Two months ago we reported about a controversial new immigration form that foreigners seeking to extend their visa, do a 90-day report, apply for a re-entry permit etc. had to fill at the immigration bureau in Bangkok.
The detailed information required by Thai immigration – all in the name of “national security” – included their bank account details, social media accounts, places they frequently visit and more.
As it seems, the new so-called “Foreign National Information Form” is now being rolled out nationwide and has also arrived at the Chonburi immigration office on Soi 5 in Jomtien which is responsible for tourists and expats in the Pattaya area.
According to a report by Thaivisa.com, foreigners will be required to disclose the following personal information to “big brother” in the form:
– full name, date of birth, passport number, names of father and mother
– full address and phone numbers in your home country
– full address and phone numbers in Thailand
That’s obviously the usual stuff they simply need to know. What is new is the following:
– social media and email accounts (optional as it seems)
– car/motorcycle brand, model, colour, license plate number
– frequently visited places such as bars, restaurants, shops, hospital
– emergency contact details for a Thai and a foreign person
– bank account details including bank, branch, account name and number (only required for certain visas)
It remains unclear whether it will be “mandatory” to fully complete the snoopy new form and whether disclosing your personal Facebook account details, Thai bank account number etc. is ultimately “necessary.” As it appears, disclosing your bank information, social media and email accounts will be only “optional” or depend on the type of visa you’re holding.
We would however expect that foreigners who refuse to completely fill the new form will face further questioning by immigration officers or risk making themselves look “suspicious.”
For further details and a lengthy discussion of the controversial new form please also see our earlier post:
Now Thai Immigration Want to Know (Almost) Everything About You
Here’s what the new information form looks like (h/t Thaivisa.com):