“Visa runs for dummies”, or, to be more specific, “Can you explain visa runs to a dummy” - the dummy is me, since after several forays into this apparently vast topic i still don’t have any idea why they are necessary - at least not these days. The most recent threads on this topic that i’ve read are these:
- Two connected threads from 2010 (one of them reaching into this year) that explain in detail how to most expediently make a visa run to Hong Kong:
My first visa run to Hong Kong... Help!
Doing a Visa Run to Hong Kong... Things You Need to Know
- One thread from 2006 - yes, 5 years ago! - that explains why visa runs are no longer needed. :eh:
Still, there seem to be plenty of people who have made dozens of visa runs over the years (tommy525 even over 100?), so i’d really like to know what this is about…
My own situation: starting 8 years ago, i’ve come to Taiwan several times as a visitor, each time without any visa at all (i could have stayed for up to 90 days each time but never stayed that long), and right now i am here again, this time on a visitor visa which i applied for because the Taiwanese office in Okinawa told me that having this visa will ensure that i can seamlessly move on to to a resident visa, which i’ve been told in the meantime will have to happen in June (and right here in Taiwan), so it looks i will not get the experience needed to understand the story of the visa run.
So now i’m hoping for some magic explanation that dissolves my ignorance…
(I am thinking that there may be a reason to approach TransAsia Airlines about some visa run related market research, but i can obviously not make any useful proposal if i don’t understand the issue.)