South African man arrested in Phuket with 196 days of overstay, claims he had no money to go back to his country

Phuket –

A 30-year-old South African man was arrested in Thalang district with 196 days of overstay. He had recently been attempting to dodge Immigration by moving from Chiang Rai to Phang Nga and then to Phuket. He claimed he had no money to go back to his country.

The Phuket Immigration office told the Phuket Express that they were notified from Phang Nga Immigration that an overstaying African man in Phang Nga was hiding in Phuket. They went to a house in Thalang where they found Mr. Richard Reynolds, 30, a South African national.

Mr. Reynolds entered Thailand in April 2019 with a NON – B Visa. He extended his visa in Chiang Rai and was allowed to stay until May 27th, 2022. He is now at 196 days of overstay. He said he traveled from Chiang Rai to Phang Nga and then to Phuket to try to evade Immigration officers tracking him. He said he was unable to go back to his country or get a proper visa as he said he did not have enough money.

Mr. Reynolds was taken to the Thalang Police Station in Phuket to face overstaying charges and eventual deportation and blacklisting.

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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 three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also 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.