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Immigration issues automatic visa extensions for all visa types

Immigration issues automatic visa extensions for all visa types

PHUKET: The Immigration Bureau has announced that all foreigners in Thailand staying on any type of visa that did not expire before Mar 26 have been granted automatic extensions until Apr 30.

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By The Phuket News

Thursday 9 April 2020, 11:07AM


The notice was posted on the Immigration Bureau website yesterday.

“The Ministry of Interior dated April 7 grants permission to foreigners of all nationalities resideing in Thailand an automatic visa extension for ALL visa types including Visa on Arrival, P.30, PP.14, PP.30, and PP.90 which have not expired prior to 26 March 2020,” the notice explains.

“You will be able to reside in Thailand until 30 April 2020 without having to apply for an extension,” the notice added. (See here.)

In posting the notice, the Immigration Bureau explained, “The person whose visas has expired from 26th of March 2020 will be automatically extended to 30th of April 2020. There is no need to apply for a visa extension at Immigration Office for this period and will not be fined THB 500 per day for this case.”

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“Aliens who are due for 90 days reports between 26th of March 2020 and 30th of April 2020 are temporarily exempted from reporting in this period until further notice,” the Immigration Bureau also announced.

“Aliens who are holding Border Passes will be allowed to stay in Thailand for now. However, Aliens with Border Passes must depart Thailand within 7 days of the border crossing points opening date,” the bureau added.

Foreigners were advised to follow announcements regarding Immigration measures closely for updates.

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friend | 09 April 2020 - 19:53:51

my visa expire the 20 april, the phuket airport is closed 
until the 30 april, and what we do from the 1 may??????

Foot | 09 April 2020 - 18:00:16

@Captain and Christy.
Yes things could have been done more safely and efficiently, but, remember - TIT.  
So, maybe be a little appreciative that it has been done.
Doing this as a 30 day extension may seem senseless, but, it does set up the mechanism to extend it again and again.
I suspect we'll end up seeing at least 4 times.

friend | 09 April 2020 - 14:50:18

ok,good move , but done too late, you know in phuket the airport is closed until 30 april, therefore the problem starts again,extend this visa until the 30 june, it is difficult to undrestand this strategy of little steps

Fascinated | 09 April 2020 - 13:56:50

Jeez Capt sorry you have been soooo inconvenienced- how long did it actually take you to complete this onerous task? Lets think of the big picture not the small one. Far too much selfishness coming out of this situation. At the time you DID need to, after this crisis is over you will STILL need to. 

robknight | 09 April 2020 - 13:14:19

So. am I correct in assuming that on 1 May there will be a bun fight when the tourist visa extensions expire for a lot of people?

CaptainJack69 | 09 April 2020 - 11:55:42

Well now I'm glad I went to immigration and did my 90 day report on April 1st, now that it turns out I didn't need to.  Honestly, this is a great move but MUCH too late. Chaos and confusion has reigned over immigration issues for 2 weeks now with hundreds of people panicking about it and risking infection at crowded immigration offices. It has not been Thailand's finest hour.

Christy Sweet | 09 April 2020 - 11:42:53

How many hundreds needlessly exposed? Should have been done 2 weeks ago. 

 

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