EABC Recommendations about TM.30 are to remove it completely and as an immediate step towards achieving that, remove from its scope many categories of foreigners. The same applies to the related requirement, TM.28.

The TM.30 process has been in the news due to its inconvenience, questions about its value and usefulness, the questions it raises about commitment to ‘ease of doing business’ and the recent, almost inexplicable crackdown via an old law much of which has been dormant for decades.

The TM.30 form and process in effect requires landlords to report on the location and movement of foreigners who are their tenants. Hotels have the same obligation but for foreign tourists staying in hotels, it is not noticed by those tourists as the hotel uses the TM.6 arrival card information from their foreign guests. Section 38 of the Immigration Act (which is the basis of TM.30) has been around since 1979, but was not enforced until since late March 2019. It is being enforced inconsistently with various local interpretations. TM.28 (supported by s. 37 of the Immigration Act) is an often overlapping obligation on foreigners to report.


Please see: [downloadable PDF files]:

Submission to Dr. Kobsak Pootrakool (Deputy Secretary‐General to the Prime Minister for Political Affairs)], to H.E. Minister of Interior and to the Immigration Commission

Summary of TM.30 Recommendations

EABC Press Release


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