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Immigration system down – thousands of tourist arrivals/departures not recorded

Thousands of people who arrived and left Thailand on Sunday did not have their details recorded in the immigration system.

immigration-system-downImmigration officials have admitted that the PIBICS system that records information from TM 6 cards was out of operation, reports Daily News.

Officials are now scurrying to enter the information backlog as a spokesman has admitted the “serious” security breach.

The system was down nationwide on Sunday for an unspecified amount of time, the spokesman said yesterday.

At Suvarnabhumi alone there were nearly 10,000 tourist details unrecorded. Some 3,200 of these were during the day and 6,400 were on an evening shift.

Spokesman Kritsana Patanacharoen admitted that it was a serious problem meaning that potential criminals entering the country or leaving could not be monitored.

He said that the backlog details from the TM 6 cards are being entered as a matter of priority.

The system is now working properly again.

Thai Visa / Daily News

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