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Tourist visa holders denied entry to Thailand and left stranded in Malaysia

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As the news of this spreads, more and more people will likely put of trips here as the confusion reigns.

^I seriously doubt this.

What it will do however is stop these people that have exploited a system that was not strictly enforced as it should have been. I support it 100%. I am glad those multi visa runners were displaced. I doubt they will be let back in from the airport

Either you are a tourist occasionally or you live here with a retirement, Marriage or Work visa.

I expect more borders to follow suit soon.

I hope you are correct - wouldn't fancy being in a tourist related business at the moment. I find it hard to understand why if the so called undesireables were such, how come the Embassy issued them a visa in the first place? The brakes should have been put on right there IMO.

it's probably a logical next step, especially if people start going back to complain and in numbers

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As the news of this spreads, more and more people will likely put of trips here as the confusion reigns.

^I seriously doubt this.

What it will do however is stop these people that have exploited a system that was not strictly enforced as it should have been. I support it 100%. I am glad those multi visa runners were displaced. I doubt they will be let back in from the airport

Either you are a tourist occasionally or you live here with a retirement, Marriage or Work visa.

I expect more borders to follow suit soon.

How about u are rich and young and not married?

What kind of visa please?

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I have stayed in Thailand for 1 and a half years on tourist visas in the past (an indefinite tourist) without working here. I am now on an education visa as I am studying Thai. My girlfriend is pregnant at the moment and I am worried about when my education visa runs out. I make enough money back home to support us but not to qualify for a non O visa. What can I do? I realize they won't have any sympathy for splitting up a young family and I am worried I am going to have to leave my wife and young child here. Any ideas would be much appreciated.

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i stop being suprised here years ago....whistling.gif ..buy a legal visa from a THAI consul (WHO HAVE THE POWER TO REFUSE) and then be refused entry at teh border...idiotic to say the least

This doesn't just happen in Thailand. Many people that have visas for countries such as USA and UK are denied entry by immigration. Having a valid visa does not guarantee entry into any country, as it is only immigration that can allow entry. My gf has a 10-year USA visa but was told that she can't just come every year and expect to be let in. They told here that having a valid 10-year visa means they can still refuse here entry when she arrives.

You could have a valid visa by immigration could spot that you are not a genuine tourist. You'd then be refused entry. This is standard procedure in all countries.

Many farangs seem outraged at the situation here, but they never comment on similar situations in their own country. Maybe it's time to open your eyes to what happens back in your home country and stop pretending that these things only happen in Thailand.

If you're not a US citizen, get 90-day entry, leave and then try to go back for another 90 days.Maybe you'll then realize what it's like elsewhere.

Many foreigners are abusing the system, which is why they have clamped down. They were lenient for years, but too many people took advantage. When that happens there will always be a clampdown.

In an ideal world we could travel and live wherever we wanted, just like in the old days. But most people don't want that, so we're stuck with this situation.

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In most countries you are not allowed to stay more than 6 months in any one year. I think that immigration are probably trying to catch up with the rest of the world and get ready for integration with the upcoming South East Asia Union!

Also it could be that immigration are meeting out the same form of treatment a Thai would get if they tried back to back visas in thier countries.

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We, as an EX-PAT community have brought some of this on ourselves by not policing our own. If you know someone who is violating the VISA requirements - TURN THEM IN!!!!!!!!!!!

Here we go! Shall we employ special officers charged with weeding out these non-conformists? With their specially coloured and authoritively emblemed shirts...

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As the news of this spreads, more and more people will likely put of trips here as the confusion reigns.

^I seriously doubt this.

What it will do however is stop these people that have exploited a system that was not strictly enforced as it should have been. I support it 100%. I am glad those multi visa runners were displaced. I doubt they will be let back in from the airport

Either you are a tourist occasionally or you live here with a retirement, Marriage or Work visa.

I expect more borders to follow suit soon.

How about u are rich and young and not married?

What kind of visa please?

thailand elite visa

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Yaaaayyy.....

More confusion. It does seem the serial abusers were the ones punished though.

It sucks, because I recently moved back to the US and I was hoping to spend my summers in Thailand. This would probably be less than 60 days, but more than 30.

I am 32 and teach in the US, so retirement is not an option.

Oh well, I have a whole year before I really have to worry about it. I am sure it will change 42 times from now till then.

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i stop being suprised here years ago....whistling.gif ..buy a legal visa from a THAI consul (WHO HAVE THE POWER TO REFUSE) and then be refused entry at teh border...idiotic to say the least

It's again worth remembering that possession of a visa doesn't guarantee the holder admission to a country, it's the Immigration Officer at the Border that has the final say, this applies to most countries in the World, including the likes of the UK, the Schengen Area and the United States of America.

At US Immigration the entrant in question is passed to a second, higher ranking officer before such a decision is made. It never happens that it is the decision of one person alone.

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As the news of this spreads, more and more people will likely put of trips here as the confusion reigns.

WHY ????

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