The days of living and working in Thailand without a visa are over, if the Immigration Bureau lives up to its promise. No longer will language teachers, restaurateurs or anyone else working in Thailand be able to jump over the border every fortnight, month or three months to get a fresh stamp under the pretence they are tourists.
The question should not be why, or why now, but what took them so long?
Immigration Bureau Commissioner Pol Lt Gen Pharnu Kerdlarpphon was forthright when speaking about the crackdown on the so-called visa run in this week’s edition of Spectrum. “We have seen this problem for a long time but we have never bothered dealing with it before. But now we will, as some seem to be abusing the rules.”
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