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If you live in Hua Hin you might be about to get a visit from the Tourist Police

 

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Tourist Police are stepping up checks on foreigners living in Hua Hin.

 

The checks involve officers visiting foreigners at home to ensure they have not overstayed their visa.

 

Expats in the popular resort town have taken to social media to report being visited by Tourist Police officers.

 

One report posted to a local Facebook group read:

 

“Had a nice friendly visit from tourist police today.

 

“They had 3 pages of names they said they needed to check for over stayer and address check here in Hua Hin”, the post read.

 

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Another expat in Hua Hin told Thaivisa that Tourist Police officers were visiting addresses in the Smorprong area of the town on Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

Thailand’s crackdown on visa overstayers began in 2016 under the Immigration Bureau’s ‘Good guys in, bad guys out policy’, which saw tough penalties put in place, including being blacklisted and barred from entering Thailand, for anyone found to have overstayed their visa.

 

In November 2017, Defense Ministry spokesman Lt. Gen. Kongcheep Tantrawanich said there were about 100,000 foreigners in Thailand who have overstayed their visa in Thailand.

 

However, a report from the beginning of this year claimed that the number of foreigners living in Thailand having overstayed their visas was closer to 8,000.

 

Previously, officials have said that those who overstay their visa could have links to foreign criminals, organised crime syndicates and even Islamic State (IS) militants.

 

Many of the foreigners who have overstayed their visas are thought to be hiding out in Pattaya, Phuket, Hua Hin, Koh Samui island and Bangkok, official have said.

 
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-- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2018-02-08
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4 minutes ago, tracker1 said:

Apparently Immigration can't keep tabs on persons even with all the rigmarole everyone goes thru ! Big difference between 8,000 and 100,000 seems a bit like the Governments fiddly figures as usual

Exactly, don't they know who have visa's and how long they are in the country? If one is overstaying the visa they can just go to the address given..

 

But at least they go to the homes where the passports are so no excuses like i didn't bring my passport.

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Co-incidentally, several Buriram expats also had unannounced surprise visits from Immi guys over the past few days. The lads have been posting about it on the local Buriram expat website.

 

They took photos of valid extension page/visa in passport, and a photo of expat and Immi guy standing together.

 

All very friendly apparently.

 

 

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Over the last few months Koh Phangan has had the same visits from what I hear they rounded up a fair few overstayers who have since been deported

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What law they are executing here?

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100k? add a zero and x4 for a rough number of illegals in the UK these days - they don't even check your passport on the way out

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Maybe if they would stop shredding the useless information forms they require us to fill out, they would have a better idea of who is here and for how long. I am still amazed that there is no computer database. Why do they even have computers?

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