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Garf66

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  1. Thanks again mate for your assistance. I will add that i have had our marriage certificate translated into English this week already in case I need to use it.
  2. Hi there, I am certainly not ignoring your posts and i do thank you for both your time & effort. Every time I read the instructions on the embassy site i am more sure that I do not need a visa. The Spanish Embassy even sent me a visa application form which contains the following statement : Family members of EU/EEA/Spanish national Under Directive 2004/38/EC and according to Real Decreto 240/2007, 16 February, family members of an EU/EEA national in possession of a valid UK Residence Card specifying its condition as a family member do not require a visa to enter Spain when travelling with the EU/EEA National or joining him/her in Spain. Otherwise, a visa will be still required (Real Decreto 1161/2009, 10th July 2009). For spouses or children of Spanish Nationals the above condition applies provided that the marriage or birth is registered according with the Spanish Civil Register (original Libro de Familia). Please note, that the UK Residence Permit must state literally that the holder is a family member of an EU/EEA National. If not, a visa is required under the following conditions: Original documents and photocopies must be provided at the time of application. Please note that you will not be able to change the dates once the visa is issued. The visa processing time from the day the application arrives at the Consulate I thought I was fine & the only debatable point is "must state literally that the holder is a family member of an EU/EEA National" The wife's permit simply says spouse/partner and not family member although to me, it adds up to the same thing. However, I would be worried arguing the case at a customs point on arrival even though I believe I would be right. If time allows I will try for the tourist visa as I would be secure in mind when travelling.
  3. Good luck with that Dave, sure you will be fine. I am now awaiting an appointment for hopefully this coming week via the premium service. Otherwise as i travel in 5 weeks it will be too late & I will have to cancel the trip!
  4. I have emailed a copy of her visa & BRP to blsspainvisa and they have replied saying that we do need a visa. Also spoke to them on the phone & they confirmed this. Why they didn't say this when I first emailed them over a month ago i do not know!
  5. Had a couple of emails with Monarch and basically they were not sure of the rules and said to contact the Spanish Embassy. Got the impression they would let her on the plane in Manchester & then it would be up to the Spanish customs when we got there.
  6. Unfortunately the UK is not part of the "Border-free Schengen area" so this does not apply for me. I have just managed to speak to the Spanish Embassy and was told that i do need a visa for my wife to travel. Next problem is 4 weeks to process the visa after an appointment. Next appointment is March 29th though & I travel on April 10th. Premium service & I might get an appointment next week for an extra £60 on top of the visa fee of £62. I live in Manchester & have to travel to Edinburgh for the appointment too.
  7. Thank you Dave. That is exactly the point i was worried about. Her spouse visa says "Spouse/CP of G Smith" & BRP says "SPOUSE/PARTNER" So in effect it does say that she is the spouse of an EU National, just not the exact same wording. The email from the Spanish embassy did say a BRP or an endorsed visa, so the BRP card should be sufficient (I hope)!
  8. Just wondering if anyone has experience of taking their Thai wife from the UK to Spain or similar. I had originally been told that my wife would need a visa to visit Spain for a week’s holiday but I believe this now to no longer be the case. I am looking for confirmation from anyone with recent experience. A bit of background is that my wife is a Thai national living in the UK on a spouse visa. She also has a biometric residency permit to stay in the UK which is valid until March 2019. The BRP also states my name as her spouse. I have emailed the Spanish Embassy to check this but got a short reply telling me to check their website for details. I am booked to fly with Monarch Airways who have also said to check out the Spanish Embassy’s website. The one sentence email I got from the Spanish Embassy was - “All EU passport holder can travel to Spain without visa. Also if an applicant has BRP - BIOMETRICS RESIDENCE PERMIT CARD OR the visa is endorsed in the passport which says (FAMILY MEMBER OF EU NATIONAL) and Travelling together, they do not need to apply for the visa” To me that email from the embassy seems pretty clear cut and no visa required. However I am just worried about turning up at check-in or at Spanish customs and having problems. It would be a great help if anyone could explain if they had any difficulties or if everything went OK or not. Thanks in advance & thank you for your time, Garf.
  9. I ended up booking this hotel and stayed for a month over the New Year. The place itself was OK, location great etc. However I did get hit by the dirty bed sheet story too. Admittedly there was a tiny amount of blood on the sheet so we took it to the local laundry and had it cleaned no problem. Then on the final day as I was waiting for the taxi to the airport, same again. Didn't have chance to check the bedding myself as I was in reception but they ended up deducting 2300 from my deposit for the cleaning.
  10. Thanks for the replies guys. Info appreciated & duly passed on. Garf.
  11. Apologies if asked before but I cannot find a definitive answer. My mate is currently in Samui on a 30 day entrance visa and needs to extend for another month. He says he can extend in Samui but only for 7 days. He is coming to Pattaya in a couple of weeks and is wondering if he can get an extra 30 days in Jomtien or will he need a border run? Thanks in advance.
  12. Rarely eat breakfast in Pattaya but have tried the butchers on a couple of occasions over the years. Daily special as advertised outside didn't include a drink from recollection but I think a few on the menu did. Saying that I don't think I would go there for breakfast again as it wasn't the best. However the main meals though are good, and I would personally recommend the gammon. Always a good meal & decent portion. 210 baht is probably the average price for your regular English meal.
  13. Just hoping for a little heads up about NP Residence from anyone who might have stayed there or have booked a similar apartment. I have booked a room for 21k for this December but after chatting with a mate I am a little unsure about one thing. Email from the hotel states Standard Room *15,000/baht per month *deposit 15,000/baht Coner Room+More window *16,000/baht per month *deposit 16,000/baht Bigger Room+Sofa and Walk-in Wardrobe *21,000/baht per month *deposit 21,000/baht Anyway, I have sent the 21k and received confirmation of receipt so the room is sorted ok. Now I was under the presumption that all is sorted & I just need to pay for water & electricity when I leave mid January. However, my mate reckons I will still need to pay another 21k when I get there for the month in December, but later receive back the 21k deposit less the cost of water & electricity at the end of the 4 weeks. I could ask the hotel themselves again, but they seem from previous correspondence not to be clear on what they want so personal experience from board members would be appreciated. TBH, I realise that the cost of the month is 21k regardless, I was just wondering if I needed to show up front with another 21k that they would simply hold onto for the 4 weeks before returning it to me.
  14. I am looking for a reasonably priced hotel near the Soi Buakhao / New Plaza area. A friend who recently left Pattaya mentioned a new hotel that was being built on Soi 11, near the bottom of 3rd rd. Possibly be opening around Christmas and supposedly to have a pool on the roof too. Anyone know the name of this place or any more info about it? Alternatively, any suggestions for hotels in this area? I have stayed twice recently at D Apartments which was good but looking a little pricey this Christmas @ 35000. Considering the New Residence on New Plaza too but a little wary of paying the full amount now rather than a simple deposit. Thanks...
  15. One of the best links from these videos. Loved it & didn't understand a bloody word of it.