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Utterly ridiculous how they have posed for this photograph.  Although it says everything about how they view foreigners who are almost never violent even if they have overstayed.  They really are dete

The message is clear.   You overstay one day, we come, find you, shoot you.   See the first pic.

Why are some complaining that the IO is telling people to make sure they have the correct visa. The free visa period will cease .....    it's not rocket science  !!

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So it seems that now if you have a letter from your embassy and you get to the IO before 26th it's a formality that you can stay for another 30 days.

 

If almost everyone is getting another 30 day stay, it would just have been easier to extend the amnesty?

 

Or are there many people being refused the embassy letter, not seen any reports on this.

 

Also not seen any government announcement on what happens on the 26th October? Maybe you really, really have to go home? October 26 is going to come round very quickly and all this worry, confusion and desperation will be repeated.

 

I truly feel for those in this predicament.

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Just now, Saltire said:

So it seems that now if you have a letter from your embassy and you get to the IO before 26th it's a formality that you can stay for another 30 days.

 

If almost everyone is getting another 30 day stay, it would just have been easier to extend the amnesty?

 

Or are there many people being refused the embassy letter, not seen any reports on this.

 

Also not seen any government announcement on what happens on the 26th October? Maybe you really, really have to go home? October 26 is going to come round very quickly and all this worry, confusion and desperation will be repeated.

 

I truly feel for those in this predicament.

There are very few embassies that are  willing to provide those letters. 

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20 minutes ago, Pattaya Spotter said:

They want them too if they qualify for any of the many in-country visa options that are available. If not, they are likely low spending visitors that are likely pretty tapped-out after a 7 month holiday and should head back home. 

Yes, I have applied from within the kingdom for a non O based on marriage, the difference from my usual Savannakhet Consulate run (currently closed to foreigners) is that I had to come up with 400,000 baht in the bank. My local IO said that next time I can do it with proof of 40,000 baht monthly, but first time they wanted the "full Monty".

Have to leave it for two months, but nothing was required vis a vis seasoning. They have already checked one time by having us deposit 100 baht and presenting the updated book and copy.

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3 hours ago, JusticeGB said:

There were messages to Thai Visa even a couple of days ago expecting that Immigration would be bound to extend Visas yesterday even though it's been made clear for over a month that 26th September was the final date. Just because it might be sensible to keep spending power in Thailand it doesn't follow that Immigration will take that into account. Tourists are not residents they come here with the expectation of staying for a limited period not for 6 months like many have had already. The idea that because covid19 is less virulent in Thailand than in your home country is not a factor that should concern Immigration. 

"The idea that because covid19 is less virulent in Thailand than in your home country is not a factor that should concern Immigration."

 

But how about creating a good image to 'lure' (as they always say) prospective tourists to Thailand? They could make a huge, positive PR campaign for Thailand out of letting people stay - but they'd need an active, living brain to understand that.

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2 minutes ago, Ganesh108 said:

But how about creating a good image to 'lure' (as they always say) prospective tourists to Thailand?

Very simple, they want to sell their new Tourist visa. Also, there are plenty of other visa options out here for people who would like to stay here for more than just a few months. 

 

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1 minute ago, herfiehandbag said:

It is worse than that, some of them may be backpackers!

Probably right.  Definitely not the types you want in your country during a pandemic... Generally speaking, their basic hygiene is defiantly not that great! 😕 

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1 hour ago, brewsterbudgen said:

It doesn't affect you, assuming you are on an annual extension of stay.

And how could it affect him? So far, TI's handling on COVID made perfect sense, and this includes the end of the amnesty, as everyone can now go back home if they have to. The rightly anticipated rare exceptions will be covered through 30 days extensions based on embassy or medical justification.

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