Since July 1, boats clearing into Thailand have been issued bright orange pennants marked with an identification number and the words "Phuket Immigration". Theses flags must be flown for the duration of the boat's stay in Thai waters and returned upon departure.
Armed Thai officials are conducting regular checks to ensure that all foreign vessels have properly cleared customs. Failure to comply will be viewed as a violation of the Thai Immigration Act 1979 and result in prosecution.
Posted August 11 by RW