Phuket Immigration announces results of their recent overstay crackdown

Phuket –

Phuket Immigration recently launched what they called the ‘White Accommodation for Foreigners’ project targeting for ‘Phuket to be Crime Free’. The project mainly focuses on foreigners being properly registered at their accomodation and not on overstay.

The Phuket Immigration Chief Colonel Tanet Sukchai told the Phuket Express. “We are aiming to control foreigners who are staying and living in Phuket to make sure that they are being registered properly to Immigration for their accomodation and not on overstay.”

“For the first half of this month (December 1st to December 15th) in total six foreigners were arrested for overstaying and 117 foreigners were fined for not properly registering their accomodation. Eight accommodation/hotel owners were fined for not reporting foreigners living at their premises.”

The Phuket Express has covered some overstay cases below:

A 55-year-old Filipino man was arrested in Kathu for 252 days of overstaying his legal visa conditions.

A 63-year-old American man has been arrested in Phuket for eight days of overstaying. He reportedly did not leave his room and ate only protein capsules while hiding from Thai Immigration.

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.

“ Additionally, fifteen cases of Visa’s for staying in Thailand being used improperly, such as people not actually going to school but being on education visas, or having a volunteer visa but not doing any volunteering, are being taken for legal action(11 cases in Mueang Phuket, 2 cases in Patong and 2 cases in Chalong).” Tanet concluded.

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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.