Ukrainian Arrested for Illegally Working on Pha Ngan Island

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Pha Ngan Island, Surat Thani –

A Ukrainian man was arrested for allegedly illegally working for a motorbike rental operator on Pha Ngan Island.

Surat Thani Immigration Officers told the Phuket Express today (May 6th) that they have arrested a 45-year-old Ukrainian man on Thursday (May 4th) which was the day the Full Moon Party was held. He was arrested at a public parking area where 23 rental motorbikes were parked.

Officers found that the Ukrainian man entered Thailand via Satun Immigration. His visa is valid until May 18th, 2023. He did not have a work permit. He initially denied the charges and said all rental motorbikes belong to the rental company but he was reportedly seen by Immigration officers taking care of the motorbikes when customers returned the motorbikes they had rented.

He was taken to the Koh Pha Ngan Police Station and charged with parking at a non-parking area and working without a work permit. The motorbike rental company is facing the charge of employing a foreigner at the company without a work permit.


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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.