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An association representing European businesses in Thailand has called on the Thai government to scrap the controversial TM.30 and TM.28 reporting requirements.
The European Association of Business and Commerce, which describes itself as the “voice of European business in Thailand”, has called for the requirement of TM.30 and TM.28 to be brought to an end, adding its enforcement has negatively impacted the ease of doing business in the country.
In a press release, Mr. Jan Eriksson, President of EABC, stated: “The Immigration form TM.30, or 24 hour reporting, requires property owners and lessors (Thai as well as foreign) to report the movements of foreigners using such properties.
Both Thai citizens and foreigners have found the situation difficult and unnecessary, and the situation has caused some unfortunately negative views about Thailand both as an investment and ‘doing business’ location, and as a tourism destination. This is surely not good and need not be so.”
A correctly completed TM.30 is now a pre‐condition to being able to use normal visa services.
Mr. Eriksson also noted: “’We anticipate that discussions for a Thailand‐EU Free Trade Agreement will re‐open. That agreement should bring much higher, mutual value and not be burdened by troublesome ‘ease of doing business’ issues which can be addressed now for the benefit of all parties, not only European, and not only foreigners. We commend the government for positive steps in ‘ease of doing business’. Currently we feel that TM.30 is undoing those good achievements”.
Mr. Eriksson also stated: “There is overlap with another part of the Immigration Act about foreigners reporting inter‐provincial travel and other movements. This should also be addressed”.
“We understand that the Guillotine Unit (Simple and Smart License project) has recommended the removal of TM. 30 in the interests of the Thai economy and ease of doing business. This would seem to be the best solution. If then there is any identified benefit, another, exiting tool, can be considered to remedy any specific situation. It is hard to see how security which relies on self‐disclosure can be a useful solution”, Mr. Eriksson explained.
The news comes after Immigration chief Lt-Gen Sompong Chingduang told BBC Thai that improvements were needed regarding the enforcement of TM.30.
BBC Thai said that moves are underway to adapt and modernize the forty year old TM.30. regulations to make them more relevant for the present day.
Discussions about TM.30 and TM.28 were also set to take place at ministerial last Friday (13 Sept).
Dr Kobsak Pootrakool who is attached to the Prime Minister’s Office posted on Facebook that he was due to hold a meeting to discuss matters related to TM.30 and TM.28.
Also last Friday, Immigraiton released a somewhat confusing statement relating to the reporting requirements in Thailand.
While some mistakenly believed it signalled the end of both TM.30 and TM.28, the statement actually contained no new information and did in fact only confirm Section 37 of the Immigration Act regarding the reporting requirements for foreigners who stay in Thailand for the purposes of tourism, sports, business, investments, education, specialist skills and not expats on retirement or marriage extensions.