Thai Immigration fining Thai homeowners and foreigners

Thai Immigration police in two provinces are busy fining homeowners for not reporting foreigners staying in their properties within 24 hours, according to a report from a local Thai news website Naew Na. They also fined an American man 5,000 baht for not making a 90-day report.

A total of 6,000 baht was paid by three Thai homeowners in Muang, Petchabun’s Kanju sub-district for not reporting foreigners staying in their properties.

In Nong Pring sub-district of Saraburi, 70-year-old Preeda Ninthida was also fined 1,600 baht for not reporting a foreigner at their address.

Read: 435 foreigners including 1 Filipino arrested for visa offense

Homeowners or hotel managers who are not reporting foreigners staying at their place is violating Article 38 of the Immigration Act B.E. 2522, which states:

The housemaster , the owner or the possessor of the residence , or the hotel manager where the alien, receiving permission to stay temporary in the Kingdom has stayed , must notify the competent official of the Immigration Office located in the same area with that hours , dwelling place or hotel, within 24 hours from the time of arrival of the alien concerned. If there is no Immigration Office located in that area, the local police officer for that area must be notified. In case the house, dwelling place, or hotel where the alien has stayed under the provision of Para.1 is located within the Bangkok area, such notification must be reported to the competent official at the Immigration Division. Making notification, in reference to the Para 1 and 2 of this Section, must comply with regulations prescribed by the Director-General.

Chief of Saraburi Immigration Pol Maj-Gen Thanakorn Phikunkaew, said they were acting on the orders of acting chief of Thai immigration Lt-Gen Sompong Chingduang.

Sources: Naew Na, Naew Na

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