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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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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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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

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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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Well as long as they keep the riff raff out! Check all you want!

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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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man oh man if they would only put this much effort into educating their kids in schools and educating drivers on the roads, this place would be hub material again

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i have an idea. we will use a thing called a

c o m p u t e r. can you say computer?

 

visa expired on a certain date? automatically check immigration exit records for passport number. no exit? generate list. then go to house.

look for bad guys.

 

computer 101 circa 1978.

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What law they are executing here?

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42 minutes ago, TVGerry said:

Well as long as they keep the riff raff out! Check all you want!

No, random checks of foreigners on extensions of stay are highly offensive.  :post-4641-1156693976:

 

They need to check on foreigners who enter on visa-exempt and tourist visas, as it is much more likely that these will be the overstayers.  Immigration police are lazy and it is much harder to track down foreigners who entered on short-stay visas, and then moved from their declared residence, and never registered a new address.

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This defies all logic.

 

I have 2 theories.

1. They need to be seen to be pretending to search for overstayers.

2. The head of Prachuap Immigration has passed down the order from the Minister to go out and catch these overstayers. Nobody knows how to go about it. So they are trying a random scattergun method to see if they catch one.

 

As earlier stated, it's all computer. No point checking the ones who are on valid extensions.

 

Madness.

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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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The headline should read "If you've registered your address with immigration and you live in Hua Hin..."

 

Otherwise how do they know where to go?

 

 

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