Earlier this week, reports came through on facebook and other social media sites that travelers doing border runs between Cambodia and Thailand were being denied re-entry. Reports on many renowned Thailand forums stated that visa extensions of fifteen to thirty days were being denied, but people with multiple reentry visas were still being allowed access.
Crossing a border and entering a neighboring country and then coming straight back is a common practice for those wishing to extend their stay in the Kingdom of Thailand. It is usually considered a legitimate means of extension, so many tourist were left flabbergasted at being denied their re-entry. Not only were they shocked, they were also left in a spot of bother. Being stranded in Cambodia was probably not on their travel itineraries.
It’s a little worrying that such a measure would be taken so suddenly without any prior warning. No official statement has been made as to how long this rule will stay in effect, so until it is lifted tourists seeking to extend their stay in Thailand at land borders are advised to go to other nearby countries such as Laos or Malaysia.