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Automatic visa extensions for tourists in Thailand “just a matter of time” - details being ironed out: govt spokesman

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Why thai immigration dont keep all this informations in their computer ?

 

 

You just show passport, and with this number they can read all, no ?

Why its look so hard for them to do a small thing like this ?

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7 hours ago, greggraham said:

I read that as "just a matter of time" for people who arrived after March 1st.

They don't need an embassy letter and 8 more documents. 

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1 minute ago, apophyss said:

Why thai immigration dont keep all this informations in their computer ?

 

 

You just show passport, and with this number they can read all, no ?

Why its look so hard for them to do a small thing like this ?

They have everything in their computers. 

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6 minutes ago, Geeyore said:

despite the actual facts asserted by Thai officials in the article

Which facts? They are working on something which might maybe be ready at some uncertain point in the future to help a small group of foreigners.

 

8 minutes ago, Geeyore said:

All govs everywhere have ridiculous bureaucracies that do not respond ideally to anything. Go back to your home country. Is it different?

Most countries have come up with a solution by now, including most of our home countries. So yes, it's different.

 

8 minutes ago, Geeyore said:

Do any of you cranky GUESTS in Thailand seriously think that your BKK embassy has not been backchanneling our general concerns to Thai gov?? Really??

Judging by what most of our embassies did in the past: Of course we doubt that they have been talking with Thai immigration to help us.

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6 hours ago, allencraig said:

I entered on a VOA stamp before March 1, and had already received an extension. I extended again yesterday. Here's what I learned:

 

1. Anyone who ENTERED Thailand on or after March 1 gets an automatic extension. NO NEED to go to immigration or do anything.

 

 

If true, this would be great news for my family and me and is consistent with what was announced by the MFA spokesman a few days ago.

 

HOWEVER, without anything in writing it still qualifies as hearsay and thus exposes us (my family and anyone else entering after March 1st) to potential overstay fines and apprehension.  If it were only myself, I'd probably just go to the immigration office on Tuesday, but given that I will also need extensions for my wife and child it creates a real quandary.  I would REALLY like to avoid going to that place with my family -- several hours in heat and crowds is obviously not ideal for a small child. 

 

Maybe we risk a day or two of overstay in the hopes of clarity.  Ubonjoe (or anyone else qualified), would a couple of days overstay cause issues (other than fines of 3x500 per day) if we ultimately need to extend at immigration?

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...these are pressing times..good to hear.

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"Just a matter of time" Details to be Iron out.

This is for foreigners who entered Thailand on or after the 1st of March.

Today is the 04th of April Visa's are already running out as form the 30th of March. Are we going to have to pay overstay finds? while we wait  for "Just a matter of time" They have time, we do not. My visa runs out tomorrow. My money ran out last week. Today we are asked to contact the British Embassy in Bangkok and they would reply with some advice. I sent an email to the Embassy 10 days ago. Yes, your right!! No REPLY. Will I get one this time? its "Just a matter of time."

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4 minutes ago, LNER4472 said:

"Just a matter of time" Details to be Iron out.

This is for foreigners who entered Thailand on or after the 1st of March.

Today is the 04th of April Visa's are already running out as form the 30th of March. Are we going to have to pay overstay finds? while we wait  for "Just a matter of time" They have time, we do not. My visa runs out tomorrow. My money ran out last week. Today we are asked to contact the British Embassy in Bangkok and they would reply with some advice. I sent an email to the Embassy 10 days ago. Yes, your right!! No REPLY. Will I get one this time? its "Just a matter of time."

Why don't you fly back home?

You can also just apply for a 30 day tourist extension if you didn't have one yet.

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6 minutes ago, jackdd said:

Why don't you fly back home?

You can also just apply for a 30 day tourist extension if you didn't have one yet.

Thank you for your reply. I have been without work since the End of September and my money has run out. What about my Kids. (Thai) I did not register my son with the British Embassy, but he does have a Thai Passport. I have told all of this to the British Embassy. 

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34 minutes ago, eppic said:

I would REALLY like to avoid going to that place with my family -- several hours in heat and crowds is obviously not ideal for a small child. 

If your child is under 15 years old they can skip the extension application. They are not fined for overstays or banned from entering the country until the age of 18 if caught with an overstay.

 

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28 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

If your child is under 15 years old they can skip the extension application. They are not fined for overstays or banned from entering the country until the age of 18 if caught with an overstay.

 

Unfortunately I would also need an extension for my wife and we have no one to take care of our child -- random babysitters are obviously not an option.

 

Do you know if the extension would be in jeopardy if we overstay a couple of days? or would it just be a fine?  I don't really care about the money, but I don't want to risk bigger problems.

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9 minutes ago, eppic said:

Unfortunately I would also need an extension for my wife and we have no one to take care of our child -- random babysitters are obviously not an option.

Maybe you are your wife could hold the place in the line while the other waits away from the crowd and presents the others passport and their supporting documents to get it and then swaps with the other after they get their extension.

 

10 minutes ago, eppic said:

Do you know if the extension would be in jeopardy if we overstay a couple of days? or would it just be a fine?  I don't really care about the money, but I don't want to risk bigger problems.

A few days of overstay would not be a problem after the 500 baht a day fine was paid.

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Quite. We are not all tourists stuck in Thailand. I had a non O multi based on marriage. I came in in January,  a few days before it expired and got my 90 days. Intended to head over to Savanakhet for a new visa, same same,  but then the border closed on both sides. So off to get a 60 day extension to avoid overstay. Fine. I can now stay until 9 June. 

But what if the world is still in this paralysis then and I still can neither go back to Europe nor get across to Savanakhet? Or there are costly restrictions to enter Laos or re enter Thailand  such as Covid insurance, a medical clearance certificate? 

 

And heading back to Europe which I planned to do well before this 60 day extension expires, with my wife who has a Schengen visa but it's only good until end July, may not be as simple as getting a flight, whilst my wife would not be allowed to enter under current restrictions and is very unhappy at the prospect of being left here alone as well as the prospect of flying alone later.

But say I can get a flight, I then have a 3 hour train journey to get to my home there, but currently no trains. And that might still be the case.

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