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Foreigners’ visas automatically extended until July 31

Foreigners’ visas automatically extended until July 31

BANGKOK: The cabinet approved a second automatic visa extension for foreigners for three more months on Tuesday (Apr 21) in a bid to prevent long queues at immigration centres and stem the spread of the coronavirus.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 21 April 2020, 09:12PM

Foreigners’ visas automatically extended to prevent crowding at immigration centres. Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb / Bangkok Post

Foreigners’ visas automatically extended to prevent crowding at immigration centres. Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb / Bangkok Post

Foreigners whose visas had expired since March 26 will be permitted to stay until July 31 without having to apply for an extension, said Narumon Pinyosinwat, spokeswoman for the Thai government, Bangkok Post reports.

The notice about the second extension is yet to be published on the Immigration Bureau website.

The first automatic extension was granted on April 7 effective until April 30. It also permitted foreigners not to do their 90-day reports during the specified term.

“There is no need to apply for a visa extension at Immigration Office for this period and will not be fined B500 per day for this case,” stressed the bureau in the first announcement.

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robknight | 22 April 2020 - 13:41:57

@Nasa my suggestion to wait still stands @CaptainJack I think they are hoping that many on tourist visas will have left by July31  But.... a long way between now and then many things can change as I'm sure you will agree

CaptainJack69 | 22 April 2020 - 11:55:20

Out of interest (and I know the answer) is there a plan on how to handle the huge surge when all these thousands of people need renewals and extensions on the same day?

CaptainJack69 | 22 April 2020 - 11:53:24

But... there's so much red tape, bureaucracy and unnecessary Thai nonsense involved in getting and maintaining a work-permit (which you end up needing even if you don't work). What are they going to do about that? Automatically renew work permits too? Would be nice.

Nasa12 | 22 April 2020 - 11:21:48

I ask because you can't drive to Immigration in the city, many check points.  Will only be sent back to where you live, such as Rawai or Chalong.

BluePeterMarine | 22 April 2020 - 09:42:05

But holders of one year visas or extensions of stay – principally retirees, those married to Thai spouses and most work permit holders – are not covered and must renew their permits on or before the date in their passport, as they did prior to the health crisis.

robknight | 22 April 2020 - 09:34:34

@Nasa12 Why not wait for the official bulletin when all will be revealed?

LALALA | 22 April 2020 - 09:33:51

OK, bit less hassle to think about...but would prefer to leave this place asap than to stay here 3 more month.

Nasa12 | 22 April 2020 - 09:25:22

And this it’s also  for O visa, Oa visa, B visa etc ?


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