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Scores of foreigners refused entry to Thailand at Malaysian border

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Scores of foreigners refused entry to Thailand at Malaysian border

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SONGKHLA:-- More than 100 foreign nationals per month are being refused entry to Thailand despite having valid tourist visas, according to a senior Immigration official at the Sadao border checkpoint.

Following Thaivisa.com’s breaking news story regarding the crackdown on the misuse of tourist visas, deputy superintendent Lt. Col Banphot Kittivarathe of Sadao Immigration has confirmed that if an individual can not prove they are a genuine tourist they will be refused entry to Thailand, reports the Phuket Gazette.

Col Banphot claimed that as as many as 100 foreigners per month are being denied entry on the basis they could be using a tourist visa to enter the country and work illegally.

Persistent abusers of the tourist visa system and the ones who are likely to arouse suspicion of Immigration officials are those who “are using many tourist visas to enter Thailand multiple times”, says Col Banphot.

Legitimate tourists who wish to enter Thailand are advised to show officials hotel bookings or some kind of travel itinerary.

Sadao is located in Songkhla province and is one of the major border checkpoints on the Thai/Malaysian border.

In the past, Sadao has been popular with border runners travelling from Phuket and other tourist destinations in southern Thailand.

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-- 2014-07-15

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3 and a bit people per day. Suggest the immigration guys need to pull the finger out and try harder.

Reading the original article, I think that 100 pcm visa refusals is the historic monthly rate; think that figure may ramp up a bit now.

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How does one prove that they are a genuine tourist?

think again!

Trying to enter the country without a luggage, wearing a business attire, having numerous back to back tourist visas, just to name a few, should already be a sign....

Of course, you can object, but if you are honnest with yourself, you will just think how you are when you enter a country a s tourist....

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How does one prove that they are a genuine tourist?

Have ya tilak from Bangla or Soi Reggai do the border jump with youlaugh.png

On a serious note its getting quite scary for some

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3 and a bit people per day. Suggest the immigration guys need to pull the finger out and try harder.

It's only been a few days.

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How does one prove that they are a genuine tourist?

As an example, the vast majority of tourists visit a country of a set amount of time and have hotels and flight home booked. I think it would be pretty obvious if you're a tourist or not. Tourists don't stay in the same country for years for example. So those getting back to back visas for years on end are obviously not tourists. There will be some gray areas, but for the vast majority it's very easy to know.

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This might just be the beginning.I can see Thailand's neighboring countries having problems with all the farangs that can go into

Thailand.

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Dude! You are a tourist in every sense of the word. None of this applies to you and never will. Enjoy.

Sent from my LG-V500 using Thaivisa Connect Thailand mobile app

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