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Thailand extends foreigners' visas to prevent queues and curb coronavirus

 

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A woman wearing a protective face mask walks on a road during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Bangkok, Thailand, April 7, 2020. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand approved a plan on Wednesday to allow all foreigners who entered legally to receive automatic visa extensions, to prevent long queues at immigration centres and stem the spread of the coronavirus, a senior immigration official told Reuters.

 

Thailand has closed its borders and banned entry to foreigners, except diplomats and work-permit holders to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

Those foreigners who entered the country before the ban was imposed - who had visas, received visas on arrival or under visa waiver programmes - will not need to line up at often crowded immigration centres around the country to extend their stay.

 

The automatic visa extension has been granted until April 30, according to an interior ministry document. Police Lieutenant General Sompong Chingduang told Reuters the government could extend this deadline each month.

 

Last week the government allowed migrant workers with expiring work permits to stay in the country, without the need to apply for extensions, until Thailand reopen its borders.

 

The country reported 111 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday. They included 42 Thais repatriated from Indonesia who had travelled South Sulawesi province for a religious gathering last month before the event was postponed.

 

In total, Thailand has reported 2,369 cases of the novel coronavirus, and 30 deaths. It has declared a state of emergency until the end of the month and imposed a nationwide 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew.

 

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Nothing has changed. What a crock of <deleted>.

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Ok look lucky timing for me. I was due tomorrow.

 

I have been a little bit confused actually by Richard Barrow, he is talking a lot about people having already a first extension, or he his talking about the long term visa extension (1 year)...

 

Anyway, i feel lucky today.

My thought though for all those who have suffered from this madness.

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2 hours ago, khunpa said:

Not to be sarcastic, but guess some of the Elite visa haters, maybe now can see the benefit of that visa. 

I got it, would not be much benefit if I was running out of the 1y permit to stay stamp. Off to immigration to beg for extension it would be. I'm lucky as I got it until end of December, only had to battle with the 90d notification (which the elite assistants luckily handled for me). So yeah some benefits, but no real screams of joy.

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1 hour ago, dinsdale said:

The use of the title alien for those who are not nationals is quite widespread. You're making something of nothing. In Japan farang are called gaijin. Gaijin means alien.

At least it's not gweilo. Damn white ghosts.

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1 hour 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? 

have you ever heard of independent thai travelers (with money)? have a real job not that many hubs to jump really 🙂 travel for relationships? umm ok cool

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9 minutes ago, Sambotte said:

Ok look lucky timing for me. I was due tomorrow.

 

I have been a little bit confused actually by Richard Barrow, he is talking a lot about people having already a first extension, or he his talking about the long term visa extension (1 year)...

 

Anyway, i feel lucky today.

My thought though for all those who have suffered from this madness.

Very lucky, you. I'd say buy a lottery ticket if the lottery wasn't cancelled. I was there yesterday with at least 1000 others, I left it until the last day. I was waiting for that announcement, but it had been internet gossip for weeks already, and i didn't want to risk it staying just a rumour

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5 minutes ago, LastStraw said:

You got a 30 day, right? If so, a visa exemption. So they wouldn't ask about your financial situation. 60 day tourist visa you need proof of funds. I've never applied for anything else, but people will tell you there's a lot more you need to provide for retirement visa, marriage visa, etc.

Yes, I always get a visa exemption and just extend it to 30 days, no questions asked and no need to prove anything. Much simpler that way and beneficial for me, I dont need to stay any longer than 60 days at a time and if I do, i quite enjoy visiting other countries for visa runs. I understand that isnt the case for everybody, just emphasising how easy it is to visit the country and how laid back the immigration is about it.

 

 

6 minutes ago, rkidlad said:

Your point is that why can some people walk into another’s country easily while other’s can’t. Two of the most powerful passports in the world are from Singapore and Japan. They get to walk into other countries easily because their governments run things much better than most and their citizens have high GDPs. People from wealthy countries generally don’t go to poorer countries for a better financial future. And if they do, they don’t achieve it easily. 
 

Japan and South Korea have discussed before about ditching their VOA for Thais. The reason being many people going their to work illegally.
 

If you wanna blame someone, blame s***** governments who stifle their country and citizen’s progression either through poor management or gross corruption. 

I'm not blaming anyone, like I said above, I was just emphasising the relaxed laws on  visiting Thailand. I understand they're are people looking to come and work illegally in other countries, I just think its harsh of people to slander the rules on visa's in thailand right now... when theres no factors such as a global pandemic affecting travel and causing restrictions. The thai government is extremely relaxed on letting people come and go freely to visit their country. My girlfriends been wanting to come to visit the U.K now for over 2 years... just looking at the whole process, I think what's the point, when it's so much easier, cheaper and generally just better to come and see her here.

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It’s now official! The order signed by the prime minister to give automatic extension of stay to foreigners has just been published in the Royal Gazette. Effective immediately http://ratchakitcha.soc.go.th/DATA/PDF/2563/E/081/T_0009.PDF #COVID19 #โควิด19 #Thailand [ THREAD]

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so, those who got a covid-19 extension already, and this expires BEFORE April 30, dont need to go to Imm and stay clear until that date? 

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2 hours ago, Mbaki said:

Not really a luxury....more like waste of money 😁

Elite is a waste of money ... even with buckets of cash. you can simply pay an agent to get you unrestricted visa access as required for a fraction of the cost and the saving spent on pure indulgence .....if youre in that financial position.

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