Thailand temporarily exempts visitors submitting TM6 form at Sadao Checkpoint
Good news! Thailand temporarily exempts visitors submitting TM6 form at Sadao Checkpoint!
Thailand has decided that starting November 1 till April 30 next year, visitors entering the country via the Sadao Immigration Checkpoint in Songkhla will be temporarily exempted from submitting the TM6 immigration form. This was to ease congestion during the tourist peak seasons.
This means visitors no longer needs to queue to submit the TM6 immigration form and this will definitely makes life easier for travellers crossing the border during weekends and public holiday. Due to the popularity of Southern Thailand, visitors can wait up to 3 to 4 hours at Sadao Checkpoint and with this new ruling, the waiting time can be cut significantly!
Deputy Government Spokesperson Karom Phonphonklang said the Cabinet today agreed to temporarily halt the need for foreigners, especially Malaysians to submit the departure and arrival card when crossing the Sadao Immigration Checkpoint.
Citing the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), he said it takes more than two hours to pass through the immigration checkpoint during travel peak season and long weekend holidays.
“Temporarily exempting foreigners from submitting the TM6 form will speed up the immigration process, reduce congestion at the checkpoints, improve Thailand’s image, and promote tourism in the region. This will help stimulate the country’s economy,” he said in a statement.
He added that the immigration statistics showed an average of 100,000 Malaysians crossing the Sadao Immigration Checkpoint every month this year.
Karom said Malaysian tourists topped the list of visitors to Thailand with 3.1 million visitors and generated about 52.75 billion baht (100 baht = RM13.22), from January to September this year.
“It is estimated a Malaysian tourist spends 16,588 baht per person during their visit,” he said.
Thailand welcomed 21.56 million tourists, bringing in 904.9 billion baht as of Oct 22 this year.
With Thailand temporarily exempts visitors submitting TM6 form at Sadao Checkpoint, I strongly believe that there will be more people visiting Southern Thailand during this end of the year festive season as well as the Chinese New Year Season.
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I believe this will encourage more travellers to visit Southern Thailand during this exemption period. Time to travel to Southern Thailand!