Ubon City Immigration Office Will Close

My plan was to write a post about the branch Immigration Office located in the city. I wanted to talk to an officer and get all the information about the place. Things like office hours, services provided and customer traffic. But alas it was not to be.

I drove my Honda over to the office located on Phalorungrit Rd across from PV Tower apartments in the Ubon Ratchathani Provincial Area Services Center. Turn left through the entrance and there is the Immigration Office at the end of the hallway. I was surprised to see my friend Louie sitting there waiting to get something done about his visa. After greetings Louie informed me that an officer had told him that morning the office would close and cease operations at close of business on August 15. 2007.

This information took me by surprise. When I originally heard that the office had opened I was thrilled. It was very convenient and would save a lot of time. There seems to be a growing expat community here in Ubon and being able to take care of business in town is a good thing for them. There didn’t appear to be a lack of business. I observed 10 people sitting, waiting for their turn to get their immigration matters in order. Also Louie had told me that morning he was there and left because of the crowd. The service was being used.

Now this post is to let the foreign community here in Ubon Ratchathani know about the pending closure. I know many people wait til the last day to get visa extensions or new visas so they can get the max usage from their investment. I hope people don’t show up there on August 17 with a visa that expires that day or over the weekend. If you read this post please inform everyone you know about this so they don’t get caught in a bad position.

Beginning August 16, 2007 all immigration matters will be once again handled exclusively at the Immigration Office in Phibun Mangsahan District located 50km from Ubon City. Back to doing what I have been doing for the 6 years I have lived here, go by car, bus, van or motorcycle to take care of business. Usually it’s a nice trip with the exception of times of flooding during the rainy season. If you have to go there I would recommend lunch down by the river at Gaeng Saphue.

Not only is Ubon affected by this change but I have noticed that people from Srisaket use Immigration Services here too. The foreigners in neighboring provinces might also need to be aware of this. If you read this post please pass on this information to all you come in contact with. I hope this post will help.

Comments

  1. Hi Darwin
    This is my first time posting on your site and good to make your aquaintance. Your site seems to have a lot of useful information on Ubon. My wife and I have a house and land in Ubon (Tambon Kamyai) but only get to stay there for holidays once a year or so. Our dream is to retire over there in years to come. Anyway which part of Ubon do you stay as we are about five minutes from BigC off Chayangkul Rd. All the best.

    Jay

  2. Hi Darwin

    Your sites a great read on Ubon and very informative. My wife and I have a house five mins from BigC in Tambon Kamyai off chayangkul rd. We only get to stay for holidays once a year at best but would love to retire there eventually. Where about’s do you stay?

    All the best.
    Jay

  3. Jay,

    Thanks for the comment. I am glad my blog is helpful. It’s been enjoyable doing it.

    I am familiar with Kam Yai, I lived there near Techno Univeristy for a while. Now I live back in town behind Tesco Lotus.

    Welcome to the Ubon community anytime you can make it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    hello Darwin . and Jay

    Yes.It’s really nice of u to have this site .I’m Thai live in the U.S. i ‘m from Tambon Kamyai too. i love my homeland.I’ll be back to visit Thailand on October this year.Ur site very nice and usefull .
    Have a gret day !

  5. Thanks for the comment and for reading my blog. Your hometown and homeland await you.

  6. To the anonymous guy from Tambon Kamyai …. great to know of others living in our village. I have heard about a hand full of farangs in this area/village but would like to keep in touch for future reference. When i’m back there hopefully later in the year it would be good to meet up for a coffee with people close by.

    Darwin the forum idea for Ubon would be great for this very reason. Theere are a few bloggs on Ubon at present but none have an open forum specifically for the immdiate area and city which could open up a dialogue for all who reside and holiday in Ubon Ratchathani. I don’t think its a bad idea at all. Ubon does not appear much at all on the Thaivisa.com thru’ isaan forum section and has proved difficult to keep a thread going on that site relating to Ubon as few Ubon expats contribute. So to have a smaller forum setup for this alone may best means of keeping up a topic on the area which for us is interesting. I also think as a tourist destination Ubon needs more promoting and available information for people to tap into who wish to go there. All in all can’t be bad..

    Jay

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