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Foreigners advised to do 90 day reports by mail while Thai Immigration system is down

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Deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Natapanu Nopakun / Photo courtesy of the Royal Thai Government

While the Thai Immigration’s online system for 90 day reporting is down (it’s been down for many of our readers who have been trying to do their 90 day reports for over 3 months), foreigners living in Thailand still need to report their address every 3 months.

Deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Natapanu Nopakun says there are 2 other ways… either by mail or in-person. With the ongoing Covid-19 situation, Natapanu advises foreigners do their 90 day report by mail.

“The recommendation is that foreign nationals who have to report their residence every 3 months to immigration should do this by post… by writing a letter to confirm and report their residence every 3 months.”

Natapanu says the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration agreed on the recommendation at a recent meeting. He says more information about 90 day reporting will be announced soon.

SOURCE: CCSA

 

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    zig

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    oh great…mail…..I feel confident now

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    Steve369.

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    First they should set up a committee and have a few cabinet meetings to discuss my proposal to call the tech guy and get the online system working again.

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    John

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    Or just cancel the all procedure which is a shame.

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    Ben

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    Unbelievable in this day and age. An outdated law being reported on an outdated system.

    People that have retirement, special tourist, elite, work or any other long-term stay visa are required to submit to a criminal background check before the visa is granted. The reason given for keeping this reporting going is to subvert any criminal activity. Do people who have a clean record at home all of a sudden become potential criminals in Thailand? The answer is no.

    The Thais say they want to attract wealthy retirees. Why would a wealthy retiree put themselves into this reporting quagmire?

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    Craig

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    I’ve been doing this by mail for over a year now. It’s easy and convenient. But, some still like to go to immigration and see 500 of their closest friends or complain about mailing.

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    Roscot0

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    They have been cancelling 90 day reports,why not do it now.how long does it take to get a system up and running.please think of us farang

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    Mister Stretch

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    My wife just did mine in person.

    We’ve never gotten that stupid site to work. I find it rather amazing that on the hardware side; cell coverage, internet offerings, that this country does quite well, better than at home. But to create a website that works? Uh uh.

    This is one the most non-connected countries I’ve seen in the last ten years. Even businesses here think having a FB account is being “online and accessible”. Au contraire.

    Of course, now they’re talking about doing away with 90-day reporting altogether.

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

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    Simon Small

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Check with your local office first.

    I’ve done it by post for years, but I send by EMS, enclose a pre-stamped self-addressed envelope for them to send back by EMS, and the completed form and passport photocopies and the old 90 day report – plus a 100 baht.

    I wouldn’t suggest just “writing a letter”!

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    Jesus Monroe

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 5:01 pm

    Hell is that I.T there? hello can you hear me!!!!! Don’t worry it will be fixed in no time because Thailands gonna me a tech hub remember……

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    murika

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    well my immigration office, told me they don’t want mail, i have to go there in person and it’s 90 km away from my home and the online report is not working for more than 6 month

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    Alan

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    And so I report by mail, great!
    But do I get a confirmation?
    If not, I am wasting my time….

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    Joe Nyomozo

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    I don’t know about “homesteaders” in Thailand but I know the Thai Embassy (Consulate) in the US has some very incompetent people working. They don’t communicate, don’t look at visa applications for weeks and give vague answers to question if they respond at all! Surely the Counsel Geeral in Washington or the Ambassador are unaware! Very sad after you spend hundreds of dollars for a short term (90 day) visa application, while vaccinated etc., and they treat you like the Thai visa was the proverbial “Golden Wonka ticket” to the chocolate factory! One must be crazy to go to Thailand since they managing this COVID worse than many other countries! I wish GOOD LUCK to all fereng IN PLACE!

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    Mark

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 8:11 am

    @Joe Nyomozo –
    Sorry to hear about your experience, so you can immagine how does work in the actual country…. the difference is that they are smiling back gracefully but result it pretty much the same unless you are ready to “donate “ some cash .

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    Nocke Chiangmai

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 8:15 am

    @Joe Nyomozo – Well you seem to be managing Covid-19 just fine in your country – not !!!

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    Dreqo

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 8:17 am

    Getting a very simple website to function well, say, at least 90% of the time would be a good first step towards going all electric by 2035 and space travel.

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    Bubba

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 8:23 am

    One of the main problems with the system is the lack of any standards on the Internet. There are several web browsers, all with different programming parameters. Don’t expect the Thai government to support all of them. The government should fully support Safari and Firefox and state so on the website. Do that and all the front end problems go away.

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    James

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 11:29 am

    @Craig -I have always wondered why people complain about online being down or the immigration was jam packed or the officer was unpleasant why don’t they post in their 90 day reporting.Is there a reason I don’t know about?Cheers James.

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    James R

    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 4:18 am

    The online reporting system is a simple system and should work very easily 99.9% of the time, I wonder which team of fools designed it.

    I was a software systems engineer for 30 years, if they paid me a few quid I could head their team and get it working for them, a lot of people could.

    I love Thailand and it is great to spend long holidays there but there are so many illogical things in place which everyone seems to accept as normal.

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