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Thai Embassy in Vientiane issues warning to visa runners


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People who have a history of staying in Thailand using only tourist visas or ‘in-out’ border runs are being warned they may face increased scrutiny from immigration officers.

 

According to a note apparently posted on the notice board outside the Thai Embassy in Vientiane, Laos, this morning, officers at the consulate remind people they will reject tourist visa applications from anyone it thinks is using tourist visas to stay in Thailand long term.

 

The notice, a photo of which was shared on Facebook on Monday, reads:

 

"Thailand always welcome "genuine" tourists".

 

“However, the embassy has been asked by Thai authorities to observe "irregular" travel record (Travel history, in-out of Thailand) on each passport with pre-caution.

 

“The Embassy would like to inform that, it reserves the right not to receive any Tourist Visa applications, which may deem as abusing tourist visas (such as:  illegally working in Thailand by applying for tourist visa repeatedly etc....

 

“This is a gentle reminder for this application who may hold such history, in order to avoid unnecessary "over night" stay in Vientiane to hear the visa result (declined) in the next afternoon.”

 

Current requirements for a Tourist Visa

 

-- Passport or travel document with a validity not less than 6 months

-- Visa application form (filled out)

-- One(1) recent 4x6cm. photograph of the applicant

-- Round-trip air ticket or e-ticket (paid in full)

-- Proof of financial means (20,000 baht per person/40,000 baht per family)

 
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13 minutes ago, darksidedog said:

I know a few people who had been popping in and out for tourist visas, but essentially living here, who have been refused a new one, or on one occasion, entry at Don Mueang with a visa from KL, because he had had too many repetitive stays. It's funny that they are worried about dropping tourist numbers, while at the same time making it harder to visit.

Having said that, such notices do serve as good advance warning, that if you want to stay here, then you do need to get the right visa, which most people shouldn't really complain about.

They should tell how many tourist visa's one can get in a year...

 

And also make it easyier to get a real visa, myself i have to travel 3 hours single way to the embassy and a week later again 6 hours to get my passport back.

So it costs me 2 full working days.

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19 minutes ago, darksidedog said:

I know a few people who had been popping in and out for tourist visas, but essentially living here, who have been refused a new one, or on one occasion, entry at Don Mueang with a visa from KL, because he had had too many repetitive stays. It's funny that they are worried about dropping tourist numbers, while at the same time making it harder to visit.

Having said that, such notices do serve as good advance warning, that if you want to stay here, then you do need to get the right visa, which most people shouldn't really complain about.

Which "right visa" would that be. The folk living here on back to back tourist visas are in the main under 50. Other than the elite visa I don't know of many other visas available to that group. I'm excluding all the sidestep ones like ed visa etc.

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10 minutes ago, DrJack54 said:

Which "right visa" would that be. The folk living here on back to back tourist visas are in the main under 50. Other than the elite visa I don't know of many other visas available to that group. I'm excluding all the sidestep ones like ed visa etc.

I guess the triple entry tourist visa's?

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1 minute ago, fruitman said:

I guess the triple entry tourist visa's?

Don't exist

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1 minute ago, fruitman said:

I guess the triple entry tourist visa's?

Those have not existed for over 3 years now since the multiple entry tourist visa (METV) became available.

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So when applying for a TR in Vientiane, will they be able to access your history online, or are they just flicking through your passport,in order to decide who is a regular visitor?

 

Plus should we now expect more stringent examination at immigration at the Nong Kai border?

 

Will be interesting to see how this plays out in the weeks/months ahead, and applicants should check back and share their experiences.

 

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4 minutes ago, vinegarbase said:

I tried to tell people. Every time there is a crackdown on illegal immigration it always comes hand in hand with making legal immigration more difficult and screwing over those just trying to follow the rules. 

 

Thailand is not going back to the Thailand of 5-10 years ago. They are paying tribute to the new emperors in China. "Farang go home" is the new Thai slogan. Good news is that you can free yourselves of the Thailand chains. Go get your Panama permanent residency in about 2 months and enjoy your freedom. You can own land, guns, get permanent residency and enjoy your freedom they way you are supposed to. Forget all this Thai immigration madness.  These are the guys to go through and don't wait before it's too late to make your backup plan. https://www.joyful-feet.com

 

I strongly considered Panama but always felt Thailand was a good place to retire. My Spanish is not good, so Thailand won out. Apparently, I lose. The government is morphing into "Farang Go Home" mode. Hard to believe that Thailand is courting a nation which has not traditionally had good relations with monarchies of any type.

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