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3 British citizens arrested for overstaying on Phuket

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As far as I know you should ALWAYS carry you passport with you in Thailand, so it is a 'normal' question.

I have a copy of EVERY page of my passport in my Dropbox so I can show them my visa if requested.

I'm sure that will go over well, trying to show them jpgs of your passport on your smartphone/tablet.

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Moral of this sorry ..if indeed there is one...if one is on an overstay then never discuss your visa details with anyone..... Visa runs are a popular subject among ex pats, keeps mouth shut and agree to doing boring visa runs and moan about them like everybody else..

I know a friend who had over a year overstay, when he was departing country, at airport immigration he told them he had overstay immediately , had 20k baht in his hand and passed it across, immigration official was very polite and said mai be lai ..mai be l ai..,.. passed the passport complete with Boarding pass/ticket , 20k bht to a collegue sitting at overstay desk, who filled in 2 forms which my friend had to sign, made an overstay stamp in his passport,... said naughty man to him... assured my friend that it would have no affect on future visa applications and waved him onto departure lounge.. ..

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If you get deported for overstay are you ever allowed back in the country?

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Why wont Thailand give some concessions to clear cut cases. For example. If you have been married to a Thai and resided in Thailand for 5 years minimum on a marriage visa, and, or support a Thai child from this marriage, why cant you jointly/solely own your family home without prejudiced legislation. There are many cases in this country where there is no excuse for the Thai government to discriminate against foreigners.

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So crime of the century, i would happier if they cleaned up some more important issues

"i would happier"

No one claimed it was priority one for the police and, as far as I know, when the police make arrests it has nothing to do with making you happy.

If the police arrest someone, the whining starts. If the police have not yet arrested someone, the whining starts. I'm sure today some people were ticketed for parking in the wrong place and some others were arrested as suspects in murder or robbery cases. They are not mutually exclusive events.

That's so true! if you are going to visit here or anyother country, do it legally! not hard to do and it is just plain laziness not to have your paperwork in order.

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Two reasons I can think of why people stop doing visa runs:

1. No money. I know a guy here in Phuket who lives on THB 16,000 a month that he receives from abroad. He cannot afford visa runs.

2. Foreign authorities might be looking for a person and he is afraid his name is on some list. These people do not take the risk of being arrested at the border doing a visa run.

Don't say that one of these reasons apply to the British guys. Do not know them nor their backgrounds.

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All very nice and we can all play the card of innocense meanwhile sometimes the laws are not as clear as they can be. Besides, which foreigner in the UK or the rest

of Europe needs to show either 800.000B or has to get married to stay longer than a little while. I still feel a lot for the eye for an eye policy: If you can't own a house here. Thais should not be able to own one in your country until they change the law. If you can't stay here for a prolonged holiday unless you pay through your nose for it, do the same to the Thais abroad. If you can't own a car on a tourist visa, do the same abroad to the Thais. If you need to report every three months to police....etc etc. See how that feels. We all know that lots of Thais own numerous houses (read: Villas) and cars in our countries of origin. But that all seems to be ok and fine.

Geez it is nearly impossible for a Thai to travel to the US unless of course they have big bucks and family connections, Plan old Somchai isn't coming to America or Great Brittan. Do a bit of research on the drivel you posted before posting

Just because it's difficult for Thais to travel to the West, doesn't negate any of what he wrote.

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Two reasons I can think of why people stop doing visa runs:

1. No money. I know a guy here in Phuket who lives on THB 16,000 a month that he receives from abroad. He cannot afford visa runs.

2. Foreign authorities might be looking for a person and he is afraid his name is on some list. These people do not take the risk of being arrested at the border doing a visa run.

Don't say that one of these reasons apply to the British guys. Do not know them nor their backgrounds.

Another reason is, simply, laziness.

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The Country is full of farangs who have overstayed I would rather pay my 1,900 baht a year for my extension of stay and have peace of mind it seems Phuket is not the place to hang out if your visa has expired !!!!!!

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Why the f... don't they just do the required run. Sigh.

I think you lack experience and imagination..... perhaps the realisation that repeated long distance and high speed, visa dash and backs will eventually result in a collision.!.... convince some individuals that the risk of being caught on overstay is actually the better option, considering that paying 'The Fine' will remedy and normalise the situation.

I do not speak from experience, just repeating the casual 'bar talk ' one is accustomed to hearing.

Personally I don't think that having to constantly look over your shoulder and the hassle of disruption to status quo is worth it.... but then I don't need to do the border runs...

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