Elite Notes from the President
An Essential Procedure That Can’t Be Missed
Sawasdee krab, and welcome to the April edition of the Thailand Elite newsletter. It is with great pleasure that from this month onwards, I will be the one to address you directly and inform you of important things I feel you should be aware of plus a variety of information that can make your stay in Thailand a more pleasurable and enjoyable one. I hope you don’t mind.
One of the most important things a visitor needs to do while residing in the Kingdom is the 90-day reporting. Veterans of Thailand know how this works but many who are new here may not be familiar with the process and how being a member gives you added privileges.
I’d like to bring your attention to a very important duty, if you can call it that, of every foreign national residing in Thailand. And that is the mandatory 90-day reporting that you must perform. Normally, a foreigner would have to be present at the immigration and inform the authorities of their place of residence. But, since you are an esteemed member of Thailand Elite, you will be pleased to know that your membership status allows you to let our officers represent you in this 90-day reporting as long as you are holding a privilege entry visa. If you are located in Bangkok, Chiangmai, Phuket and Cholburi you can easily let us do this for you by simply giving us your passport on every Tuesday. Do note that you must give us your passport at the very least 15 days prior to the designated 90-day date.
A foreigner may inform their temporary address 15 days prior to or 7 days after the designated 90-day date. If this time period is passed, a fine of THB2,000 will be imposed. But in the event that the foreigner is caught by authorities the fine will be THB4,000 instead.
The documents required for us to represent you at the immigration is just:
2. Notice of overstaying 90 days, if ever you happen to have an overstay
3. The completed and signed TM47 form
But if you like, and if you have the time, feel free to do this yourself at the Immigration Office of the province you have reside in. For those in Bangkok you can report yourself at the main immigration department in Chaeng Wattana Road. It is important to know that the 90-day reporting process is not a request to continue staying in the country and must (allow me to stress that) must perform.