Integrity Legal

9th Nov 2009

In recent days, the political situation has grown tense between Thailand and Cambodia. We will not go into the details about the politics here, but there has been some apprehension that the Thai-Cambodia border may be closed. However, according to the website the border will remain open for time being. To quote the site directly:

“The Thai-Cambodian border situation in Thailand’s eastern provinces of Sa Kaeo and Chanthaburi remains normal, although some worried Cambodians have flocked to border markets in both Thai provinces to buy consumer goods due to fear of the checkpoints’ closure…However, Thai soldiers on the local site explained to tourists wanting to cross the border that the situation is still normal and there has been no decision to close the border.”

For those who are unaware, a “visa run,” is basically a trip to the border to renew one’s visa status. Visa runs have been slowly diminishing as the Thai visa rules change. However, many foreigners in Thailand still opt to do a “visa run” in order to keep themselves in status. A closure of the Thai-Cambodian border would likely result in difficulties for those dependent upon said border for status renewal. That being said, the Thai-Lao border may be a viable option for visa runners while some simply opt to acquire a long term Thai visa.

Currently Thai border police and Immigration officials are only granting 15 days lawful status to those entering the Kingdom via a land border. This type of status is also known as a visa exemption. At airports, one can expect to be granted a 30 day Thai visa exemption stamp (depending upon the entrant’s nationality).

For more information regarding Thai Immigration and Visa Issues Please see: Thailand visa.

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