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Section 44 invoked to cancel Use of Arrival/Departure Card for Thai Citizens

Date: 12 September 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

BANGKOK, 12 September 2017 (NNT) - The government has decided to issue an order to exempt Thai travelers from having to fill in the arrival and departure card while a new format for the card is expected to be put to use next year. Following a joint meeting between the Cabinet and the National Council for Peace and Order, Minister of Interior Gen Anupong Paochinda revealed that a decision has been made to invoke Section 44 of the interim Constitution to allow Thai citizens to present only their passports when traveling in and out of the country, without the need to fill in the arrival and departure card, officially known as the TM 6 document.

The minister said the use of Section 44 to omit the document for Thais is aimed to speed up the immigration process at airports in the immediate term, noting that solving the problem through legal amendment would be a time-consuming option.

Since foreign visitors will still be required to hand in the TM 6 document, the Cabinet also resolved to adjust the document's appearance as proposed by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Immigration Bureau. The current version will continue to be in use until early 2018, when the new format is adopted.

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