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Coming to the end of the run

As thousands of long-term expats fear for the future amid a crackdown on the improper use of visas and exemptions, it could be local language schools that end up suffering most

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  • Newspaper section: Spectrum
  • Writer: Jitsiree Thongnoi
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In the past five years, Jon has travelled in and out of Thailand more than 60 times, using up four passports in the process. His travels have included short trips to neighbouring countries, including Singapore and Cambodia, and some summer breaks at home in the United Kingdom. Most of his trips were merely a walk out and walk in at the border, commonly known as a visa run among the thousands of expats living in Thailand without proper work or residency permits. 

long wait ahead: Foreign nationals queue at the immigration centre on Chaeng Watthana Road. (Photos by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill and Post archive)

The school that hired Jon to teach English does not provide him with a work permit, meaning he must rely on monthly visa runs to continue his stay in the country he now considers home.

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