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Pattaya Visa Agent Accused Of Scamming Customers Arrested In Chiang Mai

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Pattaya Visa Agent Accused Of Scamming Customers Arrested In Chiang Mai

A Pattaya based visa agent accused of scamming foreigners out of hundreds of thousands of baht was arrested in Chiang Mai today, according to local media.

Pakin Pattanakitarporn, 52, was apprehended after a warrant for his arrest was issued by Pattaya Provincial Court on May 18, 2021 following complaints lodged with the police by a group of Japanese tourists in Lampang Province.

After submitting documents and a 45,000 baht processing fee Mr Pakin went silent with the Japanese clients unable to contact him.

Pattaya Visa Agent Accused Of Scamming Customers Arrested In Chiang Mai

Investigators from Pattaya Tourist Police went to inspect the location of the Dragon Visa Service Company and found it closed with all attempts to contact the owner and employees failing.

Inquiries into the visa agent turned up at least another ten foreign tourists who had paid Pakin hundreds of thousands of baht in fees but in return received nothing.

The team of detectives were soon on the visa agents trail that led them to Chiang Mai where they found him in hiding.

He was arrested and brought back to Pattaya where he is being held pending a court appearance to face fraud charges.

Police asked any foreigners who may have been scammed by Pakin to come forward and advised anyone seeking a visa to first speak with staff at their local immigration office.

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‘Thailand Pass’ Scheme Dropped From Today

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Thailand Pass Scheme Dropped From Today

The Thailand Pass registration scheme and the US$10,000 health insurance requirement for foreign visitors have officially been dropped, effective 1st July 2022.

From today, foreign nationals are only required to show proof of vaccination or a negative RT-PCR or professional ATK test result within 72 hours of travel.

These can either be in print or digital format.

Random checks will be made on arrivals at international airports and land border checkpoints bringing an end to congestion and lengthy queues.

With the removal of all the hurdles and entry to Thailand returning to pre-covid normal, it is hoped arrivals will increase over the coming months bringing back those much needed tourist dollars.

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Two Dry Days In July Coming Up

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Two Dry Days In July Coming Up

The entertainment industry is set to take two days off this month in respect of Asalha Bucha Day and Khao Phansa Day.

It will be lights out across the land on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th with exact timings determined by local police districts who will issue notices either in a timely manner as some do or 20 minutes before closing.

Of course, it’s not just the nightlife industry affected by the Buddhist holiday, there will be no alcohol on sale at your local 7-Eleven either for 48 hours, so plan ahead.

Friday 15th is also a public holiday but booze will be back for the weekend.

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