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Visas, et al / Where is immigration located?
« on: August 20, 2019, 10:06:58 PM »
My 90 Day Report is coming up and I have never been to the new immigration office.  I understand it is in/at/near the new bus station.  Where is it exactly?  Is there a designated 90 Day Report Window or desk or something?

Thanks, lah!

Visas, et al / Re: Renewal of Retirement extension / 90 day Report
« on: August 20, 2019, 10:04:52 PM »
Can someone confirm, please. I thought the one-day business was about your balance on the day you apply for your extension. I have also read some places that they want a B100 deposit on the day of the renewal.  I did not think it was about the bank letter to establish 12 monthly deposits of B65K.  No?   

I think they give you a pack of Mild Sevens, don't they?  roll

It is now illegal to smoke within 5 meters of an entrance to a property

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I hate cigarettes and have not smoked for more than 30 years.  However, I hate the encroaching nanny state even more. Ridiculous!  Read the entire article on =>

Thailand's ban on smoking at home comes into law today. People can be prosecuted for domestic abuse by lighting up.

Women and children are said to be the recipients of most second hand smoke and from today onward can be considered victims in Thailand.

There is a hotline number in every province to call to report violations.

Speaking to Manager Dr Ronachai Khongsakon of a tobacco research group said that women were particularly vulnerable with 81% suffering second hand smoke at home.  Continue reading on =>

Visas, et al / Re: Renewal of Retirement extension / 90 day Report
« on: August 19, 2019, 05:35:36 PM »
I have heard from various reports on ThaiVisa threads:

1. As Frank reports, TM30 must be filed  24 hours after return from anyplace outside of the province.
2. People on retirement extensions do not need to file TM30
3. You only need to file TM30 if you return from a trip outside of Thailand.
4. If you are just staying with friends, no need to file. That, of course is obvious, since how would Imm know you had gone anywhere?

Obviously, the only point of logic is simply to either ignore filing and take your chances, or interpret the regulation in the strictest way and file every time you go anywhere even if you suspect it might not be necessary.

The fact is that complaining about "hardship" is not going to get much traction.  In the first place, Imm job is not to make anyone's life easier. In the second place, the rule affects different people differently.  In some cases, it is a real pain in the butt for anyone who travels a lot and has to make a long drive to a distant Imm office, or in Bangkok where it apparently takes two hours or more to get anything done, even filing a TM30.  For others who live closer to an Imm office or have figured out how to file online, or have a proxy file for them, it is not a big deal.

However, in my thinking, the bigger issue is that this is abhorrent behavior on the part of a supposedly modern, developing nation hoping to take it's place as an equal partner in the global community. A modern "democratic" state does not do surveillance and keeping tabs on people residing  legally within n it's borders without some version of "reasonable cause" and "due process."  I realize that as a practical matter, the impact is relatively minor for most people.  But what's next? There is always a "next," and whatever it is, it won't be designed to make things easier. Oh, yeah, insurance is next.  Think about how you would feel in your home country being visited by foreign friends, legally in your country, and being compelled by force of law to "write them up" and file a form with the government?   It doesn't matter how easy they make it, the principle is the same. From what I have read, Imm officials are responding the the convenience issue and seem oblivious the the civil liberties and human rights concerns.

Visas, et al / Re: Health Insurance mandatory for long-stay foreigners
« on: August 18, 2019, 07:48:29 PM »
It sounds like a perfectly reasonable proposal, doesn't it.  But like some many things, it is being implement before it has been thought through carefully.  Some of the issues brought up on a ThaiVisa discussion

1. What about exclusions for preexisting conditions and denied claims (for whatever reasons?) If the insurance don't pay, the hospital still gets stiffed if the nasty, greasy falang can't cover out of pocket.

2. Outpatient is a terrible deal. In my BOOOPA case, it would add an additional B50,000 to the premium to obtain a maximum payout of B75,000.

3. New coverage is difficult or impossible to get if you are over 60, which is essentially every greasy, nasty, old fart falang on a retirement extension.

4. Generally, private insurance just isn't very good.  It is expensive and doesn't provide enough coverage to deal with major illness, which is what most of us are looking at sooner or later. 

Of course the solution is to fold in expat coverage into the national Thai insurance scheme, charge for it, and  add on a hefty surcharge (because after all, we are greasy and nasty). Of course, that is too logical, would work too well, and would deprive private health care of exorbitant premiums that provide in adequate coverage. 

But remember, inadequate coverage just means that the hospitals still run the risk of getting stiffed for any costs insurance or the nasty, greasy falang won't pay for.

Open discussion / Link to online registration for TM30 reporting.
« on: August 16, 2019, 12:18:58 PM »
Relax is having problems posting, but he shared the link to register for online TM30 reporting. Thanks Relax!

Quote from: Relax already, lah!
Sorry, I cannot get through the spam filter:

I was talking about TM30

Website for registration:

The login data works with the website, iOS and Android app.
Apps are only available in the local appstores.

Open discussion / Re: Royal Thai Tourist Police Visit
« on: August 16, 2019, 08:56:26 AM »
Thanks, Relax.  Are you talking 90 day or TM30?  Can you post the link to the website for registering?  Tks, lah!

Open discussion / Re: Royal Thai Tourist Police Visit
« on: August 15, 2019, 05:40:40 PM »
Thanks for this, Frank.  These reports are helpful, and it is always good to hear about positive experiences with the Imm process.  Unfortunately, it is very hard to determine consistency and to be able to predict how the rules will be applied from on person to the next. 

Visas, et al / Screws tighten on TM30 reporting; petition ongoing ...
« on: August 14, 2019, 12:13:33 PM »
Thailand tightens the screws on TM30 reporting, petition ongoing

Wed 14 Aug 2019, 12:12 pm

Nearly 5,000 Thai expats have now signed a petition pleading for modification or abolition of the TM30 immigration form. The well-organised petition calling for changes to the form is an unusual step for expats who, most of the time, keep their head down and out of the daily operations of the Land of Smiles.

Read the full article and 19 pages of discussion on =>

Visas, et al / Re: Bangkok Immigration Office on Submitting Form TM30
« on: August 11, 2019, 07:22:17 PM »
Aside from the inconvenience and the draconian nature of the TM30 requirement, it is stupid!

Scenario Number One: A crew of noogoodniks. They each have a legal residence at various locations in Thailand for which they dutifully file a 90 Day Report. They move freely about Thailand doing their sinister deeds, staying at each others homes and will and never filing a TM30. These guys will never be caught except by accident or if someone happens to rat them out. Even if they do get caught out, if they are successful nogoodniks, the fine for failing to file will be a joke, and anyway, the penalty for whatever other crimes they are up to is going to be worse than a fine.

Scenario Number Two: Similar to Scenario Number One, this time, an honest citizen of means rents or owns two or more condos in Thailand.  He travels back and forth frequently, as often as he sees fit. He might even stay with a friend or two along the way during his travels. Naturally, his friend never files a TM30 as he know the guy will be returning to his own home. The guy never files a TM30 and will never be caught out except by accident or if someone informs on him. Even if someone informs on him, very difficult to track his movement or prove that he was ever away for more than 24 hours.

Where to find . . . / Re: The Computer Doctor is In!
« on: August 11, 2019, 06:54:04 PM »
Another sucky morning last week when my pc would not boot.  Called Mr. Songchai and we arrived an hour later. Unfortunately, the diagnosis was failing motherboard. Worst possible timing! I was shocked when Mr. Songchai crawled into the case to look for the warranty date: I bought the damn thing twelve years ago!  Seems like yesterday I was at Tuckom picking it out and deciding on specs.

Anyway, pc was gone for one day and returned with new CPU, motherboard and 8 RAM. My hard drives were fine as we had just replaced them in May.

System Type   x64-based PC
Processor   AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Eight-Core Processor, 3700 Mhz, 8 Core(s), 16 Logical Processor(s)

Around B15K for everything. Best part was that the work did not require a new installation of Windows 10, so all my programs and data remained as they had been and I was able to continue where I left off as soon as I booted the computer.

Visas, et al / Re: Bangkok Immigration Office on Submitting Form TM30
« on: August 11, 2019, 06:34:39 PM »
Tks, Frank.  There is a lengthy discussion about this on ThaiVisa =>

Thailand based blogger Richard Barrow reveals difficulties in renewing extension of stay
Popular Thailand based blogger Richard Barrow has posted about experiencing difficulties in trying to renew his extension of stay.

On Friday, Richard returned to Samut Prakan immigration where he expected to collect his newly approved extension.
However, unexpectedly, he was told that Bangkok hadnít yet approved his application ...

Just some bits & bobs:

One guy on ThaiVisa sez 

"Also i do not spend all 12 months a year in Thailand and having to send money when your not there is insane."

Never thought of that.  Could you imagine being only part of the year but still having to import funds?

Visas, et al / UPDATE : Isaan Lawyers meets with Imm about TM30
« on: August 09, 2019, 05:08:10 PM »
Meeting with immigration about TM30 and the latest news about the petition
By Isaanlawyers,

Yesterday, I met the officer Longtor at Korat immigration. He was very nice, very polite and we had a conversation in Thai. I had with me a copy of the petition made by a group of expats and Thai people, a translation, some examples of problems related to TM30, statistics and an interpreter in case I could not fully understand. The interpreter is also a witness of everything that was said . . .

Continue reading on =>

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