Foreign nationals living in Thailand need a visa to remain in the country officially. For long stay the most common visa will be a non-immigrant visa, combined with an extension of stay. This Extension of stay is applied ontop of your originally visa and is normally renewed yearly.
Anyone staying on an extension of stay will need to do something known as 90-day reporting to remain in legal standing. This reporting informs immigration authorities that you are still within Thailand and re-confirms your residence address..
What Exactly is 90-Day Reporting?
The Thai Immigration Bureau launched a new online system that facilitates 90-day checks and address confirmation of foreigners living in the country for longer than three months. Thai immigration authorities introduced the system to make it easier for foreigners to confirm their status in the country.
Applicants must complete submissions 14 days before the 90-day date. It is also permissible to submit a 90-day report up to seven days after the required 90-day due date. If applying via registered mail, submit your report at least 15 days before the end of your stay.
If you leave Thailand and then re-enter then your 90 day reporting period will restart from the day you return. Make sure you have a valid re-entry permit, otherwise your visa is cancelled! In such cases, the moment you re-enter the country on the same visa, the 90-day count restarts. You have another three months to legally reside in the country before you are required to submit another 90-day report. If you never stay for 90 days consecutively then you will not need to complete 90 day reporting..
How Do You Do 90-Day Reporting?
Foreign nationals can use several methods to submit a 90-day report in Thailand.
- Visiting the official immigration website and submitting your 90-day report online
- Visiting your local immigration office to submit your 90-day report in person.
- Submitting your application via registered mail.
- If you are not confident about doing 90-day reporting on your own or time-starved, hiring a registered agent to fill out the application for you.
What Documents Are Needed?
Ensure that you submit the following required documentation:
- Original and copy of a valid passport (It should have the identification page visible plus pages with Thai entry/exit stamps and visas)
- The latest immigration entry stamp
- The latest Thai Visa Extension (if applicable)
- Your current valid Thai Visa
- Completed and signed 90-day report notification form (TM.47 form)
- Front and back copy of arrival/departure card (TM. 6 form)
- Copies of previous 90-day stays (if applicable)
- 4 x 6 cm passport-size photo
- A self-addressed envelope plus a 10 Thai Baht postage stamp (if applying through registered mail).
Do not fail to meet even one reporting date; failure to comply puts you at risk of arrest and could result in a fine of up to 5000 baht.
Always keep a receipt of all postal applications; if possible, keep copies of the application forms in your files.
Use registered mail when sending applications or documents to the Thailand Immigration Bureau; registered mail is proof that you submitted your report as required.
Step-By-Step 90-Day Reporting
Visit your local Immigration Office with the required documentation.
Wait your turn (this could take several hours).
Submit the 90-Day Report
Receive your 90-Day Report slip.
Via Registered Mail
Place the required documentation in an envelope
Include a self-addressed envelope (plus a 10 Thai Baht postage stamp for the Immigration Officer).
Mail the documents to your local Immigration Office (at least 15 days before the due date).
Via An Authorised Agent / Person
You can use an authorised person or agency to handle the application for you. This could be your:
- Family member
- Visa Agency
- Law Agency
Online 90-Day Report Submissions
The Thai government created an online server in 2015 to process 90-day Reports.
Submit your Report within 15 to 7 working days before the deadline. If you want to submit outside of this period, you cannot make an online submission and must complete your application in person.
The online system takes approximately seven working days to be processed.
Once approved, print out the receipt and keep it somewhere safe.