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Russian or not, it's a wake up call for all Falangs here.

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Everybody is a human, maybe they hate me because I’m Russian

Yep

and if they start a war in Crimea, whose friends are they then?

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Russian or not, it's a wake up call for all Falangs here.

Indeed. Read up on Thai immigration law and comply with it, or else risk being denied entry to Thailand as Mariia was. For that matter, "Falangs" would be wise to do that with any other country they intend to visit.

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I believe the shit may well hit the fan over this incident and the inevitable others which will follow.

I hope she's already notified the Russian Embassy about this as I believe she was singled out for being a Russian. If she wasn't a russian it wouldn't have happened.

Note to Mariia when you read this - please contact your Embassy to make an official complaint about this incident.

So you are saying that they refused her entry because she was Russian and not because she was in violation of numerous laws?

Note to Maria when you read this - please follow the rules.

I wonder how many non Russians have been deported at the airports since this crackdown started...

Your timeline is off. This incident is not directly related to the current land crossing issue. This is a simple case of an individual failing to follow numerous requirements of entry:

--Not having a "return/onward ticket"

--Not having "Proof of sufficient funds"

Both of these are required by most every country in the world.

This is right. I have had an airline in Australia, while in transit in an Australian city, on my way to Thailand, "force" me to buy a return ticket before

letting me re-board the flight I was already on. This is extreme and they have no right, however it is based on the rule that an airline is not required to give you your fare back out of the country, if immigration refuse you.

It took me six months to get a refund.

I have visited Thailand on 3 month tourist visas many times and never had a problem, and never been asked for proof of funds or a ticket out,

however if they are concerned about foreigners working in Thailand illegally, it sounds like they were acting within the guidelines, and she had aroused their suspicions because of her frequency of visits and the time between them.

When travelling like this, one needs to observe the basic requirements. Its just common sense.

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I believe the shit may well hit the fan over this incident and the inevitable others which will follow.

I hope she's already notified the Russian Embassy about this as I believe she was singled out for being a Russian. If she wasn't a russian it wouldn't have happened.

Note to Mariia when you read this - please contact your Embassy to make an official complaint about this incident.

So you are saying that they refused her entry because she was Russian and not because she was in violation of numerous laws?

Note to Maria when you read this - please follow the rules.

I wonder how many non Russians have been deported at the airports since this crackdown started...

Edit : I will be watching with interest to see if any Thai's are deported on arrival from Russian airports for minor issues this coming week.

Why would a Thai want to go to a Russian airport - other than a sports team event?

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Russian or not, it's a wake up call for all Falangs here.

Indeed. Read up on Thai immigration law and comply with it, or else risk being denied entry to Thailand as Mariia was. For that matter, "Falangs" would be wise to do that with any other country they intend to visit.

Since the rules seem to change every two weeks its rather hard to do that isnt it?
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One more innocent !

?? Who said that she was innocent;; wai2.gif ;;;one more thing I have yet to meet a Thai who can something explain in any language, including Thai! giggle.gif

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Russian or not, it's a wake up call for all Falangs here.

Indeed. Read up on Thai immigration law and comply with it, or else risk being denied entry to Thailand as Mariia was. For that matter, "Falangs" would be wise to do that with any other country they intend to visit.

Since the rules seem to change every two weeks its rather hard to do that isnt it?

The requirements for (1) proof of onward ticket when entering without a visa and (2) proof of adequate funds have both been requirements for entry to Thailand for decades. As another poster has stated here, the same requirement exists in nearly every country in the world.

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This lady obviously was not a tourist, staying in Thailand for so long.

What interests me the most: If genuine tourists, who entered the country on a 30 days visa free entry stamp, but decide to extend their holiday once in country, will still be able to do 15/30 days land border visa free entry runs once or twice. I arranged countless tourist visa runs to Ranong. Any reports of genuine tourists doing such a Ranong run now, or trying to do it, would be most welcome.

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“Everybody is a human, maybe they hate me because I’m Russian"

Mariia Sgibneva, you are so right, why are you the only Russian who understand it clap2.gif

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I am flying back to Thailand today and I bet you I have more stamps than Mariia in my passport. Lets see what will happen.

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tip of the iceburg, Thais have no compassion or reasoning, the corruption alone in thailand is a joke ...but whatever you do dont get more than 3-4 tourist entrys or your a criminal ...laughable

this part of the clampdown (by air) is supposed to start 12 Aug?

"Thais have no compassion or reasoning, the corruption alone in thailand is a joke"

Utter, knee-jerk, temper tantrum Thai bashing.

If any Thai tried to blather his way into Russia or the US or UK or .... do you really think those immigration officials would go all weepy and decide to let the Thai into their country out of compassion or because the Thai tried to tell them how to interpret the law. Obviously she was not a tourist in any accepted definition of the word, whether or not she was working and there's no reason to assume that the news report is full and accurate regarding what actually took place.

Love to know what corruption-free country you come from, not that that has anything to do with the topic of the thread. If the officials in this case had been corrupt they would have allowed her to send for some money to hand over to "solve" the problem.

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