Welcome to the dawn of a new era for international travelers and expatriates with an eye on the Land of Smiles! Say goodbye to the cumbersome and antiquated ways of staying compliant with immigration laws. On a sunny Monday, under the watchful gaze of National Police chief Pol Lt-General Ittipol Ittisarnronnachai, the digital age beckoned us forward with the spectacular launch of the “90 days online notification project”—a sparkling gem in the crown of bureaucratic convenience.
Amidst the fanfare and optimism, and flanked by dignitaries from sundry government agencies, Lt-General Ittipol unveiled this groundbreaking service that promenades hand-in-hand with Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s grand vision to welcome globe-trotting tourists and savvy business moguls to Thailand’s vibrant shores.
Imagine this: you’re planning to engulf yourself in Thailand’s rich tapestry beyond those fleeting 90 days. No longer must you trek to the nearest immigration office, queue up, and whisper your address to an official, or deputize a friend to bear this burden. Nor must you wrestle with stamps and envelopes to mail in a form. No, the times are changing! For, with a swift click or a tap, you can fire off an email or waltz through a simple online form from the cozy confines of your home or a beachside café—sipping a cool drink, no less—making your 90-day notification to the Bureau as smooth as Thai silk.
But wait, there’s more! Initially reserved for those esteemed investors graced with privileges from the Board of Investment, this digital delight is more than just a one-hit wonder; it’s a prologue to a sweeping suite of conveniences that will soon cater to assorted visa types. That’s right, we’re looking at you, beloved expats and wanderers!
For now, the beacon of this online bliss shines upon the bustling streets and serene temples of Bangkok, within the auspicious domain of the First Immigration Division. Not to mention the picturesque realms of Phuket, Chiang Mai, Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi, Surat Thani, and Chonburi—each a jewel in the nation’s crown, now easier to enjoy for the long-stay aficionado.
And, as if the immigration gods are in a generous mood, they have already bestowed upon us the e-Extension service, a digital sorcery that allows for the extension of your sojourn in this tropical paradise from the comfort of—well, anywhere with internet access. Rejoice, for the times of bureaucratic toil are drawing to a close!
So, put a pin in this date, fellow globetrotters. It heralds an unprecedented leap towards convenience and hospitality, proving once again that Thailand isn’t just a place to visit, but a place to live, work, and play with ease and joy. The kingdom awaits your extended presence, and now, more than ever, she extends her hand with an open heart and a user-friendly website. Onward to new adventures in the ineffable land where tradition meets the 21st century!