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You hope that families are split up?? You are a dreadful person. What about the kids losing their father.... their fault as well eh???? Your bitterness is unique and I m glad I don't think I have h

Did anybody read this line in the story: "Visa runners are those who leave Thailand and return immediately for the purpose of extending their stay." Seems pretty clear to me.

I'm on double entry tourist visa spending a week in Vietnam and arriving back to Thailand on 14th for second half of my visa.

Wonder how this will go. I don't have any back to back visas in my passport, and I don't have any visa exemptions. I do have multiple double entry tourist visas over many years. Visa was acquired from home country, not a border country in Asia.

you'll be fine. youre not doing an Out/In

How do you define Out/In though? I'll be in Vietnam for 7 days. Is Out/In about people who cross back the same day? 1 day? 3 days? 1 week?

I wish the immigration rules were clearer.

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Sorry if I'm sounding a bit thick here, but does this policy include people who would pop over the border to do an in/out to get their 2nd entry on the double tourist visa or just for visa exempts?

It affect all people with a history of back to back tourist visas and/or visa exempt stamps.

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The main issue is the archaic application processes and issuing of any type of visa from the overseas embassy and then a work permit - compounded by the short time frames that these are valid for. The solution should not be a border control lock down but a much more efficient and modern approach to allowing an international work force to conduct business in Thailand. This said, I have always found the labour department quite helpful and immigration - providing you have the right paperwork. But that in itself is crazy and needs repeating throughout the year.

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I'm on double entry tourist visa spending a week in Vietnam and arriving back to Thailand on 14th for second half of my visa.

Wonder how this will go. I don't have any back to back visas in my passport, and I don't have any visa exemptions. I do have multiple double entry tourist visas over many years. Visa was acquired from home country, not a border country in Asia.

you'll be fine. youre not doing an Out/In

How do you define Out/In though? I'll be in Vietnam for 7 days. Is Out/In about people who cross back the same day? 1 day? 3 days? 1 week?

I wish the immigration rules were clearer.

It only affects you if you have a history of back to back tourist visas and/or visa exempt stamps.

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This will probably have a knock on effect to those doing visa runs via Air Travel, with regards to being allowed to fly in. I guess that the airlines will begin to make a stand if people (with the I/O stamp) flying into Thailand start getting refused entry, this leaving it the responsibility of the airline to return them if they do not hold an onward / return ticket.

I do understand that it is a requirement to hold an onward ticket out of the country, upon entering, but it seems to be seldom enforced.

Perhaps we can all expect changes to all Visas to take place within the next 1-2 years.

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As for the companies that took advantage of the loop holes to pay under minimum wage to teachers, etc. now that it will be universally enforced, the work permit/visa rules should provide an increase in wages for people in this category.

And school fees will rise accordingly. Knock on effect.....

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I'm on double entry tourist visa spending a week in Vietnam and arriving back to Thailand on 14th for second half of my visa.

Wonder how this will go. I don't have any back to back visas in my passport, and I don't have any visa exemptions. I do have multiple double entry tourist visas over many years. Visa was acquired from home country, not a border country in Asia.

you'll be fine. youre not doing an Out/In

How do you define Out/In though? I'll be in Vietnam for 7 days. Is Out/In about people who cross back the same day? 1 day? 3 days? 1 week?

I wish the immigration rules were clearer.

It only affects you if you have a history of back to back tourist visas and/or visa exempt stamps.

what are your thoughts on the possibilty of it affecting rapid turnarounds on double and triple tourist visas and multiple entry N0on-O's?

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You hope that families are split up??

You are a dreadful person.

What about the kids losing their father.... their fault as well eh????

Your bitterness is unique and I m glad I don't think I have had to suffer meeting someone with your thought process.

Maybe one day we will see you back on here whining because your own category is being rinsed by the xenophobic Thai immigration.

My personal opinion is live and let live, these people are seldom terrible people whom probably do no harm to anyone, and you wish them a downfall??

More like Thailand needs rid of people like YOU!!!!

Cry me a river.

It's simple. Stop breaking the law and get a proper visa and then these people can live with their wife and kids.

If they don't get the correct visa, no mercy.

Forgive me for being slow, but I want to understand your statement precisely here.

You have no mercy for kids who are no able to see one of their parents for extended periods...years perhaps...because of immigration laws?

It's not because of the immigration laws mate…it's because of the parent who couldn't get his papers in order.

I didn't ask your opinion of the parent. I asked about your feelings towards the kids. Do you have mercy for the kids?

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So some one with a double or triple entry Tourist Visa can not just go In Out same day. and Must take a break and fly in after a few days ? or it only apply to people with out a proper visa issued at a embassy or consulate ?

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I'm on retirement extensions now...

But back in my tourist days, I'd sometimes make 3 or 4 visa-exempt entries to Thailand per year -- with each entry being 2-4 months apart and usually stays in country of 2-4 weeks, depending on the time of year.

I was absolutely a 100% legitimate tourist then, staying in hotels and always with confirmed air tickets back to my home country at arrival. But I kind of wonder how Immigration is going to respond to that kind of pattern now in this latest enforcement approach?

It certainly ought to be OK... But in the current environment, kind hard to know for certain -- at least until mid-August arrives and we see how things are handled at Suvarnabhumi airport.

The OP is referring to back to back in-out visa exempt and tourist visa entries. Your previous history does not fit that profile.

The operative words here are: "back to back" -and- "in-out".

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Lets face it, it has been very lenient for a very long time.

Lets take the UK for example, any Thai wishing to enter for just a day has to produce a load of proof of this and that. Even those married to a UK spouse, have to be invited to stay if the visa is for visiting family (I understand that this is also a requirement for a Spouse of a Thai during application of a Non Imm O).

The bubble had to burst sooner or later though, now didn't it?

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what are your thoughts on the possibilty of it affecting rapid turnarounds on double and triple tourist visas and multiple entry N0on-O's?

Non immigrant visas are not affected.

If I had a history of back to back tourist visas and went to the border to activate second entry I suspect you would not be let back in..

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What I find unbelievable is their statement that stopping the visa run people will reduce crime! Personally, I doubt very much that any of the visa run people are criminals.

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So some one with a double or triple entry Tourist Visa can not just go In Out same day. and Must take a break and fly in after a few days ? or it only apply to people with out a proper visa issued at a embassy or consulate ?

so far no evidence of the in/out on the double entry being a problem

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what are your thoughts on the possibilty of it affecting rapid turnarounds on double and triple tourist visas and multiple entry N0on-O's?

Non immigrant visas are not affected.

If I had a history of back to back tourist visas and went to the border to activate second entry I suspect you would not be let back in..

i was thinking more of the guy that gets a triple entry once a year for his holiday in thailand and does quick in/outs to do so??

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So some one with a double or triple entry Tourist Visa can not just go In Out same day. and Must take a break and fly in after a few days ? or it only apply to people with out a proper visa issued at a embassy or consulate ?

If you have a history of back to back tourist visas you would not be allowed to enter again.

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Sorry if I'm sounding a bit thick here, but does this policy include people who would pop over the border to do an in/out to get their 2nd entry on the double tourist visa or just for visa exempts?

I guess the question you need to ask is whether you're prepared to risk it or whether you'd like a weekend in Singapore, particularly prior to August 12. Personally, I'd love to see Singapore from the top of the new casino, but I have no idea of your personal financial circumstances.

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what are your thoughts on the possibilty of it affecting rapid turnarounds on double and triple tourist visas and multiple entry N0on-O's?

Non immigrant visas are not affected.

If I had a history of back to back tourist visas and went to the border to activate second entry I suspect you would not be let back in..

i was thinking more of the guy that gets a triple entry once a year for his holiday in thailand and does quick in/outs to do so??

As he does not have a history of back to back tourist visas it should not be a problem.

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Is it very difficult to get a proper work visa? If, as seems to be the case, many employers dont want to be bothered, is it something you can do yourself? Or are the tax implications the root cause?

The employer must pay you a minimum wage, for western people it's 50.000 baht/month.

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