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Immigration plans big improvements

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PHUKET: Phuket Immigration has announced plans to radically improve its service to tourists and foreigners living in Phuket. Pol Col Apirak Hongtong, the Superintendent of the Phuket Immigration Office, told the Gazette today that many foreigners who come to Phuket want to extend their stay in the country, but when their Immigration stamps expire, they do not know the correct procedure for renewing or extending. “We care about tourists and foreigners living in Phuket,” Col Apirak stressed, “and the Immigration Department is ready to advise them on the correct way to do things under Thai law.” He added that, with the government planning many projects in Phuket, such as the International Convention and Exhibition Center, the island will have more visitors, both tourists and businesspeople, and must therefore be prepared to serve greater numbers. To this end, a number of measures will be taken to ensure foreigners can get their immigration requirements met more easily. These include: * A mobile visa office to take service to popular tourist sites in Phuket, with service hours of 8 am to 8:30 pm. “We’ll need some time to prepare this because at present we have only 30 officers and we need to prepare the vehicle and set it up with computer links,” Col Apirak said. * In October a number of young women graduates will join the Phuket Immigration Department, checking passports at Phuket International Airport. “We want to improve service by having more energetic officers serving people coming to Phuket. We will also install machines to check passports, which will make the process faster,” Col Apirak commented. He added that he has put in a request for digital cameras to be installed at the airport Immigration desk to take pictures of all arrivals. These pictures will be used for comparison whenever Phuket receives requests from Interpol to check for wanted criminals believed to be on the island. When a match is made, it will be easier to track them down. * The foreign language abilities of the Immigration Department will be improved, initially with the help of volunteers. The focus will be on English, Russian and Scandinavian languages. “Starting next month, we will be seeking volunteers from among the foreigners who have lived in Thailand for more than 10 years, and who speak Thai, to help us to serve people who contact the Immigration office,” Col Apirak said. Commenting on recent bad press that the Immigration Police have received, Col Apirak said, “I never think badly of foreigners. All the actions that we have taken recently have been solely on the orders of Bangkok or of the Phuket Provincial Government. The Immigration Office has no powers to set rules or to do bad things to foreigners.” Finally, Col Apirak said that any tourist or resident foreigner who has problems with Immigration law may contact him on his mobile phone at any time of day or night. He gave the number: 01-8936767.



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Indian tourist rescued from a near-drowning at Patong Beach

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PHOTOS: Patong Surf Life Saving

An Indian tourist has been rescued from drowning after getting into difficulty while swimming at Patong beach yesterday.

Patong Surf Life Saving report that around 1.30pm at Patong Beach an Indian tourist was spotted in the water, choking and fighting to stay afloat.

Lifeguards dived in and brought him back to the beach. He was not breathing and his heart has stopped beating by the time they got him back to shore. Lifeguards urgently applied CPR.

Mr Jhamnani’s heart started to beat again and he became conscious. He was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital where he is now recovering.

Well done to the team at Patong Surf Lifesaving. I think you can expect a visit from a grateful Indian tourist in a few days.

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Polish man charged after threatening people with a gun in Patong

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A Polish man has been charged with carrying a gun in public in Patong, Phuket.

Patong Police report that at 6.20pm last night (Tuesday) they were notified that a man was using a gun to threaten others at a hotel on Pisit Koranee Road in Patong.

Police headed to the hotel to find the Polish man. He denied any knowledge about the gun. Then Police questioned his Thai wife. She took police to a room where she gave the gun to police.

The Polish man has now been charged with illegal possession of gun and carrying it in public without a permit.

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Phuket kratom-cooker robs pharmacies – VIDEO

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Phuket police yesterday have arrested a thief while he was cooking up a batch of kratom. He had earlier robbed pharmacies in Chalong, Phuket.

Chief Investigator of the Phuket Provincial Police Col Prawit Engchuan says, “Yesterday we have arrested 25 year old Rattaphon Pales at a house in Chalong. Police seized 0.45 litres of liquid kratom.”

“On Monday night Chalong Police were notified that a man had robbed a pharmacy in Chalong (video below) with a knife. He stole 30,000 baht cash and sped away on that occasion.”

“We have continued the investigation and arrested a suspect while he was cooking liquid kratom at his home.”

“He had robbed the same pharmacy last week and another pharmacy in Vichit. In total he has stolen about 50,000 baht in cash.”

“He was taken to Chalong Police Station where he was charged with illegal possession of Category 5 Drugs and theft.”

PHUKETPhuket police have arrested a thief while he was cooking kratom after robbing pharmacies in Phuket.

Posted by The Thaiger on Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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