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Russian denied entry at Phuket International Airport over 'visa' crackdown

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One less Russian girl working at Moulin Rouge on Bangla Road. Sure there will be two replacements by weeks end.

I want to give her the benefit of doubt on this one as I do sympathize as I do visa-runs as well but I have a Non-O vias based on marriage and have never crossed the border without a visa in the past 2 years I always fear this might happen to me some time.

BUT! I do wonder if she is a dancer and 1 of 2 russian bars on Bangla, and that could be a nail in the coffin as technically she would be considered taking away a job "reserved for thais".... I would assume.

but joking aside this is all the more reason for me to take my wife now on all my visa runs just in case. And perhaps maybe I need to transfer enough money from my wifes account to mine just incase I need to show at least 20k in the bank.

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What is a young woman doing here ?

She can't work here ,ok,but what is she doing here with no money in her pocket ?

Why is she scared to fly back to Russia ?

Who are her mighty friends ,surely not thai.

Very strange .

Immigration wonders she might do something against the law?

Smugling?Drugs? Escort business ?

All of it ?

Bur surely not a tourist.coffee1.gif

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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?

If it bother you that much, why don't you pack your bags and return to the perfect place you left behind?, I am sure a lot of people give a s**t.

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Look first thing it is clearly stated in embassy website how to get proper visa yet you knuckleheads come and sidetrack around the rules which harms those of us that go by the rules respect the laws and customs. Then you whine about how bad you were treated get a life. First if not 55 or older you need 800,000 baht in thai bank account. You can't work in any form while here. You come here disrespect The people and culture work without permit taking jobs from local Thais. Act as if the country owes you a favor get a clue your a guest here act like one. Go by the rules and all is good try funny stuff and get the boot.

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One less Russian girl working at Moulin Rouge on Bangla Road. Sure there will be two replacements by weeks end.

I want to give her the benefit of doubt on this one as I do sympathize as I do visa-runs as well but I have a Non-O vias based on marriage and have never crossed the border without a visa in the past 2 years I always fear this might happen to me some time.

BUT! I do wonder if she is a dancer and 1 of 2 russian bars on Bangla, and that could be a nail in the coffin as technically she would be considered taking away a job "reserved for thais".... I would assume.

but joking aside this is all the more reason for me to take my wife now on all my visa runs just in case. And perhaps maybe I need to transfer enough money from my wifes account to mine just incase I need to show at least 20k in the bank.

you arent on a tourist visa so don't worry

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Yes, meanwhile people are being hated (& beaten) in Russia simply because of their sexual orientation.

What you state is baseless media garbage put out like meat for dogs by New-Yorkskiy Komsomolets and such to entice more hatred against the Russians. Examples are abound. I am of Russian origin and was hated in America having made the mistake of immigrating.

Let me tell you that being ethnically hated is no fun! There is much in that "simply because" as you put it. If such attitudes make it to this part of the world - the Russians are !uck#d, and they are not a nation to mess with: read up on history!

Thankfully SE Asia is very far from becoming racist like America and Western Europe. I am treated well here.

In this story there are either payouts involved in putting Russians out of business or this same thing will happen to other nationalities, in which case @neverdie will be displaying his fury and outrage instead of parroting the media for rubber stamps.

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OK although things seem clear to me or as clear as possible in the LOS, I'm about to return to Phuket after 7 days back in Australia, I will be on my second 3 month tourist visa 60+30 days. I am about to apply for my visa in Perth tomorrow. I do not have a history of multiple entries using the 30 day visa exempt system.

I believe i will have no trouble entering Thailand, I Think?

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You have always been required to have 20k when you enter Thailand. She had no visa, no ticket out, no money and appeared to be living in phuket. Lots of Russian sex workers in phuket at the moment (not saying she was one of them). Not many countries would have let her in.

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This seems to contradict what we read over the weekend as the stated policy of Immigration. Below is from the Thai text of a memo to immigration officers that appeared in TV Saturday.

2.กรณีเดินทางโดยอากาศยานหากตรวจพบว่าอาจเป็นการ Out-In ในลักษณะของ Visa run ให้ว่ากล่าวและแนะนำให้ผู้นั้นดำเนินการขอ Visa ให้ถูกต้องตามวัตถุประสงค์ของการเข้ามาในราชอาณาจักร แล้วอนุโลมให้เข้า ตั้งแต่บัดนี้จนถึงวันที่ 12 ส.ค.57 โดยทำเครื่องหมาย O-I ไว้บริเวณรอยตราประทับ และหลังจากวันที่ 12 ส.ค.57 เป็นต้นไป หากเจ้าหน้าที่ตรวจพบเป็นการ Out-In ให้ปฏิเสธการเข้าเมืองผู้นั้น

2. In the case of travel through airports, if the agent discovers that it might be a Visa run-type Out-In, the agent shall comment and advise the traveler to request a visa by the proper procedure to enter the Kingdom, then allow the traveler to enter. From the present until 12 Aug 2557, issue seal type O-I in the traveler's passport. After 12 Aug 2557, if the agent discovers Out-In, deny entry to the traveler.

That's my translation above. I'm no expert on immigration rules, but the meaning is accurate (though I probably should have said "travel by airplane" rather than "through airports"). I suppose this means that the 12 Aug date is out the window.

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Get the right visa it's simple.

Hope they start booting them all out.

Just spent a weekend in Phuket.. Interesting people down there.

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OK although things seem clear to me or as clear as possible in the LOS, I'm about to return to Phuket after 7 days back in Australia, I will be on my second 3 month tourist visa 60+30 days. I am about to apply for my visa in Perth tomorrow. I do not have a history of multiple entries using the 30 day visa exempt system.

I believe i will have no trouble entering Thailand, I Think?

She was not travelling on a tourist visa (hers had long since expired); ergo, your circumstances of travelling on a new tourist visa make your situation entirely different.

Your reward for following the rules?

Entry to LOS ;-)

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I see a lot of hatred in these posts.

She may have done something wrong or not but since immigration seems never to be clear what is required and what's not, my sympathies are on her side.

And what comes to some suggesting she is a criminal or sex industry worker...shame on you!

I hope you willies will have extra orbitant pleasure filling forms and hopping the hola-hoops. Having a proper Visa in your hand should take 14 days of sitting in non-aircon office swetting ones guts out. That's what I think. And no tourists, no Britons, no Kiwis and to think about it...no foreigners in Thailand.

Then all would be great and we would all be equal.

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I see a lot of hatred in these posts.

She may have done something wrong or not but since immigration seems never to be clear what is required and what's not, my sympathies are on her side.

And what comes to some suggesting she is a criminal or sex industry worker...shame on you!

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Airlines aren't supposed to let you board a flight to Thailand without either a visa or a ticket out.

So I don't know why you think the rules should be different for her. Those rules have been enforced for at least the past three years.

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