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Phuket hotels given one month to start reporting foreign guests

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PHUKET: Hotels and other guest accommodation establishments across the island have until May 1 to start filing daily reports identifying their guests to Phuket Immigration before officers start raiding – and charging – the hotel operators.

The news follows Phuket Immigration Superintendent Sunchai Chokkajaykij on Thursday laying down the law to his officers, ordering them to launch a campaign to get hotels, resorts and apartment residence operators to report the names of their foreign guests to the immigration office each day.

“According to the Immigration Act B.E. 2522, hotel, apartment and resort owners and staff must report the identity of each foreign guest to the immigration office within 24 hours of the guest checking in,” Col Sunchai said.

“If they do not start filing the daily reports to us, they will be fined up to 2,000 baht. If they know the foreigner is illegally in the country and still allow that foreigner to stay, they will be charged with harboring an illegal immigrant and face up to 10 years imprisonment,” he warned.

Immigration officer Capt Angkarn Yasanop explained that hoteliers and staff can file the reports online at phuketimmigration.go.th.

“On our home page, click the link ‘Notification of residence for foreigners’ written in Thai on the left [click here],” he explained.

“After you register online, you will receive your user name and password,” Capt Angkarn said.

“Each day, just visit our web page, log in and submit the names of your foreign guests,” he added.

Capt Angkarn said that although the online system was launched two years ago (story here), only about 1,000 hotels, resorts and apartment residences had registered and were filing daily reports through the website.

To boost the number of hotels using the system, Capt Angkarn and fellow officers have started visiting venues across the island in person to explain the system – and the need to use it – to hotel management and staff.

“Two days ago, seven officers and I went to Patong and Karon to meet hotel owners and staff and explain this to them,” Capt Angkarn told the Phuket Gazette.

“We will also post signs in tourist areas and in the popular beach areas around the island, and we will check which hotels and apartments have not registered with us, and send them a letter telling them to register their guests’ names with us,” he added.

Hotel operators have until May 1 to start filing their daily reports.

“After that date, we will start conducting raids and fining hotel operators for not filing their reports,” Capt Angkarn said.

— Orawin Narabal



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Police hunting for driver in hit and run – Patong

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Patong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)

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PHUKETWARNING: Extreme graphic contentPatong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)VIDEO: Newshawk Phuket

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UPDATE: Response to Rabies zone in Chalong

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‘Following the earlier reported rabies incident in Chalong, the Soi Dog Foundation yesterday (Friday, January 18) teamed up with The DLD and Chalong OBT to carry out vaccinations in the area the infected dog was discovered.

Jointly, the team was successful in vaccinating 128 dogs in a swift response to what is hoped to be an isolated case.

Working alongside the Chalong OBT and DLD, they carried out a door-to-door exercise, alerting local residents of the specific area in order to perform precautionary vaccinations of their pets, as well as street dogs in the vicinity.

Soi Dog Foundation, along with the Chalong Public Health Representative and DLD Representative, Dr.Suthat, are keen to urge the public that this is not an outbreak and are hopeful that it is an isolated incident.

However, as a further measure to ensure this remains as such, the team will continue with the rabies vaccination program on Monday, January 21.’

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Police searching for the killer after shooting near Saphan Hin

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A Thai man has been shot dead near Saphan Hin in eastern Phuket earlier today. The arrest warrant has already been issued for the suspect.

The Wichit Police were notified of the incident on Rattanakosin 200 pi Road near Saphan Hin at 3.40am this morning.

Police and rescue workers arrived to find the body of 30 year old Teerasak Saeong from Phuket covered with blood and laying on the road. Two bullet wounds were found on his right and left temple.

Seven bullets were also found around Mr Teerasak’s body. Nearby they found a motorbike. His body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for full autopsy and identification.

Witnesses told police that Mr Teerasak was stopped on his motorbike and was talking with the suspect who was in a black car. The suspect shot at Mr Teerasak and sped away.

Mr Teerasak was the son of a member of Rassada’s Municipal Council. At this stage police believe that the two had personal conflicts. Police are now searching for the driver of the vehicle who shot Mr Teerasak.

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