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July 27, 2016

The end of the world is nigh

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.


The end of the world is nigh End of Border runs in Thailand


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 end of the world is nigh


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.


The end of the world is nigh the death of the border run


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.


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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

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  1. Mike Jordan - August 8, 2016 10:52 am

    This is a fantastic way to get rid of the maggot peasant foreigners who dont do anything but ruin Thailand.

  2. Ben - August 8, 2016 9:04 am

    I suppose the part left most unclear about these new regulation is frequency and time out of the country. Fly out/in same day are over, apparently. Does that mean one need to leave for 1 week, 1 month, or longer before they would be readmitted on a 30-day exemption? Or would a certain number of consecutive entries in a short amount of time bar you from obtaining a visa?

    I still haven’t found any specifics on items like this.

  3. Peter - August 7, 2016 8:49 pm

    “Proper work visas are mostly issued here for retired people…” Totally incorrect! If a person is retired then he/she obtains a Retirement Visa not a Working Visa. Working visas are not easy to obtain whereas a Retirement Visa just requires a certain sum of money invested in a Thai bank (currently 800,000 THB) and an annual visit to the local Immigration Office

  4. Jenny Barbara Lincoln - July 29, 2016 6:07 am

    This is most unfortunate, because the “border runs” have basically been the ONLY way that younger people who stay long term in Thailand (especially in Chiang Mai) to teach English and volunteer for NGOs have been able to stay for long periods at all. Proper work visas are mostly issued here for retired people and for people who work at very large international schools and companies…but not for people who want to help small NGOs, work with hill tribe people or Myanmar refugees, start their own small businesses, or teach English informally after school to families (and many of these teachers are talented and experienced teachers but who may not have a degree in Education in their home country because they don’t like to work in a formal, structured setting of a large school and find that people learn English better in small classes in an informal situation). The country has a pitiful low standard of English and desperately needs English teachers and people to work with hilltribe people and Myanmar refugees – so why is the country trying to make it more difficult for people to come and teach or volunteer?

    • kennyg - August 7, 2016 1:09 pm

      As far as i am aware you are either retired or working so a person holding a retirement visa cannot have a work permit.

    • Chesty - August 8, 2016 12:48 am

      Oh… Pity me… Your stopping me from working for a NGO…! I don’t have the qualifications nor the desire to teach properly…! Get a grip .. Man up… Stop the tail wagging the dog..! Rules are rules, comply or go home… Stop your bleeding heart whimpering, every normal person must comply so why not the spotty uneducated and unwashed who are just dealing a free ride….!

      • Steve - August 9, 2016 12:34 pm

        Hahahahaha, nice…

    • Steve - August 10, 2016 7:33 pm

      Consider the fact that work places requiring suitable staff will now be required to offer work permits where previously they would not.


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