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#1 Spank

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Posted 19 December 2016 - 09:33 PM

Not seen a thread about this yet, so here goes :

 

http://www.thaivisa....ctive-dec-31st/

 

That could really mess with some plans... if it's enforced....

 

"Those who enter the Kingdom temporarily for tourism in accordance with Paragraphs 3 by crossing Immigration check points at land borders are entitled to enter the Kingdom in this way no more than two times per calendar year, except for Malaysian citizens or citizens of other countries, as specified by the minister.”

 

"Notes: - The reason for this announcement of ministerial regulations is that it has been found that, on examining the time spent in the Kingdom by aliens receiving visa exemptions to enter the Kingdom temporarily for purposes of tourism by crossing Immigration check points at land borders, such aliens have tended to spend more time in the Kingdom than is consistent with the purpose of granting visa exemptions to enter the Kingdom temporarily for the purpose of tourism. Thus, in order to make these land border crossings conform to the stated purpose of tourism, it is necessary to issue these ministerial regulations to limit the number of annual border crossings by individual aliens using visa exemptions for the purpose of tourism."


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#2 grandy

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 03:24 AM

There is the option of doing it all legally one supposes.



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Posted 20 December 2016 - 08:50 AM

that's fucking up the "plans" of a lot of people...

However, further or later I expected that to come, there are in the meantime far too many people trying this border run "workaround ". Not only westerners, but Russians, Filipinos, ...
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#4 FYE

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 09:30 AM

Bout time to, unless you are at retirement age or financially secure and purchase the correct visa's why shouldn't they enforce borders,. We complain of our own countries lax borders so why not... If you happen to have a business then I'm pretty sure there are visa's and rules which apply so doing it correctly is the right way.

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 09:34 AM

Land border crossings haven't been a good option, for Farangs for YEARS.  Ever since it went to 15 days on the non-paid visa.  Can't imagine they would change it for Laos or Cambodians?  Though it shows Cambodians only get 14 days according to wiki.  There much be cheap paid options for longer stay for them or very little reprocussions for overstay.  Just go back to the home country and get a new passport.

 

On the flip side, if you are from: Argentina, South Korea, Brazil, Chile or Peru you get 90 days on arrival.  

 

Source: https://en.wikipedia...2813_nations.29



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Posted 20 December 2016 - 12:07 PM

Doesn't this work differently if you, say fly to Cambo and come back in a couple days?

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Posted 20 December 2016 - 01:05 PM

Doesn't this work differently if you, say fly to Cambo and come back in a couple days?

 

 

Yes.  If you fly in you get 30 days (on a non paid visa).  AFAIK there are no limitations to this.



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Posted 21 December 2016 - 04:29 AM

Doesn't this work differently if you, say fly to Cambo and come back in a couple days?


yep: the new policy is only about land border crossings.(Flights are still 30 days- however, their computer has a reportedly a counter - if you have more than 6 entries a year, an alarm is popping up.) Targeting the visa runs by van.

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 05:25 AM

Hi guys ....I need about a weeks extension to my 30 day which runs out on saturday ...has anyone applied at Jomptien recently ?

Any dramas ? 

Costs ?



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Posted 17 January 2017 - 08:32 AM

Hi guys ....I need about a weeks extension to my 30 day which runs out on saturday ...has anyone applied at Jomptien recently ?
Any dramas ?
Costs ?

Know someone that just did a 30 day extension at jomtien, on a 30 day tourist with no issues.

Edit: normal extension costs, believe it's 1900 baht for the extension.

Edited by kathoeyfan, 17 January 2017 - 08:33 AM.

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 09:59 AM

I do border runs from Laos sometimes, then it becomes a problem. Even though I spend no time in Thailand that way. It will affect tourism for the entire region.

You can work around it, but it takes time and efford. 12 extra hours in a bus, 4 tuktuk rides, 3 hours at the Thai consulate and 2 nights spent in a city I didn't want to be.

Enough reason for me to look to go elsewhere next year.

Edited by Lucius, 17 January 2017 - 10:01 AM.


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 10:27 AM

i am on a UK Visa Exemptin ...will they extend that at Jomptien ?



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Posted 17 January 2017 - 11:47 AM

i am on a UK Visa Exemptin ...will they extend that at Jomptien ?

7 days extension for 1,900 baht, unless the rules have changed.

 

brain fart... yes I think rules have changed as per comment a couple of posts ago, it's possible to get 30 days ext. on top of the 30 day given on 30 day visa exempt arrival.


Edited by zeppo, 17 January 2017 - 11:50 AM.

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 12:08 PM

Thanks Zeppo ...I only need a week ...I wanted to extend three days but had to stretch it a week as flight all full to Auckland on Thai until the 27th 

She's a hard life huh ?



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Posted 18 January 2017 - 02:06 AM

take your ticket and there will be no problem but theyll give you 7 days anyway



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Posted 18 January 2017 - 08:41 AM

http://lovepattayath...isa-incentives/



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Posted 21 January 2017 - 05:22 AM

 

Useful article that... and unusually positive about visas. I always find the system kind of hostile, but maybe that's cos I'm well under 50 and don't have huge amounts of money. I do spend plenty in the LOS though...




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