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Thai visa run crackdown: Latest update from Thai/Cambo border

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Thai visa run crackdown: Latest update from Thai/Cambo border

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- No Out/In for any nationality along Thai/Cambodian border
- Phu Nam Ron, Kanchanaburi refusing to stamp anyone EVEN people with valid visas
- ‘Business as usual’ at Thai-Laos border


BANGKOK: -- Thaivisa understands that as of yesterday evening (Sept 15th) Immigration officials at checkpoints along the Thai/Cambodian border at Ban Laem/Daun Lem, Ban Pakard/Phsa Prum and Aranyaprathet/Poipet were refusing all nationalities trying to complete Out/In border hops on visa exempt entries.

However, people with valid tourist visas, multiple non-o etc were being allowed to complete an Out/In.

Thaivisa also understands that in some instances, Immigration officials were asking tourists to provide valid travel itineraries for their stay in Thailand.

The situation along the Thai/Laos border has been described as ‘business as usual’ by the owner of a visa run company operating in that area, and Thaivisa is yet to receive any reports of problems from those wishing to enter Laos in order to complete an Out/In border hop.

Regarding the Phu Nam Ron/Htee Khee check point along the Thai/Myanmar border in Kanchanaburi, it seems officials there are implementing the new rules much more strictly than their colleagues along the Thai/Cambodian border.

Yesterday Thaivisa received reports from members who had visited Phu Nam Rom in Kanchanaburi, where Immigration officials had refused to stamp their passports, despite them being in possession of a valid tourist visa.

Thaivisa has spoken to a tour company based in Kanchanaburi who provide a border hop service to the Phu Nam Rom checkpoint. The owner of the company also confirmed that no stamps are being issued currently at Phu Nam Ron, and is therefore best avoided at this moment in time.

AEC News reports that Police Lieutenant-General Sakda Choenpakdee is scheduled to visit Thailand-Cambodia border crossing today (Sept 16) so there may be further updates on the situation later today.

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-- 2015-09-16

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This is the immigration equivalent of a huge dose of laxatives. Sit back and squeeze that clartz straight out. A slimmed down expat scene minus the dodgy educators and powder peddlers, it'll all be for the best.

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Interesting, There are 6 border crossings between Thailand and Cambodia but their only grassing three of theses.

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Smart. Keep them in Cambodia and make them spend more money!!!! Remember, this is NOT your country!!!! LOL

Good thing I just bought that Elite Visa Card from a guy at the 30 baht soup stand. I'm home free...

Don't worry tourists.....just denounce your home citizenship and become Thai!!!!!

So much more fun when it doesn't concern you...

I joke!!! I'm Buddhist......I worry about all my brothers and sisters....

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I bet there are long qeueu's now at the Thai embassy's/consulates abroad.

The poor employee's will have to answer all questions/complaints from travellers who just bought tickets to apply for the visa. We have to buy the ticket first and can only apply AFTER that. So they have a ticket now and can't travel from Thailand to Cambodia and see some of the rest of SE Asia.

I guess they will fly straight to Vietnam now and not visit Thailand at all.

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I bet there are long qeueu's now at the Thai embassy's/consulates abroad.

The poor employee's will have to answer all questions/complaints from travellers who just bought tickets to apply for the visa. We have to buy the ticket first and can only apply AFTER that. So they have a ticket now and can't travel from Thailand to Cambodia and see some of the rest of SE Asia.

I guess they will fly straight to Vietnam now and not visit Thailand at all.

I think it doesn't affect the normal traveller who come here for holiday

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This is the immigration equivalent of a huge dose of laxatives. Sit back and squeeze that clartz straight out. A slimmed down expat scene minus the dodgy educators and powder peddlers, it'll all be for the best.

Yes, arbitrarily enforced rules - all for the best!blink.png

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I bet there are long qeueu's now at the Thai embassy's/consulates abroad.

The poor employee's will have to answer all questions/complaints from travellers who just bought tickets to apply for the visa. We have to buy the ticket first and can only apply AFTER that. So they have a ticket now and can't travel from Thailand to Cambodia and see some of the rest of SE Asia.

I guess they will fly straight to Vietnam now and not visit Thailand at all.

I think it doesn't affect the normal traveller who come here for holiday

Sure it does. Especially at Phu Nam Ron & Kanchanaburi. But hey, it's no problem until its your problem, right?

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It will cost Thailand a lot of money. That for sure.

Don't worry. Thailand is a rich country. They don't need foreigners.

Let see, what happens.

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I bet there are long qeueu's now at the Thai embassy's/consulates abroad.

The poor employee's will have to answer all questions/complaints from travellers who just bought tickets to apply for the visa. We have to buy the ticket first and can only apply AFTER that. So they have a ticket now and can't travel from Thailand to Cambodia and see some of the rest of SE Asia.

I guess they will fly straight to Vietnam now and not visit Thailand at all.

I think it doesn't affect the normal traveller who come here for holiday

Sure it does. Especially at Phu Nam Ron & Kanchanaburi. But hey, it's no problem until its your problem, right?

The latest news article is talking about in/out border hops. Which tourist does that?

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I bet there are long qeueu's now at the Thai embassy's/consulates abroad.

The poor employee's will have to answer all questions/complaints from travellers who just bought tickets to apply for the visa. We have to buy the ticket first and can only apply AFTER that. So they have a ticket now and can't travel from Thailand to Cambodia and see some of the rest of SE Asia.

I guess they will fly straight to Vietnam now and not visit Thailand at all.

I think it doesn't affect the normal traveller who come here for holiday

Sure it does. Especially at Phu Nam Ron & Kanchanaburi. But hey, it's no problem until its your problem, right?

The latest news article is talking about in/out border hops. Which tourist does that?

A tourist who wants to continue their holiday and doesn't have a visa.

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All these nonsense comments when everyone knows that it is the repeated in/out "tourists" they want to crack down on.

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The whole visa question is a total shambles. The system is not only too complicated but also a total lack of education on the visa rules to all immigration officers is largely to blame. It can't be that difficult to get all the heads of all checkpoints together and give them precise instructions on how the rules are to be applied. The same goes for all their overseas embassies and consulates who almost without exception apply their own version and 99% of them all differ.

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There seems to be some confusion what a tourist is particularly when it comes to Thailand.

Obviously, a tourist travels around for sightseeing and/or pleasure and within 30 or even 60 days you can surely see and enjoy a lot of Thailand. If 30 days are not enough there is the possibility to extend the permisson of stay but certainly only on reasonable grounds or apply for a tourist visa prior to arrival.

If crossing the border a tourist is supposed to travel with his or her luggage rather than leaving it at a hotel since he or she is on tour and usually tour means continuous travelling.

Well, sometimes people go on shortime trips for example to visit surrounding attractions such as for example the crocodile farm when staying in BKK. When leaving the country, however, particularly upon staying there for several weeks already one would suppose that the tour is continued at the country of destination and hence the travel planning is already kind of figured out before even going on tour.

In any case, the reason for staying in a country must be obvious. There is no such thing as longtime tourist because in that case we are not talking a tourist anymore but rather an expatriate and a proper permission of stay is required. blink.png

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