The Immigration Bureau issued an order today prohibiting police at all border check points from demanding tea money from tourists entering the country, with the threat that violators will be dismissed.
The order was issued after a fact finding mission was carried out at the Sadao immigration checkpoint by police from the Immigration Bureau six based in Songkhla.
The results of the investigation found that tea money was collected from tourists to gain entry from Malaysia.
The checkpoint has been relocated to a new office building and extra CCTV cameras are being added to keep an eye on those working there.
Posters were also put up forbidding the collection of entry fees during the official hours; however immigration law 2522 states that collection of 5 baht per person and 25 baht per car is allowed after official hours.
Commissioner Pol Lt-Gen Nattathorn Prohsunthorn has also issued the deployment of an automated passport control system like the system used at Suvarnabhumi international airport at the checkpoint in Sadao to be operational by the end of the year and stop the practice of illegal fee collecting.
An investigation committee has been set up to look into the tea money accusations at the Sadao checkpoint and said if anyone is found guilty they will be dismissed.
Source : ThaiPBS
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