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PM Threatens Curfew If Protests Persist



PM Threatens Curfew If Protests Persist

Following an urgent Cabinet meeting on Friday morning Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha he told reporters a curfew will be imposed if protests in the capital persist.

The PM called the urgent meeting to formally approved the state of emergency in Bangkok that came into effect at 4am on Thursday morning.

It will remain in place for 30 days.

At the press briefing, the PM was asked about the curfew that is detailed in the state of emergency to which he responded it would be implemented if the anti-government protests escalate.

A rally is planned for this afternoon at 5pm once again at Ratchaprasong Intersection where police began closing all roads to traffic leading to the location from 2pm.

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€15k Bank Balance For 6 Months Required For Single Entry Tourist Visa Applications In Helsinki



Helsinki Require 6 Months Bank Statements Showing 15,000 Euro Balance

The Royal Thai Embassy in Helsinki have confirmed that anyone applying for a single entry 60-day Tourist Visa must provide 6 months of bank statements showing a balance of 15,000 Euro.

The extraordinary requirement came to light over the weekend when several posts on Facebook and Twitter went viral stating “Thailand will soon require a minimum of €15k balance and six months of bank statements for European travellers”.

While it is not possible to enter Thailand at this point in time on a regular Tourist Visa, many are looking ahead to next year and planning holidays to the Land Of Smiles.

Rules and requirements vary slightly from embassy to embassy when applying for a visa.

Some official embassy websites have completely removed all information related to Tourist Visas, both single and multiple entry, while others continue to publish lists of documents required and application forms, Helsinki in Finland being one of them.

When viewing the page “Tourist Visa started 9.10.2020” on the list of required documents is as follows:


Everything you would expect until you reach number 6 on the list.

6. Current bank statement of the applicant showing the closing balance (each month) of 15,000 euro/person for last 6 months in English or Finnish. The bank statement must show account owner.

Thinking it was a typo or Euro had been mistaken for Baht I reached out to the embassy for clarification on the matter as it is a ridiculous ask to show a balance of 15,000 Euro (550,000 baht) for six months in your bank for a 2-week break.

While awaiting their response I took a look at the financial requirements being asked at other embassies around the world just to be sure this wasn’t a new policy that slipped under the radar during the anti-government protests.

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A copy of recent bank statement (showing a balance of at least $700 per person or $1,500 per family) (The name of the applicant must indicated clearly), In case of submitting family bank statement a proof of relationship (i.e. birth certificate, marriage certificate) must be provided.

Une photocopie du justificatif financier (monnaie en euro),: le relevé de compte bancaire récent (moins de 30 jours à compter de la date de dépôt) avec un montant de 1000 € minimum par demandeur ou 2000 € pour un compte commun ou une attestation bancaire signée et tamponnée par la banque. Une photocopie du livret de famille est demandée dans le cas où le relevé de compte bancaire n’est pas au nom de demandeur, âgé de moins de 20 ans.

Copy of updated bank statement providing of adequate finances (THB 10,000 per person, or THB 20,000 per family)

Bank Statement or Proof of Income with a minimum balance of 550 Euro

Proof of financial means (20,000 baht per person/40,000 baht per family)

While each of the five asks for different amounts, they are within an acceptable range leading me to expect a reply stating the Helsinki requirements were indeed a mistake.

Apparently not.

After several emails back and forth with me pushing harder each time for an actual answer to my questions, “Is this a mistake and if not when was this policy introduced and by who?”.

Below was their final response:


We received the information internally form the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand.

Best regards,
W======= S.
Visa Section

At the time of publishing, the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs had yet to respond to my request for a comment on the matter.

I’m still not convinced this information from the Royal Thai Embassy in Helsinki is correct.

Asking backpackers heading to Khaosan Road and the southern islands for a couple of months to show 15,000 Euro in the bank for 6 months just doesn’t make sense.

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South African Arrested Over ‘Mystery’ Box Of Ecstasy



South African Shop Owner On Samui Busted

Friends of a young South African woman living and working on Koh Samui have set up a GoFundMe page to raise cash for legal fees after she was arrested and charged with importation and intent to supply a Catagory 1 drug.

21-year-old Ashley Oosthuizen is said to have signed for a package delivered by a courior at her restaurtant Hot in the Biscuit last Thursday afternoon that was addressed to the former owner of the premises.

According to Olga Wring, who set up the appeal, an hour after Ashley took delivery of the package her shop was raided by police who found the unopened box.

Inside police found 250 grams of Ecstacy pills.

She was arrested and taken in for a drug test and questioning. A search of her business premises and apartment found no other illegal drugs. Her test came back negative.

According to the appeal she was then taken to Samui prison where she is being held on charges of possesion and importantion with intent to supply a Catagory 1 drug.

It is claimed Ashley knows the previous shop owner and describes that person as a former boss and friend.

So far $1,140 of the $30,000 goal has been raised.

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Manhunt Underway For 2 Turkish Inmates Who Escaped Prison Using A Bar Of Soap



Search Underway For 2 Turkish Inmates Who Escaped Prison Using A Bar Of Soap

The story of two Turkish men on remand breaking out of a prison in Trak province using a bar of soap reads like the script from a cheap Hollywood movie.

The plot begins back in February when Murad Yeslikana, 41, and Rasid Hussim, 29, were sent to Mae Sot Immigration Detention Centre having been on the run for 21-days after escaping from Nong Khai Immigration Detention Centre where they were being held for illegally entering the country.

On Wednesday morning, Oct 14, the head count at Mae Sot IDC was two short and the two Turks missing from their cell.

Officers noticed the bars that had been cut allowing the two inmates to escape were unusually rusty and smelling very fresh.

Police Colonel Kriangsak Daengtrinoi from Tak Immigration Police told reporters he believed the men used soap on their prison cell bars every day over a period of 6 or 7 months until the metal started rusting allowing them to easily break.

The Deputy Commissioner–General of the Immigration Bureu travelled to Tak to meet all involved and plan the recapture of the escapees who are believed to be heading for the Myanmar border.

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