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Border run crackdown in full force at Thai-Cambodian checkpoints

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Border run crackdown in full force at Thai-Cambodian checkpoints

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ARANYAPRATHET:-- Following the recent news regarding the crackdown on Out-In border runners in Thailand, it is reported that Immigration officials are implementing the tough new rules on the Cambodian border.

Over the past two days, Thaivisa.com has been receiveing an increasing number of reports that persistent border runners going to the Aranyaprathet/Poipet border are now only being given a seven day entry stamp.

Thaivisa has also received information from Bangkok Buddy Travel Service Co.,Ltd, a tour operator based in Sukhumvit Soi 12, that also confirms the news regarding Poipet border officials only issuing a seven day entry stamp to individuals who are not in possession of a valid tourist visa or non-immigrant visa.

These latest developments at the Aranyaprathet/Poipet border checkpoint follow similar action being taken by immigration officials at Ranong and Mae Sai.

Aranyaprathet is the most used land entry point to Thailand and is widely used by foreign nationals from Bangkok, Pattaya and central Thailand.

The Immigration Bureau has advised that perpetual border runners should apply for the correct visa type or extension instead of using tourist visas or 15/30 days visa exemptions.

Thaivisa.com will keep you updated with any more news on the Out/In border crackdown as and when we receive it.

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-- 2014-05-22

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It doesn't seem to be affecting Lao citizens....yet. Two Lao friends of mine got their usual 30 day stamp in the last two days, with no indication that this was going to change.

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This is not only about the abuse of the visa system but also about deterring illegal working and identifying criminal elements, particularly those peddling drugs.

If you are a law abiding person then what is happening should hold no fears for you.

This is only what happens in Western countries in any case.

How will this deter drug peddlers or other nefarious types?

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How will this work for the likes of people who work off-shore, and say come to thailand every 2nd month, and only require an entry stamp for the duration of their stay here?

It doesn't affect me, but im more curious than anything.

I do hope it helps sort out the illegals and the no hopers from coming/staying here, all in all it will contribute to a safer Thailand, again, i hope.

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I haven't been to Poipet in years, but I was always amazed at how fast it was growing with all the new buildings and all.

Obviously a supply and demand situation created by those the constantly had to do frequent trips to the borders.

I wonder if that's going to slow down. Rather than creating a great place to live, they seem to be set on doing the opposite.

Again, why don't they make it easier for people to work, collect taxes, create diversity and grow like the developed countries have?

Who knows, we'll just eventually see how it all turns out.

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It doesn't seem to be affecting Lao citizens....yet. Two Lao friends of mine got their usual 30 day stamp in the last two days, with no indication that this was going to change.

Sent from my GT-S7270L using Thaivisa Connect Thailand mobile app

Given that ASEAN and the single market is on the horizon, I should imagine that any ASEAN country citizen will receive different treatment than other nationalities. I have no issue with that, after all, I am British and can live anywhere across the EU.

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