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Dealing With TM30 During the COVID-19 Amnesty in Thailand

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing the TM30 and we are specifically discussing it in the context of the COVIID-19 amnesty which we are currently going through. 

First of all understand, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Thai Immigration apparatus, pursuant to their powers under the Emergency Decree here in Thailand  have exempted folks from the standard Thai Immigration Law and they have created this Amnesty.  Basically, what it results in is folks who got caught in Thailand and were placed in overstay are not going to be considered in overstay for purposes of overstay fines or accrual of time toward presumption of a blacklisting.  

I have had some enquiries and some folks have contacted me regarding the TM30. "What happens if I move during the COVID-19 outbreak? If I change apartments for example. Do I still need to file TM30 or am I exempt during the Amnesty?"  Based on my reading of the regulations, no one is exempt from TM30 as a result of this Amnesty. The Amnesty covers those who may fall into overstay. It also covers 90 day reporting. To the best of my understanding, based on the reading of all of this TM30 still applies. So, if you do change homes during the Amnesty period you still need to go ahead and file TM30 as you would under normal circumstances. 

For those who are unaware, in Thailand there is a TM30 form that must be filed with respect to reporting one's address. This is somewhat different than 90 day reporting which occurs every 90 days. It is also different than the TM27 which is the replacement form for the TM28 which used to be required and is now effectively a dead letter.

Basically, to make a long story short, TM30 is required when you are notifying of your residence; a change to your permanent address, where you live. If that occurs during this COVID-19 amnesty then yes it is required to file a TM30.