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Phuket Immigration Warns Of Drive On Foreign Stay Reports

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Can i still pick up a pretty girl in RCA and stay in her High floor Condo, lets say for 3 days/nights?smile.png

Must she report me then? cheesy.gif

Theoretically, she must report your arrival within 24 hours.

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So, in theory, if non-Thai, resident of Thailand, stays at your home for a couple of days whilst travelling you have to rush off to immigration, which maybe a hundred kilometres or more, to report their stay?

No, you go local police

"If there is no Immigration Office located in that area , the local police official for that area must be notified."

Difficult to know how immigration defines "in that area", but the report to immigration can also be made by mail.

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thats why people are paid for...to invent new rules and new staff.A good publicity for tat.

8000 baths fine ...i will tell my sticky friends to go to sleep and drink somewhere else then....just in case !

thats incredible they dont know how to do their job so they obligate us to do it for them.in hotels or public establishment i understand it but in privat homes......!come on man ...!again .....whats appening to this people?

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Yea, the next time a friend comes from overseas and stays with me I'll be sure to report it to immigration.........

Jog on!

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When you go for your annual 1 yer renewal for retirement you need to have the owner of the property or your spouse with you or a contract. I assume that this is in replacement to reporting...

Your application for "Extension of Temporary Stay in The Kingdom" with the form TM.7 is not a replacement for the "Notification Form for House Master, Owner, or the Possessor of The Residence Where Aliens Have Stay" with the form TM.30

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I am on a multi entry o visa ,I apply for this at Hull ,in England ,I put my Thai Girlfriends addresss on the form ,I also put my Thai Girlfriends address on the arrival form ,you fill in on the plane ,We live in Sattahip, Should my girlfriend register me at police/immigration ....????confused.

good idea ...2 times better than 1

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I'm sure immigration knows where I am, because I have told them over 18 times in the last 3 years alone. Also, the police should know with my driver's licence even my embassy renewing my passport and having to give this address (of course, it didn't come to me, it came to the owners of the building, lucky they are good people!).

I will mention this to the owner next time I see them. I don't know if they keep abreast of immigration policy changes.

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What a joke, the BIB can't even find a Swiss girl in prison for over a month while her mom is worried sick and they expect to communicate with all the local hospitality spots and organize all the paperwork from this. They claim its so they can "keep track" of people, but they can't even communicate with other gov. agencies. Unreal.

I think you miss the point. This has been the law in Thailand all along, but with the fine set at 2,000baht (not per day) there was little incentive for the immigration police or the BiB to get excited. Now that there is a bounty of 8,000 baht per day the whole exercise becomes one of great importance to all concerned. The potential for serious salary enhancement has now come into play so this is a major career activity from now on.

The poster who mentioned heavy fines as a way to reduce road crime was on the right track. The more salary enhancement opportunities that the BiB have then the more seriously they will take their duties.

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Glad my gf doesn't live in Phuket! This would be an incredible hassle every time I go up to spend time with her for a few days. Typically don't stay in a single place either. Sometimes at her parents house, some time in her room at her shop, some time at her grandparents house, some times at her friends' house... some times even on the farm! Would have to register all of these places? Insane...

The law applies to all Thailand.

It's not you that have to report it's your gf, parents and grandparents that has to report.

If far away from Immigrations office the report can me made at local police station within 24 hours of you arriving.

Yeah, so her 80 year old grandparents need to somehow go to the nearest village where there is a police station... an hour by the car which they don't have. Lovely. And if I stay in 4 different residences in a week, which is often the case, all have to report my presence? I will be real popular with family and friends....

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Yeah, so her 80 year old grandparents need to somehow go to the nearest village where there is a police station... an hour by the car which they don't have. Lovely. And if I stay in 4 different residences in a week, which is often the case, all have to report my presence? I will be real popular with family and friends....

As said it's the law.

I try to convince my wife she must report to Immigrations every time I come home from Tesco. wink.png

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So if you rent a house and relatives come to stay with you what is the requirement there?

Why is this topic causing so much confusion. If you rent the house you ARE NOT the owner, so it's not your responsibility to tell immigration of the foreigner staying there.. it's the responsibility of the OWNER.

Even if you rent, lease or have an usufruct you are still not the legal owner.

And how the hell is the owner supposed to be able to keep track of who is invited as a guest in one of his/her apartments.

Some guests are invited for only one hour at a time....

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Be realistic. Immigration are not going to raid private homes. Where's the money in that? And the tenant is doing nothing wrong anyway so it's not a problem for the majority on here.

For owners of small hotels it's a different matter. Even a 10 room guesthouse, fully occupied, 20 persons, that's a 40,000 baht fine (four times that if you prefer to believe the Phuket News). And maybe back payment for previously unreported guests and that is an amount worth a visit from the Immigration Office.

It'll probably be the usual 2 week crackdown and everything back to normal thereafter anyway.

Agree ... But it could be a nice little " Grab " for the local Establishment , who may wish to " Enforce " the letter of the Law .

1/2 the correct Fine in Cash may just do it .

Could be a Nice little earner ..here and there .

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Glad my gf doesn't live in Phuket! This would be an incredible hassle every time I go up to spend time with her for a few days. Typically don't stay in a single place either. Sometimes at her parents house, some time in her room at her shop, some time at her grandparents house, some times at her friends' house... some times even on the farm! Would have to register all of these places? Insane...

Of course this is the law throughout Thailand and not just Phuket.

The Phuket Immigration are simply taking the time to inform hotel staff of the existing law.

it is the law throughout Thailand but some provinces such as Kalasin do not have a local immigration office, can the report be made to the Police?

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So if you rent a house and relatives come to stay with you what is the requirement there?

Why is this topic causing so much confusion. If you rent the house you ARE NOT the owner, so it's not your responsibility to tell immigration of the foreigner staying there.. it's the responsibility of the OWNER.

Even if you rent, lease or have an usufruct you are still not the legal owner.

And how the hell is the owner supposed to be able to keep track of who is invited as a guest in one of his/her apartments.

Some guests are invited for only one hour at a time....

"Some guests are invited for only one hour" - but some of those guests end up staying a lifetime. :) :)

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I did my visa extension at Chaeng Wattana 2 weeks ago. Along with my receipt I was given a printed paper (all in Thai) and told to "give to house-master" After working out that 'house-master' is Landlord, I passed it on - as requested. Apparently it states much the same as here that as owner of the property - they are required to notify immigration of ANY foreigners on THEIR premises - or risk a fine.

It was difficult explaining to her that I had just spent several hours at immigration - notifying them of my address, both for my extension AND for my 90 day report ...... but;......

The 'Landlord' told me she tried to it on online - but it was a nightmare and she failed (yes she owns a business)

I really don't think she will travel all the way to Chaeng Wattana to 'notify a competent official' that she has a foreigner or two renting a roomn from her.

I suggested she try by mail.

The problem could well be trying to find a "competent official".

nuff said.

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