July 27, 2016
13th August 2016; may be seen as the end of the world for many who use Thailand’s easy border run policy to stay in the country for an extended period of time.
Because from this date hence forth, anyone wishing to stay longer must now leave the country in order to apply for a visa at consulates and embassies in other countries.
The one day visa runs to the Kingdoms borders to gain an additional 15 – 30 days has always been a very popular and cheap way for many long term residents in Thailand to extend their stay here without the need of long stay visas, but this is about to change.
The Immigration Bureau have already told the officials to refuse entry to foreigners on visa runs as a measure to stop the exploitation of tourist visas and visa exemptions to live or work here.
Tourists wishing to extend their stay in Thailand must now need to exit the country and apply for a proper tourist visa or they will need to fly out of the country every thirty days to obtain a new stamp. However, the ‘fly in – fly out’ option will not last for very long as visa runs by air will be prohibited from August 13th.
Immigration Bureau website says: “Leniency will be granted until August 12, but only for passengers arriving by air. Foreigners who come to Thailand must seek a proper visa in line with the purpose of their intended stay here.”
The issuing of visas from nearby countries is down to the discretion of the consulate used and the rules regarding the issue of tourist visas change on a monthly basis. Those who have already had several tourist visas may find their application is refused or they may receive a single rather than a double entry visa.
Pol Colonel Thirachai Dedkhad said: “We have made it clear that if they want to work in Thailand, they must seek a work permit and get the right type of visa.”
For those that feel aggrieved by Thailand enforcing the letter of the law (‘border runs” and their ensuing visa’s were only there to enable true holiday makers to stay on in the Kingdom a little longer), they only have to look towards the West and especially Europe, to see the folly in an open borders policy.
For those of us that are here, doing what-ever we do but legally, then nothing has changed, for others who abuse this country, its systems and its people, (many of these people are at the same time its most vocal of critics) then your days are numbered. Its simple get the right Visa and the Kingdom will still welcome you