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Thai nationals exempted from airport immigration form

By The Nation

 

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BANGKOK: -- Good news for travellers: starting Saturday, September 16 Thai nationals do not need to fill out the TM6 immigration form when leaving or returning to Thailand, said Government Spokesman Lt-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd on Thursday.


Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, as head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) used Article 44 to order the policy change.

 

TM6 arrival and departure cards will no longer be required for Thai nationals, Sansern said.

 

The order will be published in the Royal Gazette and come into effect this Saturday.

 

The revocation was scheduled for October 1 but all concerned agencies were ready to implement it earlier, he said.

 

Foreign travellers will still have to fill out the form but it will be modified to ask fewer questions.

 

A series of multi-hour delays for tourists at Thailand’s airports made headlines around the world and was heavily discussed on social media over the summer, causing PM Prayut to ask for a solution. 

 

The present TM6 forms will be used for foreigners until they run out of stock, Sansern said, before the new style is introduced.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30326678

 
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Next step should be to force all Thais to use the electronic gates... oh, why didn't we think of that...

 

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Honey........I will see you and the kids on the other side, can you manage !!!

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1 hour ago, 4MyEgo said:

Honey........I will see you and the kids on the other side, can you manage !!!

 

Happened to me both coming and going in BKK.  I prefer the old style where you go with your family to the Thai passport window and breeze right through.  Family had to wait for me for almost an hour ingress and egress.

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Whoa!  What will the bureaucrats do with all their extra time???

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Not surprised. Expats and other tourists upset because a country treats her own people better than foreigners.

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Thais say goodbye to TM6 immigration forms

By THE NATION

 

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GOOD NEWS for Thai travellers: Starting tomorrow, Thai nationals will not need to fill out the “TM6” immigration form when leaving the country or returning, Government Spokesman Lt-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said yesterday.

 

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, as head of the National Council for Peace and Order, used his absolute power under Article 44 to order the policy change. 

 

The TM6 arrival and departure cards will no longer be required for Thai nationals, Sansern said. 

 

The order will be published in the Royal Gazette and come into effect tomorrow. The form was to be scrapped with effect from October 1, but all concerned agencies were ready to implement it earlier, he said. 

 

Long queues and delays faced by tourists at Thailand’s airports had made headlines around the world and were heavily discussed on social media over the summer. 

 

The cancellation of TM6 for Thais was one of the measures to help relieve overcrowding at airports. Prayut also ordered the Royal Thai Air Force to dispatch personnel to help immigration officials at Don Mueang airport. 

 

Critics, however, said the scrapping of the TM6 for Thais would not be a great help in speeding up processing at immigration counters because Thai passport holders already have separate counters, adding that the measure would not do anything to reduce the long queues encountered by foreign visitors.

 

The present TM6 forms will be used by foreigners until the stocks run out, after which a new form with fewer questions will be introduced. 

 

Earlier, the Immigration Bureau maintained that foreigners needed to fill out the forms due to security reasons. In August, Singapore became the first country to be allowed to use automated immigration lanes at Suvarnabhumi Airport. 

 

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Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30326711

 
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