Pattaya Daily News

18 September 2006 :: 14:09:15 pm 20590

Thailand enforces new Visa regulations

On Friday the Thai government announced new visa regulations for tourists restricting the visitors from all over the world to a maximum stay of 90 days each every six months in order to reduce the rate of social problems and crime in the country.
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Immigration Bureau chief Pol. Lt. Gen. Suwat Thamrongsrisakul informed the reporters that the new visa regulations, which will take effect from October 1, are aimed to prevent foreign tourists from commiting crime, or creating social problems.

Under the existing system, foreigners from 41 countries which have good relations with Thailand , are granted 30-day tourist visas, which can be extended twice from within the country.

Under the new system, the tourists will only be permited to 30-day tourist visas, which could then be extended twice, after that they will have to leave the kingdom for at least 90 days before coming back in again. Meaning Tourists who have stayed in Thailand for 90 days, must stay out of the Kingdom for at least 90 days before being permitted a re-entry.

The 41 countries include most European nations, China, Japan, Canada, the United States and member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in which Thailand is a member.

Visitors from other countries are only allowed 30-day on extendable tourist visas.
This new move are issued due to an increasing number of tourists have overstayed the period allowed. Some tourists would extend their stay by so-called “visa runs” — making brief trips to neighboring countries and returning with new entry stamps.

The repetition of this process has enabled some foreigners an almost unlimited stay in Thailand, during which they “exploit” the policy aimed at boosting tourism by doing business or working illegally in the country, rather than sight-seeing. The new rules would allow Thai consular officials and other agencies to do background checks to keep out undesirable people

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Legal

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