One of my obligations as a foreigner staying in Thailand on a long-term visa is to report my current address every 90 days. The Thailand 90 days report or notification of address can be done online, in person, by mail, or with the help of an agency.Foreigners must report up to 15 days before or up to 7 days after the indicated date to avoid being fined.
It’s a 2,000 Thai Baht fine for failure to report. And the fine doubles to 4,000 Thai Baht if you were to somehow end up arrested and the police discover you have not reported your address. So save the date, and don’t forget!
Documents Required for Thailand 90 Day Report
There are more than 70 immigration offices in Thailand and almost every office does things slightly different. The list of documents is a comprehensive list that includes everything that you might be asked for.No need for photocopies of TM6 or TM30 because you came in person and all that stuff is in your passport. However, you need the photocopies if you are doing it through mail.
1. TM 6
The TM6 departure form is this little paper that I stapled in my passport, but some people manage to lose it and make their own inconveniences.
TM30 is a requirement but it’s not explicitly asked for. When you report your address has to match whatever is in your province’s database.
For the vast majority of people, this is not a problem. They get the receipt of notification from the landlord/reception/or by reporting it themselves within 24 hours of arrival.
If you don’t have one because you moved and failed to report your address, you could face a fine. So if you put new address on 90 days report, make sure you have new TM30 notification with you.
Yeah, you need that. And alsong with that the most recent entry stamp.
4. Thai Visa Extension
In some immigration offices, you might need to show the Thai Visa Extension.
5. Previous 90-Day Report in Thailand
Make sure to have the last 90-day report with you.
6. Thailand TM47 Form
You need to fill in the TM 47 form and sign it.
How to Do Thailand 90 Days Report in Person?
If this is your first Thailand 90 days reporting you must report in person, by mail, or by an agency. Subsequent reports may be done online.
To report in person, head to your “home” province’s Immigration Office. If you’re in-between places or having a long visit somewhere, you report at the last place you were registered.
This is the same office where you got your extension, where you have filed previous 90-day reports and at the office where your primary address is located, the one which covers your tm30 address
For public health and convenience, many offices are offering drive-thru reporting. In a car, on a scooter, or even on foot you can walk through the drive-thru lane to the window.
An “in-person” report may also be done on your behalf by an authorized party. Your partner, a friend, or spouse will need your passport and a completed form TM47.
The TM47 is the Thailand 90 day report form to report your address. It includes your passport details, arrival information, and your current address.
The Thailand TM47 form lives on the internet here: https://immigrationbangkok.com/files/visa_forms/tm47.pdf
If you haven’t already printed out and completed TM47, you can get one at the office and fill it out while there.
The officer will take your TM47 and passport, make a few clicks at the keyboard, and return your passport to you with a printout stating your next day to report. Keep this Receipt of Notification in your passport.
It’s that easy. I spent 5 minutes in total at my local immigration and that included waiting for the person in front of me to do their report.
For most people, this is going to be the simplest and fastest way to report even if it requires a trip to immigration. Some offices are notorious for their long lines, but fortunately, this is one the fastest procedures the immigration office performs.
In order to do it through an agency or to authorize a family member or partner or friend to do it on behalf of you, they need to have your passport and TM47.
Do You Need an Appointment for Thailand 90 Days Notification?
For 90-day reporting, no appointment is necessary. For other visa services, an appointment MAY be necessary depending on the province, but I have no idea where.
The only consistent thing about Thailand is inconsistency from one province to the next. For Chiang Mai province, I’ve never had to make an appointment.
Thailand Immigration 90 Day Reporting by Mail
If you’re old school or your nearest office is far away, you may use the post office to send the documents by registered mail.
You will need to send photocopies of:
- Passport bio page
- Current visa
- TM6 departure card
- Last entry stamp of immigration
- Last 90-day report receipt, if applicable
- Last Thai visa extension, if applicable
- Completed and signed Thai immigration 90 day reporting form- TM47
You will also need to include a self-addressed envelope with a 10 Thai Baht postage stamp. The immigration office will use this to return your receipt of notification with your next day to report.
Important: This form must be mailed at least 15 days before your report date.
Pack it all up and send by REGISTERED mail to:
90 DAYS REGISTRATION,
IMMIGRATION DIVISION 1
Chalermprakiat Government Complex
120 MOO 3, CHAENGWATTANA ROAD,SOI 7,
LAKSI, BANGKOK. 10210
Too late? You may try your fate by doing the Thai immigration 90 days reporting online.
How to File Thailand 90 Days Report Online?
OK, so you’ve successfully done your first Thailand 90 days notification or paid an agency to do it for you.
Note: You must have made one 90-day report at your current location by person, mail, or agency BEFORE the online system will accept your report.
Now it’s time to embrace the 21st century and use the internet for your next report. Or not.
In theory, reporting online should be the easiest way to complete the process. However, the system is not always reliable.
The “when” to report window is also a narrow one-week period that is 15 days to 7 days BEFORE your date to report.
Here’s what we can do to ensure the highest chance of success using the website.Use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox on a laptop computer. Disable your pop-up blocker. Hit refresh to be sure the extension is disabled.
Next, we head on over to their site, here:
Now, you’re going to have to read or scroll to the bottom of that message and tick the box that says that you’ve read and understood before the site will let you click accept.
Carrying on we get to the first page where you are required to fill in your personal information and travel information.
Under Nationality, type the first letter and a drop-down menu will appear. If you can’t find the United States, it’s because you are labeled as an American.
Leave the flight number field empty.
Once you have entered all your information, complete the captcha, then click submit to continue. Captcha may need to be completed more than once even if it looks correct to you.
If the next page loads, you fill in your visa information and current address in Thailand.
If this page doesn’t load, go directly to immigration, do not pass go, do not collect $200.
Unfortunately, the website is prone to errors. You can try again the next day on a different device, but if you’re unable to get past this page, you must file in person or use an agency.
Once this page is completed, click submit.
The third page is for you to ensure that the information you have entered is accurate.
If you need to edit any information, click back.
After reviewing your information, tick the box for, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the above and then click accept.
On the fourth and final page, click the printer icon on the bottom of the page to view the page as a PDF file and save the file.
And now, we wait. Your report may be Pending for up to seven days, but in my experience, I usually receive notification the following day.
To check the status of your application, return to the 90-day reporting page and click on the check the status of your application box.
You can check the status by entering the reference number or your passport number, date of birth, and nationality.
Click the magnifying glass button to proceed. The status of your application will appear on the right-hand side.
If your application is approved, select Next Appointment to print the application, and keep this receipt in your passport.
If you don’t have a printer, you can at least take the saved file to any photocopy print shop and get it printed there.
Congratulations! You were the chosen one.
Thailand Immigration 90 Day Report: FAQs
Q: What happens when I move?
If you move, you are required to report your new address within 24 hours, and that province’s immigration office will be your “home” province where you file your 90-day report.
If you’re in-between places or having a long visit somewhere, you go back to the last place you were registered.
Q: Do I need to do a Thai Visa 90 days reporting if I leave the country?
No, You do not need to report from outside of Thailand. Upon your return, the clock starts at 0. The 90-day report is only for long-term visa holders of 90 days or more to report their address in Thailand if they will continuously be here for 90 days or longer.
Q: Can my girlfriend, neighbor, or husband do my 90 day report for me?
Yes, anyone you authorize can complete the report on your behalf. They will need your passport and a signed and completed TM47.
Q: Do agencies require all this paperwork if they report for you?
No. Agencies require little or no paperwork to report for you. It is up to your agency. You will be charged a convenience fee of 500 Thai Baht (sometimes less, sometimes more) depending on your agency and agreement.
Q: Do I need to file a fresh 90 days report in Thailand if I convert my visa?
As long as your address is the same, you don’t need to file a fresh report of you convert one visa to other.
Q: I have a unique situation that this guide doesn’t cover, what should I do?
Consult with your local immigration office to confirm what they want from you. Remember, you are dealing with a government police agency. Be polite. Be presentable. Don’t argue.