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10 minutes ago, YetAnother said:

tragicomical; a new and improved form that is harder to use

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Why don't they follow Vietnam'S example and get rid of this completely unnecessary paperwork in this digitalized computerized age?

There is no easier and cheaper way to get rid of the long lines at immigration at airports and some land borders like Poipet.I guess it's the Thai's penchant for red tape and superfluous complications.

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8 minutes ago, thecyclist said:

Why don't they follow Vietnam'S example and get rid of this completely unnecessary paperwork in this digitalized computerized age?

There is no easier and cheaper way to get rid of the long lines at immigration at airports and some land borders like Poipet.I guess it's the Thai's penchant for red tape and superfluous complications.

I tend to agree with this seeing as most of the information on the form is superfluous, for example, the full name, DOB, Nationality are all contained within the passport being presented and is automatically being read by the immigration computer, if a visa is used, then that info is then entered in to the computer anyway, the address that is put is seemingly not inputted at the time of arrival, otherwise it would not be a requirement in one form or another for the address to be reported within 24 hours of arrival.

The rest of the data for tourists is just to collect info and most likely not really used for anything useful, why on earth do they need an email address?

There must be warehouses full of old filled in TM.6's somewhere!

It really does seem like paper for paper's sake.

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2 hours ago, TunnelRat69 said:

I got mine on the flt from HCMC on 10 Dec 17 - was told by Thai Airways lady that that was the first time they gave out the new cards - it is smaller, but even my old tired eyes had no problem filling it out.  next day @ immigration I reported my residence, the IO (pretty lady in JomTien) said it was the first real one she had seen.........shook her head and said - "Too easy to lose" she put a paperclip on it to my pspt page.

So presumably, unlike in Mattd's case (post #4), the IO at BKK/DMK Arrivals didn't staple the Departure slip to your passport then? In which case it would appear that we are dependent on which side of the bed an Arrivals IO got out of that morning as to whether this gets done or not.

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21 minutes ago, OJAS said:

So presumably, unlike in Mattd's case (post #4), the IO at BKK/DMK Arrivals didn't staple the Departure slip to your passport then? In which case it would appear that we are dependent on which side of the bed an Arrivals IO got out of that morning as to whether this gets done or not.

I reckon so, pot luck me thinks.

If they don't then best to do it yourself, just in case!

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4 hours ago, gk10002000 said:

i never put down more than Flipper Lodge, Pattaya on all my trips.  I rarely ever had an advance booking with paid up front as I always wanted to see actual room first.  I was always in country on visa exempt, sometimes staying for 2 months by making a border run and once an extension.  I hope they don't need anything more than  that

 

 

Never have - nothing has changed.

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1 hour ago, OJAS said:

So presumably, unlike in Mattd's case (post #4), the IO at BKK/DMK Arrivals didn't staple the Departure slip to your passport then? In which case it would appear that we are dependent on which side of the bed an Arrivals IO got out of that morning as to whether this gets done or not.

They haven't been stapling the Departure card in my pspt for some time now, been in 8 times in the past 14 months, don't know when it stopped, just know I haven't had it stapled in a long time.

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2 hours ago, thecyclist said:

Why don't they follow Vietnam'S example and get rid of this completely unnecessary paperwork in this digitalized computerized age?

There is no easier and cheaper way to get rid of the long lines at immigration at airports and some land borders like Poipet.I guess it's the Thai's penchant for red tape and superfluous complications.

They stopped filling out that form in Vietnam about 3 years ago, but, by law, you are still obligated to report your presence to the nearest police station, hotels do this for you, in my case, the police station sends a young lad to my house we fill out the form together.  Its actually a good thing because then they know you are in their area and can keep an eye out for you.

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I have a couple of blank ones (not the new format) which I always fill in at home

before hand because my eyesight is too bad to fill it out on the plane.

I am flying to Thailand next week (Jan 16).

 

Would  it be a problem at immigration that I use the old arrival card one last time ?

(I keep the blank new one -when handed out on the plane- for the next time I fly to Thailand)

 

Please advise, thank you

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7 minutes ago, oldies1 said:

Would  it be a problem at immigration that I use the old arrival card one last time ?

No problem. Immigration will still accept the old ones.

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9 hours ago, GordonP said:

My flight on 27 December issued the old style and those were the ones available at DMK. There again the airlines tend to keep fairly large stocks on board so it may be some time before the new ones filter through the system.

I got the new one on my Korean Air flight on December 11th.

 

Yes I agree a little harder to read the new one, damn it tuft getting old.

 

LeoTex 

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19 hours ago, TunnelRat69 said:

Flipper Lodge, man that place has been around about 40 years........brings back memories.

Yeah, flipper lodge and flipper hotel used to be great values.  in the off season they had like 7 nights for the price of 5, the sea view room or even soi view room a few floors up were OK as it did get quiet eventually.  Then a few years back they added that crappy buffet that is "free", changed a lot of the room options.  My first two trips back in 2004 were stays at Eastiny Place and then Flipper Lodge

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19 hours ago, OJAS said:

So presumably, unlike in Mattd's case (post #4), the IO at BKK/DMK Arrivals didn't staple the Departure slip to your passport then? In which case it would appear that we are dependent on which side of the bed an Arrivals IO got out of that morning as to whether this gets done or not.

 

I thought that Immigration said last year they had stop to staple anything in passports? :unsure:

IOs are not always very careful when detaching stapled cards,

resulting in many people getting passports with some damaged pages... :sad:

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14 minutes ago, Pattaya46 said:

 

I thought that Immigration said last year they had stop to staple anything in passports?

I have not seen anything saying that.

My local office is certainly still doing it when they staple my 90 day report receipts in it. The also stapled my TM6 after moving it to a different page when I applied for my extension.
 

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