Website ScandAsia.Com and author Gregers Møller report that Nordic expats – commercial enterprise humans, on retirement or family-based totally Thai visas, renewing their visas this 12 months – has dropped through around 10% this yr.
He reports “This is the first decline in 12 years. If the fashion continues, there will simplest be 861 Nordic human beings on a business visa left in Thailand by way of the stop of the yr.”
His numbers again up the trendy numbers from Immigration and the Sports and Tourism Ministry indicating a drop in expat and traveler numbers throughout the board, in particular from Mainland China.
“In 2018, 435 Nordic businesspeople renewed their enterprise visa throughout the primary five months of that year. This year, simplest 395 businesspeople renewed their visa. While some new businesspeople may additionally have moved in, extra ought to have determined to transport out, leaving an internet decline in Nordic businesspeople in Thailand of forty human beings or 10 percentage.”
The term ‘Nordic’ refers to human beings from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, in addition to Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
The downward fashion is stronger than the total for all foreign nationalities in Thailand, in which the decline in commercial enterprise visa renewals went down 2 percentage throughout this period to a complete of 5536 renewals.
“Nordic people on retirement visa or visa related to their Thai family additionally declined. Last year, 3837 Nordic humans renewed their O-visa throughout these first 5 months of the 12 months. This 12 months during the identical five months, most effective 3788 humans renewed their O-visa. The net decline becomes 49 human beings.
The class “others”, which includes students on E-visa declined 89 people from 1174 ultimate 12 months to 1085 this year. A decline of seven.Five percentage.
Even renewal of tourist visas went down through sixty-five renewals to eleven,752 renewals.
A blacklisted Chinese and Bangladeshi man were arrested in Phuket.
The Chinese man, Xie Daijiang, whose former name turned into Xie Dajiang, become arrested for the usage of fake documents 6 years in the past. He has been blacklisted to re-input Thailand for 100 years.
He had merely changed his call with the aid of including the letter ‘i’ earlier than filing for his new passport. After that, he entered Thailand once more via the Phuket International Airport on a visitor visa.
A Burmese worker has been arrested quickly after allegedly stabbing some other Burmese guy to death throughout an alleged consuming argument in Surat Thani’s Tha Chang district, north of Surat Thani town, police said.
26-year-old Hern Gogo turned into arrested interior an oil palm plantation in a village in Tambon Sawiad wherein he was employed to paintings with the victim, 41 yr old ‘Showin’, in line with police. Check the expiry date on your passport before you travel. Your passport needs to be valid for at least six months from the date of your return. If you turn up at check-in with an out of date passport, you won’t be allowed to travel.
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