From today visitors can only enter into Thailand via a land border once, after that they will be refused entry to the kingdom and are advised to fly out and return with a visa obtained from a Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate in a neighboring country or overseas.
The regulation gives a boost to neighboring countries such as Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia, popular destinations to renew visas and enjoy a holiday at the same time.
Immigration officials also confirmed to Thaivisa.Com that further restrictions are due, 12 August, to remove loopholes and tighten visa procedures.
It is understood that the new regulation will prohibit back-to-back border runners who stay for an extended time in the country without a proper visa from a consulate or embassy overseas, or an extension of stay granted by the Immigration Bureau in Thailand.
Thaivisa members contacted the website and confirmed restrictions are being enforced at the Mae Sai border crossing in Chiang Rai province that resulted in some travelers being stranded in Tachilek, Myanmar.