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Foreigners in Thailand face fines and jail for overstaying as visa amnesty ends

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I wonder what the insentive for this is. They could have easily made the extensions longer or indefinite until the pandemic is over. The only reason I see is if the tourists were being a fanacial burden on the state or a predicted one, but the way I see it, it's the opposite - bringing in foreign money from overseas. What am I missing here, seriously? 

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9 minutes ago, ukrules said:

They want us out, that's what you're missing.

For one or another strange reason, not all of us. 

 

Still easy (no 65000 monthly transfer, no money in Thai bank) to get a "Retirement Visa" for all nationalities, except Americans, Australians, British. 

 

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Wow, Thailand sure doesn't want expatriates anymore.  

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On 9/22/2020 at 12:31 AM, genericptr said:

But they're desperate for more tourists now. It's like we've spoiled past our expiration date or something.

Obviously they're not by the look of it. You're just hoping they are!

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30 minutes ago, Blumpie said:

Wow, Thailand sure doesn't want expatriates anymore.  

They want well-off retirees to contribute to their country. Which is understandable. 

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10 hours ago, Ganesh108 said:

"Real tourists have a 10-20 day per year holiday, then they go back to work in their home countries."

 

Your experience and world view seem quite limited. I work about 6 months per year (in bits of 3 or 4 weeks in various countries), and 6 months I travel for pleasure. I know many people in similar situations.

 

 

If you can afford it... 

But then you either get pensions (above average) or you have assets. 

And then you qualify for a long-time visa in Thailand. 

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29 minutes ago, checkered flag said:

The problem is that their are different types of "tourists". Some are tourist that want to stay longer and they got a free 6 months, good for them. However, the majority it seems are not true tourist and are using whatever means possible to stay. They often do this by renewing or changing visas at the border and coming back on a ME visa. They don't or won't qualify financially and have been doing this for a long time. I view them as squatters that are hard to root out. With the borders closed they have lost their options and probably have no place to return to. It's sad for them because they were gaming the system and felt they were smarter than most.

As evidence the newspapers stated 150,000 might be stranded. I couldn't believe this because tourist areas are described as "ghost towns" so very few doing tourist things. I think it's possible that this group (not on long term visas) just blends with those with legitimate long term visas, so no one notices. 

Thailand continually stressed for this group to convert to long term visa, but many haven't for various reasons.

Regardless, unless they are taking local jobs or straining government funds...why kick them out? Even if Thailand is literally only making 1 bht a day from them, that's still a "gain". Why opt out of a gain? 

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4 minutes ago, micmichd said:

If you can afford it... 

But then you either get pensions (above average) or you have assets. 

And then you qualify for a long-time visa in Thailand. 

If you can't afford it, then it's best to stay home. Thailand wants those who contribute and isn't looking for those who need help. I assume home is in the UK where you can get a council flat, free healthcare and other assistance. Thailand is more like you get what you pay for, with no free lunch. Although Thais make less the country doesn't need more poor people, but want those who contribute. 

Sorry for being harsh but Thailand is no longer a destination to flee to to live cheaply.

BTW the required financials for retirement or married visas are very low compared to most countries.

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1 minute ago, Elizway said:

Regardless, unless they are taking local jobs or straining government funds...why kick them out? Even if Thailand is literally only making 1 bht a day from them, that's still a "gain". Why opt out of a gain? 

OMG you want Thailand to become a nanny state for poor foreigners. This is a real opportunity for TI and MFA to clean up a mess (border visa scams) that's been going on for years and make the system clean. 

We'll probably get new You Tube videos now on beating the system.

Unfortunately many don't listen and could be caught in over stays, which could be ugly.

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Why don't Thailand just make a 1 or 5 year visa. 12,000 baht for a year or 5 year 50,000 baht

 

End this crazy visa nightmare. 

 

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