called, I passed all the necessary documents – application form, passport, copy of passport, two photos – and I sat back on my seat to patiently wait, while they were checking if everything is all right. Few minutes later my number was called out again, I was pretty impressed that it was so fast, but then I’ve heard that to get visa to Thailand I need also bank statement authenticated by Polish embassy and letter from my employer! I tried to explain that I am a traveler, I don’t have employer, as I’ve been traveling for several months now. She finally said that, if I can bring bank statement authenticated by the Polish embassy, then I will get my visa, but I need to bring it before 1:00 PM. I made sure, that she will really accept my application if I bring it and I was really relieved when she confirmed it. Phew, after all I might get my visa today. When I reached Polish embassy, I heard from person working there, that they are not an Internet cafe and I cannot print my bank statement over there, I need to find some other place, but of course they can authenticate it. Although they will charge me over 100 RM for it, so it’s more than the cost of Thai visa that I’m applying for. Thats great.
Time to look for a place, where I could print my bank statement. I fell that luck favors me, as I meet Jack – British guy, who applied for the visa a moment ago. He told me he had no problems with applying for it and he didn’t need bank statement or letter from his employer, but the embassy refused to accept applications of several other people, because they didn’t have these documents. I wonder what idiot came up with this ridiculous idea! Jack says that he is staying in a hotel nearby and there are some computers with Internet available in the lobby and I could use some, as he is the guest over there. When we got there, I thanked him for help, printed my bank statement and set off back to Polish embassy – it was already 12:30 PM, so I was running out of time. I had to get there as soon as possible to have slight chance of getting my visa to Thailand today…