Phuket immigration officers say they are committed to the national crackdown called “Operation X-ray Outlaw Foreigner”, especially on visa overstayers.
As a show of force on Monday, more than 252 officers from Phuket Immigration Office, the Royal Thai Army, Royal Thai Navy, Phuket Provincial Police, Highway Police, Tourist Police and Marine Police assembled at Phuket City police station.
The chief of Phuket Immigration Office, Colonel Kathathorn Kumthieng, said: “During this month we have checked about 397 accommodations, including hotels, for ‘alien’ reporting. We also discovered some overstayers.
The offending hotels and hostels have been fined and informed to report when foreigners are staying in their premises within 24 hours.”
“From October 1-14, the crackdown on serial overstayers – in Immigration Office Division 6, which covers the southern part of Thailand – netted 583 overstayers and 880 for illegally entering the country,” Kathathorn added.