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A group of foreign expats living in Thailand is currently petitioning Thai immigration authorities to scrap the much-hated TM30 Form.

According to immigration attorneys in Thailand, the TM30 form is a nuisance for expats living in Thailand because it requires them to report to immigration if they visit a new province for more than 24 hours.

In Thailand, there are 77 provinces, which means that foreigners residing in the country often go between provinces often.

For those that work in Thailand, reporting every time they go to another province not only wastes time, but it also affects their job.

On top of that, all long-term expats must already provide their permanent address in Thailand to immigration via a TM47 Form.

Until recently, Thai immigration authorities rarely–if ever–enforced TM30 requirements.

Now though, stories are cropping up about expats being fined by police upon returning from weekend trips to other provinces without reporting.

For those living with Thai wives or Thai landlords, the burden is on the Thai to report the foreigner to authorities.

The law also applies to tourists in Thailand but, in those cases, the duty falls on accommodation owners to report the tourist’s current address.

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Thailand’s recently appointed minister for tourism and sports says that he will draw western tourists back into the kingdom by promoting massages and medical marijuana.

Tourists visiting Thailand from the US and Europe has dropped in recent times–by as much as 30% in the last year according to Thailand business associations located in tourist hotspots.

One possible reason for the fall in tourists coming from western countries could be the unprecedented strength of the Thai baht compared to both the Euro and US dollar right now.

The tourism minister stated that he will recover the drop in tourists from America and Europe in six years by highlighting massages and medical marijuana.

Visitors from the west, he said, will be intrigued by the idea of traveling to Thailand after the country’s new medical marijuana law came into effect just a couple of months ago.

He stated that westerners will be drawn to Thailand not just because of the prospect of buying and using medical cannabis (if they have a prescription from a certified doctor, of course), but it will also show that Thailand is an open-minded and forward-thinking country.

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Related Story: What Thailand’s Medical Marijuana Law Means For Foreigners

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