Where can I upgrade a single-entry visa?

I am the holder of a single-entry, non-immigrant type-O visa issued in Penang. I have been told by several people that for 3,900 baht I can upgrade this visa to a multiple-entry, non-immigrant O visa at the Immigration Office in Phuket City.

However, at the Immigration office I was told that this was not possible in Phuket, and that it could be done only at a Royal Thai Embassy outside the country.

I would be very thankful for an answer whether it’s possible or not, or if it was just a misunderstanding at the Immigration office.

Stefan Breit, Rawai.

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It is not possible to upgrade a single-entry, non-immigrant O visa to a multiple-entry, non-immigrant O visa at Phuket Immigration Office or any other Immigration Office in Thailand.

This can be done only at a Royal Thai Embassy outside the country.

However, you can use your single-entry non-immigrant O visa to apply for one of the 29 different types of “permits to stay”, which allow you to stay in the country for up to 12 months.

Pol Capt Krissarat Nuesen of the Phuket Provincial Immigration Office.

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