My 30-day visa exempt stamp is about to expire next week. I wish to extend my stay here in Thailand for a few more weeks and I was informed by a friend that I can obtain another 30 days at any border checkpoints. My location right now is close to Aranyaprathet border. However, I heard that they no longer issue the visa exempt stamp to foreigners. Is this new policy already in effect?
Yes, the Thailand immigration in all border checkpoints in Cambodia (including the one in Aranyaprathet – Poi Pet border) is temporarily not issuing 15-day and 30-day immigration exempt stamp to border runners. This sudden move has taken effect on September 13, 2015. The new restrictions may be connected to the recent bombing incidents in Bangkok where the foreign man who is believed to be the primary suspect has been arrested on a Cambodian border.
On the other hand, foreigners who wish to activate their exit/entry obligation (for tourist visa and non-immigrant “B”,”ED” or “O” visa type) at the Cambodian borders may still do so.
Also, as a recommendation to border runners, they may take a trip to Malaysia, Myanmar or Laos as the immigration policies on issuance of visa exempt stamp in those countries are still the same.