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7,600 Russians seek to extend Phuket stay

PHUKET: Nearly 7,600 Russian nationals have sought to extend the length of their stay in Phuket, according to the local immigration chief.

By Bangkok Post

Thursday 2 March 2023, 08:30AM

Tourists and shoppers throng the walking street in Phuket town. Photo: Achadthaya Chuenniran / Bangkok Post

Tourists and shoppers throng the walking street in Phuket town. Photo: Achadthaya Chuenniran / Bangkok Post

“Phuket is a nice place to visit with delicious food and good weather. As word has spread about the island, Russian tourists keep coming to the province,” Pol Col Thanet Sukchai, superintendent of Phuket immigration office, told the Bangkok Post.

“Many obtain visas to stay on the island for three months or not more than 90 days. There are also Russian business operators holding business visas. Russian nationals stay mostly in Rawai and Chalong.”

Currently, a total of 7,596 Russian nationals are seeking to extend the length of their stay in Phuket, mostly in Mueang district, followed by Thalang and Kathu, said Col Thanet.

Data on total arrivals showed an average of 300,000 foreign visitors entering the island a month or 10,000 people a day, and the number continues to rise as tourism recovers after three lean pandemic years.

Russia accounts for the most visitors by nationality, followed by India, Kazakhstan, England and Australia.

Col Thanet said a total of 31,128 foreign nationals are seeking to extend their stay on the island.

With the rise in the number of foreign tourists on the island, immigration police have launched a so-called “white accommodation” project featuring crime ‒ and drug-free accommodation to ensure the safety of foreign nationals and local residents, he said.

Thanawat Ongcharoen, vice-president of the Phuket Tourist Association, said most Russian visitors stay in hotels. Some rent houses with the owners reporting their stay to immigration officers as required by law.

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SEC2 | 04 March 2023 - 08:23:38

Besides all the name calling here, the subject was Russians extending their stay.  The question is, how do they stay so long?  45 days entry + 30 days extension = 75 days. Many have rented houses and bought cars?  What is the real truth?

ematt | 03 March 2023 - 15:06:50

Nice try Kurt. In fact you regularly blather on about “typical Thai behavior” and “typical Thai thinking”, not just Thai officials. 

Pooliekev | 03 March 2023 - 12:46:42

@Kurt. I'm Sure that the Thai people will be delighted that you deem then to be 'not bad.' How patronising from a guest in their country.

DeKaaskopp | 03 March 2023 - 11:56:58

What ever you say Kurt/John.At least I not move to a country and complain/ moan about everything all day/ everyday. That behaviour is what I call being a real oxygen thief.

JohnC | 03 March 2023 - 09:39:00

@kurt. Well said. I prefer normal Thai people to most other nationalities, especially the sad foreign oxygen thieves like kaaskop (idiot or stupid person in Dutch) that stay here because they are not very welcome back in their own homeland.

Kurt | 03 March 2023 - 08:01:19

Dek continuesly tries to change/derail the comments of others. Simple said: Defacement! Fact: It is not about the normal thai people, they are not bad. It is about the corrupt Thai Officials/Cartels. Of that the normal good Thai and tourists suffer most the consequenses, in general not the here permanent living foreigners..

Kurt | 03 March 2023 - 07:47:07

As predicted! All these Russians like to avoid after arrival back in Russia, to be taken from the airport straight to the front to fight as soldier Putin's unjustified  illegal bestial inhumane war in another legimate State Ukraine. So, first visa extention, after that asylum requests. Busy Immigration paperwork times coming up.

CaptainJack69 | 02 March 2023 - 17:51:32

Yeah, maybe there's a reason Russian nationals can't visit other destinations in the current, ahem, socio-cultural situation? Russians are pariahs' in most countries but not Thailand where they continued to be issued "emergency COVID extensions" on their stays long after travel restrictions were a distant memory.

DeKaaskopp | 02 March 2023 - 12:17:29

"Looking down at Thai people like they think they are better as others" Hmmm, isn't that exactly the way you or Kurt or some other on here do daily ? And you or all others who keep telling us how bad Thai's or Thailand in general is are not Russian. 

JohnC | 02 March 2023 - 08:54:27

And many of them are very dodgy, are partners or owners of illegal businesses and behave badly towards local people looking down their noses at Thais like they think they are better than others. Bad tempered, violent and aggressive, these are NOT the type of tourists that give Phuket or the rest of Thailand a good name. In fact they don't give tourism a good name anywhere they visit...


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