Connect with us


Out with foreign touts

Legacy Phuket Gazette



Out with foreign touts | Thaiger

PATONG: Phuket Immigration officers rounded up 24 foreigners over the weekend and charged them with illegal entry into Thailand and working without permits. They are now being held in a Phuket Immigration Police cell awaiting deportation. The operation was aimed at enforcing Article 38 of the Immigration Act of 1979, which has long been ignored by many guesthouse owners. Under Article 38, hotels and guesthouses must update immigration officers daily about their foreign guests. Pol Capt Chatchai Hayimana, Deputy Inspector of Phuket Provincial Immigration Office, told the Gazette today, “There were 24 arrests altogether – 21 Burmese and three Vietnamese. Most of them were men working as touts for local tailor shops. We will deport them as soon as possible.” “We are now following orders from the central government to strictly enforce labor laws and rid the country of illegal foreign laborers and the problems they create,” Capt Chatchai explained. Touts working for the numerous tailor shops in Patong are a common cause for complaint among foreign tourists in the town. Often men from South Asian countries, they are usually employed by local tailor shop owners for their presentable style of dress and their superior English language skills, but the nature of their work makes it hard for them to avoid detection if the government orders a crackdown. Three Thais allegedly harboring illegal aliens also got slaps on the wrist during the raids. “We fined three Thai guesthouse operators 800 baht each for not notifying Immigration of the arrival of foreign guests within 24 hours,” he said. Capt Chatchai identified the three as Suwanna Sae-Lim, 30, of Jaranya Guesthouse; Charnchai Warathiwattanapong, 29, of JJ Mansion; and Amnuay Wannark, 42, of Sawasdee Guesthouse. Similar action was reported earlier this month in Bangkok’s Khao San Road, and it appears that the government is selectively enforcing the reporting requirement in an effort to cut the number of illegal foreign workers in the country.


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forum
🔔 Subscribe to our daily newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand11 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Legalized gambling in Thailand? PM reveals his Omicron policy stance | Dec 3

South12 hours ago

All 23 districts declared as disaster zones in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Bangkok12 hours ago

Police face criticism over plans to buy millions of baht worth of tear gas and riot gear

Thailand12 hours ago

Tourism minister tells the public “not to worry” about Omicron

Malaysia12 hours ago

Malaysia reports first case of Omicron variant

Thailand12 hours ago

Thai Immigration launches online 90 day report system

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Visa13 hours ago

10-year long term visa scheme takes a step forward, measures approved by PM

Thailand13 hours ago

Pilot seriously injured in F-5 fighter jet crash in Lop Buri

Southeast Asia14 hours ago

Taiwan sets up nighttime vaccination spots with gifting plans

Tourism14 hours ago

Maya Bay reopening likely to be postponed | VIDEO

Contract Package14 hours ago

Thai AirAsia X seeks for new investors as flights to resume next year

Thailand15 hours ago

Government to set up committee to consider opening casinos in Thailand

Southeast Asia15 hours ago

Detained Cambodian monk with refugee status says he could jailed if deported from Thailand

Thailand15 hours ago

Wildlife officials search for Bengal tiger roaming across three provinces

Thailand15 hours ago

CCSA criticises newspaper’s ‘hunt for Africans’ story, clarifies efforts to track travellers

Thailand3 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism9 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism9 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism9 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11