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Interrogated at Poipet despite not visiting Thailand in over 2 years

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56 minutes ago, OneMoreFarang said:

Posts like that should always include pictures or at least honest descriptions of the people who have problems. Because it seems only few people have these problems... 

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3 hours ago, youbuyshirt said:

My recent experience at Poipet Aranyaprathet border getting a 30 day visa exempt entry:

The Thai immigration officer asked me if I had a hotel booking. I did, but did not have a printout of it. I did not know they needed to see that. I had read that they might ask for a return ticket, and to show money, not for a hotel printout. I had read that you only need a hotel printout when you apply for a visa, not for a visa-free entry.

I said if I could login to my email I could show them my booking, but I did not have an internet connection.

So I was sent to the immigration supervisor, who interrogated me, asking me over and over what I planned to do in Thailand and lots of other questions.

I pointed out to him that I had not been in Thailand in 2-1/2 years and the two previous entries in my passport were for very brief stays, and a year apart. I thought they were only interrogating frequent visa runners. I pointed out that I was of retirement age and not working.

He finally let me in, saying “Welcome to Thailand” but I was very upset about being interrogated like a criminal and it gave me a very bad feeling for the rest of my trip.

I also saw a perfectly sweet looking young lady get refused entry. She seemed not to understand that she had been refused, so they rudely and angrily pointed to the door from which she had entered, and she had to do a long “walk of shame” with her head bowed down, as everyone in the long arrival line stared at her, thinking she must be a criminal.

I had read that Poipet was now very strict but did not think it would affect me since I had not been in Thailand in a long time and was not a visa-runner.

I think Thailand needs to learn a lesson about how to treat people who are putting money into their economy. It is no longer a favored destination for me.

Do you mind telling your immigration history in Thailand before your recent return?

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36 minutes ago, overherebc said:

Try reading the post you just replied to 😆

     Yes , the whole post . An answer to the nationality question would be helpful .

 

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41 minutes ago, overherebc said:

Try reading the post you just replied to 😆

Sorry for not reading carefully the post previously. 

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