Thailand – Immigration Recently Ruled for House-Master, Owner or the Possessor of the Residence where the Alien has stayed within 24 hours

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Recently, the Immigration office have applied the strict practice regarding the submission of The TM 30 Form (Notification form from House-Master, Owner or the Possessor of the Residence where Alien has stayed) subject to the Immigration Act, B.E. 2522. Subject to Article 38 of the Immigration Act, the landlord of the property has the obligation to report the stay of any foreigner within 24 hours. This regulation also is applicable for the hotel, friends or family who offer a guest house to foreigners. The strict practice aims to have the better control over the regulation and monitoring for the act of terrorism.

There are two ways to submit TM 30 Form:

1) Submit the form at the immigration office

2) Register online thru the immigration website at https://extranet.immigration.go.th/fn24online/

The documents for such submission are as follows:

1) a copy of the title deed of the property

2) a copy of the rental contract

3) a copy of your passport (photo page)

4) a copy of the visa page in your passport

5) a copy of the departure card (or write down the number on the copy of your passport)

As such, each time a foreigner leaves Thailand and returns with a new departure card, the landlord shall submit The TM 30 Form again with new departure card number. If the landlord has not submitted the form within (24) hours, the immigration will then fine the landlord 800-1,200 THB per person for such negligence depend on resident of the landlord. In addition, such fine can be increased depend on the judgment of the Immigration office in the future.

Even though it is not your duty to send the form, the Immigration office may request the receipt of notification (the receipt of submission TM 30 Form) for their services such as 90-day reporting, visa extension or work permit. If you cannot present such documentation, you can be fined instead of the landlord and will face some difficulty applying for services at the immigration office.

Therefore, we advise you to contact your landlord whether the TM 30 Form has been submitted since the receipt of notification is necessary for 90-day reporting, visa extension, work permit or any other services related to the immigration office.

Writer: Rachadawan Kelar (rachadawan.k@rwtlaw.co.th)

Managing Partner of RWT International Law Office