Notifying of Change of Address

If you're in Thailand on a temporary visa and move to a new address in the Kingdom, such as go to a different province to stay with a friend, or relocate, then you need to notify immigration of your change of address within 24-hours. As with all things immigration, if you don't you risk being fined.

As it was explained to us, if something goes wrong and the police need to find out where you are (to ascertain your whereabouts, your safety, that kind of thing), then they will go to that address. If, of course, you're in another province and haven't told the relevant authorities, they won't be best pleased.

So, make sure you do it.

The Relevant Laws...

(Correct at the time of writing, but always check for updates)

Section 37:

An alien having received a temporary entry permit into the Kingdom must comply with the following :

  1. Shall not engage in the occupation or temporary or employment unless authorized by the Director General. or competent official deputized by the Director General. If, in any case , there is a law concerning alien employment provided hereafter, the granting of work privileges must comply with the law concerned.
  2. Shall stay at the place as indicated to the competent official. Where there is proper reason that he cannot stay at the place as indicated to the competent official, he shall notify the competent official of the change in residence, within 24 hours from the time of removing to said place.
  3. Shall notify the police official of the local police station where such alien resides, within twenty–four hours from the time of arrival. In the case of change in residence in which new residence is not located the same area with the former police stations, such alien must notify the police official of the police station for that area within twenty–four hours from the time of arrival.
  4. If the alien travels to any province and will stay there longer than twenty–four hours, such alien must notify the police official of the police station for that area within forty–eight hours from the time of arrival.
  5. If the alien stays in the Kingdom longer than ninety days, such alien must notify the competent official at the Immigration Division, in writing , concerning his place of stay, as soon as possible upon expiration of ninety days. The alien is required to do so every ninety days. Where there is an Immigration Office, the alien may notify a competent Immigration Official of that office.


Section 38:

The house – master, the owner or the possessor of the residence, or the hotel manager where the alien , receiving permission to stay temporary in the Kingdom has stayed , must notify the competent official of the Immigration Office located in the same area with that hours , dwelling place or hotel, within 24 hours from the time of arrival of the alien concerned. If there is no Immigration Office located in that area, the local police official for that area must be notified.


Important

Don't forget your 90-day report date. If you do, you will be fined 500 THB per day (up to a maximum fine of 20,000 THB). See also, Overstaying your visa.