Monday, September 14, 2015
Thailand immigration abruptly change visa rules
Bangkok, Thailand - Tourists and foreign workers alike who are doing visa exempt entry provision in Thailand are suffering big time as unwilling victims following the Erawan shrine bombing last month that took the lives of 20 people. It was reported that the yellowT-shirt man with eyeglasses seen in CCTV footage crossed out of Thailand through its land border.
Border crossings along Cambodian border as well as the ones in Kanchanaburi crossing into Myanmar unexpectedly stopped people into entering Thailand using the visa exempt entry procedure. There were also reports that others weren't allowed to depart and return so as to activate second or multiple-entry visa of any class.
All six land crossing from Thailand to Cambodia namely Ban Pakard/ Phsa Prum, Ban Laem/ Daun Lem, Chong Sa Ngam/ Anlong Veng, Chong Jom/ O Smach, Hat Lek/ Ko Kong and Aranyaprathet/ Poipet are all affected of the new provision, with local variations as to who can enter and who can not.
According to one visa company operator who assist tourists/foreign workers in getting visas who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the new instructions have been issued from “someone high up in the immigration department.”
The said visa service operator received the instructions by telephone late Friday afternoon.