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Foreigners arrested at Phuket airport for visa overstay, illegal working


Immigration officers at Phuket International Airport have arrested two foreigners in the last 2 days, one for overstay and the other for working as a tour guide.

The Phuket News reports that the first arrest was made on Wednesday, November 8, by an investigation team led by Akkhaphon Kaewkiat and officers from the Crime Suppression Investigation Team.

A foreigner was detained on an arrest warrant for allegedly working illegally as a tour guide. The profession of tour guide is one of several that can only be carried out by Thai nationals.

The arrest happened at the immigration checkpoint in the Arrivals Hall, at around 11pm. According to the report, officers from Ao Nang Police Station were also present, as the foreigner is accused of working as an illegal tour guide in Krabi.

The arrested person’s nationality, gender and age have not been provided by the authorities. The ‘foreign national’ was transported to Ao Nang Police Station in Krabi for further legal action.

Meanwhile, a second foreign national was arrested yesterday, November 9, at the immigration checkpoint in the Departures Hall at Phuket airport. The Phuket News reports that a 40 year old American male was detained at around 5.30am, having overstayed his visa by 79 days.

The unnamed man was taken to Sakhu Police Station (near the airport) for legal processing.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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