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Phuket - New Immigration Requirement

By Sue Richards last modified Jul 27, 2008 04:12 PM

Published: 2008-07-27 16:12:44
Countries: Thailand

As from 1 July 2008, all foreign yachts arriving at Phuket (Ao Chalong)for Customs,Immigration and Harbourmaster clearance will be required to fly a bright orange pennant marked "Phuket Immigration" with an identifying number for the duration of their stay in Thailand. The Immigration flag must be returned to the Immigration office at Ao Chalong on departure from the Kingdom.

The Thai Immigration Bureau advises that the flag signifies that the vssel has already reported to Immigration. The flag should be displayed on the vessel at all times whilst the vessel remains in the Kingdom. Failure to report the vessel arriving or departing the Kingdom contravenes the Thai Immigration Act 1979 and may lead to prosecution.

According to officials,regular checks of vessels will be carried out by Immigration officers to ensure compliance with Thai law.

The skipper who provided noonsite with this information experienced a visit by armed Thai officials while cruising the Phang Nga Bay area near Phuket.