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1888 PressRelease – For longer stay foreigners in Thailand who are subject to the ’90 Day Report’ requirement there is an important point to always keep in mind – advises visa specialist BSA Law – when determining the next due date of notification.
Under the 90 Day Report requirement, any foreigner staying in Thailand for longer than 90 days must notify Immigration of this, and must do so each 90 days.
It is a relatively straightforward process (although widely considered in the foreign community as unnecessary and time consuming) with an official Receipt of Notification issued each time. The Receipt of Notification should be kept in one’s passport and is stamped the next due date of notification.
If a foreigner travels out of Thailand during the 90 day period, then the 90 days starts anew from the date of re-entry into the kingdom.
“This is where one particular point should always be kept in mind”, explains BSA Law spokesman Apisakdi Kongkangwanchoke. “There is no 90 Day Report receipt issued when entering Thailand from abroad and the 90 day period must be calculated from the date of entry stamped in the passport.”
“It is well advised to calculate this next due date in terms of 90 days rather than three months, considering that some months have 31 days. Calculating by months can sometimes result in reporting to Immigration late, beyond the 90 day period.”
Failure to fulfil the 90 Day Report requirement carries a fine of THB 2,000. There is a seven day grace period after the 90 days in which notification can still be done without a fine.
While the 90 Day Report typically involves reporting in person to the relevant immigration office, the process can also be done through the mail or by authorizing another person to make the notification. Those choosing the mail option must send the required documents by registered mail and these need to arrive seven days before the due date of notification.
It can also be done online, with the online application needing to be submitted within 15 days and not less than seven days before the due date of notification.
“It is important to note that renewing a visa or work permit does not constitute meeting the 90 Day Report requirement”, noted Apisakdi. “The 90 Day Report must be done separately.”
A leading international law firm in Thailand, BSA Law has a dedicated Thai visa service that specializes in visa and Thailand work permit matters. It is one of the company’s various areas of expertise, which also includes tax consulting, accounting and auditing, Thai labour law, Thai law in general, corporate law, contracts, property, intellectual property, insurance and investment.
For those who are starting a business in Thailand, BSA Law can also provide a wealth of information, advice and assistance.
About BSA Law:
For over 30 years, Bamrung Suvicha Apisakdi Law Associates (BSA Law) has focused on providing reliable legal advice and services to the Thai and foreign business community in Thailand. BSA Law seeks to provide international standards of legal services while retaining the customs of the Thai business culture.
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Business Advisor, BSA Law.
Email: jim ( @ ) bsalaw dot co dot th