British tourist arrested for overstaying in Sisaket, says he loves Thailand so much he doesn’t want to leave

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  A British tourist was arrested in Sisaket after overstaying his visa for two months. The tourist confessed his affection for Thailand to immigration officers, saying he loved the country so much he did not want to leave.

The 30-year-old British man, Mr. Michael Mclaughlin, was stopped by Sisaket Provincial Immigration Police while walking on a road in the Nong Phai subdistrict of Mueang district Tuesday, December 6th. The immigration officers told local media that they tracked Mclaughlin through their database and found that his visa had been expired since September 21st, 2022.

The British tourist was taken to the Sisaket immigration office. During his questioning, Mclaughlin admitted that he knew he should have left Thailand last September, but he loved the country so much that he did not want to.

Despite his affection for Thailand, Sisaket immigration officers had to charge the man for overstaying his visa for 75 days. The officers then transferred him to the Sisaket Mueang police station to proceed with legal action. According to the Immigration Act, the man could be fined from 500 to 20,000 baht and banned from entering Thailand for five years.

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