New immigration cards to replace old - in October

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#11 Re: New immigration cards to replace old - in October

Postby christianpfc » Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:09 pm

fountainhall wrote:
pong wrote:I have lost track of the number of times passengers reach immigration without checking and then waste time because the card has not been competed correctly. Often it is just the signature that is missing because that is an incredibly tiny line at the foot of the page that is clearly not designed for Korean and Chinese characters.

On all my arrivals in recent years, there was an officer checking if arrival cards are filled out before admitting people to queue for immigration. In particular address in Thailand has to be filled in. I don't know how closely they look, probably only check if something is filled in the arrival card.

In 2009 (?) my neighbor on the plane asked me to help him fill in the arrival card, and only because I knew what he wrote there (because I told him what to write), I could decipher it (he was dyslexic and made several spelling errors, and handwriting was poor). No immigration officer would be able to decipher it!

It's a mystery not just on arrival cards, on application forms for visa as well: the size of the fields clearly does not correspond to the amount of date that has to be filled in.

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#12 Re: New immigration cards to replace old - in October

Postby fountainhall » Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:50 pm

Returning to BKK on Monday night Emirates handed out the new Immigration cards. It was the first time I have seen them. My first thought is there is not nearly enough space for all the information they want. If you have an address in Thailand, you'll never get more than a fraction of it in the space available. I filled it in as the aircraft was going through some mild turbulence. As we landed I realised I could hardly read any of my writing. That did not faze the Immigration officer who quickly stamped me through. I got the impression that as long as there is something on the form and they can read passport numbers, nationality and arrival flight, they don't pay much attention to the rest. Why emails and phones are requested, I have no idea - given that most tourists won't have a clue of their hotel's phone number and many will simply enter fake info. I wonder how many forms with mickeymouse@disney.com they have already received??

The main difference is that the departure section is the first part of the form, like Japan. So best not to insert your arrival flight on that part.

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#13 Re: New immigration cards to replace old - in October

Postby Bob » Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:58 am

fountainhall wrote: The main difference is that the departure section is the first part of the form, like Japan. So best not to insert your arrival flight on that part.


I experienced the new form a couple of weeks ago after a short hop over to Cambodia. What slightly puzzled me was the comment in this thread about what flight number to put on either card as, without thinking, I've always just inserted my arriving flight number on both the arrival and departure cards. So obviously they don't care all that much what you insert there. And for those of us who arrive to live here permanently and have no departing flight, I suppose in that case one simply leaves that space blank.

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#14 Re: New immigration cards to replace old - in October

Postby fountainhall » Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:05 am

I always leave the departure flight blank until I am about to depart. Presumably someone wants to know on what flight you are departing and what your destination might be - although if you are connecting to another flight, all Immigration have will be the interim destination and not the final destination. Nuts!

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#15 Re: New immigration cards to replace old - in October

Postby Gaybutton » Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:48 pm

fountainhall wrote:I always leave the departure flight blank

Where is it written that it even has to be a flight at all? There are other ways of departing Thailand besides flying - railroad, bus, car, maybe even walking . . .

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#16 Re: New immigration cards to replace old - in October

Postby fountainhall » Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:29 pm

To be fair, that box on the Departure Card reads "Flight No. / Vehicle No."


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