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Section 38: Notification of residence for foreigners in Thailand

Section 38 Thailand Application

What is Section 38?

Section 38 is a report from House owners, heads of households, landlords, or managers of hotels who accommodate foreign nationals on a temporary basis who stay in Thailand. It is a must to notify the local immigration authorities within 24 hours from the time of arrival of the foreign national.

If you need a residence certificate for opening a bank account or getting a Thai driving license, you will need this Section 38 as well.

How do I get a Section 38 report?

You can contact your homeowner/landlord to send you the screen capture of the report either from the website or from an application. Either of them will do.

The Report will show your address and this address will be mentioned on your residence certificate.

How to Report Section 38 for homeowners?

The easiest and most practical way to report is by registering on the website and by applying Section 38.


Application (IOS):

Section 38 for Homestay Business

It is important to keep in mind that in accordance with Thai law, Section 38 of the Immigration Act requires homeowners or managers who rent out villas to notify immigration within 24 hours of their guests' arrival. This is a mandatory reporting requirement that should not be overlooked, as failure to comply may result in penalties or legal consequences.

Although this process may not be complicated, it can be quite time-consuming, particularly if you have multiple guests to report. For homeowners or managers who wish to streamline the process and save time, Ko Samui Life offers a convenient and reliable Section 38 reporting service. This service ensures that your reporting obligations are fulfilled accurately and promptly, giving you peace of mind and allowing you to focus on other aspects of your life in Samui :)

Ko Samui Life is dedicated to making your life in Samui as hassle-free as possible, allowing you to enjoy all the beauty and charm of this wonderful island.

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