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‘Better if you do’: Phuket Immigration chief urges foreigners to re-register addresses, even if staying off-island just one night


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Yes a 6 month multiple entry tourist visa METV. It has been around about 3 years. If used correctly with your dates it can last for 9 months ( that would require 2 border hops or visa trips.  There is a very long thread on it in the visa section. Costs $200USD Approx.  No reporting. Sixty days each entry than can be extended for 30 more days at immigration. Petty much you have to get it in your home country. 


So it’s a 60 day multiple entry visa with a maximum stay of 90 days at a time (subject to visiting the immigration for a 30 day extension), it is NOT a 6 month visa that would allow you to stay in the country for 6 months hassle free. I make that 60 days hassle free, not 6 months hassle free.

The only thing you were right on was there not being any 90 day hassle, you have a 60 day hassle instead.

You actually got me excited, how crazy of me to think their might actually be a 6 month visa. We can all dream I suppose.
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11 hours ago, alant said:

My understanding is it is the property owner that is legally required to notify them, do you know something I don't?

What is the procedure to "re-register"? Me and my wife live together in a house registered in her name. If we go away for a few days, when we come home does she need to take another day off work to go to immigration and report me?

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6 hours ago, Psimbo said:

I am fascinated  (well I'm not really!) by the number of people who are not affected by this who have chosen to post on the subject. This is about PHUKET, not Nakon Nowhere or the Sewer.

 

 

Is there a TV rule, saying that people are not allowed opinions of things, whether it be Thailand or worldwide related, unless you actually live in that place ? :coffee1:

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52 minutes ago, Hupaponics said:

Just go and register. How hard can it be?

Easy for me, as I only have a 20 minute drive to my local Immigration office.

 

For others it seems that a long drive each way could be necessary. Some of those folks may not have a car and have to rely on public transport - God help them.

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I assume it is the local immigration officers who would check the system and see if you've reported returning home. Its always internal immigration offices where there are the kind of people looking to create problems and/or tap your wallet. Just leave the country every 90 days and apply for a new visa at a consulate and avoid these guys and the cretinous insanity and  inconsiderate treatment. You'll never win with your local immigration, they don't make it possible for you to comply in so many ways.

 

Thailand still  gives most of us an option by allowing us to stay here legally without having to go to these people and beg by allowing  us to simply leave the country and turn around and come back provided you are on a marriage or retirement visa. You don't need the local immigration office for anything.  It  might seem more convenient but it is actually more stress and hassles  than just leaving every 90 days. To my knowledge I never have to face anyone who gives a toot whether I spent a few nights in a hotel. The Thai consolates and border immigration I doubt have time for any of that nonsense and they are the only people I am required to check in with.

 

In my own case, I would have to travel 3 hours to report to my "local" immigration office and for what? To be asked to show proof of income, to be told "Oh and ya know... by the way, it just seems to me that's not enough. Since we are not particualrly busy around here you have to give me expenses so I can drive 3 hours to your house and look around to see if you really live there or not!" Or to travel all the way to Nakorn Phanom to file a 90 day report because they wont fix their online system and now they'd have me go all the way out there to file papers to report having stayed in a hotel because I got stuck in the rain and couldn't drive home .

 

In my own case Essentially, I would have to leave my house and perhaps stay at a hotel in Nakorn Phanom so that I could file a paper saying that I had earlier stayed at another hotel. After which point There's no reason they couldn't just keep me stuck in Nakorn Phanom on an  infinite loop filing papers because I had leave my home and spend the night to file papers with them saying I had to stay at a hotel to file papers with them. Just leave the Mad Hatters to their teaparty  and stop worrying about them, they didn't invite you so don't go. They can fine you for anything anyway, so what problem does it solve trying to comply?

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12 hours ago, Baerboxer said:

 

No, why should Immigration be expected to presume you have returned to the property you regard as home?

 

You are legally required to inform them, not them make presumptions and guesses on your behalf. 

 

You could be visiting family, friends, some new gf or whatever and staying in their residence. I don't know any police force that would accept making assumptions and presumptions as part of a procedure like this.

 

And he's being very good to remind people so they don't get fined.

where do you come from? what do you want ? you exuse a stupid statement from a thai official. nowhere in the world you have to make a report when you return to your home adress. 

Why you not put a GPS chip under your skin and give the IMO your data so they can follow you 24/7

and why anybody should care about what a policeforce making assumptions? You do nothing wrong so you dont have to care the police or whatever.

You should get a life and not writing 21.xxx posts

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13 hours ago, Mickmouse1 said:

You mean if I have a fixed address and travel to krabi or surat I.must upon my return go to immigration and tell them where I went&stayed and am back to my home?????

At least they have not asked us to inform about how offen we make a pee or let a frog - not yet......:coffee1:

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What next?  A micro chip on arrival? Big Brother is watching you! Come back George Orwell. All is forgiven. Thailand, oh Thailand. Where are you going? You're becoming like rats in a bucket. Very alarming and sad.Many moons ago when I first arrived here it was explained to me that Thailand meant Free Land. Yeah?

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Just forget it , if they fine you at immigration , make sure to film it and post on Facebook . 

Make sure the whole world gets to know what kind of stupidity this is. 

 

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