Immigration cards will not be cancelled the Ministry of the Interior has said, but it will be replaced with a new one. This is in response to the widespread news last night that PM Prayuth Chan-ocha decided to scrap the form.
Reports by Bangkok post and PPTV said the cancellation would be implemented to help with the massive long ques people are facing when they land at major airports.
The cabinet has only signed to cancel the older form in order to allow a new form to be introduced, which will take effect starting Oct. 1, according to a statement by the Ministry of Defence published by Thai News Agency.
The new form was approved by the cabinet in January this year and PM Prayuth signed an order on August 4 to issue a ministerial regulation to cancel the existing form and replace it with a new on, so it had nothing to with the complaints received this week from new arrivals at Don Mueang airport.
The new form, called TM.6 is not that much different from the old form. But with formatting it’s reduced from 3 pages down to 2. Barcodes have also been added to the new form. The new form still requests the same information as the old form.
According to the Interior Minister, Anupong Paochinda, the form is useful for collecting information on visitors to the country.
The Immigration Bureau has also issued a statement, signed with their motto “good guys in-bad guys out, to confirm that we will still have to fill out our immigration form.
Source : Thenation
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