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Foreigners urged to renew visas before Sept 26

Foreigners urged to renew visas before Sept 26

THAILAND: The Immigration Bureau has urged foreigners to renew their visas before the end of an exemption which falls on Sept 26.

By Bangkok Post

Sunday 6 September 2020, 09:33AM

Short-term and long-term visa holders must contact immigration offices. Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb.

Short-term and long-term visa holders must contact immigration offices. Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb.

Commissioner of the Immigration Bureau Sompong Chingduang said foreigners in the kingdom should contact immigration offices early to avoid overcrowding close to the deadline.

Thailand earlier announced an exemption for foreigners whose visas expired so they could legally stay in the country until Sept 26, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Short-term and long-term visa holders must contact immigration offices. When the visas are renewed by Sept 26, the validity of the renewed visa would start from Sept 27, he said.

Pol Lt Gen Sompong said all short-term visa holders must leave the country by Sept 26.

For those who cannot leave, due to flight unavailability or COVID-19 pandemic in their home country, they would need certification from their embassy or consulate for submission at an immigration office in their local area.

For the 90-day report requirement, all foreigners are required to report and inform the bureau of their residences by Sept 26, he said.

More information can be found at www.immigration.go.th.

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Lu | 08 September 2020 - 15:16:59

Why can the foreigners simply not respect the TH-laws ???? Do they the same in their home countreys?   I am farang myself and accept it!  It seems protesting is actually very popular.

Kurt | 08 September 2020 - 10:54:05

Is it not time to see 'Visa Runs' as something out of time? Is it not idiot that for certain visa prolongations one has to travel to neighbouring countries for a stamp in a passport, a stamp that local immigration office can provide? Stop avoidable travelling. Health-, and environmental wise better. Now no Visa Runs, so stop it completely, replace it by locally passport  visa stamping.

Svcoquette | 07 September 2020 - 18:10:09

Just because there are flights back to their "home" country is not enough reason to force people to leave. We and many other yachties arrived here from Malaysia but cannot return there until at least 31 Dec. Our passports are from the USA but our boat is the only home we have. We feel safe here and at our age (67) would not consider getting on an airplane even if it's available. 

maverick | 07 September 2020 - 14:32:26

They are being invited to extend their visas if their route home is blocked by no flights - there needs to be order around immigration controls don’t see the issue with that it’s not unique to Thailand - I know people who are taking both approaches some going back to US and Europe and Filipino friends extending visas due to lack of flights and Covid situation at home 

Kurt | 07 September 2020 - 08:19:07

How many foreigners must leave Thailand before 26th? Just because of visa ruling? Thai should be happy to continue to host them as they spend money here. Thailand want desperately tourists to return. Were is the logic to kick out the foreigners you have here now?  Just due to a bureaucratic matter? Get even more thai people unemployed. Foreigners you kick out now never come back.

Foot | 06 September 2020 - 18:27:20

I agree that the immigration offices are pretty good.
I'd have to take a taxi and had hoped I could save the time and expense.

HubertK | 06 September 2020 - 15:05:28

@Foot  If the online reporting doesn't work,why is there such a problem for you to just use the drive through service.Fast and convenient.

Foot | 06 September 2020 - 13:19:10

The online 90 day reporting has not worked for over a month.  Now what.?
We were told to not go to the immigration office until after 15 September.
Is there a new announcement coming?
I understand this whole thing is a mess, but, why make it so much more so with contradicting statements and no long term procedures?

Svcoquette | 06 September 2020 - 13:15:31

Why not extend all VISAs with the provision that extension fees (1900 Baht/month) will be collected upon exiting Thailand. No long lines at immigration every month, less hassle for tourists and officials. Keeping the tourists you have is easier than encouraging new ones. Do both. We spend about 50,000 Baht/month and you want us to leave? Malaysia has extended all VISA s until 31 Dec.

Myself | 06 September 2020 - 12:28:55

@Kurt That´s not true. There are a lot of flights out of the country. Airport in Bangkok is not blocked.

Kurt | 06 September 2020 - 11:16:33

A Tha Pol Gen. tells short time visa people to leave before 26 Sept. How, general? Thai Government has closed land borders indefinitely, and blocked international flying till beginning October. This whole matter is a Thai-Thai parade. To idiot for words to ask foreign embassies letters for how Thai Government handles matters with these different Thai time framing. Time Thai synchronise.


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