Border insecurity mounts as tourist visa abuse is targeted
The Immigration Bureau's tough stance is mainly aimed at South Koreans, Russians and Vietnamese working in Thailand illegally, but could affect any nationality.
The chief of the Immigration Bureau said abuse of tourist visas by South Koreans, Russians and Vietnamese working illegally in Thailand was the main motivation for cracking down on cross-border visa runs.
Here for a holiday: A backpacker walks down Khao San Road in Bangkok. Immigration Bureau chiefs say genuine tourists will not be affected by the strict enforcement of visa rules. photos: epa and bkk post archive
On May 8, the bureau announced that immigration border checkpoints would no longer allow “out-in” visa runs for visitors to extend their stay “other than for the purpose of tourism”, in reality, an enforcement of existing laws.
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