New visa drama : from 30 days stamps to 15 days at land borders

Here we go again… The forum ThaiVisa is hot like lava… The reason ? A new “visa drama” of course ! πŸ˜‰

From time to time, the thai authorities love to toy with visa regulations… To change the rules… If possible without warning (it’s much more sanuk).

This new police order was issued on november 25. But the “news” (in english) came only wednesday… In a way it’s highly ironic to see the thai police playing with visa regulations during a full blown tourism crisis… πŸ˜‰

By the way :

The TAT is also preparing an advertising campaign called “Apologies Thailand”, aimed at redressing the damage by the political turmoil and the Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airport closures. The agency will use the campaign to send a positive message to tourists around the world, encouraging them to come back to Thailand. (Nation)

The TAT should talk to the police… πŸ˜‰

As usual, don’t try to understand. Because maybe there is nothing to understand. AKA : no conspiracy.

So what the new fuss is about ?

30-days border runs now only 15 days

In order to limit the amount of foreigners using “back-to-back” border runs, Thai Immigration has issued a new regulation regarding the 30 days tourist exemption.

Effective immediately, travellers without visa will get only 15 days of stay if they are arriving via a land border checkpoint from a neighboring country.

Passengers arriving via an international airport will obtain a 30 days stay, and for them there is no change.

This police order number 778/2551 is today confirmed by Royal Thai Police, Immigration Bureau, in Bangkok.

So if you’re a poor backpacker enjoying long trips and land borders, or a “visa runner”, you probably already found the link of the ThaiVisa forum. πŸ˜‰

Overall, there is without any doubt a political will to make it harder for foreigners who took for many years some liberties with laws…

The problem is : this will is often muddled, incoherent. And sometimes hypocrite too.

Anyway : times change.

Apparently, there are new regulations too for ” Extensions Of Non-immigrant Visas” (read here).

5 Responses to “New visa drama : from 30 days stamps to 15 days at land borders”

  1. 1 Jon 5 December 2008 at 4:09 am

    They hadn’t heard about this in Mae Sai when I was up there last week (the 26th). Anyway if it’s true, it means no more enduring those twin nightmares, Mae Sot & Mae Sai – with visits to Thailand more likely to be stopovers en-route – like these muppets intend, perhaps?

  2. 2 Bedwyr 5 December 2008 at 5:03 am

    Muppets indeed.

    Perhaps they have never heard of the concept that actions bring consequences. Or perhaps they are just indulging the time-honoured Thai game of foreigner-bashing. Whenever anything happens that loses Thais face internationally, they generally come up with some kind of device that enables them to think they are getting their own back on the despised Johnny Foreigner.

    All pretty predictable really. Sad yes, stupid yes, but predictable. They think there are no consequences because they are picking on people who actually want to be here rather than those who are just tourists and don;’t give a rats ass about Thais or Thailand. And whom they have just alienated anyway.

    Go figure.


  3. 3 move along please 5 December 2008 at 6:52 am

    Thaksins revenge…he has told his classmates to shaft the dirty nasty foreigners Yet again.. to help keep face for his visa problem
    This Country is laughable, so firmly stuck in the 3rd World

  4. 4 ThaiCrisis 5 December 2008 at 8:57 am

    Come on… I don’t think we should see the evil hand of Thaksin everywhere !
    It’s being an obsession.

    Other visa modifications, and regulations for land ownership via company for instance (along with the will to amend the FBA) were published, enacted under the Junta for instance…

    My point : Thaksin, Junta, or PPP-Thaksin muppet… there is a constant will to correct the trends of immigration policies and foreign investment policies.

    Therefore it’s not new. It’s certainly not related to the recent Uk visa problem of Thaksin.

  5. 5 James 5 December 2008 at 9:44 am

    Don’t they realize, the Thai economy depends on foreign money to survive? I feel as though many developing nations have become delusional in their euphoric growth spout after the Western import binge. Those days are over, back to work! πŸ˜‰

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