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I have spent the past 10 months on 60 and 90 day extensions of my border stamp basically since they locked the borders down.

 

Richard Barrow has recently published new covid test requirements for all foreigners entering Thailand and living in Thailand for Jan 25th.

 

But there seems to be a lot of doubt over this on a few of the expat facebook groups.

 

Can anyone clarify for certain if this indeed applies to people like me who are just trapped in this 60 day extension rut?... Seems totally senseless if we are already here long term living among the population. Also the announcement published in the Royal Gazette simply shows covid as having been added to an existing list of banned conditions of which none actually even need proof showing an applicant does not have said conditions.

 

I mean, when was the last time you had to have a leprosy test to satisfy your visa application???

 

Once again, totally confusing sounds coming from immigration.

 

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The covid 19 rule has been in effect for some time now. That is why you have to get a test to enter the country. The change to to section 12 of the immigration act is for those entering the count

What nonsense. Barrow could have made a mint from his online activities but he has chosen not to accept advertising income. He is quite simply a genuinely helpful fellow who enjoys what he does. Why a

Wise to wait for the official announcement.  Both Barrow and Khaosod are more interested in clicks than facts!

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1 hour ago, ubonjoe said:

The covid 19 rule has been in effect for some time now. That is why you have to get a test to enter the country.

The change to to section 12 of the immigration is for those entering the country for a temporary permit to stay is just a formality to allow immigration to deny entries.

The change to section 44 is only for those with permanent residency since the are not included in section 12.

I did a google translate of the royal gazette this morning read what is said and compared it to the immigration act.

It will have no effect on those staying here on extension of stay or who are already in the country on a visa or visa exempt entry and those with permanent residency.

Thanks so much.

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1 hour ago, ubonjoe said:

The covid 19 rule has been in effect for some time now. That is why you have to get a test to enter the country.

The change to to section 12 of the immigration is for those entering the country for a temporary permit to stay is just a formality to allow immigration to deny entries.

The change to section 44 is only for those with permanent residency since the are not included in section 12.

I did a google translate of the royal gazette this morning read what is said and compared it to the immigration act.

It will have no effect on those staying here on extension of stay or who are already in the country on a visa or visa exempt entry and those with permanent residency.

But hysteria sure got mr barrow some traffic, didnt it?

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1 hour ago, ubonjoe said:

The covid 19 rule has been in effect for some time now. That is why you have to get a test to enter the country.

The change to to section 12 of the immigration is for those entering the country for a temporary permit to stay is just a formality to allow immigration to deny entries.

The change to section 44 is only for those with permanent residency since the are not included in section 12.

I did a google translate of the royal gazette this morning read what is said and compared it to the immigration act.

It will have no effect on those staying here on extension of stay or who are already in the country on a visa or visa exempt entry and those with permanent residency.

For those who cannot find the original

 

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29 minutes ago, n00dle said:

But hysteria sure got mr barrow some traffic, didnt it?


This is not the firs time 🙄

 

2 hours ago, ubonjoe said:

The covid 19 rule has been in effect for some time now. That is why you have to get a test to enter the country.

The change to to section 12 of the immigration is for those entering the country for a temporary permit to stay is just a formality to allow immigration to deny entries.

The change to section 44 is only for those with permanent residency since the are not included in section 12.

I did a google translate of the royal gazette this morning read what is said and compared it to the immigration act.

It will have no effect on those staying here on extension of stay or who are already in the country on a visa or visa exempt entry and those with permanent residency.


Thanks for clearing that up, we had hundreds of messages after he posted that statement... He caused a real panic.

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19 minutes ago, Brewster67 said:

Barrow seems to be getting a lot of flack over this. My wife even read the statement from immigration and says no way does it say what he is claiming.

 

He certainly seems to be " getting ahead of himself " on such a sensitive issue bound to raise controversy.

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I don't believe for a minute that those people who have been in Thailand on long stay permits, visas or extensions will be required to take a Covid19 test. It would be stupidity, even for this government.

 

I am sure I also saw some headline grabbing from Mr Barrow regarding Foreigners abd giving the scare mongering impression that they will not be offered Covid vaccines!

 

Again, I do not believe this either, because without a shadow of a doubt, the vaccine will be acquired by the private hospitals and offered to the masses.

 

This will be done for profit of course,  after all, this is Amazing Thailand.

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17 minutes ago, ThaiVisaCentre said:


This is not the firs time 🙄

 


Thanks for clearing that up, we had hundreds of messages after he posted that statement... He caused a real panic.

He does say an immigration officer sent him a copy of the order in his Twitter stream

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10 hours ago, jackdd said:

Afaik he can read Thai, so he should have been able to understand it. It doesn't say anything about extensions, so I guess he made this up himself to get more attention.

Just the normal confusion between residency and permits to stay from extensions and entries to the country.

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14 hours ago, Brewster67 said:

when was the last time you had to have a leprosy test to satisfy your visa application??

FYI, there's no current leprosy pandemic afflicting hundreds of thousands of people daily.

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