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45 minutes ago, taninthai said:

I suppose the Thai post office won’t accept any letters addressed to immigration too😂😂

Oh well, should they get lost or something, foreigner will still get burnt.

 

But it's ok, some of us find pleasure in being abused, it's called the Stockholm syndrome. 😂😂

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On 8/13/2019 at 6:53 PM, Lamkyong said:

does the UK embassy exist at all ??

I hear it is to be moved to a location befitting the current status of our once great Empire..... a broom cupboard under the stairs in the British Club.

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Why any Expat would feel obliged to remain in Thailand at this point is beyond me..the surrounding countries are changing their immigration laws to attract more Expats, while Thailand is literally the only Asian country making it harder.

The only thing that will change their minds is when it impacts the bottom line..until then, no amount of petitioning will sway their resolve. 

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7 hours ago, Mansell said:

Glad it worked for you in eight minutes........but give a thought to the folks who live a 150 kilo or more to the closest immigration office......a long round trip drive for basically nothing they don't already have in their computers. The world doesn't revolve around you, though you probably think it does. But enjoy your eight minutes of fame. Now go and report again...555

If there is a hotel close by go and book in there.  They should report you. After that Immigration have no idea that you have left the hotel. There is no requirement that I know of to inform Immigration that you have left. I could very well be wrong.  Then chuck in a new TM30 when you do your 90 day report. Then go back to the hotel for a day. Rinse and repeat. In the unlikely situation immigration police come to your house...you are screwed.

 

But as previous posters have said, go online or mail perhaps...the mail thing sounds a bit dodgy, I can't see how the mail would get there within 24 hours.

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7 hours ago, possum1931 said:

The who?

I'm in Bangkok just now and it is mostly Chinese (have to be careful when I step on the kerb) Africans, Indians, etc, etc. Not many Westerners at all.

How is the Nana Hotel? Can't imagine it has changed in 2 weeks!..I'll be back there Friday.

They've done a good job refurbishing the rooms but the new steel work outside looks pretty crappy

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5 hours ago, JAG said:

I must confess that I have not really been following this thread that closely for various reasons, not least because I live a mere 30 minutes drive from a very helpful immigration office. I know about the online reporting facility, I haven't signed up for it because I am told you need to use Internet Explorer and I couldn't be bothered to install it. I may sign up now. Does this picture mean, as it appears, that we can send in our TM30 by mail? If so, what is the fuss about?

 

I thought the same thing. If it is true we can simply mail it in, it does solve many problems. A simple and cost effective solution.

 

An added bonus is that if everyone does this, it dramatically increases the workload at the central immigration department where the morons in charge are most likely to see it. If they receive tens of thousands of paper TM30 reports every week from everyone who mails it in then they might seriously have to rethink the system.  Registered mail only costs 20 baht, so you can confirm they received your report. Not that it will make any difference, but it is worthwhile to try and place the burden on those coming up with the directives, rather than distributing the suffering out to the provinces where it can't be seen.

 

 

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Gee all the whining....how do you think the 2 million plus foreign worker must feel as these are the people it is aimed at, according to the officials.

I very much doubt the 1.5 million Myanmar people are doing TM 30's.

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9 minutes ago, michelsavage said:

Agreed. I pushed a bit. And yes, I am an editor, I could teach English. But. I have visited and/or lived in over 90 countries. Thailand is the only country I have been to, and lived in for five years, where you have to report or have your travels reported to authorities,  and where you have to report every 90 days, even if you have a one-year visa. I am a citizen of both Canada and France. I have lived and worked in the US, in the Bahamas, in the Caribbean, in several countries of Europe. I have visited Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, and in general, I have sailed around the world. I believe Thailand, along with North Korea (possibly), maybe China, is the only country in the world with such a paranoid attitude with respect to long-term visitors. Even communist Cuba doesn't care where you are as you travel through the country. 

 

Yes, "hyperbole" possibly as I tend to caricaturate to make my point. And yes, it is possible to live in Thailand and not bother with any of this bureaucratic nonsense. But as a matter of principle, as one poster wrote, our contribution to Thai economy and culture is not only ignored, but squarely disrespected through this Big Brother approach, under the fantasy of disguise of "national security".

 

Yes, "hyperbole". But how long will it take for reality to reach hyperbole? I hope it never does. But as I see it at the present, rather than adapting to modern times, Thailand strains to remain 50 years backwards.  

China doesn't have this, China also easily gives you a permanent residency.

The only other country that has this from what i know is communist Vietnam.

 

Google the early signs of fascism, you will find some good references to the national security bs

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On 8/13/2019 at 10:03 AM, rkidlad said:

Yeap, as time goes by, more landlords will be aware of all of this and they won’t wanna rent out to foreigners. They could be clean as whistles with nothing to hide, but why take the risk of being fined and paraded around on the news for not reporting their foreign tenants. 

All part of the plan methinks... sowing the seeds of discontent among the expat populace. High baht, talk of insurance, enforcing 24-hour reporting. They'll have you phoning in when friends spend the night next... expect ankle bracelets about this time next year. 🙄

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16 hours ago, Briggsy said:

Great post.

 

As I have posted many times, that what starts out as a genuine but vague call to improve or reform something at the top, probably ministerial level, morphs into a revenue-raising exercise by the time it reaches the front line, the local offices who interface with the user. Oh, and the original purpose is completely forgotten about. The TM 30 fiasco is in no way "keeping tabs on the whereabouts of foreigners" or "preventing threats to national security". It sure is raising a lot in fines though.

Wife  is  dealing  with  this  crap  almost  daily  now,  yesterday 3  people in one  condo, 800  baht EACH or 1600  each  with  receipt,  Wife actually  spoke on  the  phone  to  the  officer at the  request of the tenant to try to educe it, nope 8 or  1600 u  choose. guess  reporting would meet the "it  never  happened" or at very best "rogue  officer" type  bs from  higher  up...guaranteed.

Im guessing  their next move  will be to increase the fine for this nationwide.

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1 hour ago, daveAustin said:

All part of the plan methinks... sowing the seeds of discontent among the expat populace. High baht, talk of insurance, enforcing 24-hour reporting. They'll have you phoning in when friends spend the night next... expect ankle bracelets about this time next year. 🙄

more  Thai  owners  now specifying  no  foreigners to  my  Wife, just to be clear she is a  real estate  agent in BKK.

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