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Immigration cracks down on hotels

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Immigration police on Tuesday promised tougher action on operators of hotels who fail to notify them of foreign guests who come to stay at their place. 

Pol Maj Gen Kritsada Surachetpong, commander of Immigration Division 1, based in Bangkok, said many operators of both guesthouses and hotels of all sizes and prices fail to comply with Section 38 of the 1979 Immigration Act, often by ignoring it.

The regulation says home owners, landlords or managers of hotels must notify the local immigration authorities within 24 hours of the arrival of foreign nationals who are in the country legally, but for a limited time - the target being tourists. Failure to report can result in a fine of up to 20,000 baht per case. 

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