Thai immigration… how I love thee… Of all the countries I’ve lived in, Thailand has been the most particular when it comes to a foreigner’s whereabouts. Therefore, Thai immigration has imposed a 90-day reporting rule for all farangs.
Basically, there are 2 ways to do this reporting: (1) Reporting via mail, (2) Reporting in person at an immigration office. Many moons ago, there was a third option, reporting online, but they’re still working out the kinks.
I opted for reporting in person because I will be traveling soon and will need proof of my reporting. Make sure to fill out form TM47 and a Foreign National Information form before going to immigration. You must also bring your passport (of course) and your Thai arrival card.
I went to the One Stop Service in the Chamchuri Building where I got my work permit. The office opens at 08:30, but queues to get numbers begin at 07:30. I highly recommend getting there before 07:30 unless you enjoy waiting in government offices.
At 07:30, a reception guy called out in Thai and a mad dash to get into a queue ensued. I handed my paperwork over and was told to wait. After they checked that I filled out everything, I was given a number.
One of the good things about reporting is that you can send someone in your place to do the reporting. However, several of the 22 people before me had stacks of passports to process.
Once I was called, the process was pretty fast. It took about 5 minutes for the immigration lady to type my information into the computer. Then she gave me a receipt and said emphatically, ‘FINISHED!’
The time to do the 90-day reporting is within 14 days of your 90 days. You can’t do it earlier, as planning ahead is a no-no for the government. Same with submitting your documents by mail. They also claim that you can report up to 7 days after your 90 days without the 1,000THB/day penalty. I didn’t really want to try it out. I like keeping my money.