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news junkie
10-11-2014, 04:38 PM

PHUKET: Phuket Immigration has denied claims it is charging fees for its services, after a Phuket Gazette reader alleged he had to pay 500 baht in the Patong office for an address verification.

“I just bought a new motorcycle, so I had to do the address confirmation again yesterday [on October 8],” the reader wrote in the comment section for a Gazette online story regarding work permits and visas (story here).

“Patong [Immigration] charged me 500 baht. Is this supposed to be free?”

Phuket’s top-ranking immigration cop confirmed that there are no official fees.

“I can categorically say that there is no fee for this service,” chief of the Phuket Immigration Office Col Sunchai Chokkajaykij told the Gazette.

“Both address verification and 90-day reporting for foreigners are services that we provide free-of-charge.

“There is only a fee for tourists extending their permits-to-stay, which is 1,900 baht.”

However, the immigration chief said he would bring the bribery allegation to the attention of his staff.

“Any foreigner who is asked to pay for these services by one of our officers can report the matter directly to me at our office, which is open from 10am to 3pm, Monday to Friday,” Col Sunchai explained.

Phuket Immigration’s Tourist Service Point in Patong re-opened in June last year. The office’s services include 90-day resident reporting and extensions for permits-to-stay.

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Panama Hat
10-11-2014, 05:52 PM
An honest official?

10-11-2014, 05:55 PM
An honest official?


10-11-2014, 10:35 PM
When I applied for a Thai car and bike drivers licence, the immigration proof of address cost more than both licences.
I got my own back though. I used someone elses address. :rotfl:

Dr Earl
10-16-2014, 09:47 AM
I seem to recall being charged 200 baht for the address verification required for the DL at the main office, It wasn't free that's for sure.

10-16-2014, 07:16 PM
One of the reasons I went through the trouble of getting a yellow book was because you can renew a driver's license without having to go to immigration.

That's another urban myth. The lady at the driver's license place was not interested in my yellow book and told me to go get a letter from immigration.

It's all one big joke.