How to do 90 day reporting in Chiang Mai
90 day reporting at Chiang Mai Immigration is tedious, but easy.This information is true on the 16th of August, 2013
Today I had to inform Chiang Mai Immigration that yep, I'm still here, and yes, I live at the same place. The staff are usually really friendly. They have to deal with a lot of angry people every day, so be nice and you'll find the whole process a lot easier.
Take a book! I forgot to take one today... I definitely won't next time.
Essential information about 90 day reporting
- 90 day reporting is free.
- You can do it at any time of the day (excluding lunch break between 12pm and 1). I always do it in the morning.
- It can take three minutes, or three hours. Today it took two hours. Last time it took three minutes.
- You can do it 15 days before or 7 days after the 90-day-date. I always do it before.
- If you fail to do your 90 day reporting in time the fine is 2000 baht.
- If you move house during the 90 day period you should notify Immigration within 24 hours or potentially pay a 5000 baht fine. However, I haven't met anyone who has heard of this actually happening.
- I have heard people talking about doing 90 day reporting by post. You can't do that right now, so says the Chiang Mai Immigration.
Documents required All photocopies must be signed in blue or black ink
What to do once you get to Chiang Mai Immigration
- Arrive and go to the visa building on your right. If you arrive early, join the queue.
- Go to any of the counters and tell them that you're here to do your 90 day reporting. Show them your TM47 form.
- You will receive a ticket number.
- Wait for your number to be called, inside or outside. There are speakers outside so you can still hear.
- When you hear your number, go to counter 2 on the right.
- Hand over your documents and passport.
- The officer will check your paperwork and passport then staple a new 90 day reporting slip inside your passport. It states the date on which you must repeat the 90 day reporting process again.
- You're finished! Take your passport and leave.
Essential information about Chiang Mai Immigration
- Address: 71 Moo 3, Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Mai, 50200
- Phone: 053 2017 556
- Fax: 053 277 510
- Opening hours: 8am - 4pm, with a one hour lunch break starting at 12pm
- Parking: Cars park inside the gates. Motorbikes park in a motorbike park just past the entrance gates.
Other information about Chiang Mai Immigration
The toilet is located through a blue-ish door on the right side of the visa building, near counter 2. Go through the door and turn left. There isn't any loo roll or soap, so I take my own tissue and hand sanitiser.
Food and drinks
There are snacks and drinks available at stalls dotted around the Immigration complex. Just go for a wander while you wait for your number to be called. There is a pretty good coffee stall in the outside waiting area of the visa building, selling real coffee, tea, cold drinks and pastries (but it's closed during lunch hour). If you have to wait all day at Immigration (never heard of this for 90 day reporting) you can find something good to eat in the basement floor air conditioned food market at Robinsons, a five minute walk away from Immigration (turn right after you exit Immigration).
How to get thereRed car: Most red car drivers don't understand where you mean when you say: "Bai immigration, kha!". Try it, but if he looks confused, tell him that it's near Robinsons (Central Airport Plaza) and you want to sit in the front and direct him (when you get to Robinsons main entrance, keep going past it and you will see the sign for immigration).
Alternatively, try showing this address in Thai:
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Motorbike: Driving there is easy, just follow the map on this page. When you get to immigration, drive a tiny way past the entrance gates and turn left to park in the motorbike parking area.