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Immigration Bureau eases re-entry for residents

Immigration Bureau eases re-entry for residents

THAILAND: Foreigners with Thai residency whose re-entry visas require them to return to Thailand within one year from the date of March 26 last year will be allowed to stay abroad until further notice, the Immigration Bureau (IB) said yesterday (Jan 20).

Thursday 21 January 2021, 07:17AM


Archayon: Aim is to help foreigners. Photo: Bangkok Post.

Archayon: Aim is to help foreigners. Photo: Bangkok Post.

The agency said it has decided to relax the one-year re-entry requirement dating back to March 26 last year as the coronavirus outbreak still restricts all modes of travel.

This makes it very difficult for stranded foreign residents to make it back to Thailand.

Deputy bureau chief Pol Maj Gen Archayon Kraithong said the temporary easing of the re-entry rule was intended to help foreigners with Thai residency who are still stranded overseas.

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Pol Maj Gen Archayon, who is also the IB spokesman, said his boss Pol Lt Gen Sompong Chingduang is concerned about foreigners with Thai residency who are still stranded in other countries and have not been able to return to Thailand since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pol Col Pakapong Saiubon, deputy chief of Immigration Division 1, directed all foreigners who have questions to contact the Bureau via www.immigration.go.th or on the 1178 hotline.

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Capt B | 24 January 2021 - 20:38:29

In any event, it would be suicide to return on a flight unless first fully vaccinated with a vaccine that is at least 92% effective. I am not interested in infecting my whole Thai Family including my son who was born on the King's Birthday last year. It is not easy watching him grow up on the internet, but hey, its a strategically designed bio weapon & I refuse to let Adolf Hitler MK II ki...

Capt B | 24 January 2021 - 20:25:56

Useless. My 1 yr re entry permit expired 7 Jan 2021. Was due to return  30 Mar 2020. Thai Govt bought in C-19 72 hr test prior flight requirement mid March 2020 when the AU Govt cancelled  all flights. Test results impossible to receive in AU then within 7 days.
CJ69: I think you'll find that IB is referring to Thai Residents for taxation purposes (Marriage, Retirement & Thai Business Vis...

CaptainJack69 | 21 January 2021 - 13:05:36

Presumably you're talking about "permanent residency" status? Something which very few people have and even fewer who do have have left the kingdom. It is, after all, only granted to people who have demonstrated a serious commitment to living IN Thailand. Hence the 12 month re-entry requirement. So this "helps" what, about 12 people?

 

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