The 90-day report


As an immigrant using a one-year “O” visa, I am required to report to immigration every 90 days. I can do this up to 15 days before the due date or within 7 days after. My due date was Dec. 19 but because of the weekend, and because Monday is usually a busy day at immigration, I decided to go a few days early.

Actually, I tried the relatively new online 90 day-report form on https://extranet.immigration.go.th/fn90online/online/tm47/TM47Action.do, but the form is maybe the worst one I’ve encountered on the internet. Extremely slow and my entry never registered, as far as I know.

It took me several attempts to even find the proper page and then several times trying to populate the fields before I was even able to click “enter.” Nothing happened. So off I went on a motorbike taxi.

That is probably the most difficult part of this in-person process, riding on the back of a motorbike through Hua Hin traffic. I never feel safe, but we made it there and back. (The taxi driver will wait for you to finish.)

The process itself is simple. One-page forms are available when you arrive, you take a number and have a seat. In about 15 minutes, I was in front of a not-too-happy-looking man with three stars on his shoulders. I suspect he was forced into doing clerical work. Within 3 minutes, he was done, and so was I.

When they get their website fixed, if they ever do, this process will be so easy.

About 2bagsandapack

Lifetime journalist, author, magazine editor and publisher, now semi-retired and traveling the world. My plan, after living in Costa Rica for 14 months, was to visit a new country in southern Europe every three months to experience the culture and the challenge of adapting to a new environment, while on a fixed income. That plan was sidetracked when I was offered a job in Indonesia, providing an opportunity to explore Asia. Indonesia lasted for a 4 wonderful years but I have now moved on to Hua Hin, Thailand.
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