Mandatory SIM-card to track foreigners in Thailand

By Anya Palm

Millions of tourists visit Thailand each year travelling to every corner, island and hidden jungle gem imaginable. The country is perfect for an exclusive, serene holiday. But it can also be an easy place to hide.

In order to avoid foreigners using Thailand for the latter, the authorities have introduced a plan to track all visitors by a mandatory SIM-card, which is easily traced.

The local telecom regulators have given their nod to tracking all individuals via their mobile phones, moving the plan one step further towards implementation.