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    Chiang Mai Immigration Checking Addresses and Fining Foreigners.

    There was a bit of a bruhaha round me condo this morning. Luckily enough I rent to a nice Thai family longterm, but a few foreigners were fined, from what I heard, 1,500b and 1,600b from two different sources there, for not being registered at immigration to stay there.

    You have 24 hrs to report a foreigner staying at your property, but seems to be the foreigner getting the fine.

    Heard of this in other places around Thailand but never Chiang Mai.

    If you're based in CM and have some free time, good to register your address etc. I'm not sure if it matters if it's the same as the address you give on your TM Arrival Card, half of which is stabled in yer passport.

    Any other reports of it in CM?

    The last bruhaha I remember was the guys jamming on open mic nights being done for working without a work permit and all live music by non-Thais banned, which lasted about a month or so about 5 yrs back.

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    The registration office is at the immigration next to the airport, not the Promenada office. They'll give a slip which you can staple into your passport.

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    I live in Bkk, but if I ever rent my condo out to a Big Nose Farang I'll need to do it. Or tell them they have to and save myself a trip if possible.

    If the foreigner is residing at the address they give on the TM Arrival Card, do they still need to do it?

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    The landlord does the registration.

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    How stupid it is ! As if they were able to checks all apartments and houses... .I never registered and will never !

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    ^^ Bugger.


    I'll tell them the opposite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JournalistsAreLiars View Post
    As if they were able to checks all apartments and houses.
    Oh I doubt they try to.

    They probably set an amount in the morning, say 25,000 baht, then once they've hit that amount of fines, they're done for the day.

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    The address real or otherwise of all foreigners residing in Thailand is on the system. We had the police round checking in our area as reported on another thread. I was out of the country at the time. Sounds like the police have the manpower to do these checks in Chiang Mai anyway.

    If you have to do a 90 day report and don't have a registered address you're in for a major hassle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Begbie
    The landlord does the registration.
    The tenant can do the registration with a copy of the landlord's tabien baan, ID card and rental agreement. Done mine with the wife's tabien baan, ID and some form she filled out that immigration gave me.

    As Begbie said, I had to run back home and do this when doing a 90 day report last year. Immigration wouldn't do the 90 day until I sorted it.
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    ^ So it's to be done regardless of whether you write the address on the TM Arrival Card when you enter?

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    Samut Prakan is doing the same sort of thing...

    One of the guys I work with went to immi last Friday and got popped with a 1k fine because his apartment owner didn't file the paperwork with immi.

    The way it was phrased to him was that he could pay the 1k fine or take the paperwork back to his condo owner, collect the fine and return so his paperwork could be completed that day.

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    Sorry, I must make clear that this was Samut Prakan immigration.

    Been on 1 year extensions (married) for a few years a d got pulled over about it around 9 months back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogon
    he tenant can do the registration with a copy of the landlord's tabien baan, ID card and rental agreement.
    It's also what I have to do on my "special visa" thing....

    Also...

    As house addresses some times change, be sure the address you're writing on your forms is the same as the house registration form. For a few years, we never realized our legal address had been changed....until immigration asked why we were using a different address on our forms from the house registration form.

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