An update on the new Immigration arrival and departure card and news about Thailand’s accession to the Madrid Protocol
Immigration Arrival and Departure Card
On October 1, 2017, a new Immigration Arrival/Departure Card will replace the current TM6 form. The proposed new form will have only one side for visitors to record both arrival and departure information together with an “automatic channel” barcode. However, the new form still contains much of the requested information on the old TM6 form, now just on one side. So, its effectiveness is being debated by the Ministry of the Interior, the Immigration Bureau, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand. With the international spotlight on immigration procedures and long waiting times at Thailand’s international airports, the government is also exploring canceling the use of the TM6 form entirely. While the process of studying and exploring the pros and cons (facilitation vs national security) is underway, filling out the Immigration Arrival/Departure Card is still required.