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Two friends did a Visa Run to Pong Nam Ron border crossing yesterday, and both were fined 1600 baht for not registering their address in Pattaya with immigration.

 

This surprised me, and I did not realise they were doing this now.

 

Are other border crossings the same now?

 

If they are doing this at land borders why not the Airport also?

 

 

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Did your friends get a receipt for the fine payment?

 

It is the first I have heard of this happening on exit anywhere.

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That is new and IMO way out of bounds. No reports of it at other crossings.

Not going to happen at an airport since they do not have the ability or desire to impose the fine.

Did they go there from Pattaya with a visa run company?

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23 minutes ago, fforest1 said:

What kind of visa did they have?

30 day visa exempt, and extension.

Edited by TaaSaparot

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So why not just say.....Yea yea I am registered.....Or do they have computer records of every one........I kind of think they dont.....

And anyways its the hotels job to do the registering...

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15 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

Did they go there from Pattaya with a visa run company?

Yes, and they were warned about it when booking the visa run.

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8 minutes ago, TaaSaparot said:

Yes, and they were warned about it when booking the visa run.

There have been some other cases of some strange occurrences at that crossing when using certain visa run services that are a bit suspicious about a kick back.

As asked before did they get a receipt for the fine?

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4 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

There have been some other cases of some strange occurrences at that crossing when using certain visa run services that are a bit suspicious about a kick back.

As asked before did they get a receipt for the fine?

Pretty sure the answer on the receipt is no, but will ask.

 

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18 minutes ago, fforest1 said:

And anyways its the hotels job to do the registering...

Not staying in a hotel.

 

But even then, if you go to Jomtien for an extension and are not registered, you and the hotel will be fined.

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29 minutes ago, fforest1 said:

So why not just say.....Yea yea I am registered.....Or do they have computer records of every one........I kind of think they dont.....

There is a database where all online reports done by hotels and individuals they can check If done in person they would look for the receipt for the report.

29 minutes ago, fforest1 said:

And anyways its the hotels job to do the registering...

Not always. If no report was done immigration can make problems for a person. It passes down from the owner to the tenant if it was not done.

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1 hour ago, TaaSaparot said:

30 day visa exempt, and extension.

dont you need a tm30 to get an extension at Jomtein

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1 hour ago, steve187 said:

dont you need a tm30 to get an extension at Jomtein

Not if you use an agent.

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3 hours ago, TaaSaparot said:

Not staying in a hotel.

 

But even then, if you go to Jomtien for an extension and are not registered, you and the hotel will be fined.

They had extensions you said already, presumably made in Jomtiem. Were they fined then?

Edit: Sorry... I see the post that they used an agent (why?)

 

Interesting info and thanks for posting....  

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4 hours ago, TaaSaparot said:

Pretty sure the answer on the receipt is no, but will ask.

If no receipt was provided for the fine, it is pretty clear what is going on. As @ubonjoe implied, the 1,600 baht was likely divided up between the visa run company and immigration.

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