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Chitown
01-28-2019, 09:57 AM
There is currently a crackdown on tourist visa “repeaters” - that is, people who are staying (or “living”) in Thailand for as long as possible by doing tourist visa after tourist visa.


There are no specific rules on how many successive tourist visas or visa exemption stamps you can get, and that's the problem. Perhaps, Thailand should specify how many in order to make it easier on Westerners here.


Thailand's complaint is that Westerners may be working illegally, but I have never worked illegally.


However, it is true that a “tourist visa repeater” is sort of breaking the “spirit” or “principles” of what a tourist visa is for. After all, a tourist visa is for people on legitimate holidays. If you're staying here for years on continuous tourist visas, then Immigration can ask, “what are you doing?” - are you actually a tourist or are you living here or even working here?


Anyways, something to look out for.



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johnny31
09-03-2019, 06:24 AM
so what to do if you lost your wife, have several animals already for 13 years and you live here for 18 years? trying to get a job, what seem to be impossible and are under 50 years (what is a racist law)... the law is like always not complete and innocent people are getting punished that are just living here and have no where else to go, only reason for staying are the animals but running out of options because of the insane laws Thailand makes and it seems to be not accepted to tell the true about it, (Thailand never wants you tell the true) seems there is a person in the government that makes these insane laws to keep his huge salary and his job... my opinion like always these laws are made in a hurry without thinking about most of the foreigners that have build up their life here, Thailand is making stress and problems to these people for no reason (that is how over-stay happens, not giving people a choice anymore) all Thailand is uncertain for to live there in the future relax, it only causes stress, headache and you pushed into a corner with no way out... insane if you ask me. each person has his issues but if they where a bit 'human' in Thailand they could have a look at it, however we just foreigners - white people and that is for Thailand we are a nothing and will always be a nothing because of that, it is simply a racist country and not human friendly in this matter at all... that is my opinion and it is the plain true, but we all know if you tell the true they just lock you up... like said unhuman the way foreigners are being treated in this country

Somchai Boonporn
09-03-2019, 07:15 AM
Barbaric savages.

Mr Tinkles
09-03-2019, 11:24 AM
so what to do if you lost your wife, have several animals already for 13 years and you live here for 18 years?.....only reason for staying are the animals but running out of options because of the insane laws

I do believe you mean your children :rotfl:. Admittedly some of them can be pretty wild & probably should be caged

Somchai Boonporn
09-03-2019, 07:41 PM
Much less Western presence can only be beneficial to Thailand.



A clandestine mass extermination program might aid in this perplexing aspect.
Round 'em up and create a disappearing act.


Farang scum.

lamphun
09-03-2019, 09:01 PM
F.o.j.

Somchai Boonporn
09-15-2019, 05:36 AM
So...how that crackdown comin' along?:hello:

Tom Bruise
09-15-2019, 06:50 PM
Who cares. It's very simple. Anyone trying to spend more than six months in Thailand clearly isn't a tourist and should be kicked out for six months if they try to continue as a tourist. Max 183 days in any 365 days seems perfectly fair.

Pattaya Plies
09-15-2019, 06:53 PM
https://www.thailandelite.com/?locate=en :yup:

serrollt
09-15-2019, 07:18 PM
There are no specific rules on how many successive tourist visas or visa exemption stamps you can getWrong.
:snacks:

Tom Bruise
09-15-2019, 08:32 PM
^ I don't remember seeing any but that may well have changed. Various embassies seem to do it on an arbitrary basis, like so many things in Thailand. Only two land border crossings per year was a wise way to stop people living near borders from stepping over them for a few minutes every 30 days, but what any restrictions when arriving by air are, I don't know and don't care.

Pattaya Plies
09-15-2019, 09:03 PM
you dont care

Tom Bruise
09-15-2019, 09:25 PM
Yup, makes no difference to me, but it's always interesting to observe the endless battle between inept immigration and illegal immigrant whiteys.

CaptainNemo
09-21-2019, 08:11 PM
Who cares. It's very simple. Anyone trying to spend more than six months in Thailand clearly isn't a tourist and should be kicked out for six months if they try to continue as a tourist. Max 183 days in any 365 days seems perfectly fair.

There are more amenable countries with enough to satisfy different moods. Some of us are quite happy to spend more time in Cambodia and Japan with the occasional jaunt to Indo or Vietnam or Taiwan etc... and less time in Thailand if they don't want our money or the wages our companies pay Thai people... "aap too yoo"... Thailand 4.bwahahaha?!

Mr Tinkles
09-21-2019, 09:30 PM
Anyone trying to spend more than six months in Thailand clearly isn't a tourist and should be kicked out for six months if they try to continue as a tourist. Max 183 days in any 365 days seems perfectly fair.I got red flagged by the airline when I first left for Thailand 6 weeks ago as my return date wasn't until 3 months later. The lady at the desk asked my intentions regarding Thailand, I said I'd be only staying there for 1 week before moving on. She never asked for evidence of this by way of an onward airline ticket & nor has Thai immigration ever asked to see one. I've now being through Swampy Arrivals twice

I guess their computer shows them who has the good arrivals/departures history & who the probable rule breakers are likely to be

CaptainNemo
09-21-2019, 09:42 PM
It's not a very friendly way of improving your tourist numbers when they're down 30%... blaming the world economy whilst giving people shit. In the end, whitey isn't likely to be stealing Somchai's lunch; and is probably going to piss anything he does earn away in bars and 7-11s and rent and food, I just don't see how Toyland benefits. Next door in Cambo, there are more barangs and more Khmers speak English and it's a case of immigration increasing GDP/capita.

Somchai Boonporn
09-22-2019, 07:23 PM
To sum it up:


F*CK FARANG and all their precious associations.
Haven't done the world any good.

:itch:

CaptainNemo
09-22-2019, 07:54 PM
Well you're a bit ****ing moody, aren't yer.

Do you hate the white half of you as much as the rest of the honky race?

What happened, is it something to do with a nasty man when you were little?

Boon Mee
09-23-2019, 07:02 AM
Basically, Laos & Cambodia are shithole places. Trash strewn everywhere. Much more so than LOS + their infrastructure sucks the big one.

Been to Poipet lately? Jesus! What a total shithole...:yup:

CaptainNemo
09-24-2019, 12:21 AM
yep. to be fair to them, they are building lot more stuff on the poipet side than the aran side. that star plaza place by the gate is dead and half empty. Indo is a bit a shithole too.

No idea how good this site is, but it sounds plausible. No ratings for Taiwan and HK of course. Japan seems good.
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/thailand

Somchai Boonporn
09-24-2019, 05:56 PM
Basically, Laos & Cambodia are shithole places. Trash strewn everywhere. Much more so than LOS + their infrastructure sucks the big one.

Been to Poipet lately? Jesus! What a total shithole...:yup:


Largely due with saturating Farang of every description.

CaptainNemo
09-24-2019, 06:01 PM
Basically, Laos & Cambodia are shithole places. Trash strewn everywhere. Much more so than LOS + their infrastructure sucks the big one.

Been to Poipet lately? Jesus! What a total shithole...:yup:

Poipet didn't seem that bad to me. Bit of a building site, but more going on than in the Thai towns on the way there. Not many barang.
I haven't been to Laos for a while, so I dunno. I think they've built some roads now, or rather the Japanese built them, perhaps because the locals couldn't be arsed.

Somchai Boonporn
09-24-2019, 06:54 PM
Vietnam appears to be the current fashion among all - visitors and expats seeking green pastures.

Pattaya Plies
09-24-2019, 07:19 PM
Brunei :yup:

Somchai Boonporn
09-24-2019, 07:24 PM
Better yet, Yunnan Province

:yup:

CaptainNemo
09-24-2019, 08:50 PM
Vietnam's boring, the people aggressive.
Brunei?! Maybe you can make a few bob, but at what cost!
Yunnan, I used to be interested, but I'm not feeling the China vibe these days.

Somchai Boonporn
09-25-2019, 05:26 AM
If I wasn't so committed and settled, I'd give Cambo a shot...

Boon Mee
09-25-2019, 04:50 PM
Brazil

It's got it all, boys! :los:

Pattaya Plies
09-25-2019, 05:04 PM
Brazil

It's got it all, boys! :los:

& volleyball :mid:

CaptainNemo
09-25-2019, 05:42 PM
Brazil

It's got it all, boys! :los:

too right, lads... no hand of god here... nossa!

https://s16-us2.startpage.com/cgi-bin/serveimage?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.grooby.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2FRaylaRios1.jpg&sp=7ba53f1f972aee0804573f6be04029d4&anticache=381276

Mr Tinkles
09-25-2019, 08:19 PM
^ Enough of that, we don't want kingwilly over here getting all excited & furiously fapping away to his fantasies

CaptainNemo
09-25-2019, 09:19 PM
so much pop up revenue to be had.

Hugh Cow
10-01-2019, 05:59 PM
No one has mentioned the Phils. From what I am told the immigration system is a lot more friendly than LOS. Am about to go on a scouting trip and test the waters. I'm sure there must be a few with recent experience on TC. Maybe they could enlighten us with their wisdom.

Mr Tinkles
10-01-2019, 07:08 PM
No one has mentioned the Phils. From what I am told the immigration system is a lot more friendly than LOS. Am about to go on a scouting trip and test the waters. I'm sure there must be a few with recent experience on TC. Maybe they could enlighten us with their wisdom.

I did the 30 day visa free tourist entry to the Philippines last month & pissed off back to Thailand for 10 days. Just arrived back for another 30 days visa free. I believe a person can just keep doing this. Got a snarky immigration woman, "How long are you here for, & where are you going"?

I said I'm going down south to do drug runs in my fishing boat between Philippines & Malaysia. Satisfied?

None of her business actually. Shoulda said I'm going to Angeles to pound massive amounts of pussy :mid:

All she had to do is ask for my return ticket to see I would be leaving inside 30 days :yup:

Tom Bruise
10-01-2019, 09:00 PM
Airasia?

Somchai Boonporn
10-01-2019, 09:27 PM
Airasia?

Your regional airline of choice?
Shouldn't surprise.

Mr Tinkles
10-02-2019, 09:00 AM
Airasia?
Philippine Airlines. Bkk-Manila flight good. Big plane plenty of legroom, 777 I believe. The return Manila-Bkk was a smaller plane, less leg room not as comfortable

Hugh Cow
10-02-2019, 10:47 AM
Philippine Airlines. Bkk-Manila flight good. Big plane plenty of legroom, 777 I believe. The return Manila-Bkk was a smaller plane, less leg room not as comfortable

Came to Thailand for the first time on Phil airlines. Normally always Thai. Was surprised. The service was at least as good with a few extras Thai dont supply. The Airbus seats are a lot more comfortable than the dreamliner and the seat and leg room at least feel better. The aisle in the dreamliner is so small your shoulder is bumped every time someone walks past unless they crab walk. The changeover at Manila was easy with minimal walking. Will let you know on the return journey as I have a two week stopover to explore the merits of spending more time in Phil and just commute to Thailand for 30 day stints every now and then rather than continually going through the longer term visa requirements, TM30 etc.

Tom Bruise
11-06-2019, 01:28 AM
Seems like common sense


30-day Visa Exemption Scheme

Foreigners who enter Thailand under this Tourist Visa Exemption Scheme may only do so for 30 days at one time with a maximum of 3 times in a 6-month period by flight and 2 times a year for overland crossing.
http://www.thaiembassy.org/london/en/services/7742/84451-Tourist-Visa.html

Somchai Boonporn
11-06-2019, 08:45 PM
Seems like common sense


http://www.thaiembassy.org/london/en/services/7742/84451-Tourist-Visa.html

This base policy has been modified, ever so slightly, of the last few years.
The 6-month period between visa cycles [3 in that given time].


In days past, one could use the repeated tourists visa [2 extensions] cycles forever.
Many foreign residents did just this with no great cost.
Every three months - step out of the country for 24 hrs and renew your new 3-month/extension cycle....seemingly endless without restrictions.

Times have changed, of course. As have policies.

Tom Bruise
11-06-2019, 11:16 PM
Yes I imagine the 3 flights in every 6 months policy changed when the 30 day extension option was added to 30 day visa exemptions, which would allow someone to stay there permanently if flying out then straight back in again every 60 days. The lack of clear current policy seems to be catching a lot of people out. Why oh why don't the Thais spell out what is allowed in advance so people don't turn up at immigration and have to be sent away.

serrollt
11-07-2019, 03:37 AM
Why oh why don't the Thais spell out what is allowed in advance so people don't turn up at immigration and have to be sent away. Eastern-centric cultural conditioning. :jeff:

Mr Tinkles
11-11-2019, 11:04 AM
Seems like common sense


http://www.thaiembassy.org/london/en/services/7742/84451-Tourist-Visa.html


Yes I imagine the 3 flights in every 6 months policy changed when the 30 day extension option was added to 30 day visa exemptions, which would allow someone to stay there permanently if flying out then straight back in again every 60 days. The lack of clear current policy seems to be catching a lot of people out. Why oh why don't the Thais spell out what is allowed in advance so people don't turn up at immigration and have to be sent away.

Tom, I asked my Thai embassy about this as I'm currently traveling in & out of Thailand multiple times. They replied...

"The permit of the entry and the duration of the stay will be upon the discretion of the Immigration Officer at the Immigration check point"

So who knows? They haven't given me a definite answer 1 way or the other

Somchai Boonporn
12-02-2019, 10:08 PM
Crackdown for the anxious set.

.....and for those who don't know how to manipulate the system.

harrymsmarkle
12-03-2019, 05:59 AM
Crackdown for the anxious set.

.....and for those who don't know how to manipulate the system.And for those who don't know that the system metastasizes, evolves, revolves and excretes regulations at different rates of implementation using smoke and mirrors: it's one reason why the swamp is so mysterious.

MaggieD
02-17-2020, 01:20 PM
I am a UK citizen and I have been in Phuket in Thailand since January. I went to Cambodia for a week and plan to go to Vietnam and that will be 3 entries. I then have another 10 days before my flight home. Does anyone know/have experience of 4 visa exemption entries in 90 days or where I can get the official view on this? I have read some contradictory views and want to make sure I get this right. It may mean cancelling my trip to Vietnam which would be a shame.
Thanks,
Maggie


There is currently a crackdown on tourist visa “repeaters” - that is, people who are staying (or “living”) in Thailand for as long as possible by doing tourist visa after tourist visa.


There are no specific rules on how many successive tourist visas or visa exemption stamps you can get, and that's the problem. Perhaps, Thailand should specify how many in order to make it easier on Westerners here.


Thailand's complaint is that Westerners may be working illegally, but I have never worked illegally.


However, it is true that a “tourist visa repeater” is sort of breaking the “spirit” or “principles” of what a tourist visa is for. After all, a tourist visa is for people on legitimate holidays. If you're staying here for years on continuous tourist visas, then Immigration can ask, “what are you doing?” - are you actually a tourist or are you living here or even working here?


Anyways, something to look out for.



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