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August 07, 2019, 08:40:11 AM
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UPDATE: Thousands back a petition to scrap TM30
« on: August 07, 2019, 08:40:11 AM »
Expat group launches online petition calling for TM.30 to be scrapped

30 July 2019

A group of expats based in Isaan have launched a petition lobbying for reform of Thailand’s Immigration Bureau and also for the abolition of the TM.30 form.

The group describe themselves as a “collective of foreigners and Thai people wishing to reform Thai immigration”.

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August 07, 2019, 08:41:25 AM
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Re: UPDATE: Thousands back a petition to scrap TM30
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2019, 08:41:25 AM »

Wed 7 Aug 2019, 8:21 am

Thousands of expats are backing a petition calling for Thailand’s Immigration Bureau to scrap the controversial TM.30 reporting requirement. =>
The petition, which has been launched by a group of Isaan based expats, can be found at

At the time of posting, the petition had already secured support from more than 3,400 people.

The aim is to get 10,000 people to sign the petition. Once the target is reached a letter will  be sent to the Prime Minister of Thailand, the Head of the Immigration Division of Thailand and Head of the Foreign Affairs.

The petition was launched following growing discontent amongst the expat community in Thailand regarding the now strict implementation of Article 37 of the Immigration Act.


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While Article 37 is not a new requirement, it was seldom enforced in previous years. However, it has recently become the subject of strict enforcement by some immigration offices in Thailand.[/center]

Article 37 requires any foreigner who stays in Thailand to report to immigration whenever they stay at a different address for more than 24 hours.

“There are 77 provinces in Thailand. This means if a foreign teacher lives in Buriram and decides to spend a weekend in Surin, on Monday morning, he can't teach. He must report to immigration. Even if he stays with his wife and children, and the landlord (his wife) must also report to immigration with a form TM30,” reads the petition website.

“Up until 2018 the use of form TM30 has never been strictly enforced. But now foreigners and Thai people are being fined for not having filed the form TM30 on returning to their home address following a weekend in another province. This reporting also applies to tourists but it is the duty of the hotels to report these foreigners to immigration,” the website states.

After the petition was launched last month it has already been featured in major news outlets in Thailand and overseas, including, The Thaiger, Bangkok Post and The Phuket News. Popular Thailand based blogger Richard Barrow is also championing the cause.

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August 09, 2019, 05:13:26 PM
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UPDATE : Isaan Lawyers meets with Imm about TM30
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2019, 05:13:26 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 . . .

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August 14, 2019, 12:17:12 PM
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Screws tighten on TM30 reporting; petition ongoing ...
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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.

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August 29, 2019, 05:10:51 PM
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TM30: The form getting expats in Thailand into a bureaucratic tangle
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TM30: The form getting expats in Thailand into a bureaucratic tangle =>

Thailand has long been an attractive destination for Western expats - where money goes further and can buy a good quality of life. But the revival of an arcane immigration law has angered the expat community and got them questioning their freedoms in Thailand, as George Styllis reports from Bangkok.

"I've been made to feel as if I'm not welcome here," says Zareeka Gardner, a 25-year-old English teacher from the US.

Since arriving in Thailand in April, she has racked up immigration fines totalling 12,400 baht (£330). A large part of that is because her apartment manager failed to promptly file a form saying where she was staying.

September 01, 2019, 05:20:50 PM
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Foreign chambers push for TM30 review
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2019, 05:20:50 PM »
The Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand (JFCCT) has proposed a significant review of the Immigration Bureau's TM30 reporting requirement for foreign students, retirees and expatriates due to its negative impacts, and has urged deeper regulatory reform over the medium to long term.


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