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Immigration police arrested a 40 year old Nigerian man for allegedly overstaying his visa by 2,683 days. The man entered Thailand in April 2014 on a 60 day tourist visa. He was arrested in in Ratchathewi district of Bangkok.

Illegal immigration is considered as a major factor of the second wave of Covid-19 after the outbreak Samut Sakhon seafood market affecting a large migrant population.

Thai Visa says immigration officers were “targeting Africans to check on their visa status as part of measures associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The penalties for overstaying in Thailand are as follows…

When surrendering at airport immigration when leaving Thailand…

  • Overstay less than 90 Days = 500 Thai baht/day overstay fine (maximum 20,000 Thai baht)
  • Overstay more than 90 Days = 1 year ban from Thailand and 20,000 Thai baht overstay fine
  • Overstay more than 1 Year = 3 years ban from Thailand and 20,000 Thai baht overstay fine
  • Overstay more than 3 Years = 5 years ban from Thailand and 20,000 baht overstay fine
  • Overstay more than 5 Years = 10 years ban from Thailand and 20,000 baht overstay fine

When caught while overstaying…

  • Overstay of 1 day to 1 Year = 5 years ban from Thailand and 500 to 20,000 Thai baht overstay fine.
  • Overstay more than 1 Year = 10 years ban from Thailand and 20,000 Thai baht overstay fine.

SOURCES: True Crime Thailand | Thai Embassy| Thai Visa

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    Nipral

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    Targeting Africans….!!!

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      KP

      Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 3:43 pm

      Targeting people who overstayed

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        Nipral

        Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 9:29 pm

        …and who happen to look Africans. Amazing Thailand !!!

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          chupapi

          Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 1:47 pm

          What’s the point? If he was blue-skinned, would you accuse them to target whoever comes from Pandora? Ridiculous.

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    Rasputin

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    A potential 5 year ban + 20,000 baht fine for a 1 day overstay if caught, seem a rather disproportionate punishment to me. Airline breakdowns/cancellations can easily put a normally ‘law abiding’ traveler in this position through no fault of their own. I happened to me when flying on Philippine airways several years ago, fortunately without getting caught while returning to the airport following 2 days delay.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 9:38 pm

      You could have simply told immigration when first at the airport, then your maximum fine would have been 1,000 baht for your two days (IIRC actually 500 baht as the first day is / used to be “free”).

      So could anyone else now …

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      Stupidfarang

      Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 1:42 am

      I once booked at ticket for a 4am flight the date after the stamp expired. I really didn’t realize it technically was the next day. Foolish me, thinking eh 4am that’s kinda like the same day, the sun hadn’t risen yet. 500b

      I forgot how dates and times work when booking the ticket.

      The 500b didn’t matter, it taught me a lesson. Fml. It probably went into his pocket bad on his smile. Oh the thai smile, when you give them money.

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    Imherelegally

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    lol go down Soi 3 and 13 in Bangkok, you’ll find dozens of them

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      James R

      Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 6:02 pm

      “Them” who? People who’ve overstayed? How would you know they’ve overstayed? Or are you using “them” as a term for African expats.

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        No jokes please

        Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 7:58 pm

        Yes, he is referring to Africans. What`s wrong with that? Are you trying to ‘racist’ shame him? Wrong address buddy, nobody will buy your nonsense in this country.

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        James Pate

        Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 9:09 pm

        Off the radar for seven years. Wonder what really happened. Was he out for a stroll and just got pulled up by chance? I’d bet an angry Thai girl dropped a dime on him for some real or imaginary offense.

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        James R

        Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 12:41 am

        James R

        Is there another James R as I did not write the comment above?

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    Dim Djum

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    I guess if he been staying for a few years, he have not been importing covid then…..

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 9:43 pm

      Yes … para 2 that “illegal immigration is considered as a major factor of the second wave of Covid-19 …” does seem a bit misleading unless Covid-19 has an incubation period of well over six years rather than two weeks.

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    Dim Djum

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    A raid in Khao San road when things open again, also could find a few.

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      Nipral

      Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 9:32 pm

      A few what ? Africans ? At least unlike you they usually speak English…

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    Sam

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    Hi arrest is nothing to do with covid and illegal immigration! Been in country since 2014 ! Same old Thai brainless thaiger hack writing

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    Ynwaps

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    Illegal immigration from 4 years ago surely doesn’t contribute to the second wave of Covid-19. Another day another photo-op.

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    Bill

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Nigerians are the worst. Any country you encounter them, they are criminals.

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      chupapi

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 1:49 pm

      A former colleague of mine from Nigeria is a well respected scientist in Australia now. Nice try but failed.

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    Mister Stretch

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    “Illegal immigration is considered as a major factor of the second wave of Covid-19 after the outbreak Samut Sakhon seafood market affecting a large migrant population.”

    Pretty sure he hasn’t brought the ‘rona with him, if he’s been in the country illegally for 7 years…so this particular witch hunt for “illegal immigrants bringing in the ‘rona” found nothing of the sort.

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    EdwardV

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    “immigration officers were “targeting Africans” – Pretty sure this is the entire story. Anything else is just an excuse.

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    dispensed

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 10:38 am

    How kind of the Lieger to erroneously associate him with other illegal migrants who spread covid in the second paragraph.

    That’s some top-notch reporting there, guys.

    And you wonder why Thai people are so xenophobic. Look in the mirror, boys. You did that. Yes you.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 10:52 am

    All this hysteria about the officials targeting Africans.
    The police and authorities have the right to target whomever they think is likely to be breaking the law.
    We have had this argument already in London, because young blacks were being stopped more than young whites.
    The police stopped them because there were more likely to be breaking the law.
    What do the blacks want a licence to state you cannot stop me because I’m black?

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    Bangkok Born.

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 4:44 am

    Every country have the laws if everyone respects the laws, so there is no problem.
    The polices work as duty. Black or White or Asian, We are same human.
    The laws support security to safety.

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    Social Observer

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 6:48 am

    That African guy brought Covid with him when he immigrated to Thailand 7 years ago ? Duh.

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