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Visa extensions offered to Phuket speedboat crash victims

Visa extensions offered to Phuket speedboat crash victims

PHUKET: Officials from the Phuket office of the Immigration Bureau have visited foreigners admitted to hospitals and still under medical supervision after a speedboat accident in Chalong Bay on Wednesday (May 17), which left over 30 foreign nationals injured.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 21 May 2023, 01:58PM

Immigration officials visited the foreign patients on Friday (May 19), as announced by Phuket Immigration office on Facebook. The visit was conducted under the direction of Lt Gen Pakphoomphiphat Sajaphan, Thailand’s National Immigration Bureau Commissioner.

The team, led by Lt Col Thananut Srisuwan, informed the injured tourists that they need not worry about their permission to stay in the Kingdom expiring while they recover.

"Phuket Immigration officers visited the foreigners to follow up on their condition after the marine incident [on May 17] and to facilitate their requests to stay in the Kingdom in case they require prolonged treatment," Phuket Immigration said in a report posted on Facebook after the visit.

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"All hospitals were informed that if there is a foreign patient whose doctor advises continuing treatment beyond the patient’s permission to stay in Thailand, and the patient wishes to extend their permission to stay in the Kingdom, the hospital should contact the Phuket office of the Immigration Bureau directly. Lt Col Thananut has been assigned as the coordinator for this task," Phuket Immigration added.

The report did not provide further details regarding the exact conditions for visa extensions for patients or mention anything about their respective caretakers or dependents.

Phuket provincial officials have previously confirmed that each person injured in the accident is entitled to coverage of up to B15,000 in medical expenses, as mandated by the law. Additionally, medical expenses of up to B500,000 per person will be covered by insurance provided by Thai Pattana Insurance Company.

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JohnC | 22 May 2023 - 09:49:37

[up to 15,000B in medical expenses, by Thai law.] For such a pathetically small amount of money you would be lucky to get any kind of decent care across this whole country. Go to one of the international hospitals and that won't even cover one day with services. 

Kurt | 22 May 2023 - 01:29:36

Thailand should also fork up for each victim a additional indemnity for physical and emotional suffering. Plus compensation for telephone costs, for being in touch with family, rebooking flight tickets, lost income for not being able to work as perhaps hoilday times are over etc.

Kurt | 22 May 2023 - 01:18:08

What a bag of nonsense,  to visit injured hospitalized  patients to tell them they not have to worry about their visa matters. The idea alone that injured hospitalized foreigners have to worry about such nonsense, complete madness. Don't forget why they are in hospital. Thailand own these people more than just this 'courtesy' and taking care of all medical costs.

christysweet | 21 May 2023 - 20:29:38

Yeah  give a for profit  hospital your passport, esp if you think you might not be able to pay the bill.  

Capricornball | 21 May 2023 - 19:09:34

This was probably a request from hospitals that want to ensure that they will be able to provide treatment until all 500,000 baht of insurance payola have been exhausted for each victim. After that, Immigration will give them tacky goody baskets and free rides to the airport, with pleas to not to post anything about their accident on social media.

Old guy | 21 May 2023 - 17:04:08

Does this set a precedent for future visitors who are victims of reckless Thais?
Will Thai authorities actually give a damn about the well being of its visitors? 

Old guy | 21 May 2023 - 16:58:42

Who pays the additional expense of having to stay in Phuket during rehab or for caregivers? Or increased travel expenses? Seems there are many more questions. 


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