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On 9/6/2020 at 3:54 PM, JackThompson said:

There was never an "amnesty" - we got automatic-extensions of our existing permitted-stays through (eventually) Sept 26. 

They have already announced one can get 30-day extensions of these with a letter from your embassy.  Just the letter and some landlord-docs (depending on the office).  That seems to be the "what's next" option. 

 

If one cannot get an embassy-letter (USA is automatic, others want "reasons"), and do not want to return to your passport-country, then next step is to check here (and similar sites) for options:

https://travelbans.org/
https://www.traveloffpath.com/countries-reopening-their-borders-for-tourism-the-complete-list/
https://www.kayak.com/travel-restrictions

When you say "automatic", no reason is needed beyond my city is a bit of a mess?  Why are they doing this, considering there are flights going back to the US?

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They had the same graphic/information posted in July. Short after everything was extended by the cabinet. Yawn!

Interesting that the actual announcement says nothing about amnesty ending or the need to prepare to leave or anything remotely like that.

I understand there's a few on these forums hoping people will have to leave,but your going to be very disappointed because an extension of some sort is going to happen 😊😊😎😎

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45 minutes ago, andy246 said:

When you say "automatic", no reason is needed

correct, no reason is needed.  The process is all automatic and done online.  you just enter your name, passport number, etc, and you will receive the letter via email in about ten minutes.

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2 hours ago, andy246 said:

When you say "automatic", no reason is needed beyond my city is a bit of a mess?  Why are they doing this, considering there are flights going back to the US?

Probably because they got sick of people asking and complaining. Their letter is pretty wishy washy and only asks for assistance. It doesn't say the applicant can't go home and that the situation in the U.S. is so horrible that it's a danger. It also seems to be automatically generated without input of a consular officer or staff member.

 

If immigration accepts this then so be it but if they need specifics as they did before... no dice!

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47 minutes ago, FlyingThai said:

Probably because they got sick of people asking and complaining. Their letter is pretty wishy washy and only asks for assistance. It doesn't say the applicant can't go home and that the situation in the U.S. is so horrible that it's a danger. It also seems to be automatically generated without input of a consular officer or staff member.

 

If immigration accepts this then so be it but if they need specifics as they did before... no dice!

From the things I'm hearing thus far I think it'll be fairly easy to obtain the extension with any country's embassy letter. Some immigration offices however may require a few additional documents (e.g. proof of hotel or residence)...along with a little groveling. LOL

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2 hours ago, Phillip9 said:

correct, no reason is needed.  The process is all automatic and done online.  you just enter your name, passport number, etc, and you will receive the letter via email in about ten minutes.

Although the USA letter doe not ask immigration to extend your visa , they just say, "We have no objection if you give an extension "

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15 minutes ago, Benitostacos said:

From the things I'm hearing thus far I think it'll be fairly easy to obtain the extension with any country's embassy letter. Some immigration offices however may require a few additional documents (e.g. proof of hotel or residence)...along with a little groveling. LOL

Hearing from whom?

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15 minutes ago, CorpusChristie said:

Although the USA letter doe not ask immigration to extend your visa , they just say, "We have no objection if you give an extension "

 

That is false. This is what the actual letter says:

 

"We wish to refer to the unique global transportation restrictions caused by the pandemic outbreak of COVID-19, and its effects on international travel. The Embassy of the United States of America requests these special circumstances be considered for U.S. citizens who remain in Thailand on temporary visas and wish to apply for temporary extensions of stay from the Immigration Bureau of the Royal Thai Police."

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On 9/5/2020 at 9:08 PM, edwardandtubs said:

It's just because that's already been stated so there's no need for them to keep repeating it.

They made the same statements before the last time they extended.They have form in this area.

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9 minutes ago, FlyingThai said:

Hearing from whom?

Just hearsay and chatter on social media of what some IO's supposedly said, information from immigration hotline, and random news articles. Of course it could mean nothing. 

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6 minutes ago, trappedinasia said:

 

That is false. This is what the actual letter says:

 

"We wish to refer to the unique global transportation restrictions caused by the pandemic outbreak of COVID-19, and its effects on international travel. The Embassy of the United States of America requests these special circumstances be considered for U.S. citizens who remain in Thailand on temporary visas and wish to apply for temporary extensions of stay from the Immigration Bureau of the Royal Thai Police."

That may have been for the letters prior to September 26 th , the newer letters state what I wrote (according to reports on here)

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Keep an eye on this

Senior Phuket immigration official says some news is in the pipeline for long-stay visa foreigners after September 15th from Bangkok

Earlier last week, a top immigration officer in Phuket, Lieutenant Colonel Udom Thongchin, who is the deputy commander on the island, indicated that some news for long-stay foreigners within Thailand is in the offing.

 

The normally prescient official told the Phuket News newspaper in Phuket that he expects some news from Bangkok prior to September 15th next.

 

One key concern for many foreigners with Thai wives or who live and work from the kingdom is that because of the Covid 19 crisis, they have been unable to leave the country and both their incomes and savings have been depleted. This means that many may not be able to satisfy the strict income and deposit requirements which in recent years have been tightened 

 

Lieutenant Colonel Udom advised such people to hold off on submitting their visa applications to authorities until after September 15th as he expects that there will be some guidance on this from headquarters in Bangkok.

 

https://www.thaiexaminer.com/thai-news-foreigners/2020/09/06/visa-amnesty-ends-september-26th-30-day-extensions-focus-long-stay-holders/

 

 

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17 minutes ago, racket said:

Keep an eye on this

Senior Phuket immigration official says some news is in the pipeline for long-stay visa foreigners after September 15th from Bangkok

Seems very likely their will be a further amnesty.  They will of course wait until after the sept 11 application deadline to announce it, so they can collect all the agent fees they can.

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14 minutes ago, Phillip9 said:

Seems very likely their will be a further amnesty.  They will of course wait until after the sept 11 application deadline to announce it, so they can collect all the agent fees they can.

It has that feel. Turn the screws and make people sweat.

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