Final crackdown for border runners - New strict Immigration regulation in force from today
BANGKOK: -- From today, foreign nationals residing in Thailand will no longer be able to exit and then re-enter the kingdom via a land border crossing in order to gain another 30 or 15 day stay in Thailand.
Thaivisa has been in contact with the Immigration Bureau who confirm the new regulation starts from today Saturday May 10, 2014.
This latest news follows reports from earlier in the week of an Immigration crackdown at the land border checkpoint in Ranong.
Non-Immigrant Visa or Tourist visa holders with remaining entries on their visa can exit and enter Thailand as before.
However, these new measures are targeting foreign visitors without a visa who are regularly entering and exiting the kingdom every 15 or 30 days as a way of extending their stay in Thailand.
From today visitors can only enter into Thailand via a land border once, after that they will be refused entry to the Kingdom and are advised to fly out and return with a visa obtained from a Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate in a neighbouring country or overseas.
The Immigration Bureau has also confirmed to Thaivisa.com that further restrictions are to be enforced from August 12, 2014.
It is understood that the new regulation is to prohibit back-to-back border runners who stay for an extended time in the country without a proper visa from a Consulate or Embassy abroad or an extension of stay granted by the Immigration Bureau in Thailand.
With regards to the new restrictions on land border crossing, which as mentioned above are effective as of today, a number of Thaivisa members have confirmed to us that these restrictions are being enforced at the Mae Sai border crossing in Chiang Rai province, with some members commenting they are stranded at the border unable to enter Thailand.
Keep up to date with the very latest from Mae Sai here.
The reports from Mae Sai have also been confirmed to us by Khun Tony, Managing Director of Puchlee Travel Company in Chiang Mai, who is a minibus service operator from Chiang Mai to the Mae Sai border.
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I think it's going to end up with us having a massive influx in s'ville from pattaya. and honestly, given the shitty high season we had down here we can actually use the cash (as a city).
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after that ur fucked;
I think its GOOD,get rid of the ones that cant get a real visa to remain or work here.
figure it affects less than .001% of those Farangs in Thailand. They are also clamping down on the ed visa as well
PS; anyone that thinks they thai's want people living/working there is living in a dream world
Not so Richard.phuketrichard wrote:until august 12th u can still do 3 visa exempt entries by land or air,
after that ur fucked;
As usual the Thaivisa retards bring a lot of speculation, bullshit, and "holier than thou" attitudes to what is still an uncertain situation, you should ignore them.
The target expats in this clampdown are obviously those who do back-to-back same day out-in visa exempt entries to the Kingdom.
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