No More TM6 Immigration Cards For Thais In A Bid To Cut Queues
Effect last Saturday, 16 Sept Thai nationals no longer need to fill out departure and arrival cards (known as Tor Mor 6 cards or TM6) before passing through airport immigration counters, a government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd confirmed last week.
Lt Gen Sansern made the remark after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha invoked Section 44 of the former interim charter to revoke the regulation requiring Thais to fill in the white slips, in a bid to shorten waiting times.
At the press conference last week he said “Gen Prayut has already signed the order. It will be published in the Royal Gazette and will take effect early Saturday morning”.
The move comes in response to recent criticism on social media of heavy congestion at Thai gateways, particularly at Don Mueang International Airport.
While Thai nationals can now pass through domestic airports and skip the time-consuming TM6 immigration process, foreigners will still have to fill them in until new immigration cards are launched, Lt Gen Sansern said.
The new cards will only require foreigners to provide more basic information required by state agencies and have already been approved by the cabinet.
Pol Col Choengron Rimphadee, deputy commander of the Immigration Division 2, praised the move and said Thailand is the only country where officers have to ‘waste time’ stamping such cards.
Officials said it makes no sense to have Thais fill them in as their details are stored on security databases anyway.