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  1. I'm essentially in the same situation so would ask guru Ubonjoe (if he knows) the following: (1) There's a form online (which doesn't seem to have a TM number) titled Subject Transfer Stamp To New Passport. I'm presuming that's the right form to use? (2) Are you aware of any time limit (from the date of getting the new passport or returning to Thailand if obtained elsewhere) for getting the transfer of the stamps accomplished?
  2. It's open if there is any international flight leaving so I wouldn't worry about it being "closed." I've gotten re-entry permits there even just prior to an international flight departing at one minute to midnight. An immigration officer sometimes is not hanging around that counter (although normally there is an assistant there) and, in those cases, one of the immigration officers at the immigration/passport lanes ahead will come back to the counter to complete the process. But I do agree that the only people who should plan on getting re-entry permits at the airport are those who are fully aware of how to do it (have already properly completed a TM8 form, have the proper photo, and have the proper passport copies, etc.).
  3. 1000 baht for a single entry, 3900 baht for a multiple-entry (as Bill said, the usual costs). You mention "day of departure" and I'm hoping you mean right before you leave on an international flight. The re-entry desk/counter is to your left as you pass through the final passenger line upstairs (i.e., you need a valid boarding pass to get through there).
  4. If you've done nothing to avoid that, sure, that could happen. And, in that case, a simple phone call to your daughter isn't going to do it....she'd have to sign a form or two, have it notarized (and/or certified by somebody at the governmental level), and return it to your local embassy/consulate before they are going to give any permission for release of your body. You can check with your local embassy/consulate website to see if they lay out the what happens when one of their nationals dies here, procedures for locating a next-of-kin, etc. Presuming you want your "partner" to handle proceedings (cremation), you ought to make a Will here and specifically make some provisions about that issue. Your local embassy/consulate will honor a valid Will made here (although they may require it to be translated into your native language). And, obviously, your Will ought to state who gets what from your estate and other usual provisions (and, presuming you're not married to your partner and you want your partner to be the executor or receive any of your estate, you really, really, need a Will here badly).
  5. I've been told the same thing more than once by that office - that reporting within 7 days was okay and it's only necessary to report (update) when re-entering the country. That's what I'm doing now although I am aware that at least some (but not all) of the officers at Promenada don't agree with this interpretation of the rules. A month or two ago, I visited the old immigration site to see the status of construction. While there, I noticed that Building 3 (the building in the back where you previously did TM 30 reporting amongst other things) was still apparently open for business so Trainman obviously did his updating there without a hitch. It never took more than 10 minutes to update my TM30 there so it's good to know it's still open for business.
  6. I'm wondering if anyone knows what benefit (if any) there is to registering a Will with a government office (amphur or otherwise). I have a Will prepared by a Thai lawyer here in Chiangmai and the Will is not registered anywhere. I understand that, subsequent to my taking a dirt nap (or, more precisely, my personal addition to the particulate matter of CM's air), my executor and heir will file my Will with the local probate court to begin the probate process (and that no prior registration is required).
  7. Would appreciate it if you could be a little more specific as to the problem with the forms you first presented (as your info might help some others avoid the same error. (1) With respect to the TM 7 form, did you print yours out on one page (front and back)? Was that the problem (if not, what was it)? (2) The TM8 form is only one page so I'm totally confused as to why you thought "pagination" was the problem with that form. Can you advise?
  8. As I noted earlier in the thread, I complained (politely) several months ago as to why some officers are saying one must update when one is gone anywhere for 24 hours or more and other officers are saying one only needs to update when re-entering the country. The Immigration Officer acknowledged that there are two different stories emanating from their office. When I then asked the Officer what I should do (whether I should only update when re-entering the country or update even if I spend a night or more in another Thai city hotel), the exact answer I got was "Up to you." If anybody has been fined for not updating after spending a few days outside Chiangmai (but within Thailand), hopefully that info will get posted so others are aware. Pending that, I'm only updating when I re-enter the country.
  9. For the record, I'm back in the US for a couple of months and I renewed my passport by mail to Philadelphia. And, regardless of what anybody says "ought" to be the number of pages, what I got was a new passport with 17 "usable" (meaning blank pages usable for visas and sundry stamps and three pages at the end for endorsements). And, yea, I can count. But....looking at the order form again, I now see that one can mark a box for a "Regular Book (Standard)" or another box marked "Large Book (Non-Standard)." I marked neither box (only a box above those two options for a US Passport only) so it seems I ended up with the dinky 17-page "standard" passport. Damn (oh well, hopefully somebody will read this and avoid the same mistake). If I'm lucky, I'll actually remember what to do in about 5 years when I have to renew again (there's no way 17 pages is enough for 10 years with various travels in and out of Thailand).
  10. No big deal but I just got a new (renewal) US passport two weeks ago and there are only 17 usable pages in the new passport. I was rather surprised it was so small (and there's no way it'll last me 10 years before I have to renew again).
  11. Rather ludicrous to make this suggestion (that the landlord and/or owner might send thugs to break legs so the OP ought to flee now!) with zero evidence of any such threats or concerns; on the other hand, you left out another reason the OP should run like hell now (that being the large meteorite that could be heading for his place at this very moment). OP, just ignore most of the comments and go talk to your landlord.
  12. Hate to suggest the obvious but the first thing the OP ought to do is to talk to his landlord to at least discuss if the landlord will be transferring the property (if he sells it) subject to the lease. The OP did not say the landlord suggested that the lease would not be honored by a new owner. Just because the OP had a friend who allegedly was treated badly (and likely illegally if the friend truly had a lease) by a new owner doesn't mean it'll happen to the OP.
  13. Agree that the OP can find a bank branch that'll let him open an account; however, absolutely disagree with the "extra cost" and "insurance" comments. Many banks will offer insurance but it's solely discretionary (and, in the opinion of many, not a very reasonable investment). So, if the OP is offered the insurance, his answer should be "no" unless the OP is fully aware of what the insurance covers, cost of similar (or better) insurance available elsewhere, whether the OP already has insurance that covers the same thing, etc..
  14. You ask about fault? Well, sitting as the requested judge and jury, the only convincing conclusion I reach is that you're definitely guilty of poor film editing....hehe. Other than that, legally it's likely a split verdict. In the west, you'd be cleared as she's riding on the wrong side of the road and without a light; however, in Thailand [given you are driving the expensive (and, more importantly, insured) vehicle], you or your insurance company pay whatever is reasonably necessary. Nice to see, though, that you and wifey kindly attended to the old dear on the bicycle. You get a couple of karma points for that.
  15. Sorry, disagree. If the Thai Will meets the execution requirements of UK law (and, of course, doesn't say specifically that it only applies to Thai assets), a properly certified/translated copy can be used in UK courts to probate UK assets. But, given the additional certification/translation requirements, it's probably not wise to do so and almost any lawyer would recommend separate country-specific Wills.