The report states that African nationals are of top concern.
When: January 18th, 2021
Where: Ratchathewi district, Bangkok
Perpetrator: Mr. Onyebuchi Johnbosco Ezedinugwu, 40
What: On January 18th, 2021, a Nigerian national, Mr. Ezeinugwu, 40, was arrested in the Ratchathewi district of Bangkok for overstaying his visa.
The Nigerian originally entered Thailand on a 60 day tourist visa on April 27th, 2014. The overstay according to the report now totaled 2,683 days.
The report specifically says that illegal immigration is a high priority for law enforcement, especially when it involves African nationals. COVID-19 and suppressing the spread of the virus was also cited as a concern.
The penalties for overstaying in Thailand are as follows, depending on the situation.
When surrendering at airport immigration when leaving Thailand:
- Overstay less than 90 Days = 500 Thai baht/day overstay fine (maximum 20,000 Thai baht)
- Overstay more than 90 Days = 1 year ban from Thailand and 20,000 Thai baht overstay fine
- Overstay more than 1 Year = 3 years ban from Thailand and 20,000 Thai baht overstay fine
- Overstay more than 3 Years = 5 years ban from Thailand and 20,000 baht overstay fine
- Overstay more than 5 Years = 10 years ban from Thailand and 20,000 baht overstay fine
When caught while overstaying
- Overstay of 1 day to 1 Year = 5 years ban from Thailand and 500 to 20,000 Thai baht overstay fine
- Overstay more than 1 Year = 10 years ban from Thailand and 20,000 Thai baht overstay fine
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My take: It always makes me wonder how somebody can overstay so long and the all of a sudden they’re caught. I’d suspect an informant let immigration know about his status.
Just a friendly reminder to keep your visa status up to date.
Also, the report’s interesting because it specifically mentions African nationals being a concern to authorities. I wonder why?
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