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Thaivisa.com has received three reports that foreigners living in Chiang Mai are being visited at home by police and asked to disclose personal information such as their monthly income, height, weight and even skin colour.
On Tuesday, three separate accounts were posted to the Thaivisa forum by members who claimed they were visited at their homes in Chiang Mai by a plain closed police officer and asked to complete the ‘Personal Information’ form from the ‘Transnational Crime Coordination Unit Region 5 (TCCU R5).
The form requests such information as name and address but also asks for monthly income, parents nationality and current address, name of husband or wife and the date of marriage, as well as the names and dates of birth of any children.
In a section titled ‘Personal Appearance’ the form also asks for details of height, weight, skin colour, hair colour and details of any scars.
A Thaivisa user by the name of Thakkar reported that the officer, who did formally identify himself, had a list of names which included passport numbers and addresses of foreigners in the area.
A follow up call to police confirmed that officers are “checking up on all foreigners in the area”.
Another Thaivisa member in Chiang Mai also confirmed that he had been visited by police and asked to complete the form. However, the police had the incorrect name and address records for him so he declined to the complete the form.
User jak2002003 wrote:
We had these at my home in Chiang Mai. In my village and neighbouring ones.
Problem was the name on mine was not me…. and the address house number was wrong. So I told them I did not want to fill it in. The head man came to take it back the next day.. and told me he has been told that the government has told all the head men to get this information form any Farangs living in their village.
I found it too personal…. asking height, weight, eye and skin colour, and lots of family information.
That same day I had already filled in 3 of the weird forms at the Immigration office about the places I like to hang out at and all that other stuff….. filled out 3.. all the same.. and they wanted a photo on first one. Kept telling them I filled on in already and also at my last 90 day.
What’s going on? Next will be having to report to the village head man AND immigration every 90 days? And why do we have to fill the information 90 day forms out AND this new one AND this home delivered police one… ALL with the SAME information on them… EVERY TIME we go to do 90 day or visa renewal. Seems crazy.
Thaivisa has been unable to confirm if the forms are official and if foreigners nationwide will also be asked to the complete form.
It is also unclear if there are any kind of penalties for not completing the form.
Earlier this year, Thailand’s Immigration Bureau introduced a ‘Foreign National Information Form’ which asked foreigners for provide a wide range of personal information including bank account numbers, social media accounts and even places they frequently visit.
First introduced in April, the form is now in the process of being rolled out nationwide and is already in use in a number of immigration offices in Thailand including Phuket, Samut Prakan, Chaengwattana and Pattaya.
Thailand’s Immigration Bureau is currently implementing its “Good Guys in Bad Guys Out” policy which has as seen a crackdown on foreigners overstaying their permission to stay in the Kingdom.
Thaivisa has contacted Region 5 police for clarification.