11 July 2024

Twenty-nine Thai nationals were arrested for illegal entry today, as they attempted to sneak over the border from Malaysia into Sabayoi district of Thailand’s Songkhla province.

The group of 18 men and 11 women rode through forests on 15 motorcycles to avoid immigration checks. They were intercepted by a Thai border patrol police on a routine patrol.
They were identified as residents of Tambons Ban Na and Sakom of Jana district. Most of them had been working in Thai restaurants in Malaysia, but were returning to Thailand after the businesses were closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Officials said they will check their backgrounds, to find out if any of them are the subjects of outstanding arrest warrants.
All were sent to a state quarantine facility.