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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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1st: that was always the responsibility of the hotel staff or the house owner, they change the law???

2nd: how Thailand can attract a more foreigner investor/retired peoples if the restrictions become very strange from time to time?

3th: can be that an immigration boss set the rules he likes?

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Last September I flew to Singapore, stayed one night, caught the train from Butterworth through Malaysia and back into Thailand, stayed one night in BKK and travelled back to Pattaya the following day, I have since done a 90 day reporting, got a new passport and renewed my extension of stay (retirement) Never once have I re-reported to immigration that I am back at my permanent address.

 

And as far as possible when travelling within Thailand I get the Mrs to book us in using her ID card, less work for the hotel/guesthouse and no need to inform immigration of anything.    

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Up here in Chiang Mai we are told we only need to do a new TM30 if we leave the country and not if we travel within the country.   

 

Seems every boss of every department for everything in this country makes up his own rules as he goes along !

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2 hours ago, NCC1701A said:

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"I thought of this all by myself."

 Needs another few staff to get a raised grading.   That is how it is done "back home."

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3 hours ago, Thaiwrath said:

Overkill !

I have no objections to reporting every 90 days, but what they are asking for here is absolutely pathetic.

Surely, when you go to stay in a hotel for a few nights, it should not be too difficult to tell them you are already on the register, at a more permanent address, and the two can be matched up ?

But, then, This Is Thailand ! 

No, this is the law. Always has been for many years. If you disagree with the law write to your MP to get it changed.

For that reason when I stayed in an hotel with my wife she had to register at reception so I didn't have to go to immigration every time we returned home.

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Since they have the "world's greatest tourism" numbers, why don't they set up a web site "www.immigration-register.co.th" for quick and simple notifications.  That would be serious thinking!

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26 minutes ago, peperobi said:

1st: that was always the responsibility of the hotel staff or the house owner, they change the law???

2nd: how Thailand can attract a more foreigner investor/retired peoples if the restrictions become very strange from time to time?

3th: can be that an immigration boss set the rules he likes?

1st If the farang is the house owner they have to do TM30 themselves

2nd Hasn't made a difference for all the years it's been the law already. Just because it wasn't enforced before doesn't change that it is the law.

3rd Yes. They do that where I am.

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2 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?????

no. you just have to tell them you're back home so they won't worry too much about you.

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2 minutes ago, thaibeachlovers said:

No, this is the law. Always has been for many years. If you disagree with the law write to your MP to get it changed.

For that reason when I stayed in an hotel with my wife she had to register at reception so I didn't have to go to immigration every time we returned home.

I somehow don't think that is quite what he has in mind.  555    But, how would anyone know?  Each local office has different interpretations of the rules.  In my local office, I once offered to do a re- notification of my address once while I was in there doing my long stay extension, shortly after returning from a trip out of the country, and they said,:  "Why?  Have you moved house?"

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2 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?????

Why do you think that? No one ever said that.

It's only your responsibility if you are the house owner, but if you live in a condo, you have to tell the management so they know to do TM 30 for you.

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15 minutes ago, trainman34014 said:

Up here in Chiang Mai we are told we only need to do a new TM30 if we leave the country and not if we travel within the country.   

 

Seems every boss of every department for everything in this country makes up his own rules as he goes along !

Maybe its some sort of revenue income incentive.I too am in CM and recently was at Imm where a Dutch guy got pinged for not reporting ,been at the same address for 30 years,only been back to Holland twice in all that time.

 

Nothing to do with bad guys out ,they dont go anywhere neat any Imm office

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9 minutes ago, The Deerhunter said:

I somehow don't think that is quite what he has in mind.  555    But, how would anyone know?  Each local office has different interpretations of the rules.  In my local office, I once offered to do a re- notification of my address once while I was in there doing my long stay extension, shortly after returning from a trip out of the country, and they said,:  "Why?  Have you moved house?"

If you were doing an extension in my local office you need current TM30, but regardless, every office makes its own rules. In the case of Phuket, everyone now knows that they need to keep current on TM 30 if they have stayed at any place that does TM 30 that is not your current address.

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2 minutes ago, thaibeachlovers said:

1st If the farang is the house owner they have to do TM30 themselves

2nd Hasn't made a difference for all the years it's been the law already. Just because it wasn't enforced before doesn't change that it is the law.

3rd Yes. They do that where I am.

Can a Farang own a house now???  Or did you mean "condo", when you said house?    But, then maybe it is the condo manager's job.  555.  But it keeps us amused and from getting too bored.

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29 minutes ago, Golden Triangle said:

And as far as possible when travelling within Thailand I get the Mrs to book us in using her ID card, less work for the hotel/guesthouse and no need to inform immigration of anything.    

My thoughts as well ,let the wife register  at the hotel  and  which  I always do  simple if your with gf same applies . 

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