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Like many of you who applied for the special covid extension with letter from your embassy, i had an "under consideration" stamp. I was due to come back to the immigration today, I was skeptical about

So we've been "bait and switched" just so they can get rid of all the media coverage...but at the end a bunch of people are likely to get into overstay because the interpretation of the announcement w

I acknowledge I'm a noob on TV and therefore my trustworthiness must be rather low but these are facts (as of April 10 at CW) and not my uneducated opinion on the subject. So I'll let senior members i

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8 minutes ago, audaciousnomad said:

A lot of people who do not follow ThaiVisa forums are about to screwed by this. If they are here on a previously extended visa, and do not come in thinking they have amnesty, they will be in for a RUDE AWAKENING at 500baht for each day that they failed to come in because they were MISLED by the announcement! #BaitAndSwitch

I am afraid this is already what is happening considering how empty was CW today (only two people before me at 2pm, counter J), many might have already assumed that extension was automatic for their case too and started to lay back, relax and stop reading frantically TV and the news all day long.

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5 minutes ago, Tanoshi said:

The date of March 26th given in the announcement is also the date they stopped foreigners entering Thailand. Maybe coincidental, but I think not.

You might be right. I always wondered why it was backdated to that specific date.

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9 minutes ago, audaciousnomad said:

A lot of people who do not follow ThaiVisa forums are about to screwed by this. If they are here on a previously extended visa, and do not come in thinking they have amnesty, they will be in for a RUDE AWAKENING at 500baht for each day that they failed to come in because they were MISLED by the announcement! #BaitAndSwitch

The announcement is clear.

The fact folk don't understand what they read is not the fault of anyone else.

 

If people don't follow TVF, I doubt they'll follow any Immigration announcements either.

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Well, for some reason it isn't clear as we have so many posters here asking for clarification on both visa extensions and 90 day reports.

Surely anyone who is in Thailand on a visa that is 90 days or less must be checking on their status regarding renewal etc.

Plus if they are extending then surely they should be in their home country if that was at all possible, but they are not so they will surely be checking every possible angle to get home.

Long stay expats like myself are in a different position, so in a sense it is easier for us to interpret the announcement.

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3 minutes ago, jacob29 said:

Not clear enough considering you get different answers depending on which immigration office you visit. It's going to be interesting if someone turned away from immigration as 'no need', later gets fined at the airport.

 

Maybe we need a written waiver from immigration confirming 'no need'?

Totally agree

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So I guess if you have already asked for an extension, then you still have to keep doing it in person at the office, you'll only get free automatic extension if the initial visa expiration date was after March 26.

Worrying. Im on a normal 30 day visa exemption which I extended 30 days at CW mid march due to expire mid april which would then mean I need to go again in the next few days. Damn, need clarity... 

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i guess we shouldn't be surprised if there actually is a catch in this 'automatic visa ext. for ALL'.

 

if it turns out only people who NEVER set foot in thai immigration (never extended stay permits in country) are eligible for the amnesty which actually is sort of fair. they traveled in & got stuck due to covid!

 

those who didn't leave while they could but instead went to immi & extended stay have caused their own problem 🙂

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I was in (an almost empty) CW today and they just gave me another extension stamp until April 29. I asked what should i do then, she replied if i want to stay longer I'll need to come again with another letter from the embassy. I showed her the announcement from April 7, she said it doesn't apply to me but only to people whose visa expired after March 26.

 

 

So you got an extension of stay until April 29. That date is after March 26, so it will be extended automatically to April 30 and later possibly one or several months more.

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