Good news! Either foreigners were on their best behaviour last month (or there were fewer of them?) as Phuket officials have confirmed there were no red cards handed out for breaking the law.
Immigration officials have confirmed that from April 1 – 30, 29 foreigners were arrested for immigration offences, although no more information was given, according to a Phuket Express report. Crucially, none of those arrested received red cards, which would have meant deportation and blacklisting for the offenders in question.
According to the report, 4 Thai nationals out of 17 arrested received yellow cards. These were issued for failing to notify immigration when foreign nationals checked in to their accommodation.
When issued to a Thai national, a yellow card can involve a significant fine and a potential jail sentence. When issued to a foreigner, yellow cards are considered a warning that if the person re-offends, they will receive a red card and be deported and blacklisted from Thailand.
Meanwhile, Phuket immigration officials have confirmed that during the month of March, 2 foreign nationals received red cards and 4 foreigners were issued with yellow cards.
SOURCE: The Phuket Express