Farrangs Arrested As Pattaya Immigration Storm Walking Street Bars

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It was anything but party central on Pattaya’s Walking Street last night as over 100 cops came a knocking at pubs and clubs with foreigners set firmly in their sights – all in a bid reassure tourists that Sin City is a safe place to party.

I doubt the half dozen or so foreigners carted off in the back of a police pickup would agree but according to those in charge of the operation, those detained had broken the law in one way or another.

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From what I can gather the primary objective was to catch visa violators as during the raids both Thais and foreigners were asked to produce I.D. which led to a number of party people checking bin sooner than they hoped and making an unscheduled stop at the police station to answer a few questions.

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A number of go-go bars, nightclubs and restaurants were targeted including Sensations A-Go-Go and 808 nightclub, both popular with the tourist and expat crowd.

One bright spark who was carrying his passport with him whilst on overstay was nabbed in 808 and made the work of cops all the more easy.

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To top off a great nights work, three foreign nationals were found to be working illegally in a restaurant and were detained pending prosecution and deportation.

Source: Stickboybangkok.com

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Thailand – Visa overstayers face bans of up to 10 years

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Visa rule

Foreigners overstaying their visa in Thailand face being banned from the country by up to 10 years.

Offenders face blacklisting whether they turn themselves into authorities or whether they get arrested, reported the Nation.

Those who come clean face a 3-year ban for overstaying one year; a 5-year ban for overstaying three years; and a 10-year ban for those overstaying five years.

However those who get arrested face harsher penalties: a 5-year ban for overstaying less than one year and a 10-year ban for overstaying more than one year.

Overstaying a visa is illegal in Thailand, with offenders currently facing a maximum fine of up to THB20,000.

“The existing law is weak,” immigration bureau chief Pol Maj Gen Natthorn Prosunthorn told the Nation.

The new measures will take effect next March.

Source: Coconuts

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Heavy new penalties await visa overstays in Thailand from Aug 29th

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BANGKOK: — AUTHORITIES will bar visitors who overstay their visas from returning to Thailand for between one year and a whole decade. The longer the overstay period, the longer will be the re-entry ban.

Starting from August 29, the ban will be imposed on any foreigner found to have overstayed his or her visa or visa-exemption period.

The Immigration Bureau decided to mete out such tough punishment after the current penalty, a maximum fine of Bt20,000, had apparently failed to serve as a sufficient deterrent.

Last year, a total of 70,715 foreigners were charged with overstaying their visas. Between January and June this year, the number of visa overstayers reached 30,359.

“We have asked the Interior Ministry to approve harsher punishment,” Immigration Division spokesman Colonel Worawat Amornwiwat said.

He said foreigners who turn themselves in would be barred from re-entering Thailand for one year if their overstay time exceeds 90…

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No need to worry says Bangkok Immigration Commander

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visa He   confirmed that foreign tourists and expats do not need to carry their passports with them at all times.

 

He said that tourists can of course leave their passports locked in their hotel safe and enjoy their holiday in Thailand without worrying about the need to carry their original passport.

 

Deputy Commander Voravat also said that for expats living here, a Thai driving license or photocopy of your passport can be used as a form of identification.

 

However, if Immigration Police suspect an individual to be overstaying in Thailand or being involved in illegal activity, then the individual would be required to produce their original passport promptly.

 

Deputy Commander Voravat referred to Section 58, which reads as follows:

 

Any alien who has no lawful document for entering the Kingdom under section 12(1);….under this Act; and has no identification in accordance with the Law on…

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