Saudi: Time to update 40 year old immigration laws – Surachete

by Suriya Patatayo

Immigration Chief Surachate Hakparn says he planned to update immigration laws that have been in force for at least 40 years.

He says the Thai immigration police bureau are poised to issue a warning to Kuwait Airways for allowing Saudi teen Rahaf Mohammed Al-Qunun to board a flight to Bangkok, although they claim she had insufficient travel documents for the journey.

He says the laws should increase the penalty for airlines whose staff did not check required documents including a return ticket for a passenger. Surachate was referring to the case of Al-Qunun, the 18 year old Saudi who flew with Kuwait Airways to Bangkok on January 5.

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She was detained at Suvarnabhumi Airport because her father alerted the Saudi embassy in Bangkok that she fled her family during a trip in Kuwait.

However, Thai immigration police at the airport revealed that she had no onward air ticket to Australia.

In case she wished to apply for a visa on arrival to enter Thailand, al-Qunun should prove she had an onward flight, the general said.

SOURCE: The Nation

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