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Stay where you have registered - or face 4,000 baht fine, warns Immigration

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Stay where you have registered - or face 4,000 baht fine, warns Immigration

 

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Images: Chonburi Immigration

 

CHONBURI: -- The message has come from Chonburi immigration loud and clear - stay in Thailand where you have registered or we will fine you.

 

And the fine will not be a slap on the wrist - expect to be hit with 4,000 baht.

 

The latest announcements from Chonburi immigration say that officers have been checking their records against foreigners residing in the Pattaya area then fining people for being in the wrong location.

 

In September seven Indian nationals were all pictured under a sign "Transnational Crime Data Centre" - they were all fined 4,000 baht for not being at 15/56 Moo 5, Nong Preu, Banglamung.

 

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On Tuesday Luc Lafreniere, 50, from Canada was similarly fined 4,000 baht for not being at 290/48 Moo 5 Nong Preu, Banglamung.

 

The fines are in accordance with regulations issued in 1979 and 1998.

 

Chonburi immigration are also fining people offering accommodation to foreigners who fail to report guests to them within 24 hours.

 

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Yesterday a manageress at the Pratumnak Inn was fined 1,600 baht for failing to report that a Russian guest called Tatania Kravets, 45, was staying in the building.

 

The above cases were all reported on the website of Chonburi Immigration that announces "Good Guys In, Bad Guys Out".

 

Sources: Chonburi Immigration 1, 2, 3

 
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This is going to be very problematic for the 'brokers' who do the 90 report for numerous persons and use the broker's address.  This is the case for many migrant workers.

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Is that a blood pressure monitor on the desk, in the photo, lol

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6 minutes ago, pookiki said:

This is going to be very problematic for the 'brokers' who do the 90 report for numerous persons and use the broker's address.  This is the case for many migrant workers.

and therefore it is all complete pookiki and unworkable since IM break their own rules

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Simply another way of extorting money from foreigners.....

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12 minutes ago, Peterw42 said:

Is that a blood pressure monitor on the desk, in the photo, lol

 

Had the same question :ph34r:

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Some clear explanation from Immigration as to how (if at all) this applies to owner-occupiers would be nice. Of course clarity is not a strong point in Thailand.

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I think I will forward this idea onto UK immigration so they could consider chasing and fining all Thai nationals not staying at their registered UK address. They would brush it off without thought, however, as they have more pressing things to do, like catch REAL criminals, chase down drug hoards and not being a pithy annoying big brother, but I feel compelled to nonetheless. 

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53 minutes ago, webfact said:

The above cases were all reported on the website of Chonburi Immigration that announces "Good Guys In, Bad Guys Out".

 

Then go after the 'bad guys' (not staying at home, lol) and leave the 'good guys' alone!

 

Strewth, some days it's like watching a hyperactive 10 year old try to run a classroom.

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Everything makes sense when you understand that this country is run by children, for children.............bless.

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Still unclear how immigration finds them, if they aren't at their registered address and the homeowner hasn't registered them. Anyone know how?

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

stay in Thailand where you have registered or we will fine you.

 

.. registered where / how, actually?   On your arrival card?  Or where else?

 

And even if you stay the first days at the place on your arrival card, then what happens when you move on from Bangkok to your next destination in the North or South?

 

This is actually really confusing.   Can they clarify?

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5 minutes ago, WinnieTheKhwai said:

 

.. registered where / how, actually?   On your arrival card?  Or where else?

 

And even if you stay the first days at the place on your arrival card, then what happens when you move on from Bangkok to your next destination in the North or South?

 

This is actually really confusing.   Can they clarify?

 

Every foreigner is supposed to be registered via a TM30 form (or online) within 24 hours of arriving anywhere where he will be staying. This is in addition to whatever you put on your arrival form, or indeed in addition to anything you may report on a 90-day form.

 

If you go and stay somewhere else then you should be registered at the new address (even for one night) and then registered again at your usual address when you return to it.

 

The penalty for not registering is 1600B and it is the responsibility of the owner of the property (or his representative) to do this.

 

Hence my suggestion earlier in this thread that this needs clarifying for owner-occupiers who, in theory, are supposed to register themselves.

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Immigration states that you can report the TM28 and/or TM30 to the police if there is no immigration office close by but more than 1 time the police has just refused to accept the forms and just told me that I must go to the designated immigration office... 200km away!

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11 minutes ago, KittenKong said:

 

Hence my suggestion earlier in this thread that this needs clarifying for owner-occupiers who, in theory, are supposed to register themselves.

 

The Indian guys depicted in the Chonburi Immigration photo above don't especially look like they're owner-occupiers. They look more like tourists, but who knows.

 

Yet another Immigration article that fails to clarify just what kind of reporting they're talking about.

 

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