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Phuket Immigration confirms B500 a day overstay fines are being levied

Phuket Immigration confirms B500 a day overstay fines are being levied

PHUKET: Phuket Immigration has confirmed that B500 a day fines are being levied on any people who remain in the country after their permits to stay have expired.

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By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Monday 23 March 2020, 07:27PM


Foreigners queue at the main Phuket Immigration Office in Phuket Town today (Mar 23). Photo: Supplied

Foreigners queue at the main Phuket Immigration Office in Phuket Town today (Mar 23). Photo: Supplied

Phuket Immigration Deputy Chief Lt Col Udom Thongchin told The Phuket News late this afternoon (Mar 23) that his office has no authority in the matter.

“Everything is up to the Immigration Bureau in Bangkok,” he said.

Lt Col Udom urged foreigners needing to stay in Thailand, or unable to travel home, to obtain a letter from their embassy requesting the Thai Immigration Bureau to allow them to extend their stay in the country.

If the foreigner cannot obtain such a letter, Phuket Immigration were unable to help them, he said.

“If a foreigner’s permit to stay is about to expire and they cannot get a letter from their embassy, or their embassy refuses to issue them a letter, we have no regulation that can help them,” Lt Col Udom explained.

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“We can only wait for any new policies to come from the Immigration Bureau in Bangkok,” he said.

“My advice is for foreigners to urge their embassies to issue them a letter requesting a 30-day extension. If their visas expire, they will be charged for B500 a day overstay in accordance with the law,” Lt Col Udom confirmed.

Lt Col Udom also clarified that the issue of people having to leave the country because their permit to stay will expire does not apply to foreigners renewing their one-year extensions to stay.

“These are being processed as usual,” he said.

“If people are just renewing their one-year permit to stays, like they do every year, they do not have to leave the country while waiting for their renewal to be approved – just as usual. These people are unaffected,” he said.

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DeKaaskopp | 26 March 2020 - 15:51:30

No flights in/out anymore ? Kurt that's nonsense. Look at Arrival/Departure schedule from Phuket or Bangkok airports. And apart from regular flights some governments are sending planes to bring stranded tourists home.

Kurt | 26 March 2020 - 10:39:39

Thailand did 'Lock Down' and no flights in/out anymore. 
Tourists are 'trapped'. What for a extension request letter in present situation? Many don't want to be 'allowed' in Thailand any longer, they just like to depart, if Thailand facilitates that. Immigration herself doesn't understand what is going on this moment.

Kurt | 26 March 2020 - 10:10:07

Did during past days the drive in 90 day report. No waiting time. In and out of the compound by car in 7 minutes. Noticed many people sitting below tents outside the office.

Doctor | 25 March 2020 - 13:58:55

So, what about the people who have to go to Immigration to renew 'Retirement Visa 90 Days Stay'?  In BKK they are telling 'OLD' people who have pre-existing medical conditions like Asthma to go and stand in a room, the size of an aircraft hanger, with thousands of foreign nationals from China, Korea, Italy, etc. to register their 90 day stay? Telling old people to risk their lives?

 

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