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Big Oud: I’m promoting tourism and friendly relations – and my address reporting app is easy

Acting immigration chief Lt-Gen Sompong “Big Oud” Chingduang addressed a large seminar gathered for training about reporting foreigners at addresses within 24 hours. 

This is the controversial 1979 Article 38. In recent weeks dozens of house owners and hoteliers have been fined across Thailand for failing to report foreigners at their properties within a day. 

Lt-Gen Sompong said he was promoting tourism, wanted cordial relations with foreigners and praised Thai immigration’s reporting app as easy and quick to use.

Sompong was speaking to 400 participants from the hotel industry, schools, foundations and businesses at the Police Association on Viphavadee – Rangsit Road in Bangkok. 

He said that he was following government policy in promoting tourism, trade and investment. He wanted cordial relations with all foreigners from all countries. 

He stressed that visitors to Thailand were very important and a priority for him and he asked for the cooperation of hoteliers and people offering accommodation to foreigners to understand about foreigners’ welfare and the law. 

Then he got serious.

He warned that failure to report within 24 hours means fines of up to 2000 baht for landlords and 2,000 to 10,000 baht for hotel managers. 

He added that it had never been easier to use immigration’s improved app to make reports. 

He described the process as “easy, convenient, quick and economical” – it could all be done online without the need to travel. 

Then came a reference to foreigners and crime: 

Keeping tabs on foreigners in Thailand was important for national security and combating international crime, he observed. 

Thai Visa /  Naew Na

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