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Thai Cabinet Extends the Visa Amnesty for Foreigners


Visa Amnesty Extension Granted by Cabinet for Foreigners in Thailand

The Thai Cabinet has extended the visa amnesty for foreigners so they can remain in Thailand during the Covid-19 global pandemic. This extension to the visa amnesty will be a huge relief for tens of thousands of people who have been in a visa limbo, some without many other options other than staying in Thailand whilst international flights remain limited.

The Cabinet approved the “third automatic visa extension” to all types until Sept 26 on July 21, announced the Royal Thai Government main website.

The announcement explained that the requests proposed by the Royal Thai Police, under which the Immigration Bureau operates, has been approved, as follows:

  1. Immigration Bureau must announce to foreigners that exemption of all requirements under Section 35 and 37(1) of the Immigration Act 2522 and other relevant laws has been extended to Sept 26, 2020.
  2. The extension for visas for staying in the Kingdom has been extended from August 1 to September 26, 2020.
  3. The period for foreigners to report their current address has been extended from August 1 to September 26, 2020.

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A government spokeswoman, Traisuree Taisaranakul, says that the automatic visa extension in Thailand will now be in force until September 26, as rumoured. Mandatory 90 day reporting for resident foreigners with ongoing visas will also be suspended until September 26.

At this stage there has not been any additional provisions or paperwork announced, other than a general extension of the current visa amnesty.

The announcement will assist tourists and visitors who found themselves stranded in Thailand due to travel restrictions, as well as providing extra time for people to make arrangements and take advantage of repatriation flights or opportunities to head home.


Source: The Thaiger & The Phuket News

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