Thailand’s Cabinet has approved a 6 month extension of the Visa on Arrival fee waiver for visitors, designed to generate more tourism spending in Thailand.
A deputy government spokesperson said yesterday (October 28) that the Cabinet has in principle approved the draft fee waiver extension for six months beyond the initial expiry date to April 30 2020.
Under the campaign, the 2,000 baht Visa on Arrival fee is waived for eligible visitors. The campaign has been shown to increase tourist numbers in Thailand.
The move will cost the government 10.764 billion baht in fee revenue but is expected to generate roughly 14 times that in tourism revenue.
The Cabinet has also discussed a quota increase for Thai participants in Australia’s Work/Holiday visa program, according to the Chiang Rai Times. The campaign allows Thai youth to legally work and travel in Australia, and the quota has been increased from 500 to 2,000 annually.
German dies after fall from condo’s 27th floor
PHOTO: The Nation
Police were called to a condominium block on Sukhumvit Soi 79, Phra Khanong, following a report that man had fallen from the 27th floor last night (Friday).
They were joined at the scene by emergency responders and volunteer rescue workers and a medical examiner from Chulalongkorn Hospital. They arrived to find the body of a caucasian male, approximately 180 centimetres tall, dressed in a purple T-shirt and black shorts, laying dead on the ground.
The deceased man was 49 year old Roland Helmut Cunz from Germany. Witnesses said they saw him falling from the 27th floor of the condo. The body of the deceased man was later sent to Chulalongkorn Hospital for an autopsy.
Police have been checking CCTV footage and questioning witnesses to determine more details about the sequence of events leading to the man’s fall from the condominium’s balcony.
SOURCE: The Nation
German busted for 5 day overstay in Pattaya
Five Chonburi immigration officers have arrested a 45 year old German man outside a hotel in Pattaya. “Bert E” had overstayed his visa by five days and was handed over to Pattaya police. The immigration police are now making examples of even minor transgressions of the visa rules.
The five-man task force was sent by the chief of Chonburi immigration, who was acting under orders from national immigration chief Sompong “Big Oud” Chingduang, according to Thai news agency Naew Na.
Sompong took over the helm of immigration after the previous chief, Surachat “Big Joke” Hakpan was mysteriously demoted, or side-lined, last April. In October Sompong said authorities “will rid Thailand of the bad apples in the foreigner population,”
“This is just the beginning.”
Among those targeted are overstayers, illegal immigrants, internationally wanted individuals and common criminals. Foreigners can be deported and blacklisted from entering Thailand for overstaying their visa, or any criminal offence. Even if it’s only five days.
Thai immigration authorities have made it a habit in the past few years not only to round up dozens of foreigners at a time in raids, but also to parade them in front of the press.
The hotel was in the Na Klua area. New Na, as in the past, is urging the public to continue calling immigration police on 1178 to report violations.
SOURCE: Naew Na
British man found dead in Thailand’s north east
Authorities have reported the death of 33 year old British national, Timothy Hoffman, who was found dead in a bathroom at a house the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani on Saturday night.
Police and a doctor from a local clinic were called to the man’s home shortly after midnight. They found Hoffman face down in the bathroom, wearing a short-sleeved grey shirt and a pair of grey shorts. He was believed to have died 4-5 hours earlier. There were no signs of a struggle.
Hoffman’s father Richard, who also lives in northeastern Thailand with his wife, says his son arrived in Thailand 2 weeks ago, and he and his wife tried to take care of him when he became depressed. Mr. Hoffman says he talked to his son at about 6pm on Saturday before going to sleep. At the time, his Thai wife was away in Bangkok.
At about 10.30pm he went to his son’s room and knocked on the door. When he got no answer, he entered and found his son lying in the bathroom. He took a motorcycle and asked a neighbour to call police. Police said the cause of death is not yet known and an autopsy is pending..
SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times
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