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Foreigners can apply for visa extensions after July 31

Foreigners can apply for visa extensions after July 31

BANGKOK: Foreign visitors still stranded in the Kingdom by the COVID-19 pandemic will be allowed to apply for an extended short stay after their visas expire on July 31, the Immigration Bureau chief said on Friday (July 17).

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 18 July 2020, 10:14AM


Long queues of foreign nationals at the Immigration Bureau office at the Government Complex in Nonthaburi on March 23, seeking visa extensions after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted their travel plans. The bureau later declared a “visa amnesty” until July 31 to reduce the risk of crowding at its offices. Photo: Bangkok Post / file

Long queues of foreign nationals at the Immigration Bureau office at the Government Complex in Nonthaburi on March 23, seeking visa extensions after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted their travel plans. The bureau later declared a “visa amnesty” until July 31 to reduce the risk of crowding at its offices. Photo: Bangkok Post / file

Foreign tourists who are unable to leave Thailand would be given a grace period from Aug 1 to Sept 26 to apply to stay for a specified period, said Pol Lt Gen Sompong Chingduang, the bureau commissioner. However, if they do not obtain extensions and are still in the country after Sept 26, they would face legal action and be blacklisted.

He urged foreigners to contact the bureau as soon as possible to prepare for their next steps in order to avoid crowding as the Sept 26 deadline approached, reports the Bangkok Post.

Foreign visitors must specify their reasons and submit necessary documents when seeking to renew short-term visas, which will be granted for 30 days, he said.

“If they are unable to return because there are no flights or due to lockdown measures in their countries, they must submit proof. The granting of a short-stay visa will be made on a case-by-case basis,” Pol Lt Gen Sompong said during a visit to Phuket, a province with a high number of stranded foreigners. 

He said the bureau had asked the Council of State about the proposed short stay and it had advised that the Interior Ministry could issue an announcement. 

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He said the Interior Ministry’s visa relief measures for foreign visitors would be submitted to the Cabinet for approval next Tuesday. The bureau would later issue guidelines on how to apply for a visa extension.

He said those who planned to return to their home countries did not need to contact the bureau but also had to leave Thailand by Sept 26.

He estimated that between 300,000 and 400,000 foreigners were stranded in the Kingdom due to the lockdown. 

The government earlier automatically extended their visas until July 31, but they must still inform authorities where they are staying.

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Hermann1 | 20 July 2020 - 21:44:32

Why do people attack Kurt? Where comes the fascination about him from ? I think his comments are very intelligent. More than most other comments on here and personally I think he should get a chance for more comments. He comments only about the subject without to attack others.Rorri2 is right when he says to remove bad comments about him.It must stop now.Period !

Pascale | 20 July 2020 - 11:13:41

Oh dear Rorri,don't you have anything better to do than playing police man on policy rules ? Get a grip man !

Rorri_2 | 20 July 2020 - 08:38:19

Editor, again you let rules, your rules, slip..JohnC and Deks, comments are not relevant, they are attacking others who comment, but do not discuss the subject...please remove their comments, before things get out of hand.

DeKaaskopp | 19 July 2020 - 13:34:05

@Lalala     As you think that K's comments are making sense,I guess severe brain damage is not caused only by living to long here.

LALALA | 19 July 2020 - 12:49:24

John C... as you also belong obviously to the notorious Thai apology fraction on the forum here... most of the Kurt's comments are making absolute sense, the only problem with the majority of long term expats in LOS is that most of them lost the plot. Living in LOS for too long obviously causes severe brain damage to some. There are certainly more cases than covid-19 though.

JohnC | 19 July 2020 - 08:57:05

@kurt. The only big joke here is you and your constant whining and complaining. Why don't you just leave and do the whole country a big favour. An exit never allowed to return stamp in your passport would be a blessing.

Christy Sweet | 19 July 2020 - 07:43:45

Can Americans apply for amnesty now that USA is a death trap ?

Kurt | 18 July 2020 - 22:43:52

As usual thick skinned Thai Officials high on the horses.... Foreigners 'Allowed' to apply, ooh, so nice ( wai). Foreigners not able to leave due to Thailand closure international airports must prove things? Nonsense. Numerous are the stories of foreigners who due to closing thai airports could not leave, still hanging in in Thailand. All great example thinking to be centre of the Universe...

charles | 18 July 2020 - 21:36:59

Still doesn't explain whats going to happen regarding those who have to do visa runs or 90 reports by exit & entry stamps  

DeKaaskopp | 18 July 2020 - 21:15:15

"They just want to fly home when Thailand allows them...."  Huh,Kurt ? Thailand prevents foreign tourists from returning to their home country ? Hahaha,I think you are a bit confused !

Kurt | 18 July 2020 - 15:47:41

Despite the fact that 'tourists 'must' inform authorities where they are staying, the Immigration Bureau Commissioner just estimate (?) the number of foreigners. What is that? With a button push on his computer he should know exactly the number. For that they have their beloved bureaucracy, yes?

Kurt | 18 July 2020 - 15:03:02

Most short period tourists, still trapped in Thailand, are not interested in a visa extension and 'must this, must that' nonsense. They just want to fly home when Thailand allows them. ( where else to go?) For them that whole thai visa bureaucratic stuff is now just a big joke. Just give them a 'exit' stamp in passport and wave them out.

tamvong | 18 July 2020 - 12:20:53

300-400,000? That's a lot of income from covid-free people they are going to kick out when they desperately need tourist income. Madness

CaptainJack69 | 18 July 2020 - 11:50:15

Am I missing something? It sounds like the amnesty is extended until September 26th. They're just saying that will be it and you need a visa to stay beyond that. So there's gonna be lots of applications for 30 day visas on September 25th don't you think?

 

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