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Phuket Immigration jammed with foreigners, expats on non-immigrant visas forced to leave the country

By The Phuket News

 

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A marquee was set up in front of Phuket Immigration so foreigners could sit outside while waiting for officials to even receive their request to stay in Thailand longer instead of risking contracting the disease by having to leave the country. Photo: Supplied

 

PHUKET: Expats living and working in Phuket for years, even more than a decade, are being forced to leave the country because of the Immigration Bureau’s requirement for non-tourist foreigners staying in Thailand to obtain a letter from their embassies requesting the foreigner’s permit-to-stay be extended.

 

Hundreds of foreigners arrived at the Phuket Immigration Office in Phuket Town this morning (Mar 23) in the hope of extending their stay in the country instead risking contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus by having to travel home or anywhere else to comply with the Thai immigration regulation issued late last week.

 

On Friday, Phuket Immigration confirmed to The Phuket News that by order from Bangkok all tourists can extend their stay by simply presenting themselves at the Immigration office, filing an application and paying B1,900.

 

Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-immigration-jammed-with-foreigners-expats-on-non-immigrant-visas-forced-to-leave-the-country-75398.php

 

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-- © Copyright Phuket News 2020-03-23

 

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16 minutes ago, NCC1701A said:

why not just announce whatever legal visa you have now that is not in overstay before March 01 is extended automatically to Jan 2021.

 

Cancel all 90 day reporting until Jan 2021.

 

Close the borders 100%. you can leave if you want to.

 

Reassign immigration police to border and lock down patrol.

 

That is far to sensible/logical/safe. Where do the immig. Police make thier money off the farrang?

 

*anyone*

I assume if my current non b does not expire for a while (June) then there is no need to do this?

TIA

 

A 1 month extension would expire before the original non b.

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1 hour ago, ThaiBunny said:

de Sade?

The maquis were busy resisting the Gestapo and the Marquee was on loan to a nighclub in Wardour street

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