THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

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).

immigrationpolicetourismRussianChinese
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.

QSI International School Phuket

“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.)

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

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...

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Thai AirAsia flies into red as Chinese travellers decline

Make me think about the expression: "Never put all your eggs in 1 basket". Thai airlines...(Read More)


Smart visa conditions revised for experts

What a enormous government investment, time- and money wise to intro this Smart Visa, and that for 3...(Read More)


Immigration Chief Surachate to inspect new Phoenix salvage attempt

"Immigration Chief Surachate to inspect new Phoenix salvage attempt," what would he know a...(Read More)


Finances blamed for Phuket DJ suicide

Pascale-I have made comments and contacted the Editors to no avail. Insp K seems to be allowed to co...(Read More)


Immigration Chief Surachate to inspect new Phoenix salvage attempt

What is Big Joke doing sticking his nose into this- it seems right outside his remit. He seems more ...(Read More)


Woman safe after pinned under cab in 7-Eleven delivery truck flip

Regardless of excuses this is failure to have control. Always a mysterious - dog, truck, car, elepha...(Read More)


Amnesty strips Aung San Suu Kyi of highest honour

Tough I am not in a good position to judge if the decision of Amnesty i right or wrong, I still wond...(Read More)


Amnesty strips Aung San Suu Kyi of highest honour

Very Good! Pity that Nobel Price regulations not able to cancel/take back a Nobel Price. Perhaps wi...(Read More)


Phuket man nabbed with over 52,000 ya bah pills, ya ice

Many coffee shops closing down,rules of selling weed getting stricter.They are tolerant towards soft...(Read More)


Finances blamed for Phuket DJ suicide

Dekas,you nailed it ! Whenever i thought it can't get any lower here,the one person comes up and...(Read More)