Border agents and tour operators share latest visa bonus
Thai and Cambodian Borders police at Aranyaprathet and Pong Nam Ron detailed rules for those who wish extend their stay in Thailand by 45 days. The new stamp can be extended for an additional month at immigration offices for 1,900 baht (50 USD). The program is popular with Britons, European Union citizens, Americans and Australians.
Borey San, a Cambodian clearance agent, said applicants must register with a Pattaya tour and minibus operator before heading to the border, apparently giving Pattaya’s many cowboy operators even more opportunities to scam visitors.
The travel agency must then send a copy of the passport to the border post of their choice to ensure that the applicant is eligible for renewal. Unregistered persons arriving at the border by their own means will not be served the same day and will have to spend several days or a week waiting for their application to be examined.
Most nationalities can take advantage of the visa system, but citizens of China, India and dozens of African states are not welcome and no individual can use the system more than twice a year. Although no one fully understands why Thailand remains determined to make things as difficult as possible for foreigners wishing to stay longer than a few weeks.
Jessataporn Bunnag, owner of the Thai visa center next to the Jomtien immigration office, said the system was introduced last month in a bid to reduce hassle for those wishing to stay longer without applying for a visa. at Thai embassies in their home countries. before the journey.
“The important thing is to show us your passport well in advance to make sure you’re eligible,” he said, oddly generous advice given the simplicity of the rules involved.
Thai Visa Center offers the service, including all fees and even lunch, for 5,500 baht (140 USD), including the Cambodian entry visa worth 1,150 baht (30 USD) and the cost of the minibus.
Cambodian visas were not possible during the pandemic as land crossings remained closed long after airports reopened.