Jump to content
BANGKOK
Sign in to follow this  
Jonathan Fairfield

Final crackdown for border runners - New strict Immigration regulation in force from today

Recommended Posts

Hopefully this crackdown will be like many others, short lived. A lot of people legitimately working, studying, living, or touring here, do border runs occasionally between visas. They should be able to differentiate between someone doing it a few times, and someone doing it for 5 years.

One would hope that those who are studying or working here are doing so on the appropriate visa.

They are. But visas run out, people change jobs, change schools, move to different parts of the country, etc. It affects people who are between visas. Many do border runs for a couple months, while waiting for new paperwork.

You know it at least a couple of months before the visa runs out. It's not like they suddenly end and you didn't have a clue.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So what do people who are awaiting an extension for say, based on marriage do, if they are refused and their waiting period is up?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So...come August Thailand can kiss goodbye to all the oil and gas and mining lads who fly in and out on month on, month off rosters?

I don't think so. It will probably mean just a check to see if they just flew out the same day they returned.

It is to early to even speculate what those changes will be.

Ridiculous and unworkable. So if in Phuket I cannot then do a day trip to Singapore for banking or shopping?

How many genuine tourists come to Thailand, go to Singapore for a day shopping and banking, and then return to Thailand for the remainder of their vacation? You may be the sort of perpetual "tourist" they are aiming at. Good luck in Indonesia with your 25 year visa anyways.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Looks like visa on arrival could soon be history.

People have to get a visa which makes more money for the bent officials.

Does anyone know how much a visa is these days?

People such as oil and gas guys wont want to waste their valuable time off travelling to an embassy in another country then waiting for a visa just so they can have their month off. These blokes will be lost to other countries such as Cambodia and The PI who still have sane and workable visa policies. Their departure will be a enormous financial blow to Phuket.

wont be back to back will it ...as there will be a 2 week or one month break when they are working so if they are 2 week on 2 week off there is no continuence

Impossible to say at this stage, who knows what ludicrous requirements will be imposed in August on the fly out fly in visa exemptions.

Edited by fatdrunkandstupid

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, it depends on the definition of border run in legal texts.

For example, exiting Thailand for Cambodia and going next to Lao, then coming back to Thailand. Is this considered as a border run?

Fascinating question. Try it, then post how it worked for you.

Well, I'm just asking out of curiosity, as I don't even need it, being on non immi visa.

Quite amazing how you can get clueless responses...in fact...why respond at all, if it does not answer the question. I am hoping there is somebody that has tried this. I would not be the one to drop my laptop, run over to Cambodia, drive over all those horrible roads, and then cross back in from Laos, not knowing if they will be upset for my troubles.

anyways...much cheaper to fly in and fly out. How many times can you do that, I wonder?

can you do this back to back endlessly? Not a cost effective method...but I am just curious.

(please do not tell me to purchase several tickets and then try it out and report back)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Retirement visa age is also supposed to be increased to 55. That will make things even worse!

Do you have a reliable source for this piece of information?

I can't find anything on google that supports your comment.

That is a rumour from the immigration, has been circulating for a while now. I am not sure but It used to be 55 already, they they reduced it to 50. Going back to 55 is quite possible. I am not an expert when it comes to retirement visas.

I believe here isn't the right place to spread rumors. Even if it's might helpful for your business.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That translation seems to confirm that it is regarding back to back visa exempt entries. It should allow touring around Asia, with several visits to Thailand, but might need proof in form of ickets to home country to show your intend not to continue to live in Thailand.

But of curse hard to say how the different officers at the different borders will interpret the new directive.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Walen School can help you with your ED visas if you need help. Very reliable service and fair price for the quality of work we do. We have 11 branches in Thailand so there is one probably near where you live. You can also PM me.

I wouldn't be surprised if the ED visa scam is the next to come under the microscope. Not the genuine ED learners but the people who use it - ahem - shall we say - flexibly.

Possibly a Thai language test at regular intervals. That would sort the chaff from the wheat so to speak.

There are a lot of visa schools. You can usually tell by the price, if price is very cheap means no lessons or so bad nobody even expects u to attend, maybe 2-3 classrooms only, very few staff, opened recently, this kind of thing. Walen School has 11 branches, it is certainly not a scam so you don't have to worry about us. If you need quality teaching and reliable visa assistance come to Walen School!

Edited by MacWalen

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

About time this happened.

why ???

perhaps this guy does not live close to a border, which made this method so handy. I fly out each year, get a double entry...but heck yeah....I did some back to backs....why not?

So now, I have to stay overnight, stand in line, and end up staying anyways...

duh

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I predict a minor bank run in places such as Phuket as the oil and gas and mining guys take their money with them.

As a mining guy I keep peanuts in my Thai accounts, my money is in Singapore. Most offshore workers do the same - Thailand isn't a place where smart people put their money.

As for me as I'm married to a Thai and come in and out on a multi non-O I'm not affected.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Retirement visa age is also supposed to be increased to 55. That will make things even worse!

Do you have a reliable source for this piece of information?

I can't find anything on google that supports your comment.

That is a rumour from the immigration, has been circulating for a while now. I am not sure but It used to be 55 already, they they reduced it to 50. Going back to 55 is quite possible. I am not an expert when it comes to retirement visas.

Thanks for clearing that up. I hope the information you give on this forum about ED visas is based on facts and not on rumours.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...