Thai Immigration 24/7 Center officially opens

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BANGKOK – The Thai Immigration 24/7 Center under the Immigration Bureau officially operated for the first time on Monday to be an important mechanism for transnational crime suppression in Thailand.

The Thai Immigration 24/7 Center will inspect and control people entering and leaving Thailand or staying in the country with its seven systems. The systems include a system to inspect and screen passengers in advance, an immigration information system, a transnational crime database, an immigrant surveillance system, Hotline 1178 and a system connecting the immigration bureau’s information with other organizations.

Deputy Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police Pol.Gen.Ekkawut Liptapanlop said the center was established to accommodate the ASEAN Community. In the future, the center will collaborate with Interpol and the Transnational Criminal Records Division to integrating information of dangerous people. Since the center’s systems were first tested, the Thai authorities banned more than 50 people with arrest warrants from entering Thailand, the deputy police chief said.

The center can also inspect vehicles entering Thailand through border crossings. It is expected work with the Highway Police in inspecting and suppressing crime.