10 Aug New Immigration Arrival and Departure Card & Madrid Protocol News
An update on the new Immigration arrival and departure card and news about Thailand’s accession to the Madrid Protocol
Immigration Arrival and Departure Card
On October 1, 2017, a new Immigration Arrival/Departure Card will replace the current TM6 form. The proposed new form will have only one side for visitors to record both arrival and departure information together with an “automatic channel” barcode. However, the new form still contains much of the requested information on the old TM6 form, now just on one side. So, its effectiveness is being debated by the Ministry of the Interior, the Immigration Bureau, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand. With the international spotlight on immigration procedures and long waiting times at Thailand’s international airports, the government is also exploring canceling the use of the TM6 form entirely. While the process of studying and exploring the pros and cons (facilitation vs national security) is underway, filling out the Immigration Arrival/Departure Card is still required.
On August 7, 2017, the Thai government deposited its instruments of accession for the Madrid Protocol with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Consequently, the Madrid Protocol will come into force for Thailand on November 7, 2017. The Madrid Protocol is a central registration system for the international registration of trademarks and service marks administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). When registering a mark for multiple member countries through the Madrid Protocol, an applicant only has to file one application at one office and pay a single set of fees in one currency. It is a straightforward process and very convenient for the applicant and can be much less expensive as there is no need to hire local agents outside the initial registration country. At this time, 99 countries have acceded to the Madrid Protocol.