Recently, Thailand has been in a process of ‘rearranging’ their driving laws to counter the movement of Chinese vehicles entering the kingdom. In the process many overlanders and travellers have been effected, some finding loopholes and cooperative border crossings, only to be found to be missing one sheet of paper resulting in a fine by immigration of upto 4000B on exit.

This form is the TM2, The notification of conveyance form in Thailand. The purpose of which is to advise immigration of the movement of vehicles across borders.


What is a TM2?

Some say that they are used “to prepare the temporary export document for your bike or car” (Lone Rider, RideAsia.com). Certainly Thai immigration officers at crossings into Laos scrutinize the forms and cross reference information before stamping. However, when entering Malaysia, it seems just another waster piece of paper for recycling. In reality, the form should be completed as a pair and stamped on first contact with the immigration officer. The first copy is retained on exit, and the remaining copy returned on re-entry.

A lot of borders won’t advise you to complete the TM2 form on your first exit (or arrival) but may be required to complete two on re-entry (from Malaysia). However, if you don’t want to risk a fine at a different (Northern, usually) border then complete two forms at the time when the Thai immigration officer stamps your passport.

The TM2 is the most common document required by immigration officers however at some crossings the TM3 and TM4 are still required. These Crew and Passenger list which probably are a hold-over from days gone by when people entered by boat. Technically, if you are carrying a pillion passenger, then a TM3 should be completed.

I detest filling the forms out at the border, they contain no real useful data, there is very rarely an area to sit and complete the forms and with my luck, it’s usually raining. To solve this, I complete my TM2 forms at home and print them out.


Completing the Form

First you will need a pdf copy of the forms from the regular TM2 from Thai immigration site. if you are intending on traveling through the Sadao border, I have a copy one of their combined TM2/3 forms which can be found here. If you are carrying a pillion passenger then the TM3 form can be found here.

To complete the form you will need to complete the following parts with relevant informoation:

  1. Kind of Conveyance – Motorbike – Unless, of course, you are driving a car.
  2. Name of Conveyance – Make of Vehicle – Kawasaki, Honda, Triumph, etc. along with a model – GS1200, Versys, Wave 110, etc.
  3. Registration No. – First registration, then your province –  The immigration officer will help you out there if you cannot write Thai. If you are completing this yourself, write the province after the digits, as it would be on your number plate. For example, ABC 1234 Krabi.
  4. Name of Owner – Your name.

Date in the top right and sign and print on the reverse (or bottom).

The next section (7,8 and 9) are the most confusing.

7. Coming from, could be your home town or the previous nights stay.

8. The place where you are completing the form, just remember, when completing the second form the locations of 8 and 9 will be reversed.

9. Will be the place and date you intend to re-enter (or depart, if you are comng from Malaysia)

In some instances its not required to specify the returning date and port (section 9) on both forms, the immigration officer will leave that open for completion at a later date.


How to Speed Up the Process

I prefer to complete mine beforehand, using the computer and to always keep a digital copy ready to print. If you can use Photoshop or similar, load the pdf into your chosen application and type away.

I use two fonts, AvantGardeMidlTCTT Regular (12) and a Thai font, Thai7BangkokSSK (16) to give a uniform look. These can both be found here.

If you are in any doubt, then complete as much as you can and just hand your green book over along with the form to the immigration officer.

Don’t get caught out, times are changing at Thailand’s border posts, complete your immigration forms on first arrival / departure at the border and keep a copy safe, it may cost you dearly.


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