Ninety Visas Revoked, 614 Foreigners Arrested in Phuket in Last Five Months

Phuket –

At least 98 visas have been revoked and 614 foreigners arrested in Phuket in the last five months.

The Region 8 Police Commander Lieutenant General Surapong Thanomjit told the press that from October of last year until March this year, at least 614 foreigners were arrested. Of those, 98 had their visas revoked.

They were allegedly breaking Thai laws which included drunk driving, working without permission, illegally entering the country, theft, overstaying, having fake documents, illegal drugs, resisting officers on duty, and more.

The strict crackdown started after a viral alleged kicking incident involving a Swiss expat in Pa Klok and has continued after two New Zealander men were involved in a viral alleged assault on a Thai police officer in Chalong.

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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.