PHUKET: Foreigners living in Thailand will be able to report to immigration for their 90-day check-in via the immigration website no sooner than April, an immigration officer confirmed to the Phuket Gazette yesterday.
The news follows an experimental launch of the online reporting system in Bangkok last month.
“The online 90-day reporting service is being tested now. For the time being, foreigners are still required to go to an immigration office to check-in,” Maj Gen Tamrong Sangwatanakul, commander of the Royal Thai Immigration Division 3, told the Gazette.
“The service already appears on the website, but it cannot be used yet. We have to wait for the official order, which we expect to receive in early April.”
The service will be available in all provinces for the convenience of foreigners, Gen Tamrong added. However, there will be consequences for late check-ins.
“Failure to report within seven days after the 90-day period will result in the usual fine of 2,000 baht, and the offending foreigner will be banned from using the online check-in system,” Gen Tamrong explained.
“From that point on, the person will have to report to an immigration office.”
Sgt Maj Ronnachai Khongthirak of the Phuket Immigration office confirmed to the Gazette that foreigners on the island must continue to report in person until an official order to launch the online service has been handed down.
— Kongleaphy Keam