Gov’t to get rid of arrival cards for foreigners, introduce TM30 app


BANGKOK — Departure and arrival cards or “TM6” that foreign visitors fill out will soon be out of the picture, said a senior government official.

Deputy Sec-Gen to the Prime Minister, Kobsak Pootrakool, also talked about the 24-hour reporting procedure under the TM30 using a mobile application. The TM30 became a source of controversy and confusion for both expats and homeowners in the past few months.

These changes, according to Kobsak (scrapping the departure and arrival cards and introducing a 24-hour reporting mobile app), are designed to attract more visitors and accommodate those already living in the kingdom.

“We made the decision last Friday. Within two to three months, life will be much easier [for foreign tourists and expats],” Kobsak said.

The words came out at a gala dinner to celebrate Elite Plus Magazine’s fifth anniversary at a hotel in Bangkok on Tuesday evening, where audience members included ambassadors from ten or so countries, Khaosod English reported.

Kobsak explained that the government’s decision to scrap the arrival and departure forms for tourists, known as TM6 forms, has led to a storage problem. The government expects a total of 20 million visitors to Thailand this year.

Read the whole article at Khaosod English

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