Trip Report: Going through Thai Immigration with a Tourist Visa (Post Aug 12th)
I wanted to surprise my girlfriend by coming back to Thailand early for her birthday. But the August 12th Thai Visa changes had me a bit paranoid. Everyone online has been freaking about about the new Thai Immigration Crackdown and changes. On the Thai Visa forums everyone has an opinion and their "senior members" (read: people that have too much time on their hands) claim that it is now impossible to come to Thailand as a digital nomad or location independent entrepreneur.
"You must get a work permit, business visa or educational visa!" - Fear mongers
Good News, I had:
The August 12th Crackdown:
If you google "August 12th Thai Visa" this is what you will see:
"No more visa runs"
"Confirmed: Visa run crackdown effective"
"Visa runs BANNED from Thailand"
The Real Deal:
The Thai government wants to stop people from abusing the system. If you are reading my blog, chances are you are not one of those people they are trying to kick out and neither am I. Also everyone who gives answers on the forums are really giving their opinions. No one, including myself really knows what is going on. The best source of answers are trip reports from people who have actually went through immigration after August 12th.
Here is what happened:
I flew into Bangkok and went through BKK immigration on August 16th 2014.
I activated my 2nd part of my double entry Tourist Visa.
I had no issues.
|Glad to be back in Thailand|
Here are the details:
- I've been "living" in Thailand on and off for the past 5.5 years.
- I have 10+ Thai Visa stamps in my passport.
- I work online as a location independent entrepreneur.
- I have a double entry tourist visa
Here is how I got in without issues:
I followed my own advice from the post I wrote on July 15th, 2014. I came prepared with all of my paperwork printed out including bank statements, hotel bookings, and a travel itinerary and even tried to withdraw a bunch of Thai baht before going through immigration.
Luckily I didn't need any of that. Just by following a simple rule, I was able to get through immigration without any issues.
Read more about the 14 day minimum solution:
|The solution to Thai Visa Runs|
Read the Thai Visa Solution blog post here.
Best of luck to everyone and enjoy Thailand, it's an incredible country.
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