Immigration police have arrested a German national at his home in the Lam Luk Ka district of Pathum Thani for overstaying his visa by 2,241 days.
The arrest was made today, Tuesday, June 23rd, as part of an operation implemented by Immigration Police Chief, pol Lt Gen Sompong Chingduang.
The operation aims to track down and deport anyone who is overstaying their visa, regardless of the length of overstay. Pathum Thani Police Chief, Pol Col Jaroenphong Khantilo, said:
“The operation is part of an urgent policy…to track down and deport overstaying foreigners to prevent them from using Thailand as a base for illegal operation during the covid-19 shutdown.”
The German retiree, Gunther Zadrazil, aged 61, last visited immigration in 2014 to file for an extension for his retirement visa. However, he has not contacted immigration again since then.
Retirement visas in Thailand are valid for 12 months at a time and need to be renewed annually.
Currently, a visa amnesty is in place for most Thai visa holders until July 31st.
Pol Col Khantilo asked anyone who had information about overstaying foreigners to contact the immigration police hotline on 1178.
Source: The Nation