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Chiangmai Immigration “Drive Thru”

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7 minutes ago, Kelsall said:

Where is it?

 

Thai Immigration Office Chiangmai near the airport . . . Follow the signs for “DRIVE THRU 90 DAYS” . . . . Simple ! 

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That's good but I'll do mine online again so I don't even have to get the car out of the garage. 

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10 hours ago, moe666 said:

Just used it today the old in and out, one vehicle in the window when I arrived. Handed the IO my application and passport he handed me a blank form, I wasn't sure if he wanted it filled out or for next time it turned out for next time. handed back all the paper work he didn't staple in the new day to report form.

When you arrive they will have a barrier across the drive way if they are full of parked cars, just show the guard your application form and in you go. Make a left turn go to eastside of lot make a right turn and you cannot miss it. Hope they keep it open after all this mess is over.

Had about the same experience yesterday. The queue took under 10 minutes. Hope they keep it. Lots of people at immigration as a whole, the parking lots across the street were full.  

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Just for comparison.

Phuket has had a drive through for a couple of years. They don't require any paperwork (TM47). You just hand them your PP and say you want to report for 90 days.

Maybe someone there will eventually work out the sheet of paper is superfluous.

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Isn't it amazing how efficient they can be when it is to their advantage. It will be interesting to see if this convenience remains after the crisis is over. 

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Just did my 1-year extension of visa at CM Airport Immigration.  I was in and out of the office in 5 minutes flat-no kidding.  Yes, I used an agent and had an appointment, but the whole thing went like clockwork.  

The 90-day drive through was doing a brisk business as well.  Everything was extremely well-organized: Police we’re out in force to monitor parking, oversee temp checks, etc...

 

If only it went this well all the time!

 

BTW, of course everyone was masked (although I did notice a lot of old, frayed surgical masks that are essentially worthless..or worse), but I also saw a big uptick of folks wearing plastic face shields.  

I was heartened to see this, as “good” masks become harder to acquire, this will be a good, cheap adjunct to masks.

 

Overall, this was the best immigration experience I’ve ever had.  But then, I’ve always had a very decent experience EVERY time at CM Immigration.  No complaints on my part (!)

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1 hour ago, Brightly said:

Just did my 1-year extension of visa at CM Airport Immigration.  I was in and out of the office in 5 minutes flat-no kidding.  Yes, I used an agent and had an appointment,

Sounds good.  What agent arranged that?

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Dante99,

 

There are numerous visa agents all over town, all charging roughly the same.  I’d shop by price and physical proximity.

 

I think all 1-year visa extensions require an appointment now-agent assisted or not.  They’re limiting the number of applicants in the building to 20 or less at all times.

 

I have to say I was impressed by the efficiency I saw today.  Like I said, I’ve always had a decent experience at Immigration, but let’s hope this higher level of efficiency persists!

 

 

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