Two Dutch nationals have recently been arrested separately at Phuket International Airport for illegally staying in the country without proper documents. Thai immigration have been cracking down on people who have overstayed their visas or trying to work in the country without the required paperwork.
According to The Phuket Express, the first individual was a 61 year old Dutch man whose name was not disclosed. According to the Immigration Office at Phuket International Airport, the man was apprehended at the Immigration Checkpoint in the International Departure Terminal over the last week.
It is currently unknown how the man had entered Thailand in the first place. He was taken to the Sakoo Police Station to face charges of entering and staying in the country without a permit. He will be deported and banned from returning to Thailand for a length of time.
The second individual was a 28 year old Dutch woman whose name was also not disclosed. She was arrested earlier in the week at the same checkpoint in the International Departure Terminal. Like the Dutch man, she was charged with illegally staying in the country and was taken to the Sakoo Police Station to face her charges.
The Phuket Immigration Office did not provide further details on the circumstances surrounding the arrests of the two Dutch nationals. However, it is common for foreigners to be required to obtain a visa or permit before entering and staying in Thailand.
It is important for travellers to ensure that they have obtained the necessary travel documents before entering Thailand. Failing to do so can result in detention, deportation and a ban on re-entering the country.
SOURCE: The Phuket Express