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21 minutes ago, Bangkok Barry said:

Or, instead of going through the totally pointless pantomime, they could extend the amnesty.

Yes, just looking for face-saving solutions.  Letting us "get away" with spending money here - or especially the horror of supporting a Thai family (Gasp) - absent making us suffer and/or pay them off to do it, seems to be a problem.  Maybe if we agree to a public-flogging for each 30-days, that would satisfy their thirst.

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11 minutes ago, BritTim said:

Immigration has rather frowned on people using (especially serial) border bounces as a way of extending your stay in Thailand.

Yes, the last IO I dealt with told me it was "criminal." 

I suppose that means, "How am I supposed to support myself on just my salary, if others do this?"

 

12 minutes ago, BritTim said:

Because of that attitude, I would be very surprised if special arrangements are made to facilitate border runs for those on multiple entry visas.

I agree.  Hopefully someone higher in the food-chain will override immigration / rtp - but not holding my breath.

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On 7/6/2020 at 10:48 PM, jackdd said:

It's 99.99% certain that a tourist will not be able to enter Thailand through a land border this month.

This is correct unless, I believe, you are a "medical tourist" with the necessary paperwork to visit a Thai hospital.

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If you are in Phuket.........................

 

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11 hours ago, JackThompson said:

Ideally,  those with valid Multiple-Entry Visas, or those which expired (enter before date) during the amnesty, could:
 - Get another 60/90-days at immigration for 1900 Baht

 - Exit at a land-border, doing an in/out in the next country, and immediately returning to Thailand

 

For the 2nd option, Thailand could station their own people to monitor, so those doing this only go immediately out/back, without entering the other country beyond the border-station.  This opition would only be needed if they "just can't" let us do this at immigration, for whatever bureaucratic / legal / other reason.

 

Even better, would be setting up temporary Thai consulate services right on the border, to handle same-day applications - at least for Non-O or Non-B visas.  Again - only necessary if they will not let us do the same in-country.

Second option might work at Phu Nam Ron, Kanchanaburi where they normally allow this anyway. But it won't happen until the two sides iron out a local agreement, which I don't see happening until next month at the earliest and even that's pure speculation on my part.

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11 hours ago, BritTim said:

 

Because of that attitude, I would be very surprised if special arrangements are made to facilitate border runs for those on multiple entry visas. The fact that some people want it is not going to cut much ice with the decision makers. Either borders will be open without quarantine (a travel bubble) or they will be closed. I do not anticipate a travel bubble this month or next, but they may exist by September.

 

What will be done after July 31st for those who do not qualify for regular extensions we will need to wait and see.

I disagree. Both the Thai and Myanmar sides can make money off of it. I see there being a good chance Phu Nam Ron might allow border runs before other options become available but possibly ONLY for those holding existing multi entry visas.

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10 hours ago, Burma Bill said:

This is correct unless, I believe, you are a "medical tourist" with the necessary paperwork to visit a Thai hospital.

I have a strong suspicion that simple medical tourism was never supposed to be a valid reason for crossing the border without quarantine. The intention was to allow medical evacuation in an emergency for life saving treatment. Doubtless, justifications are passed to officials at the border in thick brown envelopes.

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13 hours ago, BritTim said:

I have a strong suspicion that simple medical tourism was never supposed to be a valid reason for crossing the border without quarantine. The intention was to allow medical evacuation in an emergency for life saving treatment. Doubtless, justifications are passed to officials at the border in thick brown envelopes.

Either way, apparently this is precisely what happened at the Chong Chom border in Surin recently. Cambodians crossing the border in the normal way, to go to the hospital and allowed to bring the entire family and drive their own vehicles, without being supervised or tracked.

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