Am I blacklisted?

In Pattaya last month I did a stupid thing; I took a towel from a hotel. The police were called and I was arrested. I was taken to court the next day and fined 1,000 baht, then handed over to Immigration. I was deported a few days later. There is now a red stamp in my passport stating that I was deported. Can you please tell me if I will be allowed to come back to Thailand anytime soon?

  • Asked on Wednesday, July 14, 2004 | 11:13 AM
    David Morris, UK.

Usually, under Thai law, you would not only be fined for theft but would be sent to jail, but perhaps in your case, as a first offender, you were put on probation. The red stamp indicates that you contravened Immigration Law Section 12. There are many paragraphs in this section, but I imagine that in your case the red stamp means that you are a menace to society. If there is a red stamp in your passport you will not be allowed into Thailand ever again.

  • Answered on Wednesday, July 14, 2004 | 11:13 AM
    Pol Col Vittavat Buranasompop, Superintendent, Phuket Provincial Immigration Office.
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