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More than 100,000 foreigners staying illegally in Thailand


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it might be time for all countries involved in ASEAN the G20 et al to agree to the same measures

one I would like to see is how Thailand reacts when Australia takes away the rights for Thai students studying in Australia, to be able to work for a guaranteed minimum salary and as many hours as they want AND no work permit or show your face every 90 days!

When will countries understand the Mc Donalds princible where you get a huge turn over on a small profit and you become a billion dollar club

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... discussions between officials from the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, and the Royal Thai Police, who had all agreed on the idea, want to use the 500 Baht fee scheme to help attract quality tourists to Thailand and tackle the problem of foreigners staying in the country illegally

soooo... everbody with 500 Baht in his pocket on entering the LOS is a quality tourist??? Will I get the 500 Baht back on leaving the LOS and this will encourage tourists not to overstay???

wish those officials would listen to their on BS...

One of the issues seems to be that the officials are rarely ever appointed bases on merit or qualifications. They are almost always fundraisers for the campaign, other types of supporters, and are therefore the worst possible people for their respective positions. Chalerm is one of the best examples of that. So, you have true midget minded men doing important jobs, and making statements a 13 year old would know not to say. A lack of meritocracy bites Thailand in the ass every day.

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Unless those immigration police CRTs are all turned to games or social media, the Thais should have the data for a reliable count on those who legally entered--minus those who died or were detained in-kingdom--and those who did not legally exit. Illegal entries are another issue, but the article inferred legal entry overstays, did it not?

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Quality tourists? What demographic group do they come from?

I understand the need to cover health costs to tourists/non-immigrants, I can understand the need for increased revenue to provide other services.

I see no problem in increasing the departure tax, which is included in airline tickets.

If there is a need to have a fee of 500 Baht at the border, I see no problem in that either. With the exception of Malaysia, most bordering and neighboring countries charge for visas.

How many other countries have free visa on arrival?

How many countries have visa application fees that are not refundable if the visa is refused.

If you can't afford to live in Thailand, maybe it's time you moved to Cambodia?

I lived in Thailand for many years and have lived in Cambodia these past 8. Admittedly, we Barangs don't get the visa grief that Farangs do in Thailand, however, that may change come 2015. That said, where did you get the idea that it's less expensive to live here? In some cases it's more expensive and before the usual crap starts getting thrown around, unlike too many others it seems, I have a family here and my life isn't bulit around the price of women and booze. One thing is for sure, having lived in Cambodia, wild horses couldn't drag me back to anywhere in Thailand. One man's meat......

Just out of interest since you have lived in both countries .... why do you feel Cambodia is better than Thailand, in what respects?

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Quality tourists? What demographic group do they come from?

I understand the need to cover health costs to tourists/non-immigrants, I can understand the need for increased revenue to provide other services.

I see no problem in increasing the departure tax, which is included in airline tickets.

If there is a need to have a fee of 500 Baht at the border, I see no problem in that either. With the exception of Malaysia, most bordering and neighboring countries charge for visas.

How many other countries have free visa on arrival?

How many countries have visa application fees that are not refundable if the visa is refused.

If you can't afford to live in Thailand, maybe it's time you moved to Cambodia?

Agree.

Bali has a 750 baht ($25 US) fee on arrival , and a $15 ( 500 baht) Departure Tax.

The Thai proposal is nothing new - in fact I believe my country ( Aus ) has the dubious distinction of being a ground breaker many years ago with a $20 Departure Tax.

Thailand already has a departure tax it is just included in the tickets.. years ago it was 500bt not sure how much it is now. I have no problems with the tax but don't come up with BS reasons for it.

or cause any more queuing or stupid little paper tickets just to pay it.....if it is added to all the other charges on the air ticket then surely someone will be forced to account for its usage later??? TiT. Then only the land borders will be cash in the hand, and that money will probably never reach where it is said to be intended..

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Nobody knows how many illegal immigrants there are in Thailand, and probably least of all the Government departments that are supposed to know. All the numbers presented by these twits are random figures they dream up to make a case for their next 'innovative' idea about how to extract more cash from visitors to this country.

Try and put a different spin on it and be a little more politically correct.

Think of it in terms of an improvised policy in an effort to do something about the abhorant problem with global warming and the use of renewable energy, as opposed to newer ways of mining to extract gold from previously spent gold mines.

We can all sleep better if we learn not to thnk like that and meditate a little more. Or not.

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Seem to recall there was an airport departure tax in Thailand around 10 years ago ?

It's still there, just hidden in your ticket price. That was smart of Thailand; most of us had forgotten that tourist tax. Now, do they really think a 500 baht entry "fee" will ensure "quality" tourists? Reminds me of that forum on Thai common sense (or lack of).

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Seem to recall there was an airport departure tax in Thailand around 10 years ago ?

Sent from my iPhone using Thaivisa Connect Thailand mobile app

Every country has departure and arrival taxes - it is just that most of these are included as extras on flight ticket prices

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People who outstaying their visas in Thailand sure is a problem. And those in this group are mostly undesirable types that should be turfed out, never to return. But there aint' no way a 500 baht entry is going to fix that. I know that Thai Immagration has had a ' dob in an illegal alien ' for sometime but it mustn't be all that effective.

As for the 500 baht fee. What a sham? But this place sure fits the bill as an amusment park so why not charge an entry fee ?

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It's nothing to do with quality tourists, OR the said 500 bht, it is a government attitude problem, no one in their right mind encourages tourists with one hand and kicks them in the teeth with the other. This is only 1 example.

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