Tourist visa holders denied entry to Thailand, left stranded

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Tourist visa holders denied entry to Thailand, left stranded

Post by phuketrichard » Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:22 am

this will surely put an end to visa exempt runners and those who think they can now switch to a tourist visa to get back in to Thailand.

Sucks for those who have been living here for so long on tourist visas an visa exempt stamps, thinking it would go on and on.
SUNGAI KOLOK (Southern Thailand): -- At least 20 foreign nationals were yesterday (Sunday) denied entry into Thailand using their 60-days Tourist visas, after attempting to enter via the Sungai Kolok border checkpoint in Narathiwat province.
Narathiwat is a popular destination for visa runners and border runners to exit and re-enter the country in order to extend their stay in Thailand.
All of the foreigners who were denied entry had a previous history of multiple visa exempt entries or back to back tourist visas.

Eight of the foreigners in question held visas issued abroad, as well as from Malaysia, namely from the Royal Thai Consulates in Penang and Kota Bahru. The countries of origin of the 8 refused foreigners include the UK, Italy, USA, Russia, Ukraine, Romania and New Zealand.
Immigration officials at Sungai Kolok, as well as at several other border checkpoints in the south, have been ordered by the Immigration Bureau in Bangkok to deny entry to foreigners holding 60-days Tourist visas.
http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/742 ... ?p=8096024
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Post by Sailorman » Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:08 am

I love to see the Thai greedy government shooting themselves in the foot (again.) Say goodby to a section of your tourist industry that support Thai business's. You don't need no stinking tourists/expats to spend their money, you have illegal Cambodian workers to work cheap in Jap owned factories and turn out products for Walmart and their like.
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Post by HotRecruiter » Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:09 am

I wish we could make their loss permanent. They have too much power ...
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Post by frank lee bent » Mon Jul 14, 2014 12:31 pm

They will end up in Cambo and Philippines.
Must be quite a few.
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Post by phuketrichard » Mon Jul 14, 2014 12:38 pm

out of the 24 million visitors in 2013
i would hazard a guess at less than .0002%

Wont see any affect at all in numbers.

Long overdue as many were abusing the stem an living in Thailand on the incorrect visas
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Post by OrangeDragon » Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:29 pm

i wonder, what's the time BETWEEN the exempt stamps that's acceptable? For example if someone goes to Thailand for one week per month as a tourist, are they now told to fuck off?
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Post by frank lee bent » Mon Jul 14, 2014 2:09 pm

i bet there are a lot more than you think Rich.

surely the little visa run buses are cryin.

maybe some minor officials too.
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Post by Cowshed Cowboy » Mon Jul 14, 2014 2:18 pm

OrangeDragon wrote:i wonder, what's the time BETWEEN the exempt stamps that's acceptable? For example if someone goes to Thailand for one week per month as a tourist, are they now told to fuck off?
Very relevant question and the crux of the matter for just excluding the people you want to exclude and not deterring a wider number of genuine visitors from not bothering to make a regular trip. My concern is how much discretion is being given to immigration checkpoints as opposed to working to laid down guidelines from HQ. I wonder what happened to that 7 day emergency clear out time mentioned by someone on another thread.

Last week on ThaiVisa someone said the impact was kicking in at a Cambodia border crossing as he didn't see any obvious visa runners, another then posted Nong Khai was heaving as they were all over in Lao getting tourist visas. Looks like that work a around is being removed re Richard's link above which makes sense for the abusers. Glad my passports only a year old.
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Post by Cowshed Cowboy » Mon Jul 14, 2014 2:23 pm

frank lee bent wrote:i bet there are a lot more than you think Rich.

surely the little visa run buses are cryin.

maybe some minor officials too.
There's a positive to everything Frank, the number of road deaths should drop as less of those flying silver coffins ply their trade. Total maniacs a lot of them.
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Post by frank lee bent » Mon Jul 14, 2014 2:24 pm

the resentful local officers will strictly enforce the law to punish the regime for depriving them of graft.

notice on thai visa they were not stamped as denied entry? rather sent to Bangkok for a decision.

sends a clear message to HQ no?
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