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TM30 immigration reporting requirements updated

Jack Burton



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The immigration reporting requirements for foreign visitors and residents have changed: the Immigration Bureau has announced an update to the requirement for TM30 reporting, clarifying when a TM30 report is due under section 38 of the Immigration Act. Here is an unofficial translation of the crucial part of the announcement for expats, in Section 2.2:

2.2: After the householder, owner or possessor of the premises of the hotel has reported, as defined in Article 2.1, the same alien has left the premises and returned for another stay within the valid period, the householder, owner or possessor of the premises of the hotel does not need to make another report;

The alien as defined in paragraph 1 shall include those who hold multiple-entry visas who leave and return to the Kingdom within the specified period of the visa, and those with reentry permits.” Previously, immigration offices in Thailand required a new TM30 report within 24 hours every time a person left and reentered the country. This change eliminates that requirement.

The second paragraph states that if a person on a multiple-entry visa or has an extension of stay and enters using a reentry permit a new TM30 report is not required. The new rule apparently doesn’t apply to those on visa-exempt entries and single-entry visas of any category, unless they left and reentered using a reentry permit during the original entry period.

The law regarding TM30 clearly states that the landlord, property owner or manager (in the case of a hotel or guesthouse) has a legal obligation to report the stay of a non-Thai at their property.

The law has been in place since 1979 but was seldom enforced until 2019, when immigration began cracking down on property owners who were not reporting occupation by foreigners.

The latest announcement was posted on the Chiang Mai immigration website and comes into effect on 30 June 2020.

TM30 reports can be made in person or online via the immigration website or mobile app.

TM30 immigration reporting requirements updated | News by Thaiger

SOURCE: thaivisa


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    richard barker

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    always wanted to know what it would be like to an alien . ET eat your heart out there’s 100’s of us here on earth already

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      Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 4:12 pm

      The reason this change doesn’t apply to tourists on 30 days Visa exempts or 60 days tourist Visas,is because tourists staying in guest houses or hotels don’t need to submit a TM30 report.

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    crimar faustino

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    what’s the updates on visa amnesty?
    after the amnesty visa on july 31 all foreigners will go out?
    it’s crucial at this moment. why under amnesty visa can’t do a non.b visa even we have all doc’s from school?

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    Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    Clear as mud

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    Steven Ginn

    Monday, June 29, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    “2.2: After the householder, owner or possessor of the premises of the hotel has reported, as defined in Article 2.1, the same alien has left the premises and returned for another stay within the valid period”

    What specifically, is “the valid period”?!

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      Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 8:21 pm

      Of the visa I’m sure.

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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