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PM Prayuth signs order to grant visa amnesty to foreigners in Thailand


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6 minutes ago, Gweiloman said:

So no smart Beemers in Europe to round up illegals? Seems like Thailand immigration is more competent then. 

Visas are usually granted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, not by immigration police.

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Why pussyfoot about? There are many stuck here who do not fall into the after March 26th bracket, who will still have to solve their situation, leading to more queues at immigration. A step in the rig

Title text: "grant visa amnesty to foreigners" Article text: "special permission for some classes of aliens to stay in the Kingdom."   Not quite the same is it. 

I love the title. I guess we were all visa criminals then.   This one is nice too: 'some classes of aliens'. Classy, even. Good thing I'm a Hi-So alien.

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The order includes allowing tourists whose visa expired on or after 26 March to be automatically extended for 30 days.

Looking like it's finally here, once put into law. So if someone is on a SETV/METV and already extended for 30 days before 26th march expiring 1st week of May, they will get an automatic extension. Is my understanding correct?

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1 hour ago, Condog97 said:

I dont understand why everyone gets so worked up about the whole thai visa procedures... I personally think it's very genourous (coming from the UK anyway). 30 days for absolutely nothing and another 30 for about £20! Imagine being a thai and wanting to visit the uk... that would be a massive deal of paperwork and loopholes to have to jump through! The post clearly states (for all tourists who's visa's expired on or after march 26th) if you dont fall into that category then you've already overstayed your visa atleast 14 days... so I'm assuming 99% of people will fall into that category. If not, then what the hell were you thinking... ''oh, I'll just wait and hope the government allows visa excemptions for everyone'' that's insane in my opinion.

When I took my wife to the UK, her visa, both times, was for 6 months.

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27 minutes ago, josephbloggs said:

You do realise the UK uses the term, as does the US, as do most countries considering it is a standard legal term for a non resident. 

Funny the things people choose to get wound up about here.  

Then I’m equally wound up that those countries use it. 

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1 hour ago, Condog97 said:

I dont understand why everyone gets so worked up about the whole thai visa procedures... I personally think it's very genourous (coming from the UK anyway). 30 days for absolutely nothing and another 30 for about £20! Imagine being a thai and wanting to visit the uk... that would be a massive deal of paperwork and loopholes to have to jump through! The post clearly states (for all tourists who's visa's expired on or after march 26th) if you dont fall into that category then you've already overstayed your visa atleast 14 days... so I'm assuming 99% of people will fall into that category. If not, then what the hell were you thinking... ''oh, I'll just wait and hope the government allows visa excemptions for everyone'' that's insane in my opinion.

When applying for a Thai visa you have to be self funded! When Thai's apply for a UK visa who's paying?

Why should our UK tax payer pick up the bills for Thai left stranded in the UK when relationship go wrong!

Is the Thai government going to Pick up your bill, if you are left stranded? 

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1 hour ago, Condog97 said:

I normally just read the forums, never felt the need to post before... however I just felt like I needed to give my opinion on this subject.

We heard you the first time! 

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9 minutes ago, bbi1 said:

 

 

Looking like it's finally here, once put into law. So if someone is on a SETV/METV and already extended for 30 days before 26th march expiring 1st week of May, they will get an automatic extension. Is my understanding correct?

I thought it means that if your visa expired on march 27, you would get another 30 days, so until april 25. But that means you would have extended it on or before March 27, or have overstayed by two weeks already. That's why I'm confused, hopefully somebody can explain it

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2 minutes ago, Psimbo said:

Jeez- the ink isn't even dry on this, no official translation has been published, and the first post in knocks it. 

 

No wonder 'they' have contempt for foreigners with attitudes like this.

 

Why not wait for a full translation before rubbishing it. I despair of people on here sometimes.

That sounds pretty cold. You have no sympathy for foreigners who have been hearing rumors like this for weeks, and are anxious to get details in order to stay above the law?

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1 hour ago, ratcatcher said:

One of the benefits of living in Thailand, you get to meet the neighbors without having to go there.

In the UK you can meet the world, mostly the poor struggling ones, that want an easy life on hand outs! 

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1 hour ago, Condog97 said:

What about a native thai who isnt married to somebody back in the UK and genuinely just wants to go on holiday they're. Its alot of paperwork compared to what we have to do if we just intend on visiting a country for a short getaway. I remember when I first visited thailand, I didnt need any proof of relation or support in the country, I didnt need to showcase my financial situation to prove I could support myself, I showed absolutely nothing... just arrive in the day with your passport and fill a flimsy card in stating where I'm staying and when I'm leaving. Super simple. 

What changed? 

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