Fabian Doppler recently authored a German language article on issues relating to stricter enforcement of rules regarding “out-in” tourist visa runs in Thailand, the crackdown on visa runners at the border of Thailand – explaining reasons for the crackdown and instruction on how to obtain a valid visa type.
New ‘green’ rules to limit Samui projects
The Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (Onep) has declared Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan districts in Surat Thani province part of an environmentally protected zone…
Officials yesterday morning (June 23) visited Bangtao and Laypang beaches, issuing 78 businesses with demolition orders on the grounds that their structures are on public land.
But before they started posting the orders in each of the properties, Ma’an Samran, chief executive of Cherng Talay OrBorTor and his deputy, Siri Yokthong, went with Pipop Sutkhao, Deputy District Officer from Thalang, Thammarong Chuayaksorn, Deputy District Officer from Muang District and about 30 Territorial Defense Volunteers to Surin Beach to check on progress.
FLT represents an investor to complete the purchase of a 100+ room key hotel in a resort location in Phuket. FLT were responsible for the contracts and negotiations, due diligence and real estate matters. The hotel is currently under construction.
On 8 May 2014, the Immigration Office 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.
Mr. Udom Wongwiwatchai, Secretary General of the Board of Investment (BOI), revealed that the agency is currently talking with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports on ways to improve investment strategy to benefit the tourism industry. He said an emphasis will be given to tourism clusters to make sure the overall development will cater to the right tourist segments.
A common question that we are frequently asked by clients who work in Thailand as foreigners and under a work permit, is whether their visa will expire if an employment in Thailand ends.
In that respect it should be noted that although work permits are usually granted for a one-year term, their validity will be tied to the validity of the foreign national’s visa at that time. Therefore, a typical one year visa extension will expire within seven days after the work permit expires. However, a regular non-immigrant B visa (with 1 year duration but only 3 months permissions to stay) will not expire in this way but continue to be valid until its normal expiration date.
The number of international tourist arrivals to Thailand in 2013 was a record 26,556,397 increasing by 19.8% Y-o-Y (year on year).
The number of international passengers disembarking at all AOT-managed airports increased by 14.7% Y-o-Y to 23,336,162 in Bangkok and by 25.8% Y-o-Y in Phuket. The largest feeder market was Chinese with a 17.5% share of total international tourist arrivals to Thailand in 2013. The number of Chinese arrivals grew by 69.1% Y-o-Y.
FRANK Legal & Tax advises a Malaysian construction company in a 30 Million THB arbitration case in Thailand. The opposing party is the developer of a palm oil plant in Southern Thailand. The case is currently pending at the Thai Arbitration Institute (TAI).