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Phuket immigration officials clamp down on overstayers

In the last month, 13 people have been arrested in Phuket and charged with offences under the Immigration Act, according to a Phuket News report. Data released by Phuket Immigration on Monday, October 2, reveals that 7 foreigners arrested this month have been charged with overstaying their visa.

Another foreigner was charged with not complying with the 90 day reporting requirement and two home owners or property managers were charged with not reporting foreigners staying at their properties.

Another 2 foreign nationals were arrested for robbery and another was arrested under an outstanding warrant. According to the Phuket News, the authorities did not provide any further information in relation to the 3 arrests.

The report goes on to say that immigration officials were acting on a total of 228 identified “targets” across the island. Of those, 77 were in Chalong, 38 in Patong, 26 in Phuket Town, 25 in Wichit, 15 in Cherngtalay, 13 in Kathu, 12 in Kamala, 10 in Thalang, 7 in Karon, 4 in Sakhu and one in Tha Chatchai.

In the last month, a total of 9 “yellow cards” were issued by the authorities. Of those, 7 were issued to foreigners, including 2 British nationals, 2 Burmese nationals, and 1 Russian. It is not known who received the remaining 2 cards.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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