Chinese woman arrested in Surat Thani for overstay, Five people arrested for overstay in Chiang Mai

Surat Thani –

  A 31-year-old Chinese woman was arrested in Surat Thani for 19 days of overstaying while five others were arrested in Chiang Mai in what Royal Thai Immigration is calling a national crackdown for the start of December.

The Surat Thani Immigration Office told the Phuket Express that yesterday (December 4th) a team of Surat Thani Immigration officers arrested Miss Hu Yanqiu, 31 a Chinese national, at a house in the Makham Tia sub-district in Mueang Surat Thani district.

She is now at 19 days of overstaying. She was taken to a police Station to face overstaying charges and is waiting to be deported.

The arrest follows after Surat Thani Immigration officers were patrolling in the Smart Patrol Car that has advanced facial recognition technology to crack down on overstaying foreigners as part of a December 1st to December 10th, 2022 campaign.

Meanwhile, in a similar crackdown in Chiang Mai, five overstayers were caught between December 2nd to the 4th:

The overstayers were –
  • Male, 71 years old, Chinese nationality, overstaying 49 days
  • Male, 40 years old, Chinese nationality, overstaying 87 days
  • Female, 35 years old, Chinese nationality, overstaying 87 days
  • Male, 50 years old, Myanmar nationality, overstaying 122 days
  • Female, 42 years old, Myanmar nationality working without a permit and overstaying for five days


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.