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Vaccination not required for visa extensions, confirms Phuket Immigration

Vaccination not required for visa extensions, confirms Phuket Immigration

PHUKET: The Phuket Immigration Office in Phuket Town has confirmed that proof of vaccination is not required in order to be approved for an extension to stay, often just called “visa extensions”.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 12 January 2022, 01:49PM

“At this time, evidence of vaccination certificates is not used in consideration of permission for extension of visas. [People] Can apply for a visa extension right now,” the office confirmed through Facebook.

Regarding issues with the new 90-day reporting app launched just before Christmas, the officer did not respond to questions about any problems with foreigners still trying to report themselves through the web platform.

The officer responded only with a link to where foreigners may register to use the new app (see here).

Of note, The Phuket News explained that repeated attempts to contact the main Phuket Immigration Office by phone resulted in phone calls being unanswered.

The officer explained that the phone lines to the Phuket Immigration Office were being upgraded.

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“The phone system is still being up[graded to add more lines. However, we apologise for the inconvenience. Right now 076-221905 is still the only contact number, and people can contact us through the chat service through Facebook,” the officer explained.

Foreigners were advised to regularly check the Phuket Immigration Facebook page for updates and any changes to visa requirements.



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Pooliekev | 13 January 2022 - 14:17:14

@Taswegian. Pure snobbery. Did it make your food taste any different?

Taswegian | 13 January 2022 - 10:38:59

Well said JohnC! I was once in a semi outdoor restaurant at night in Patong and found myself sitting near a particularly obnoxious Chinese tour group. One man was walking around the restaurant in just a pair of shorts, no shirt, with his pot belly putting everyone off their meals. It is not hard to hold to a good standard of dress in public, no matter where you are. 

christysweet | 13 January 2022 - 10:31:29

When I managed a biz, of 14 employees only one was worth anything and I started pay at double min wage. One man didn't show up for work 60 days in one year. There is no work ethic at all.

Svcoquette | 13 January 2022 - 09:57:20

Went to Phuket Immigration twice last week. Crowded, shoulder to shoulder and many not wearing mask properly. COVID spreader site. They should at least enforce the proper mask wearing!

JohnC | 13 January 2022 - 09:00:45

My last visit to immigration saw the covid extension queue going out the door and down the stairs. 90% russian speaking, not wearing masks properly and definitely NOT dressed to be visiting government offices. I had to tell one guy to put his shirt on or they won't serve him.  Clueless brainless selfish people that do not deserve to be allowed to stay in Thailand.

Timothy | 13 January 2022 - 08:23:22

CJ69, If immigration officers were efficient and friendly they wouldn't get $$$ from "agents". If the water dept. managed resources properly they wouldn't get 279 million for "private water". If roads were built well there wouldn't be budgets for constant repairs...etc etc etc. It's not as rewarding to be good at your job in Thailand. No pride, tons of greed.  

Wiesel | 13 January 2022 - 08:21:07

@Graz: there are much more healthy unvaccinated people around you but they just dont fit your stupid princip. 

CaptainJack69 | 12 January 2022 - 17:57:42

Oooo, another new app. How exciting. Why couldn't they just get the old one working and keep it working. I mean it literally only did one job. How complicated could it be?

Meantime the app for address reporting under TM.30 IS working even though the website STILL isn't. Well, it's mostly working anyway.

Why do they make staying here so hard?

Graz | 12 January 2022 - 16:51:53

Missing a golden opportunity there if you ask me.  Unvaccinated guy is typically also deadbeat, dreadlocked, tattoos-over-80%-of-his-body guy.  I won't lose a minute of sleep if this guy's extension is denied.


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