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Richard Barrow is dusting off his luggage in case he can’t renew visa




Yesterday, Richard Barrow, a popular British blogger and school employee in Samut Prakan, who has been living and working in Thailand for decades, says he had a surprise visit from the immigration bureau in regards to the renewal of his visa. Kapook reported the incident on their page saying that many Thai people admire the work he does for Thailand as a tourism and expat influencer.

Richard bemoaned on his Facebook page that “things didn’t look good” for an extension of his visa to stay in Thailand. He has worked for a school, who issue his work permit, for any years.

“Bangkok Immigration came to inspect my workplace. They were here for 3 hours. Looks like they will not extend my “visa”. They said I will probably have to leave the country.  They will give me a final verdict next week.”

Social media has been full of speculation about Richard’s possible departure and assuming that it has something to do with his occasional swipes at Thai officialdom on his blogs. But Richard says none of that is true.

“I know a lot of people are speculating about the reasons with some crazy conspiracy theories. The Immigration officials gave me no indication that they were targeting me. I only passed last year because some influential people in government called the chief of Immigration.”

“In normal years, I would leave the country and come back with a tourist visa and start again. With the borders closed, my only option is to fly back to the UK. As I won’t have a Non-B visa, I cannot come back for months. Unfortunately, the family home in the UK is being sold.”

In the past few years Richard has had an annual wait to see if his application to stay would be approved. In the end he’s been able to pull in a few favours and make contact with leading officials to “sort things out”.

Richard has contacts at many levels of Thai society and is generally recognised as a ardent enthusiast about Thai life and is loyally followed by over 100,000 people on his Facebook page.

Apart from the fact Richard only promotes Bangkok Post articles, The Thaiger genuinely hopes that Richard is again able to sort out the paperwork and continue his many journeys and blogging around the Kingdom.

The Kapook article noted that Richard has been in Thailand for a long time without any problems. Some Thai social media speculation said the problems arose after he translated news of the student protests onto Twitter. But the general tone was that everyone is encouraging Richard and hoping he gets to stay in Thailand to continue doing what he loves, and does very well.

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SOURCE: Kapook


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  1. Perceville Smithers

    Friday, August 14, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Stay out of local politics. Expats forget it is not their country and are a visitor.

    • Latecomer

      Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 4:54 pm

      Computer deparment of the elementary school in Samut Prakan now hiring inexperienced farang 50+, on a tourist visa, with limited knowledge of thai, for a highly paid, long term position

  2. murika

    Friday, August 14, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    it seem more easy for someone on a multiple tourist visa to get a ED or volunteer visa to stay than people with thai wife or husband, like me who’s been told to go back to my home country even if i have the money in the bank and all the paperwork, this logic tear apart families all over the country for no apparent reason, not being separated from our families should be a fundamental human right even in time of covid, this situation is hurting so many people right now and the gouvernement is more concern about buying vip planes than adressing this question

  3. Rinky Stingpiece

    Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 12:32 am

    This complex Thai visa system doesn’t really help Thailand. It’s well known to the Thai authorities that the major economies of the world are not comparable to countries in the developing world, and making life difficult for “farang” is of no benefit for the Thai economy, Thai education and trade.

    It would be nice if Thai authorities made some reciprocal agreements with countries that Thai people enjoy many better conditions in than vice versa. There are about 40,000 Thai wives in the UK, all able to work on the basis of being married, and there’s no good reason for not reciprocating that. I’m sure the situation is similar for USA, Canada, Aus, NZ, and Western Europe, Japan and Korea, the countries that many Thais would like to study or work in or live in with their families. All this Alphabetti Spaghetti of visas for us is not fun for Thai immigration staff to deal with, and not fun for farang and their families.

    Why, in the 21st century, can we not get “Indefinite Leave to Remain” for marrying a Thai, and the right to work without jumping through bureaucratic hoops, when that spouse can get that in the UK and its equivalents in that list of other advanced countries. Farang create jobs for Thai people, we don’t steal jobs from them.

    • james

      Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 4:33 am

      I suppose Thailand is worried about the marriage scams which happen in the UK where it is big business to pay someone just to marry them until they have the right to stay and then the fake marriage is dissolved.

      Plus a large number of women marrying farang men and go to the farangs country get divorced as soon as they have the residency visa.

      Thailand probably wishes to avoid this.

      I wish the UK was as sensible as Thailand is about this.

      The immigration laws are very clear in Thailand, pay your way or get lost, they do not want freeloaders.

  4. Toby Andrews

    Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 11:15 am

    The problem with turning someone out of the house is that they can come back at night and throw bricks through the windows.
    If Mr Barrow is turned out he can write what he really thinks about Thailand.
    Me being in Cambodia can, and I do.
    Which is the Thais are a nation of peasants that got lucky with foreign investment, and tourism, and now cannot hang onto this through sheer stupidity

    • james

      Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 2:40 pm


      But you are not free to write anything About Cambodia eh?

      Well, there is nothing much to write about unless you wish to talk about absolute poverty, lack of education, and a lot further down the ‘peasant’ ladder than Thailand is.

      I think you will find Cambodians are sneaking into Thailand illegally to work and not the other way around.

      Enjoy your buffalo sandwich.

    • me

      Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 7:56 pm

      toby, you need to get laid.

  5. Farang

    Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Farang no pay, Farang no stay. Khao Jai Ai Kwai!

    • Phil

      Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 6:20 pm

      Fake diploma or No diploma

  6. Frank

    Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    Hi Anukul

    In your bio you might want to correct

    I a writer —- to —- I am a writer —- or —- I’m a writer

    Have a great day and keep smiling!

  7. Keith Fitzgerald

    Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    Barrow’s posts on his blog, Twitter, and Facebook are typically little more than exercises in unadulterated narcissism, with all the selfies and chatter about himself. And then there’s the fact that he’s doing loads of free advertising for various hotels and restaurants, who then give him free stays and meals, though he writes his stuff as if he just wandered into some joint and was warmly greeted by the owner, who kindly set him up in a first-class room and laid out an amazing meal for him, just because he’s such a great guy, as opposed to the obvious fact that it’s all quid pro quo.
    Another point: Barrow was going on for years about how he’s a long-time teacher at some school in Samut Prakan, but then, recently, he claims that he just works in the computer department.
    And why has he “normally” had to enter Thailand on a tourist visa if he’s been a school teacher?

    • Latecomer

      Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 4:50 pm

      Exactly so. Nothing of real interest to read in any of his postings, except if you are first time visitor, older, preferably family man. Otherwise, it is boring beyond limits.
      On the other hand, his “computer department at the Samut Prakan school” is not convincing at all. Does it exist? Is it legal? Hiring farangs? What level of thai language required?

  8. Fog Breather

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Who? What makes this guy think he can get on with a visa by some magical privilege? Tool.

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