Updated: 8 May 2024

Visit the PCEC’s Thai Visa & Immigration website pages for information on entry and extension of stay in Thailand as well as address reporting requirements.

This page contains the latest information we have on Thai Immigration matters that may be temporary or otherwise not included in our Thai Immigration webpages.

The information presented here relates to requirements or practices of at the Chonburi (Pattaya) Immigration Office.


MANY PROBLEMS REPORTED ABOUT 90 DAY ADDRESS REPORT ONLINE

There have been many recent reports about Expats online reporting of their address being rejected with instructions to visit Immigration immediately. Upon doing so, the Immigration Officers cannot explain why the report was rejected (previously it was reported that the online system switched to being completely automated and submission no longer reviewed by an Immigration Officer for approval).  It appears there is a glitch in this fully automated system that cause reports to be rejected).

We will appreciate receiving reports from those that went to Immigration as a result of a similar rejection and visiting Immigration to do the report as to their experience on using the online system for their next following report. Please send your report to info@pcec.club

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A member in this situation provide us with a photo of a sign posted at Chonburi (Pattaya) Immigration which shows several reasons a report may be correctly rejected:


The sign says:

For report 90 day online

Add a screening processing system for the system to automaticaly reject requests when it is detected that
the information does not meet the following criteria meet the following criteria.

•    Submit 15 days before the due date.
•    Submit after the deadline.
•    Traveling into the Kingdom but not yet completed 90 days.
•    Foreigners apply for the first time.
•    Foreigners change passports.
•    Foreigners who have overstayed.
•    Check the type of visa that cannot be applied for 90 days.
•    Foreigners with black list.
•    When you leave the country and come back, you must do your 90 days report at immigration first than your next 90 days, your can do online.


TM.6 ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE CARD TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED AT ALL ENTRY POINTS - LAND, SEA, & AIR

The Thai Cabinet has agreed to temporarily exempt the use of immigration forms “Tor Mor 6” for foreigners entering and departing from Thailand by land and sea.  The current period is for 15 April to15 October 2024.

The form was permanently cancelled for foreign travelers arriving by air since July 2022. 

For those entering at all international airports.   Click here for the The Thaiger news article.  Click here for the Pattaya Mail article. 

Many Immigration forms have a space for entering the TM.6 number - if you entered at an airport and were not given one, leave the space blank.


ONLINE APPOINTMENT SYSTEM FOR CHONBURI (PATTAYA) IMMIGRATION

 


Although this system has been available for use for some time, we have not previously announced it because of several reports that when the person making the appointment arrived, they were told to get in line to get a queue number. Thus, to use it to make an appointment offered no benefit.


However, we now have 3 very recent reports regarding this service with 2 having positive results (retirees) and 1 having negative results (extension for Visa Exempt entry).

The 3 reports from retirees going to Desk 8 to renew their period of stay is that their appointments are being honored - one noted that he arrived early and was told to return nearer his appointment time - the latest report was on 21 February 2024 - By way of explanation, I, too, had been issued a new passport last year. By today, the improved system recognized the discrepancy.  Thanks again.

At our request, one of the persons reporting success provided additional information on what they experienced - bypassing the Building B Queu line and going direct to the main building:

To make a long story short...I was misdirected to Building B to get a number, but since the queue was long and I was early for my appointment I decided to go to the Main Building and see if I was told differently.  I showed my appointment slip to an employee in the lobby and said it was for Desk 8 and he motioned to the desk.  I caught the eye of one of the busy clerks and simply held up my appointment slip.  He pointed to a lady at the end of the counter where passports are picked up the following day.  I walked up to her, she checked my paperwork, collected the fee and said to come back the next day. I was in and out in five minutes and never even sat down.  Those waiting for their number to be called were still waiting.

A 4th report was from a person using the service to apply for a 30 day extension on their Visa Exempt entry. This person reports that his appointment was not honored and he had to join the regular queue line to get a number. seen a January 11, 2024 report that indicates Immigration may now be accepting such appointments, thus avoiding the long queue line. 

Click here for the online appointment booking system which is available for those seeking an extension of stay. Print your booking confirmation to show Immigration when you arrive.

It is good news for retirees as they can avoid the long queue lines, but for others, it appears using the online appointment service will not be worthwhile. We will appreciate continuing to receive reports from anyone using the system about their experience upon presenting their online appointment at the Immigration Office on Jomtien Beach soi 5.  Please send your report to info@pcec.club.


CHONBURI (PATTAYA) IMMIGRATION OFFICE PROCEDURES FOR ADDRESS REPORTING (TM.30 AND TM.47) - INCLUDING REQUIREMENT FOR PROOF OF HAVING A TM.30 ADDRESS REPORT ON FILE FOR IMMIGRATION SERVICES & IN PERSON 90 DAY ADDRESS REPORTING NOW REQUIRES COMPLETED TM.47 & OTHER DOCUMENTS


Foreigners attending to do their 90 days address confirmation continue to report directly to Building “A” without prior registration.

All other immigration customers first-of-all now report to Building “B” to obtain a ticket number for further service.

Depending on the specific service they need, the ticket number will direct them to the immigration main building (all visa extensions for example) or to Building “A” (for TM30 address registration).  Building B is also the air conditioned waiting room until your Queue number is called.

Click here for the Pattaya Mail article.


TM.30 Address Reporting Requirements

Chonburi (Pattaya) Immigration at their Jomtien Beach Road Soi 5 and Sri Racha offices want to see evidence that a TM.30 is on file before providing services.

The Immigration Rule does not require a TM.30 to be filed if returning using a Re-Entry permit to your previously reported address, although Pattaya Immigration's policy for a few months was requiring a new TM.30 in all cases.  However, we have now received sufficient reports that they no longer require a new TM.30 if you entered Thailand using a Re-Entry permit and are returning to your previous residence.


90 Day Address in person reporting procedures have changed


Chonburi Immigration Office now requires a completed TM.47  - 90 address report form - and other documents. 

This sign was reported on 19 October 2023 for those filing their 90 day address report in person. Note, you will most likely also need evidence of your address, e.g., utility bill, lease, etc.

UPDATE - Report received on 4 May 2024:


Docs required for 90-day report in person...


1. Completed TM 47 (Application Form)

2. Photo-copy of Passport 'Face' page

3. Copy of current Visa (or Extension)

4. Copy of Last airport entry-stamp to Thailand

5. Copy of TM30 (Address report)

6. Passport


Arrived 14:08 Friday 3 May, quick, pleasant, immediate attention. No complaints!

After 30 mins wait in air-con comfort, passport returned with new date-form attached.



REPORTS REGARDING APPLICATION FOR NON IMMIGRANT O VISA FOR RETIREMENT PURPOSE AT THE CHONBURI (PATTAYA) IMMIGRATION OFFICE

We received a report on April 17, 2023 from an applicant for the Non-Immigrant O Visa for purpose of retirement. Although the Immigration rule for such application has no "seasoning" requirement, he reported he was told he could not apply until his 800,000 baht had been on deposit in a Thai bank for a full 60 days.  This is a requirement for the subsequent application for a one year extension after obtaining the Visa, but the main Immigration rule does not require it.

Update: Two additional reports from Non-Immigrant O Visa (Retirement) applicants; one on May 10, 2023 and the other on May 12, 2023. Both reported that Chonburi (Pattaya) Immigration is now requiring the 800,000 baht in a Thai bank be seasoned for 2 months before they will accept the application for the Visa.

It appears that the policy at Jomtien Immigration Office is to now require the 2 month seasoning of the 800,000 baht in a Thai bank before they will accept an application for the Non-Immigrant O Visa (retirement purpose). 


THAI IMMIGRATION TESTING ONLINE SYSTEM FOR EXTENSIONS OF STAY (CURRENTLY ONLY IN BANGKOK)

Thai Immigration is setting up an online system for extending one's stay in Thailand, but it currently is being tested only for those using Bangkok Immigration with an expectation for future roll out to other locations.

Note: It DOES NOT include extensions based on retirement.  Click here for the Pattaya Mail article, Click here for The Pattaya News article. Click here for Barry Kenyon's article in the Pattaya Mail giving a reason for retirement extensions not being include.


OBTAINING AN EXTENSION OF STAY AFTER ENTERING WITH AN e-VISA

In the past, visas were a sticker which the applicant placed in his or her passport. But this system has been replaced by a new e-visa which is sent to applicants in a detailed email prior to flying to Thailand.

This email should be retained after arrival in Thailand. A copy is required by the immigration bureau if and when a foreigner applies for an extension of stay.

Click here to read the article. Click here for Ministry of Foreign Affairs eVisa portal.

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