90 day reporting

July 8, 2013

While I currently hold an ED-visa for a year, I am not done with immigration yet. Immigration still requires a sign of life every now and then to make sure I am doing well, and a postcard will not do. A form needs to be filled in and stamped every 90 days and I am obliged to keep a piece of paper together with my passport for when someone asks about it. The main reason for this, I guess, is that immigration wants to keep a tab on the number of foreigners in the country and without this notification duty you are never sure if they did not cross a border somewhere without it being processed correctly.

The receipt proving you did the 90 day reporting.

The receipt proving you did the 90 day reporting.

Luckily it is possible to do the 90 day reporting by mail: all you need to do is to make some copies of your passport and fill in a form. You send this all by mail to immigration including a return envelope and if everything works out fine you will get a new form back which allows you a fine-free stay of another 90 days in Thailand. Unfortunately this does not always works out as I experienced some time ago when I never received by piece of paper back. On that case you need to go to immigration anyways and spend hours in a queue.

Doing the 90 day reporting at immigration in Bangkok; only 58 people in front of you...

Doing the 90 day reporting at immigration in Bangkok; you know for sure you get your papers back, but there can be quite a line at immigration.

After that experience I did my 90 day reporting in person but that was a rather stupid action since it takes me over 2 hours of travelling and waiting while the paper is being processed in minutes. So this month I took my chances again and did the reporting by mail, hopefully it works out well this time.

Preparing the paperwork for doing my 90 day report by mail.

Preparing the paperwork for doing my 90 day report by mail.

On the website of the Thai immigration it is explained rather well how you can do your 90 day reporting by mail. Just make sure all the papers are filled in completely and all attachments are added to the package otherwise I am pretty sure you will not receive anything back meaning you have to go to immigration anyways. The TM.47 form can be found here.

On the website of the immigration bureau they explain rather clearly how you can do your 90 day reporting by mail.

On the website of the immigration bureau they explain rather clearly how you can do your 90 day reporting by mail.

In case you forget to report on time you will be fined up to 5,000 baht so it is recommended to mark the next time you need to report in your agenda and spend a few baht on mailing in the papers on time.

For questions/remarks you can contact me at: eric@stuckinthailand.com

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