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

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So... actually it's not ok until it's "published" ? Got lost in this jungle 😁

 

I'm asking because i am supposed to go to immigration like tomorrow morning last limit <deleted>...

 

First extension of the exemption on arrival.

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2 hours ago, Lee20 said:

I went to CW office applied 30 days extension on 25Mar(the most crowded day I think).  My original tax exempt stamp expired on 30Mar, I wait for 10 hours and got a stamp that my extension was under consideration and must contact the immigration office again on 22Apr.  Do you guys have any idea I really need to contact the immigration on 22Apr or I can get automated extension for one month from my original expired date of 30Mar?  Thanks a lot! 

Im pretty sure from what I read and also what my Thai wife has read,  that your expired visa, being the 30th of March enables an automatic 30 day extension as of the 30th March.

Good luck

GBW

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1 hour ago, rkidlad said:

Me and my missus have been going back to UK and Europe every year for the last 10 years. First visa for UK and Schengen was a pain. After that it got easier and easier. Now it's a piece of p***. She gets 6 months muli-entry and she doesn't have to pay cos she's married to me. 

 

There's a reason why the UK, for example; is so strict at first but then offers rewards and even citizenship down the line. There's no reason why Thailand won't do the same for it's tax-paying and/or married foreigners. 

 

During a pandemic. There should be a visa amnesty in every country. It's not only the correct way to keep people from getting sick or dying - it's also the decent and right thing to do. 

And that applies to thais exactly how? 

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15 minutes ago, Badboldie said:

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

Good point, but do they have to line up at British "Immigration "offices and report every 90 days?  

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53 minutes ago, Mister Fixit said:

You might want to think about brushing up your maths and knowledge of current exchange rates.  

An extension to a 30 day visa exemption costs 1,900 baht, which at the current rate of (approximately) 40 baht to the £ comes to £47.50, well over double the £20 you quoted.

 

 

Good point! I normally just do the maths at 1000 = 25... I intended on adding that to the 20. My mistake! 

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26 minutes ago, LastStraw said:

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

It also means that if your visa expired on 26th March and you did not extend, you are forgive and will not have to pay fines. That is what Amnesty is, I just hope that is how the Thais understand it! 

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40 minutes ago, rbkk said:

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

Did you have to apply for it and pay £xxx for it even with a chance they could turn around and say no? Did she have to go to bangkok or a local embassy to apply?

 

Or did she just arrive and walk freely through immigration without any interrogation whatsoever? That's the point I'm trying to make

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2 hours ago, ThailandRyan said:

maybe for those Elite Visa holders who are still here I would agree, but not for those that left for a quick visit back home to pick up some things, like a buddy from the states, and then were locked out of Thailand, those folks can not get here as of now so that Visa for them is useless, he is fuming about that fact.

He's got an EINO visa (Elite in name only) 

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41 minutes ago, Badboldie said:

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? 

I'm sorry, I must of completely missed the part at the airport where they ask me my financial situation... because they did not

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1 hour ago, Badboldie said:

What is the elite visa? 

 

It's a visa that has just been granted by PM without paying 500,000 baht for it.

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8 minutes ago, Badboldie said:

It also means that if your visa expired on 26th March and you did not extend, you are forgive and will not have to pay fines. That is what Amnesty is, I just hope that is how the Thais understand it! 

That's what i thought too. So on March 26th you had to see two weeks into the future to know they would announce it retroactively? The 1000s of people who showed up to extend between March 26th and now, or whenever it actually becomes official, didn't need to?

 

For example, if this announcement was the same but said april 26th, people planning to go within the next few weeks would not have to bother. Mentioning March 26th now makes no sense to me, like other people have said, if your visa expired March 26th, you're gone or have extended it already

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23 minutes ago, YetAnother said:

And that applies to thais exactly how? 

Read the comment it was in reply to for some context. 

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39 minutes ago, Sambotte said:

So... actually it's not ok until it's "published" ? Got lost in this jungle 😁

 

I'm asking because i am supposed to go to immigration like tomorrow morning last limit <deleted>...

 

First extension of the exemption on arrival.

Print a copy of the Thai version of the order and take it with you.

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