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Chiang Mai Immigration Q & A - Info and reports. (2020)

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I can generally report very crowded at CM Sanambin IO this morning.  Some efforts were being made there to accommodate the large number of supplicants inside and out, such as some cover and plastic screening inside, but the crowd inside was much too tightly-packed.  However, an education extension only took 3.5 hours  with arrival at 08:30.  No agent.

 

Much of the general confusion of late posted on ThaiVisa seems to be about emergency extensions to tourist visas, and the comments seem basically Bangkok-based.  After doing a fair scan of more than 30 pages of posts I can recall only one involving the Chiang Mai and Lamphun offices. Not to diminish the concerns of tourists, but what is going on regarding other situations?

 

I can not recall seeing anything helpful regarding any sort of changes in rules for NON-O (retirement) and NON-OA (retirement) extensions. Any news about the CM office?

 

I can not recall anything helpful regarding the situations of those who are taking the conversion route necessitated by their inability to obtain the mandated Thai health insurance coverage. Any information?  I can only speculate that with borders closing and their current status in Thailand closing out, they either have to get out immediately and wait abroad somewhere until travel restrictions are lifted or be detained or expelled. I found one post in which someone was given 7 days to leave the country.

 

 

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Last I checked, one week ago, the queue app doesn't work. It's been like that for at least 4 months, don't know why they don't fix it once and for all and save people some time!

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Recent reports today are that Chiang Mai Immigration has a "drive-through" 90-day report process that is working.  TM47 and passport required.  OK, too, for motorcyclists.  The web site (on-line reports) and the post office (mailed reports) are functional AFAIK.

 

No reports seen on the situation inside the office, which other reports say will be closed on Monday.

 

Only focus of late seems to be on tourist extensions. No word about processing annual extensions or other business.

 

Anything to add?

 

 

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18 hours ago, Mapguy said:

Recent reports today are that Chiang Mai Immigration has a "drive-through" 90-day report process that is working.  TM47 and passport required.  OK, too, for motorcyclists.  The web site (on-line reports) and the post office (mailed reports) are functional AFAIK.

 

No reports seen on the situation inside the office, which other reports say will be closed on Monday.

 

Only focus of late seems to be on tourist extensions. No word about processing annual extensions or other business.

 

Anything to add?

 

 

I keep reading about the drive thru but where is it located and hours of operation

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A shocking but pleasant experience on Monday, April 13th !!!

 

A visit to CM Immigration at the Airport office on Monday at 12:30 revealed only one other client inside the building.  Yes, just two of us, both at the Information Desk.   On the right-hand side of the parking area designated under a tent with a sign, "COVID-19. were approximately 20 people seated and waiting.  Not a huge crowd.  No cars traveling through the "drive-in" (90-Day report window).

 

A much-reduced staff, including the boss lady, was on duty at their desks and there were two volunteers helping at the door checking masks and providing queue tickets for annual extension business as well as, I suppose, other "regular" business. Temperature was taken at a tent station before entering the door. Hand sanitiser was available.

 

All very well organised.  The weeks just before must have been pure hell for the staff, most of whom were doubtlessly home recovering.

 

This is not, obviously, a compliment for higher authority.

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Reports about the situation at immigration are very quiet,

I have to do my extension next week,and wonder what is

happening at this time, very busy,not so busy or very few there.

 

Last year I did the extension in approx 2 hours,that's from going

to bank to get letter,driving there,in and out, the fastest I have

ever done it,due to the fact Big Joke sorted them out,but I understand

it has fallen back into its old ways, of having to be there at 5 or sooner.

 

So has anybody been there last couple weeks and can report whats

happening, posts here are very few and it's not busy at all ,like it used to be.

regards Worgeordie

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Last month was busier than I expected but I still found a park inside at 11am and grabbed a ticket before wandering down to Baan and Beyond.  Had lunch and was back at Immi around 2pm.  Extension and reentry finished by 4.30pm. 

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As above, today, Chiang Mai Immigration was moderately busy in the afternoon.  Very well-organized procedure to enter (temperature, mask with hand sanitiser available). An English-speaking volunteer out front.  On the right in front of the building an area which appears to be for tourist extensions.  On the left, there is a quick drive-through window for 90-Day reports (Still done even for those now due past the grace period) and TM 30 reports.  (Is there really  someone around who still hasn't done his last TM30 report?!)  Inside (early afternoon) basically no wait at the Information/Document Review desk. Normal extensions and re-entry visas, etc plus other normal business. Maybe 25 people seated and waiting their turns. Business is reported to be moderate in the morning with hardly anyone around from mid-afternoon. Closes for new customers about 16:00.

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How'd the parking lot look? Presumably, based on the other numbers, there would be plenty of open parking spaces....?

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No on premises.  Always parking across the road. 20 bhat.

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Handled my annual retirement extension on Wednesday, arriving at 1:15PM and finished (with new annual extension and ME re-entry permit) at 3:25PM.  Although a bit longer than last year, a couple of hours isn't all that bad once a year. That time included the short time it took me to walk across the street to obtain a copy of the new extension so I could get the re-entry permit.   

 

This particular IMM officer had an issue with my not updating my Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) term passbook (which I've never done before).  I showed him that the same passbook has years of entries and it was not required previously.  I also explained to him that a SCB term passbook cannot be updated, regardless if I or the teller sticks the passbook in the update machine (yes, I am aware that it can be done with a regular savings account and perhaps any type of account at Bangkok Bank).  Anyway, after some discussion, he let it go.  I have been aware of this issue over the years and have asked SCB in the past to add some language to their usual letter saying this passbook cannot be updated; however, they've never added any such language in the past and I didn't bother asking this time.

 

On arrival, the parking lot was full (no slots) so had to drive around the building (slightly delayed at the drive-up 90-day-report window which had one car which left in 30 seconds). Parking is available across the street.  

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Did anyone go there recently? I will need to do my Non-Imm-O Extension (based on Marriage) in the next weeks.

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Are CM immigration still currently processing 90 day reports via Mail?  I know that the need to do 90 day reports has been suspended until the 31st of July but if I can I would like to keep mine up to date and not have join the masses come the end of July.  Thanks in advance.

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On 5/23/2020 at 12:07 PM, XGM said:

Did anyone go there recently? I will need to do my Non-Imm-O Extension (based on Marriage) in the next weeks.

Did mine based on retirement yesterday.  No problem.

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