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Visa crackdown ongoing

Visa crackdown ongoing

The Immigration Bureau is acting to end the phenomenon of “digital nomads” or foreigners attempting to live in Thailand on back-to-back border runs. The campaign centers on the nationals of 56 countries who are allowed to enter Thailand, usually by air, to obtain a 30-day visa-free stamp. They include North America, most European countries including [...]

Update on thai driving license

Update on thai driving license

The director-general of the Department of Land Transport, Asdsathai Rattanadilok Na Phuket, recently invited the press to see the new procedures for applying for a Thai driving license. He pointed out that all first-time applicants, both Thai and foreign, must now achieve 90 percent correct answers in a touchscreen written test of 50 questions, chosen [...]

Reconciliation begins in Pattaya

Reconciliation begins in Pattaya

Under a large banner proclaiming “Bring Happiness Back to Thais”, there was a carnival atmosphere at the joint army and police celebrations held at Pattaya police station and the adjoining basement area of Central Festival Pattaya Beach on June 3. The “Happiness” slogan is one endorsed by military coup leader and army general Prayuth Chan-ocha [...]

British Expats Await Health Decision

British Expats Await Health Decision

British passport holders residing in Thailand and some other countries are holding their breath to see if they can use the National Health Service (NHS) if they return to UK. At the moment, they lose the right to free healthcare even if they have paid national insurance contributions all their working life.
But a government-sponsored public [...]

VISA CRACKDOWN BEGINS

VISA CRACKDOWN BEGINS

Immigration authorities nation-wide are resurrecting a 2006 rule forbidding foreigners from obtaining back-to-back 15- or 30-day visas at Thai border posts. The renewed policy seems designed to weed out people living in Thailand by making regular trips to the border to obtain another two weeks or one-month stay. However, there is no suggestion that visitors [...]

Sea safety now given priority

Sea safety now given priority

Following a spate of Pattaya bay maritime accidents in the last year, some involving loss of life, the local authorities are now highlighting the problem and organizing safety training.
Around 50 delegates from the boat building industry attended a conference held at the Ocean Marina organized by the International Marine College of Kasetsart University and other [...]

British passport chaos resolved

British passport chaos resolved

Yet another new system for Brits wanting to renew their passports in Thailand had a dismal start after a compulsory email contact address was invalid for several days.
At the end of March, the British embassy website announced that postal applications to Liverpool passport office (the system introduced as recently as last January) had been scrapped. [...]

Tourist courts successful

Tourist courts successful

After trial runs in Pattaya and Phuket, the tourist court initiative is now spreading fast in Thailand. A new Bangkok venue opened in Pathumwan municipal court last month and 15 more are planned nationwide in the next year.

The tourist courts aim to deliver quick and fair rulings in usually minor cases involving foreign holidaymakers who [...]

Passport security worries

Passport security worries

The tragedy of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has thrown into relief the loopholes and weaknesses of passport scrutiny at many major international airports including those in Thailand and Malaysia.

It has now been revealed that the two men travelling on the stolen passports of an Austrian and an Italian were Iranian nationals. There is no [...]

Care Home Opens for Pattaya Retirees

Care Home Opens for Pattaya Retirees

A new business initiative promises to deal with a well-known problem for elderly expats: lack of good retirement homes with care facilities. Now Absolute Living (Thailand), a new long stay operator, has just opened its doors at the 150-rai Long Lake Hillside Resort which is a ten-minute drive from central Pattaya on the bypass road [...]

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