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Foreign rider escapes fine for not wearing mask, gets warning instead

Foreign rider escapes fine for not wearing mask, gets warning instead

PHUKET: Phuket Immigration officers have warned foreigners that all people in Phuket should wear face masks in public places, including both Thai and foreign residents alike. The warning comes after a foreigner was charged for riding his motorcycle without a helmet and also received a warning from police for not wearing a mask.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 9 May 2021, 01:51PM

The warning was posted yesterday (May 8) on PR Phuket’s official Facebook page with the Royal Immigration Police insignia and words “Phuket Immigration” ion the top left corner. The publication was supported by photos of the unnamed foreigner riding helmet-less.

It was explained that Phuket Immigration was alarmed by the pictures posted on “Hod Jang Jangwat Phuket” page in Facebook.

“On May 7, officers of Phuket Immigration saw the photos of a male foreigner riding in Wichit without a helmet. Then Phuket Immigration cooperated with Phuket City Police and Wichit Police to track the man. Yesterday (May 8) he was found. Wichit Police charged him for not wearing helmet and warmed him to wear a face mask,” PR Phuket explained.

Wearing face masks in public is mandatory under both the Emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situations and a separate provincial order.


Violations of the order may be considered an offense under Section 51 of the Communicable Diseases Act (a fine not exceeding B20,000) and Section 18 of the Emergency Decree (up to two years in prison or a fine not exceeding B40,000, or both.

“The foreigner acknowledged and promised to follow the order,” Phuket PR noted.

Phuket PR also reminded about the DMHTT safety rule: D – Social Distancing, M – Mask wearing, H – Hand washing, T – Temperature checking, and T – Thai Chana app.

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Christy Sweet | 10 May 2021 - 10:45:51

Potential money spending  should never be an excuse to flout the laws. Foreigners who have no regard for the safety of others should fear deportation. 

Kurt | 10 May 2021 - 10:20:11

And stop these silly threats with section 18 and 51. Even the Thai Supreme Court skipped section 8 when ruling about the Minister-captain convicted heroine drugs dealer boss. Remember, that one with a false PhD claim,  calling heroine flour. So section skipping is ok. Lucky Minister, previous just long prison time in Australia. In Singapore they would have hanged him. 

Kurt | 10 May 2021 - 10:02:41

Immigration work is 'foreigners work'. Work with a very international setting/approach. Means Immigration warnings in thai language make no sense. It doesn't reach the foreign tourists. And to threaten with deportation is shooting in own foot, as the foreigners money spending  is so much needed now. Every foreigner is one spender. Just give a non dual fine like fining Thai. 

Kurt | 10 May 2021 - 09:08:57

@Suerte, Of course the RTP knows that. With pleasant kick backs to Chalong RTP station, at distance of 500 metres, crime thinking change into "they have to feed families" thinking. Such works out fine with having 'rubber laws' interpretations.

Suerte | 09 May 2021 - 21:21:40

They also realized that the go go bars where there are young ladies on chalong pier are all open even if the lights are off, this is a crime.

Christy Sweet | 09 May 2021 - 21:15:42

 I've seen equal numbers in Thais and foreigners not wearing masks. The  common denominator was that they were male. Name and shame this moron and let them know they can be deported for breaking this law. 

Kurt | 09 May 2021 - 16:12:11

Is correct to pin-point foreigner about helmet/ mask obligation, good also Immigration makes a strong point. But why ROYAL thai police discriminate at check points, let Thai with same unlawful behavior freely pass by? Is a daily show of discrimination and that Thai laws are 'rubber laws'. Up to the non law respecting RTP officer. When the in 2014 promised police reform starts?

Fascinated | 09 May 2021 - 13:58:19

Wow- hunting down a foreigner for not wearing a helmet. I've just watched 20 thais  ride past without them in the space of a couple of minutes. BiB- tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime, 555.


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