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Phuket Immigration mulls kids caught in overstay blacklist ban

PHUKET: Officers at Phuket Immigration next week will publicly announce whether or not they will include children in the blacklist ban on re-entry on all “aliens” who overstay in the country, which comes into effect on Sunday (March 20).

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By The Phuket News

Wednesday 16 March 2016, 07:37PM


The news follows a notice – circulated via a Line group directly linked to Phuket Immigration – plainly stating: “it is not acceptable for children under 14 years old not to have a visa. If your child is under 14 years old and has no visa, you must apply for a visa by 20th Of March 2016.

“If they get caught without a visa, they will be banned from Thailand for a minimum of 1 year,” the notice read.

Phuket Immigration Col Sunchai Chokkajaykij yesterday and today (Mar 15-16) has been unavailable for comment on the issue.

A senior-ranking officer at Phuket Immigration, who specifically asked not to be publicly identified in this report, would not confirm or deny whether the notice was issued by Phuket Immigration staff.

However, the officer did tell The Phuket News today, “The Immigration Bureau wants all foreigners to have the right documents while staying in the country and expects all foreigners and their children to have valid permits-to-stay without any exception – unlike in the past.

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“The announcement that we will enforce the new overstay rules came three months ago, BUT the issue that is still being discussed is how these rules will apply to children and whether they will need a valid permit-to-stay by March 20 or be blacklisted.

“It is a very sensitive issue and covers many criteria. The Immigration Bureau will have a press conference sometime next week to announce more details on this issue,” the officer added.

Immigration Bureau chief Nathathorn Prousoontorn on Saturday (Mar 12) repeated his warning to all foreigners illegally staying in the country on “overstay’.

Under new Interior Ministry regulations, foreign travellers who overstay more than 90 days will be banned from re-entering the country for one year, he said.

People who overstay more than one year, will face a re-entry ban of three years. (See story here.)

 

 

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Tod Daniels | 18 March 2016 - 10:35:11

These new overstay penalties which come into effect this Sunday have a specific clause written into it which states foreign children are exempt from these penalties IF they exit the country before they are 18. 
It was in the original draft, it was in the version signed by Prayuth, and it is in the posting of the law in the Royal Gazette.

FWIW; Here's the thai wording of the exemption claus...

Kurt | 17 March 2016 - 19:22:46

why such a relaxed thai immigration rule that you can overstay 88-89 days without any consequence?  ( Not get banned)
A overstay is a overstay, right?

In South Africa 2 days overstay makes you banned for 1 year re-entry!

Kurt | 17 March 2016 - 10:08:40

I don't see the sensitivity of this issue. It is a bit of a non-issue.
New thai visa rules are clear.
Also foreign children under age 14 must have a visa. Quite clear.
Just add that these children must accompanied by adult relatives who have a valid visa and are allowed to enter Thailand. 
Problem solved.

Anyway, in most foreign countries are school laws, obliging these children to be i...

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