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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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6 hours ago, PattayaAngel said:

I always resister with my Thai driving license therefore I have not left my permanent residence.

So do I, but I'm not sure it keeps us off the Immigration system - Passport number is on the licence and I suspect that hotels enter it into the system.

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2 hours ago, chercheur888 said:

Now I have a questions for you:

I live in Phuket and I decide to stay 1 night in a HOTEL in PHUKET

What do I have to do?

Nothing, you never left Phuket...........how do I know??  I asked, because my place was too small for a family of five, so I check into a hotel with them, when I came back I was about to re-register, pretty lady in Jom Time Imm smiled and said "no need, you never left Pattaya"   Thank You Pretty Lady.:passifier:

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Could cause a big blockage at immigration office with aliens all registering their addresses could easy be a few hundred a day

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1 hour ago, cardinalblue said:

Folks....long time rule....CM started enforcing TM 30 about 6 months ago...really up to the owner to do but foreigners end up paying fine 1600b b/cThais don't want to be bothered with bs tracking of their guests....

 

easy way for gov to generate extra revenue....

 

 

does the revenue go to the government? there also appears to be multi level fines at CNX , if a 1600 baht fine is to be paid and when the farang is there failing to do the TM30, but if Thai woman on her own then its 800 baht. Receipts are adhoc. but I doubt any government dept gets a financial audit.

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5 minutes ago, Jmcla said:

Do Thai's report when they move away for more than 24 hours?

Why just farangs.?

Because the law requires it for foreigners.

 

Surely its obvious that we foreigners are a big threat to Thailand and need to be tracked wherever we go.

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6 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.

I agree with what you say but a 2 hour drive, one way, to your " local " immigration office is taking the mickey, especially when the local police wont help you!

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6 hours ago, captnhoy said:

sigh...I decided not to renew my permission to stay based on retirement just because of this and the other long list of petty never ending bs. Plus being treated like a dog when I do have business with them. It is not that hard to get the 6 months in country and that is now my preference. No 90 day report, no renewal BS, no money in a Thai bank. No THANKS!

 

And so where you will go?

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7 hours ago, Maejo Man said:

When I go on one of my road trips I could be gone for several weeks. Surely it's the job of the hotel to notify immigration when you check in? When I return home it's my landlady's job to tell immigration I have returned.

Never had a problem traveling  the length and breadth of Thailand in the last 30 odd years, but times are changing!!

Right under that news it says "thailand best country to start a business"... Sure, everybody come to thailand, get treated like a criminal and after you invested a your money they'll tell you to buzz off coz thais can do the job....

For one...its ridiculous to report every 90 days...even more so to report when and where you go if you're not home...<deleted>

I live in cambodia now...less bs. Cheers

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12 minutes ago, Boatfreak said:

I am wearing an ankle tracker for some minor issues in the past, must I still report to immigration? 555

 

I'm shakin' that tree boss ...

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Just to clarify a couple of issues: if a hotel is registering a guest properly it needs to see a passport, visa (if you have one), TM6 card and the entry stamp. All this information is required by Immigration. If this info is not requested, the likelihood is that you are staying somewhere that doesn't register all its guests. 

 

Also every foreign guest should be registered. If you state that the wife always registers at the hotel, then the hotel is not doing its job.

 

Hotels can be fined up to 8,000 baht for each unregistered guest, another good money-making scheme for Immigration, and raids have been known.

 

Despite this, I'd hazard a guess that the majority of guesthouses and smaller establishments don't register any guests at all and some hotels just register enough to keep Immigration happy.

 

It's not up to us travellers and expats to ensure registration and I'll be asking the missus or trying a driving licence (with my old passport number) to check-in in future as I really can't be arsed to go to Immigration after each trip outside Phuket. 

 

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7 hours ago, captnhoy said:

sigh...I decided not to renew my permission to stay based on retirement just because of this and the other long list of petty never ending bs. Plus being treated like a dog when I do have business with them. It is not that hard to get the 6 months in country and that is now my preference. No 90 day report, no renewal BS, no money in a Thai bank. No THANKS!

 

Same here. I lived in Thai for 5 years, based on marriage. Now, I will come as a tourist, with tourist visa up to 6 months. No reporting. Ni 90-day stuff. No visa hassle. This Phuket rule is completely detached from reality. How many of us have a permanent address, yet travel throughout the country for weeks and months at a time, every day changing hotel and address? I understand there's bureaucracy in all countries, except that this rule is completely surrealistic. No one will, however, dare say that to Colonel Kathathorn - saving face.

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5 hours ago, thaibeachlovers said:

???? Of course a farang can own a house. It's just the land they can't own.

If you want to be pedantic, if you live in a residence that does not have any one else to do a TM30 for you, you have to do it within 24 hours.

Of course it's a condo managers responsibility to do TM 30 for residents, as I already said.

So, the owner of the land (ie: the thai wife/GF) should do it and get the fine if she doesn't. 

 

If they really cared about us, they would phone us home! Do they? WOuld be quicker, I bet. Leave a message too to EMAIL US BACK, so we don't get a busy signal. 

 

Anyway, I judge people by what they say and do, and on that metric, ... Colonel you are a  ...

 

If there was ever a war, I would not want this guy plotting the next move, I tell you that much.

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