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The message has come from Chonburi immigration loud and clear – stay in Thailand where you have registered or we will fine you.
And the fine will not be a slap on the wrist – expect to be hit with 4,000 baht.
The latest announcements from Chonburi immigration say that officers have been checking their records against foreigners residing in the Pattaya area then fining people for being in the wrong location.
In September seven Indian nationals were all pictured under a sign “Transnational Crime Data Centre” – they were all fined 4,000 baht for not being at 15/56 Moo 5, Nong Preu, Banglamung.
On Tuesday Luc Lafreniere, 50, from Canada was similarly fined 4,000 baht for not being at 290/48 Moo 5 Nong Preu, Banglamung.
The fines are in accordance with regulations issued in 1979 and 1998.
Chonburi immigration are also fining people offering accommodation to foreigners who fail to report guests to them within 24 hours.
Yesterday a manageress at the Pratumnak Inn was fined 1,600 baht for failing to report that a Russian guest called Tatania Kravets, 45, was staying in the building.
The above cases were all reported on the website of Chonburi Immigration that announces “Good Guys In, Bad Guys Out”.