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Immigration Crackdown On Border Runners

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BREAKING NEWS:

Immigration crackdown on border runners

BANGKOK (thaivisa.com) -- Thai Immigration Bureau has issued a new regulation to be enforced from today, June 1, 2009.

In a crackdown on foreigners who regularly abuse the tourist exemption rule of getting 15 days stay at border entry points, the Immigration Bureau has confirmed and informed thaivisa.com of the following new regulation:

A foreigner who has entered the kingdom four (4) consecutive times on 15 days tourist exemption stamps, will not be allowed to leave the country and reenter Thailand. The only option is to exit Thailand and re-enter via an international airport, which will allow a further 30 day stay.

Thaivisa.com has today confirmed the new regulations with the Immigration checkpoints in Pong Nam Ron and Aranyaprathet at the Cambodian border. We have also got confirmation from bus visa run companies that the new regulations are enforced from today June 1, 2009. Immigration checkpoints bordering Laos, Myanmar and Malaysia are expected to enforce the regulation shortly.

The new rules does not affect holders of visas issued abroad. Foreigners are advised to apply for a Tourist visas or Non-Immigrant visas at a Royal Thai Embassy or consulate outside Thailand instead of abusing the 15 day exemption rule.

As usual, holders of Tourist visas will be given 60 days stay while Non-Immigrant visa holders will be allowed 90 days stay.

-- thaivisa.com 2009-06-01

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Anything to make a stay in Thailand interesting!

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it is not good what the immigration and the country is doing to the foreigners.

first they make all the tourist visas free and now they are making border runs short to stay.

as to before they were 3 months and now they only give two months.

what will happen next???

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Well, reasonable request. For long term stay. Get a visa.

I also understand how much of a additional work load it is in these crossings to stamp bus after bus people out and in again every two weeks.

Does immigration actually read thaivisa and notify rule changes or you have dig this out from them George ?

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This action is actually understandable. The reduction from one month to two weeks stay for border runs was a clear signal that Thai authorities didn't want this routine to go on. If people are still running back and forth, something like this was to be expected. It can't be that difficult to find a Thai embassy or consulate abroad, can it?

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As usual they are completely ignoring the real problem.

For many people there are no real alternative or very poor alternatives to visa runs. I am one of the lucky ones that got my investment visa in place before they were terminated, but if you are below 50 and wish to stay in Thailand your options are limited.

'Give us your money and get the hel_l out!!', seems to be all they really want.

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Did they ever look to Malaysia the Thai authorities?

3 month upon arrival, also on a landborder, no Visa requiered.

I do not know from restrictions.

Cambodia-nearly no restrictions at all, just pay every month (businessvisa), or year for a visa,

without even leaving the country.

and, AS I WROTE IN ANOTHER tHREAD HERE,

If you go to make Visa at a consularsection, they let you sometime, when they are busy, now with an Asean MEETING,

wait for 6 ! days until you can pick up your visa!

That just happened to me at the Phnom Penh embassy.

TIT, thank you Thailand!

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As usual they are completely ignoring the real problem.

For many people there are no real alternative or very poor alternatives to visa runs. I am one of the lucky ones that got my investment visa in place before they were terminated, but if you are below 50 and wish to stay in Thailand your options are limited.

'Give us your money and get the hel_l out!!', seems to be all they really want.

I thought tourist visas were free for some time and not so expensive even if you have to pay for it.

And yes there is countries where it is easier to get a visa. But somehow i fail to see why it is thailands fault if they want to keep it more tight? I mean globally visa to Thailand is extremely easy to get.

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How long is this new rule going to last? :)

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Did they ever look to Malaysia the Thai authorities?

3 month upon arrival, also on a landborder, no Visa requiered.

I do not know from restrictions.

Cambodia-nearly no restrictions at all, just pay every month (businessvisa), or year for a visa,

without even leaving the country.

and, AS I WROTE IN ANOTHER tHREAD HERE,

If you go to make Visa at a consularsection, they let you sometime, when they are busy, now with an Asean MEETING,

wait for 6 ! days until you can pick up your visa!

That just happened to me at the Phnom Penh embassy.

TIT, thank you Thailand!

Probably we are more numerous in Thailand (in term of %) than in Malaysia and Cambodia. This is making the Thai authorities to think in a different manner.

Anyway, if was younger than 50, I would probably fly once a month on cheap tickets.

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As usual they are completely ignoring the real problem.

For many people there are no real alternative or very poor alternatives to visa runs. I am one of the lucky ones that got my investment visa in place before they were terminated, but if you are below 50 and wish to stay in Thailand your options are limited.

'Give us your money and get the hel_l out!!', seems to be all they really want.

I thought tourist visas were free for some time and not so expensive even if you have to pay for it.

And yes there is countries where it is easier to get a visa. But somehow i fail to see why it is thailands fault if they want to keep it more tight? I mean globally visa to Thailand is extremely easy to get.

I agree, it's just not that difficult to get "Tourist visas". Unless someone lived very near the border, I don't understand why one would want to have to cross every 15 days or even every 30 days as before, for that matter.

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get a real job and a real 1 year visa! that's the other option:)

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How long is this new rule going to last? :)

Maybe until the so called "high-season" will start?

At least until that day, when they reduce it to 7 days! TiT

Thats next in store. My guess.

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Did they ever look to Malaysia the Thai authorities?

3 month upon arrival, also on a landborder, no Visa requiered.

I do not know from restrictions.

Cambodia-nearly no restrictions at all, just pay every month (businessvisa), or year for a visa,

without even leaving the country.

and, AS I WROTE IN ANOTHER tHREAD HERE,

If you go to make Visa at a consularsection, they let you sometime, when they are busy, now with an Asean MEETING,

wait for 6 ! days until you can pick up your visa!

That just happened to me at the Phnom Penh embassy.

TIT, thank you Thailand!

Probably we are more numerous in Thailand (in term of %) than in Malaysia and Cambodia. This is making the Thai authorities to think in a different manner.

Anyway, if was younger than 50, I would probably fly once a month on cheap tickets.

Why wouldn't they get a "Tourist Visa" and with an extension, only have to leave after 90 days?

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