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3 British citizens arrested for overstaying on Phuket

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To be honest, I'm more interested in how one of them appears to have got a 5 month entry.

i.e. entered August 12th, permitted to stay until January 9th

If he entered on a tourist visa, that would be two months. even if extended it's 3 months, extend again to get 3 months and 7 days.

The only thing that makes sense is either he entered on a business visa - and then lost his job, OR he entered on a non-O visa, and was able to extend it for two months (which usually requires having a wife or kids here...)

If he has a wife and kids here and he simply couldn't get an extension because he doesn't have the income (or the cash in the bank), I would actually hope he avoids blacklisting.

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Difficult to conjure up much sympathy for them.

I think we would all be surprised to learn how many foreigners have overstayed ....

There are certainly quite a lot of folks on overstay. Getting caught means you'll end up in prison, passport will be confiscated and send to one's embassy. Finally deportation. Not worth it.

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

Why the f.... can't they just make "the run" to the nearest Immigration Office to keep extending, for a fee, of course?

Why the f.... does Thailand have to make a whole industry out of getting another tourist visa?

It's not enough that a nearby Thai Embassy gets your visa fee, but they make it so that you have to get taxis, planes, minibuses, overnight accommodation etc etc to get a new visa.

They have no problem extending a 60 day visa by another 30 days, why not put a similar policy in place, but for another 60 days, and just keep allowing extensions? If you've been a naughty boy, you are arrested at the Immigration Office, when extending, instead of the border.

Thai tourist visas is just a money spinning industry.

Before anyone asks, I'm under 50 years of age and self funded.

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

I agree with you.

I have never been on overstay here, not even 1 day.

I make the effort to comply with the law/rules but a few people overstaying doesn`t trouble me.

If they`ve fallen on hard times, maybe that is their only choice

Serial over stayers/scammers etc., a different matter.

Someone could be here legally and be a " bad " person or someone could be here illegally and be otherwise OK.

Thai rules and they should be observed but yes, not crime of the century.

More important issues need sorting out as you say but perhaps that doesn`t make for such a good headline as" bad" foreigners staying here too long/illegally.

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Well I cannot criticise them, having yesterday paid a THB 17,000 fine for 34 days overstay.

Mislaid my passport so couldn't go to do the appropriate at Immigration.

There can be many reasons for overstay, some of them genuine (me! me!), some of them with criminal intent.

I must add that I do try to "behave" with regards to Immigration laws.

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I can't help to think about when it wasn't really a big deal to overstay. Now we have fools like this; who laugh at their own stupidity and fail to see that because of people like them that press the envelope making problems for the rest of us. I have been here many years and never overstayed once. I not saying it doesn't happen, what I am saying is for those who mistakenly over looked their stay will eventually become a victim to stricter rules regarding overstays because of idiot like this.

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There was a time if a child was born, and the father was a foreigner, it was a bit of a run around to get Thai citizenship for that child. Believe it or not things were worse many years ago.

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I agree with clockman. The cops, the media, are fascinated with high profile trivia. If I have to read another 'royal baby' story I will puke, but maybe no, as someone would post a pic on their facebook. Anyway, these guys broke the law, they deserve a fine, deportation, and a talking to, but are they bad people? Probably not. I read today that the Indon gov is embarking on a massive child immunisation program. How about the Thai gov doing the same? That would be worthy news, one we could feel good about.

Agree ... Hardly the Worst Crime .

And Really , who would ever be constantly travelling with a Passport while on a Bus ? ( Or Whatever ) , keep it locked up .

Sure they have overstayed , and will suffer because of it .

But hardly a major piece of information .

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I agree with clockman. The cops, the media, are fascinated with high profile trivia. If I have to read another 'royal baby' story I will puke, but maybe no, as someone would post a pic on their facebook. Anyway, these guys broke the law, they deserve a fine, deportation, and a talking to, but are they bad people? Probably not. I read today that the Indon gov is embarking on a massive child immunisation program. How about the Thai gov doing the same? That would be worthy news, one we could feel good about.

The Public Health Ministry has been doing that for many years actually.

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

A foreigner overstaying means loosing track!

remember next time a Grenade trowing foreigners is on the loose.

Wake up....and respect the law!!

can you get lessons for trowing?

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........and this is a crime.......

...what an unbalanced society after all...

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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.

I really do not feel paying 1900 baht/year is paying through the nose.

And it is quite difficult for Thais to get visas for many Western countries.

Why on earth should a tourist need to own a car?

In our countries we are greedy for anybody's money.. hence foreign ownership is rampant, in Thailand they are protecting the market for their own people, otherwise prices would soon be out of their range.

Well done Thailand catching foreigners who break their laws.... I would feel better if the UK would make it easier for Thais to visit the UK for tourism, and if they do overstay, make a better Thai style job of catching, punishing and chucking them out... not only Thais of course.

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