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6 minutes ago, kingofthemountain said:

You should never underestimate them

they could do it.....well, just because they can !

agreed, but even for them would be incredible. 

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20 hours ago, webfact said:

The Immigration Bureau is discussing the possibility of extending visa amnesty for foreigners stranded in Thailand

Suggests to me that they are awaiting confirmation of 'state of emergency' extension soon about to be announced

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19 hours ago, ExpatOilWorker said:

What nationalities are still stranded here?

As flights are taking off again anybody can, one way or the other, fly OUT of Thailand.

I can give you an example of nationalities stranded here: My wife run her own business (restaurant) here in Thailand. She has few customers from Morocco. They came here on holidays (one couple on honeymoon) just before the borders closed. Since, they have trying to go back to Morocco but been unsuccessful so far. Why:

There have been around 5,000 Moroccan stranded outside Morocco since the borders been closed. As the covid situation went very bad in Morocco in the first few months, they totally lock down the country, not even doing repatriation. Then, they started repatriation recently with priorities (from neighboring countries, direct flights and quota...). The guy's stuck here are at the bottom of the list for repatriation. One Moroccan guy was explaining that he had a return flight in March. On his scheduled departing date, he went to the airport, check-in but later was denied to board as he was told that he won't be allowed to enter Morocco.

Another Moroccan guy came to the restaurant of my wife few days ago. He explained me that he was on his way to the airport. He said he got a call from his Embassy the night before. They informed him that they arranged a flight for him from Istanbul to Morocco for the next day but he needed to arrange his flight from Thailand to Turkey to get the connection. He tried to contact immediately the airline but no-one would answer. So he decided to go directly to their office at the airport. I didn't see him since so maybe he was lucky... 

I am sure there are more nationalities in such cases.

By the way, I am not from Morocco.

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20 hours ago, ExpatOilWorker said:

What nationalities are still stranded here?

As flights are taking off again anybody can, one way or the other, fly OUT of Thailand.

And UK and EU border is open up and no isolation on return. 

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What really could be a problem for many when they open the land borders ,are the hundreds of people which will be stranded waiting for visas all at the same time. The border controls and the local immigration offices will be swamped by the volumes of people reinstating their current visas. The longer they keep this system in place the longer Visa run people will be sitting in hotels at the borders waiting days and queuing for hours on end each day.

I think after this debacle finishes the Thai government may look at the current system and how impractical it actually is.

 

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Thai Air are not flying until August, so if you want to return now, you must buy another ticket from another airline. 

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Just now, jphasia said:

Yes. This is my case. I am on Non O Multi Entry (because I live in Thailand normaly work in neighbor country) and supposed to leave country every 90 days. I should have left End of May but postponed due to the Covid. If the amnesty stopped end of this month, I will need to do the a border run. But with the actual restrictions, where and how will i be able to come back? I will have the option to get a 60 days extension, hoping that by that time, crossing the borders and re-entry will be easier but with an extension of the amnesty, I would on safe side...

I would check the viability of the 60 day extension. I am in the same boat as you. I should have done a border run before May 29th, but as we know that was not possible. My visa is valid until August, but my local Immigration Office has told me that the visa amnesty only covers you not to pay the fine. For everything else I am an over-stayer because the permission to stay (90 days) has expired

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13 minutes ago, Jackcwba said:

crossing an invisible line at the border just to be able to turn around and get a stamp in your passport to stay longer... complete nonsense

 

 

Indeed. 

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My friend and a few others are in cnx since the lockdown.They visa is on going as we know because of this.The cost of the flights were high at the time,don,t know about now.if they can afford to stay awhile longer and get the visa to extend they may well stay longer.

    The free visa can not last forever so they will have to leave then return again in 2021 i imagine.they are all waiting to see what the government will do about visas and the risk of overstay for them now.be interested too see what happens next

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1 hour ago, dallen52 said:

And UK and EU border is open up and no isolation on return. 

Afraid not!

Thailand (and Cambodia) is NOT presently on the list of countries from where people can enter UK without isolating for 2 weeks....sadly for us all 

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/explainers-53221896

 

however note that "More countries may be added ''over the coming days',' the Department for Transport says." 

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