The TM30 storm has been raging for almost 3 months!
With online expat forums abuzz with rage, confusion or downright panic…
Thailand’s expat community is denouncing the TM30 Report, as an unwanted invasion of privacy and an unnecessary bureaucratic hassle!
This article will attempt to demystify the “TM30 Notification of Residence” and provide an easy to follow guide on how to prepare and complete a report.
What is the TM30 Report “24-hr Hour Notification of Residence”?
This is an old regulation, enacted over 40 years ago!
According to Section 38 of the Immigration Act of 1979:
Landlords and leaseholders that receive a non-immigrant resident on their premises, have a legal obligation to report that individual to Thai immigration; this report needs to be completed within a 24-hour period of the non-immigrant resident’s arrival.
So to keep it simple, landlords that rent out their properties to foreign tenants have the responsibility to report the presence of that individual to immigration.
Since there is a 24-hr time frame, landlord needs to file a TM30 Report at the start of a tenancy; unfortunate landlords that have not completed this process, are subject to a minor fine of between 800 to 2,000 Baht.
Who is affected by this immigration regulation?
It is the responsibility of the landlord to report any foreigners staying overnight in their premises:
The TM30 Notification of Stay applies to all foreign nationals residing in Thailand, including but not limited to all individuals with Non-Immigrant B Visas, Retirement Visas, Student Visas and Spouse Visas.
It is important to note that foreign tenants should not be given the responsibility of filing this report.
What are the Penalties for Failing to File a TM30 Report for a Foreign Tenant?
As briefly mentioned above, landlords that do not file a TM30 Report for their foreign tenants are subject to a fine of 800 to 2,000 Baht!
Since the penalties for failing to report appear “light and relatively inconsequential”, some landlords might be tempted to ignore this procedure.
Unfortunately, this could affect the tenant’s residency status in Thailand and upcoming visa applications. Some media outlets are reporting that Thai Immigration Officials are requesting TM30 approval documents to process visa renewals; the stringent enforcement of this practice, has yet to be confirmed.
However, landlords and tenants are advised to stay on the side of caution and file the report accordingly!
TM30 Registration by Submitting Paperwork to Thai Immigration Office
The Landlord or landlord representative will need to collect and prepare the following documents:
1. Completed TM.30 application form.
2. Copy of ID/ Passport of the landlord.
3. Copy of the household registration book (Tabien Baan) either/or title deed (Chanote).
4. Copy of rental agreement or land sale contract (In case of long lease).
1. Copy of passport of the foreign leaseholder.
– Photo and information page.
– Visa Page
– Arrival stamp page.
2. Copy of departure card (TM.6).
*All documents must be certified by relevant party in blue ink only.
These documents can be submitted as follows:
By posting documents to the relevant Immigration Office.
Application must include return envelope to receive the stamped notification of stay receipt.
Application can take 2-4 weeks to be processed.
By physically visiting the Immigration Office.*
This is the most direct way to receive confirmation.
*Since the sudden enforcement of the TM30 Application some enterprising “runners/ messengers” also offer an informal registration service. These runners will physically visit the immigration office and submit documents for a small fee of 500 to 1,000 THB excluding late application fines!
TM30 Online Registration via the Immigration App
While it is possible to file a TM30 Registration the “old school” way by submitting physical paperwork to the Thai Immigration. Fresh Editorial would recommend using the Thai Immigration App or website due to its convenience and speed!
It is possible to file a TM30 Application to notify the stay of a foreign tenant using both the Immigration Website and the App (Available on both Android or iOS). However, for an English version of the application process, non-Thai speaking landlords are advised to use the App.
Once you have downloaded the App from your Play or Apple Store, the first step is to register the “rental property” into the immigration system. The registration process is straightforward and will require basic information about the landlord and the property. Once submitted, the landlord should receive a confirmation email within the hour notifying:
*System will ask the user to update their password after their first login.
Once property is registered, landlords should simply click on “Notification of Residence” and this will take them to a registration screen.
Fill in the required information as follows:
– Tenant Check-in Date/ Tenant Check-out Date
– Tenant Personal Details (I.e. Passport Number, Name, Date of Birth etc…)
– Tenant Immigration Details (I.e. TM6 No., Date of Arrival in Thailand, etc…)
When all the necessary information is filled out and documents (I.e. Photos) uploaded, simply press “submit”.
If everything is complete, the App should load a screen with the tenant’s application records!
Will Thai Immigration Cancel the TM30 Regulation?
In recent months since the sudden enforcement of the TM30 Regulation the Thai Government has received mounting pressure from several stakeholders, especially foreign business and trade associations to scrap TM30!
Major organizations such as the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand and The European Association for Business and Commerce (EABC), have denounced the regulation as a bureaucratic tangle that undermines foreign business. With both organizations proposing a review of the current regulation. This pressure has helped advance the plight of foreign residents in Thailand. Raising awareness of the bureaucratic headache it creates for both foreigners and even Thai landlords.
However, the possibility of a cancellation of TM30 remains uncertain; the Thai Government has maintained that immigration regulations such as the TM30 maintain national security and protect the nation from “terrorist threats” … Instead as a compromise, there are rumors of a possible cancellation of the TM6 (Arrival Card) to help alleviate the burden of the TM30 registration.
In the meantime, landlords and foreign tenants are advised to comply and submit the required paperwork!