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Immigration Bureau grants automatic extension of visas

Apr 09. 2020
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By The Nation

The Immigration Bureau has announced that it is granting visa relief for all foreign nationals stranded in Thailand. The announcement, signed on April 7, was published on the bureau’s website on Wednesday (April 8).

As per the relief measures, visas that have expired from March 26 onwards will be automatically extended to April 30. Foreigners are no longer required to apply for an extension at an immigration office and they will not be charged Bt500 per day for overstaying their visa. 

Foreigners who are due to file a 90-day report between March 26 and April 30 have also been temporarily exempted until further notice. 

Foreigners holding border passes will be allowed to stay in Thailand for now, but they will be required to leave the country within seven days once borders reopen.

All foreign nationals are advised to closely monitor the Immigration Bureau’s website for updates, though the measures announced on Wednesday are valid until April 30 unless otherwise updated, the bureau said.

Many foreign nationals have found themselves stranded in Thailand due mainly to the cancellation of flights and many countries restricting incoming flights as part of the battle against the transmission of Covid-19.

Tourists have recently complained of crowded conditions at immigration offices, where they have had to queue up to apply for visa extension, putting them at risk of catching the virus. 

Many Thais are also stranded abroad as the government is only allowing 200 Thais to enter the country on a daily basis as it needs to prepare quarantining sites for them.

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