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Are hotels aware of the visa amnesty ?

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I have a hospital appointment in Bangkok on Monday.  I usually use the same hotel every time I visit Bangkok and as they know us well , they never ask for my passport.

 

However, since my appointment is early I was thinking of using a hotel nearer to the hospital so as to avoid getting stuck in traffic.

 

Question is , that since my last Non-O entry stamp expired on June the 6th ( I'm using the amnesty ) and I have not yet been to immigration to apply for a 60 day extension , I am wondering if the new hotel will be aware that I am covered by the July 31st Amnesty. I was thinking to wait and see how things panned out before applying for the 60 days extension.

 

Thanks in advance.

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What if they are not? They will probably still check you in a take advance payment. If they later wish to call immigration, that is just gonna be a loss of their face. 🤣🤣🤣

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17 hours ago, Denim said:

Question is , that since my last Non-O entry stamp expired on June the 6th

 

If your non-o stamp is expired, and you're currently doing the amnesty, then you cant do this:

 

17 hours ago, Denim said:

I have not yet been to immigration to apply for a 60 day extension

 

17 hours ago, Denim said:

I am wondering if the new hotel will be aware that I am covered by the July 31st Amnesty.

 

Dunno, most hotels take a picture of your detail page AND the latest stamp. 

 

Best thing to do is call them on the phone and ask. 

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8 minutes ago, USNret said:

They do not validate your immigration status. 

 

They do take a picture of the latest entry stamp, at least the hotels I stay at do, because im always flipping through my passport to show them as they can never find it in all the stamps. 

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14 hours ago, Mama Noodle said:

If your non-o stamp is expired, and you're currently doing the amnesty, then you cant do this:

 

My Non O visa is good until September 15th.  It is only the last 90 day entry stamp that expired June 6th.

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Driving licence? Like most expats use at hotels? I never knew they actually checked visa status anyway, just photocopy passport number for their records and to report.

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1 hour ago, Peterw42 said:

The amnesty is a visa/extension amnesty, not a TM30 amnesty.

Hotels dont check your Visa/extension status, they take 2-3 details from your passport and send it off to immigration as a TM30 report.

 

The Visa amnesty doesnt change the hotel TM30 process, makes no difference whether they are aware of it.

When I was in BKK last year, the hotel was only interested in checking my visa, hoping I was on overstay so they could call it in and get the commission.

They weren't too pleased to see I was completely ok

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Why the hell would the hotel even look or care?

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3 hours ago, USNret said:

I don’t think they care. They just make a copy of the first page as a photo ID. They do not validate your immigration status. 

If they submit a TM30 report (as they should), they take more copies than just the first page. But they don't normally care about visa stamps or extensions. Especially now. 

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There isn't even any consistency in what hotels copy. Some only copy the data page while others look up (or try to look up) the latest entry or extension stamp.

 

I've printed a copy of the amnesty announcement in Thai language and keep that with my passport. If a receptionist ever mentions that my permission has expired, I'll show them this and invite them to call the 1178 hotline. So far, that hasn't happened yet.

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14 hours ago, Caldera said:

There isn't even any consistency in what hotels copy.

 

Agreed. I have checked into hotels where they have not asked to see my passport at all. I have also checked into hotels where they seemed to go through my passport with a fine comb and made copies of both the information page plus current visa page. As you say , like many things here , no consistency.

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As @Peterw42 already mentioned > The Hotel is supposed to issue a TM30 report of you - a foreigner - staying there.  All bonafide hotels do this, and hence they ask for your passport.

They will need your passport-number, ID-details and the TM6 entry/departure card number to do the on-line TM30 notification.  That's why they take a fotocopy of the first page of your passport and flip through it to look for the TM6 card-number (on the basis of those data they can do the TM30 notification afterwards, so you don't have to wait during your check-in for that admin routine).

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