NZ Govt aims to speed up Thai visas
Fri, 22 Mar 2013 4:13p.m.
By Simon Wong
The New Zealand Government has expressed a willingness to speed up visa processing for Thai citizens visiting the country for business, study and pleasure.
Prime Minister John Key made the announcement at a joint press conference with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra this afternoon, but added this was a long-term plan.
“It’s not going to be immediate.”
Ms Shinawatra was welcomed to New Zealand on her first official visit to New Zealand.
Speaking at Government House in Auckland this afternoon, Ms Shinawatra said it was important to speed up the visa process because of growing numbers of Thai students choosing to study in New Zealand.
Mr Key said up to 3000 Thai students travel to New Zealand to study at secondary and tertiary levels each year.
The two governments also signed agreements to work closer on education, science, technology and innovation.
Both prime ministers also committed to doubling trade between the two countries by 2020, though Mr Key and Ms Shinawatra were hopeful the target could be reached earlier.
Ms Shinawatra will return to Thailand on Sunday.
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24/03/2013 4:38:31 a.m.
More Thai bints please.
23/03/2013 7:04:23 p.m.
beagle boy wrote:
Didn't National get a certain high vote gaining Labour politician put in jail for this very thing. Just saying.....
23/03/2013 11:07:23 a.m.
This is very good news. The New Zealand emabassy in Thailand has very inefficient processing procedures. Causing unacceptable delays and being quite rude in the way it treats prospective visitors to NZ. The soon er the process is streamlined the better.
22/03/2013 10:10:03 p.m.
NZ has one of the longest processing times out of all the embassies in Thailand. It is also the most expensive with the total cost of a tourist visa coming in at around $212 NZD. Why would anyone want to go to NZ to study or otherwise with ridiculous processing fees and processing times!
22/03/2013 5:11:01 p.m.
spedding up processes and taking shortcuts is not always a good thing
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