The first six years of my stay in Thailand I had an employment and workpermit and no problems with obtaining a visa. In connection with the economical crisis in 1997, my employment ended and with well over 2 million baht in the bank, I went in all confidence to Immigration to obtain a non-immigrant visa. Are you 55 or older? NO. Are you married? NO. I got one week stamped in my passport, to leave the kingdom.
So I went to an agency, that could provide me with a multiple entry non-immigrant visa - no idea this was illegal on my part (I'm not responsible for corrupt embassies). My economy has been good ever since, as I work as a freelance engineer with customers worldwide over the internet, bringing dollars into the country. However, I lost a lot of money on the wrong woman and when I became 55 and the years after, I didn't have enough money left in the bank to qualify for a visa, the more as the limit was raised to 800.000 baht - further with the agency. When I then finally became aware this was illegal on my part as well, I stopped with that and made border runs every 30 days instead.
Then I read on the web that special consideration would be taken for foreigners, who have lived a long time in Thailand - more than 10 years in my case. I went to the Thai embassy in Phnom Penh to apply for a non-immigrant visa and with well over half a million baht in the bank, but they were not even interested to see my old passports, proving my long stay. Instead I was told straight in my face to go back to my own country!
Meanwhile I had learned that obtaining a visa in Cambodia is without any conditions. Just pay the application fee and everyone gets it. When I finally found a good apartment on one of my regular 30-day trips, I rented it and moved to Phom Penh in February this year. Indeed in good time, as it now shows with the new regulations about the 90 days on and off, that would apply on me - I would be in trouble now!
Presently I have an indefinitely renewable, one year multiple entry visa in Cambodia, never have to make a border run, never have to go to any embassy abroad and as long as I pay the annual 250 dollars for renewal, never ever have to leave the kingdom again. Now Cambodia has my 'lovely' foreign money, that wasn't good enough for Thailand. Good I never invested in a bar, restaurant or whatever business as an 'illegal worker', boosting Thai tourism and economy that way and getting punished for it in the end. Congratulations Thailand, you got rid of another unwanted foreigner - may many follow!
For some is it the reason to come or stay here....
Being confronted with basic immigration rules int their new home country, that is not acceptable as well..??
Tell me; When will it be good for guys like you
Go home and enjoy your easy access home country and be a foreigner in your own home county, maybe that will mellow you
Cambodia is much more loose with their rules until their economy starts to pick up (within 10 year?) and then they will implement basic rules as well....
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This just shows how smart the Thai government is, kicking out their source of money.
Thailand is going down the toilet.
But once Thailand gets to the bottom .. there is no where left but up.
Problem is how long they will stay on the bottom.
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by Rudi Draaisma on Wed Sep 20, 2006 1:50 am
GOOD BYE THAILAND!
Presently I have an indefinitely renewable, one year multiple entry visa in Cambodia, never have to make a border run, never have to go to any embassy abroad and as long as I pay the annual 250 dollars for renewal, never ever have to leave the kingdom again. Now Cambodia has my 'lovely' foreign money, that wasn't good enough for Thailand.
I’d bet riel, Rudi Rudy ain’t in Cambodia no more! ‘Are you there, Rudi’?
Admittedly, I haven’t been in 10 years, and am toad of some of the changes in Phnom Penh, but can’t compare to favourable Thailand in my book.
Cambodian’s are very warm people
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