According the latest measure in Thailand, border runs have been cut short due to the very recent changes in rules regarding free entry by Thai immigration.
Since January 1 to December 31, all foreigners holding nationalities under the Visa Exemption List who wish to enter Thailand via border posts from neighboring countries at Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Malaysia without applying a prior visa from respective embassy will now be granted a 30-day visa exemption stamps just 2 times per yea0.,
A spokesman for the Thai Immigration Bureau said that the new visa regulation was created to encourage foreigners entering the Kingdom to secure the proper visas in advance from a Royal Thai Embassy prior to their travel in to the country. The new rule will also limit the amount of visa runs being made by foreigners to extend their stay which is in violation of Immigration laws.
This change only applies to visitors who have not obtained a visa beforehand from an embassy abroad and the ones entering the Kingdom from any border by land. Those who arrive at an airport without a prior visa will still continue to be granted a 30-day visa for up to 6 times per year. Any extensions at Thai Immigration Bureau for the visa exemption stamps will remain 30 days for exchange of a fee of 1,900 baht or 65 USD.
The only exception to these new regulations will be the Malaysian nationals entering to Thailand from Malaysia as they will continue to receive an unlimited 30-day Visa Exemption stamps.
On the other hands, the good news awaiting tourists are the new regulations set by Thai Immigration Bureau. Now the visitors can regularly travel to Thailand without any limitations of their stay within a total of 90 days in a six-month period.
The restriction has already been revoked so now the tourists can visit Thailand as often as they want if they obtain a 30-day Visa on Arrival at any airports or a 15-day Visa on Arrival if they are traveling via any land borders.
However, immigration officials still recommend getting visas from an embassy prior to their arrival in Thailand as they trying to remind the visitors that back-to-back short visas are not the proper way of staying in the Kingdom when deciding a long-term stay in the country.
This new regulation is predicted to be greatly beneficial to travel agencies as more border trips are expected to be booked with the increased influx of tourists eager to renew their visas by a visa run.