Thailand is a popular destination for tourists, expats, and digital nomads alike. However, when it comes to staying in the country long-term, there are certain rules and regulations in place that foreigners must follow. One such requirement is the 90-day report. In this blog post, we’ll explore everything you need to know about the 90-day report in Thailand, including what it is, why it’s required, and the process involved.
What is the 90-Day Report?
The 90-day report is a requirement of the Thai Immigration Law for all foreigners holding a non-immigrant visa or a one-year visa extension. It is essentially an address registration system that ensures the Thai government knows where all non-Thai residents are living within the country.
The purpose of the 90-day report is to keep track of foreigners residing in Thailand for extended periods and to ensure that they comply with the country’s immigration rules and regulations.
Who Needs to Submit the 90 Days Report?
The following individuals are required to submit a 90-day report in Thailand:
- Non-Thai residents who possess a non-immigrant visa and are staying in the country for more than 90 days
- Non-Thai residents who have obtained a one-year visa extension based on marriage or retirement
- Holders of a one-year Non-Immigrant Education visa (ED)
- Holders of other long-term visas, such as the Non-Immigrant Business visa (B) or the Non-Immigrant OA visa for retirees
If you’re unsure whether you need to submit a 90-day report, it’s best to check with your local Thai Immigration Office.
How to Submit the 90 Days Report
There are several ways to submit your 90-day report:
- In-person at a local Thai Immigration Office: This is the most common method for submitting the report. You’ll need to bring your passport, a completed TM47 form (also known as the 90-day report form), and a photocopy of the passport page containing your latest immigration stamp.
- By mail: If visiting an immigration office is inconvenient, you can mail your 90-day report to the nearest office. You’ll need to send your completed TM47 form, a photocopy of your passport, and a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage for the return of your stamped documents.
- Online: The Thai Immigration Bureau offers an [online service](https://extranet.immigration.go.th/fn90online/online/tm47/TM47Action.do) for submitting the 90-day report. You’ll need to create an account and fill out the necessary information on the form. The online submission must be done between 15 and 7 days before the due date.
Keep in mind that the online service can sometimes be unreliable or slow, so it might be wise to have a backup plan if you run into any issues.
Penalties for Failing to Submit the 90 Days Report
If you fail to submit your 90-day report on time or at all, you may face penalties, including:
- A fine of 2,000 THB if you are caught without a valid 90-day report during a random police check, visa renewal, or border run
- A fine of 5,000 THB if you are caught at an airport without a valid 90-day report
- A potential black mark on your immigration record
It’s crucial to stay on top of your 90-day reporting requirements to avoid any potential issues or penalties.
The 90-day report is a crucial aspect of the Thai immigration process for long-term residents. Being aware of the requirements, understanding the reporting process, and staying on top of your visa obligations will help ensure a smooth and hassle-free stay in Thailand.