Government orders online foreigner database to be operational within 6 months

The government ordered The Immigration Bureau and the Interior Ministry yesterday (February 14) to get a move on with the introduction of the new single-platform online database for foreigners entering and exiting Thailand.

The order was issued by Prawit Wongsuwan Thailand’s deputy PM who chaired a meeting of the fifth government committee yesterday.

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The new online database is expected to help reduce criminal activity being carried out by foreigners here in Thailand according to deputy government spokesman Kongcheep Tantrewanich.

Government orders online foreigner database to be operational within 6 months

The two organisations were given the deadline of having the new online database up and running within the next six months.

Once the new system is operational the Immigration Bureau will no longer use the current Immigration 6 form and instead adopt an e-passport system.

Immigration checkpoints will be upgraded to include fingerprint reading technology and passport scanners and automatically upload the information to the database.

Government orders online foreigner database to be operational within 6 months

The Interior Ministry’s Provincial Administration Department will then be tasked with making sure all hotels, guesthouses and other forms of accommodation report information on foreign nationals using their services to local immigration offices who will then in turn input that information into the database.

Kongcheep said yesterday “the new measures must be implemented within the next six months so that arrivals, departures and accommodation of foreigners can be comprehensively monitored thus reducing security threats.”

What so you think? Would you welcome the new electronic visa in place of the paper immigration forms let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

Source : The Nation

Content : LovePattayaThailand

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