Thailand Cracks Down on Visa Border-Runs

Mae Sai Immigration office Chiang Rai (The Chiang Rai Times).

(The Chiang Rai Times)

CHIANG RAI — New visa restrictions could create headaches for travelers and expats who relied on Thailand’s easy border-run policies to stay in the country for long periods of time.

Those without proper long-stay visas have for some time been able to take advantage of the border-run system, exiting the country at an official border point and re-entering the same day. This would usually give them another 15 or 30 days in the country, depending on their nationality and the regulations at the time.

That all seemed to have come to a stop this weekend, however, as the government escalated a crackdown on people using visa runs to stay in country. 



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