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Phuket Immigration extends visas for tourists stuck in Hotel Isolation

Phuket Immigration extends visas for tourists stuck in Hotel Isolation

PHUKET: Phuket Immigration Chief Col Thanet Sukchai is having officers visit hotels to ensure that tourists are not caught out by their permits to stay in Thailand expiring while they are observing the mandatory 10-day Hotel Isolation after testing positive for COIVD-19.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 22 January 2022, 10:00AM

Branded as “proactive action on visa extensions for tourists”, the move is being promoted as a “convenience that builds trust and takes care of tourists”.

“In the overall picture at the moment, Omicron is still spreading abroad quite high, and some of the tourists who travel to Thailand may be carriers,” Col Thanet said.

“But Phuket has a screening system that checks tourists on Day 0 at the airport. If they test negative, the visitors can travel as usual in the Sandbox system [allowed to leave their hotel rooms but not allowed to leave Phuket],” he added.

“But during the second [COVID] test on Day 5 or Day 6 [of their stay] many tourists are testing positive.” Col Thanet noted.

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“Therefore, they have to be brought under the treatment process according to public health measures, either in ‘Hotel Quarantine’ or ‘High Risk Contact’ quarantine. But during the quarantine period, the tourist visa period may be nearing its expiration and the tourists are unable to travel [to the Phuket Immirgation Office] to extend the visa by themselves.

“Therefore, Phuket Immigration is proactive in providing visa extension services, which is convenient for tourists by coordinating with accommodation operators where tourists have been detained for a period of one week,” he said.

“This takes care of tourists who are infected and staying under the health system at more than 200 hotels, and includes explaining and clarifying [the measures] to tourists who do not understand the overall picture,” he added.

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Kurt | 23 January 2022 - 11:24:03

What kind of 'visa extention' is needed of arriving tourists in quarantine? In this matter I only can think of tourists who contracted Covid-19 during the last week of their holiday in Thailand and now in quarantine, not able to fly off within their visa-time.

JohnC | 23 January 2022 - 08:46:17

So immigration officers go and visit covid positive tourists?? Isn't that a great way to help spread it outside the quarantine hotels? Immigration catch it, they go back to work and passit on to their colleagues, and expats who regulary need to use their services too. Are the risks worth it? Sounds like they are just chasing headlines to try and make them look like they actually care.

SuperJ | 22 January 2022 - 12:43:56

Are you frickin kidding me!? Regardless of that not making any mathematical sense (I'm assuming they are actually talking about those who test positive prior to departure from Thailand). Should immigration officials be given an award for doing their job? Everyone gets a gold star. And the genius who was able to figure out this complicated problem gets a promotion! 

zib | 22 January 2022 - 11:45:05

Am I beind dumb for wondering how? At a minimal 30 day arrival visa testing positive at day 5 or 6 would leave you with 25 or 24 days left. Am I missing something?

Kurt | 22 January 2022 - 11:09:03

Wish Immigration Officers 'health strengh'. Hopefully soon 5th vaccination for them ( booster)  Taugh job, many Immigration visitors without face mask, in hotel many Covid positive tested guests on day 5 or 6th. Seem the SHA+ hotels are now Covid breeding grounds. Good for further money making  quarantine handling. This are dream holidays, only experience that once in a life time!


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