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  1. skatewash

    Paying electric bill online?

    If he's in Bangkok, likely he's paying Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) rather than Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA). They're different. Possibly one allows online payments and the other does not.
  2. If the OP has a branded Thai ATM card (VISA or MC) he may get eaten alive by the banks in the UK but it won't be because of the foreign exchange rate which will be the same daily exchange rate between those currencies used by Visa and Mastercard worldwide that applies to the transaction, which by the way, is a good rate. He is likely to be charged to use the ATM machine in the UK and may be charged by his Thai ATM for using a foreign ATM machine. The UK ATM usage fee is usually a flat fee, while the Thai fee for using the card in a foreign ATM may be based on the amount. If the OP makes infrequent but large (say as large as his ATM withdrawal transaction maximum set by his Thai bank) the fees may turn out to be quite reasonable given the convenience of getting the money from the ATM. The OP should be able to investigate what fees various ATM owning banks in the UK may charge for foreign bank ATM cards, and he should be able to query his Thai bank to see what their fees for withdrawing money from a non Thai ATM may be. However, if the VISA or MC logo appears on his Thai ATM card he is assured of getting of good exchange rate.
  3. You will get a better exchange rate changing THB to GBP in Thailand than in the UK. In general, you will always do better exchanging a minor currency (such as THB) in the country where it is used rather than in any other country. A minor currency (that is, one other than USD, EUR, GBP, JPY, CHF) always has more value in the country in which it is used. If your Thai ATM (Debit) Card is branded with either VISA or MC you will get their worldwide daily exchange rate for those currencies in effect for the day of your transaction, which is a good exchange rate. The issue with using a Thai ATM card in the UK is whether it will be (widely) accepted and whether you will be charged any transaction fees by the UK ATM and/or your Thai bank. You are also limited to the lesser amount of what your Thai bank or UK ATM will allow to be withdrawn in each transaction and how much can be withdrawn in a single day. Despite these potential drawbacks, the convenience of using ATM machines and the safety of not having to carry around large amounts of cash may make them the optimal choice.
  4. skatewash

    ACH Payment to BKB NY

    from http://www.bangkokbank.com/BangkokBank/PersonalBanking/DailyBanking/TransferingFunds/TransferringIntoThailand/ReceivingFundsfromUSA/Pages/ReceivingFundsfromUSA.aspx There used to be detailed instructions but as quoted above at the moment you need to contact BKK directly via email. You need to have an existing Bangkok Bank Account at a branch in Thailand. You do not need (nor can you) open a Bangkok Bank account at the New York Branch. Many people (including me) have been using this service for years successfully. I highly recommend it. Once it is setup (as said this is in a state of flux at the moment) you can also sign up for SMS notification and BKK will notify you by text whenever a fund transfer from the US hits your Bangkok Bank Branch account in Thailand (includes the actual amount that has been converted into Baht from which you can determine the exchange rate).
  5. skatewash

    ONLINE Reporting of Address Now Possible in Phuket

    Yes, I think a good step forward. I've also received a User ID and Password from immigration after applying online for an account. So, It won't come as a surprise that I don't think you did anything wrong. ;-) To the contrary, you are following the law better than someone who does not bother to notify immigration of their stay. As others have pointed out above the address registration (notification of foreigner staying at an address) is different from the 90-Day Report (for staying in the kingdom for 90 or more days). But I take your point that the 90-Day Report online facility received more publicity than the address registration online facility (at least so far). That doesn't cause me any concern. Immigration would not have approved your address registration online account (or mine) if we weren't allowed to have one. I think we should all be cheered that immigration is making it easier for us to comply with the regulations.
  6. skatewash

    Baht in the bank before renewal

    1900 Baht
  7. skatewash

    ONLINE Reporting of Address Now Possible in Phuket

    Cool. Were you able to get your account online or did you have to go to Phuket Immigration and establish your account there? What sort of documentation did they need to see: Blue or Yellow Tabian Bahn, Chanote? They may have reset the registration system, wiping out the previous reports. But it probably won't have any impact, if you are able to report yourself again. That, and the current address registration receipt (TM-30) you have in your passport should be enough, one would think.
  8. skatewash

    ONLINE Reporting of Address Now Possible in Phuket

    Actually, it was a slightly different looking system but for the same purpose. And it wasn't used without an account, it was used with an account that I was able to set up online as the owner without offering any evidence of my having a business. Can you direct me to which room at Phuket Immigration I might be able to apply for an account to be able to use this registration system? I do not have a business but I am the owner of my condo and possess the blue and yellow tabian bahns demonstrating that. Is there anything else you think I might need in order to get the account from immigration? I would be using it to register foreign friends who might be staying with me in my condo from time to time. However, I do not, nor do I intend to, ever rent out my condo. I would also like to use it to report myself staying at this address when I return to Thailand from a trip outside the country. You've mentioned it is not intended to be used for this purpose, but as I would be the owner, house-master, and person staying there, it seems like I should be able to report that I'm still staying there after I return from outside the country. After all, who knows better where I am staying than my residence owner (me), my house-master (also me), and me (the person staying at that address)? ;-)
  9. skatewash

    ONLINE Reporting of Address Now Possible in Phuket

    Well, I think what happened is that we used a system that was being trialled/tested and now that the trial/test is over, they are refering people back to the "real" address registration system which requires you to register with the immigration office and supply evidence of your business (business license, etc.). So, we are back in the same situation we were in before this trial/test system appeared. Unfortunate, but such is life. Maybe they will at some point actually implement a system or change the exisiting one such that it will be available to all people (regardless of their status of having a business or not) but that doesn't seem to be the case now. I guess the fact that they bothered to conduct the trial/test at all is a good sign. Let's hope so, but for right now I feel like Charlie Brown when he's sure that Lucy will really hold the football for him to kick this time, despite a long history of that not happening ;-)
  10. skatewash

    ONLINE Reporting of Address Now Possible in Phuket

    Well, I'm afraid the news is bad. It looks like it is only available to businesses (which was not true of the previous system documented above). It looks like you need to register at the agency, which I take to mean the Immigration Office. It looks like it might be possible to do so online, but it looks like you would have to submit documentation to prove that you have a business (business licence, etc.). So I'm afraid we're back to where we started, online address registration and reporting is not currently supported except for businesses. Maybe that will change in the future, but for now it looks like submitting the TM-30 directly to immigration is the only way for non-businesses to report foreigners who stay at their address. This would, of course, also be the case for self-reporting (the foreign owner of a condo unit, for example, reporting that they are staying at that address). It seemed too good to be true that we would be allowed to report our addresses online ;-) I guess I could try to get my condo management to apply for an address registration account and then they could allow the owners of the condo units to use it to report themselves and any other foreigners staying in the unit they own. I think that would be a challenge (a quest worthy of Don Quixote!) and I may take it up when I get back from a trip I am planning to take outside of Thailand. When I get back from that trip I plan to visit immigration on the way home from the airport and file an updated TM-30 to notify I'm back in my usual residence. Well, it's not the end of the world, but it sure would have been nice to be able to do that from home. Immigration would in either case be getting exactly the same information, but it would have been much more convenient for the foreigner complying with this regulation.
  11. skatewash

    ONLINE Reporting of Address Now Possible in Phuket

    You are quite right, there has been a change. My apologies XD1 at Phuket! You are selecting the correct choice. It appears the access point to the registration system has changed (or at least the one I used successfully before). I can no longer use my UserID/Password that worked before. I'm investigating now. Just wanted you to know that you weren't doing anything wrong. It would have worked a few weeks ago ;-) I will try to create a new account and report back on the results.
  12. skatewash

    ONLINE Reporting of Address Now Possible in Phuket

    Take another look at Page 2 of the PDF. I think you're picking the wrong option. The right option is specified in step 2 on that page. It is the option being pointed to by the purple arrow. I believe you are picking one option too high (the third option above 90 days (Online), not the second option). It contains flashing red text on the right-hand side and black text on the left side. Specifically, it matches the name in Thai given in step 2. From your screen-print, it looks like you picked one option above the correct one.
  13. This won't help the OP as he is outside of Phuket, but for those living in Phuket, it is now possible for everyone living in Phuket to do an online report (not just businesses). Maybe this process will be implemented outside of Phuket, too, but for now, it works in Phuket:
  14. skatewash

    Reporting your address

    If you are in Phuket you can do the address registration and notification online:
  15. I have never been fined for not registering my stay at my address within 24 hours. However, thanks to Phuket Immigration's online address registration system it is now a 5-minute job I can do from the comfort of my home, so I plan to do it in the future whenever I return to my home from outside the country. I do understand the law requires this although I concede that it has not been enforced in the past. I plan to comply because the cost of compliance is very low. Other people may reach other decisions that work well for them in their particular circumstances.