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The current visa amnesty, and what will happen to foreigners after its conclusion (at this stage on July 31), is a constant source of confusion and stress for many foreigners. Some were truly stranded in the Kingdom when the borders were closed and flights become limited for a return to their home countries. Others decided to stay in the Kingdom to weather the storm. Here’s a long comment posted on The Thaiger Facebook page with a considered argument about allowing foreigners to extend their stay in the Kingdom (edited). Participate in the poll below…


“While the Thai government has indeed been generous with the 3 month amnesty and given a clear date from the start, the situation is far from back to normal.

Quite a few foreigners currently already in the country would choose to stay in Thailand if offered the choice, and have good reasons to want to do so.

There are ways for the Thai government to normalise the foreigner situation (=get people back on some sort of extendable paying visa or stay permit) and keep control while also recognising the unprecedented nature of this crisis.

If non-resident foreigners currently “waiting it out” in Thailand have proof of funds, are willing to pay for a visa and subsequent extensions, what is wrong with giving them a chance to stay here for a little longer – say until Thailand decides to reopen up its borders to tourist arrivals, for instance?

And letting non-resident foreigners extend their stay could even be a part of Thailand’s current domestic tourism incentive policy.

On a similar timeline, Indonesia has just put an end to their emergency stay permit system. Since July 13, people who entered the country on a free visa on arrival will have 30 days to leave. But all other visas, including the paid visa on arrival, will be allowed to extend their visas for a fee “until the emergency is declared over”.


…from The Thaiger Facebook page.

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    not fair

    July 14, 2020 at 11:53 am

    There’s no argument to extend the amnesty whatsoever. Your journalism is deluded, and your article is subjective garbage.

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      raphael

      July 14, 2020 at 6:16 pm

      and you are a angry jalous sad lonely person…

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        not fair

        July 15, 2020 at 2:51 am

        Do you mean ‘Jealous?… of what? of freeloading entitled overstayers who are about to get clamped down upon by immigration? I don’t think so buddy. It’s not me living in cloud-cuckoo-land.
        Also, I’m certainly not sad or lonely. Does being able to write an entire paragraph make me an angry person in your eyes? How strange.
        Are you one of the overstayers? It’s not jealousy I feel, it’s more like pity. Pity you didn’t repatriate when you were advised, pity you lied to immigration about being stranded, pity if you end up in immigration detention. Definitely not jealously.

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          Robert

          July 15, 2020 at 10:26 am

          Posts reply doubling down on his anger, jealousy and loneliness LOL

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          Marc

          July 15, 2020 at 7:44 pm

          Mister “not fair”, how fair and courageous to comment under a nickname !
          You know how Flemish people call a guy like you ?
          A vinegar pisser !

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      Johannes senders

      July 14, 2020 at 9:39 pm

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      EXPATSVisa amnesty, looming July 31 deadline in ThailandThe ThaigerPublished 11 hours ago on 14-07-2020By The Thaiger
      Visa amnesty, looming July 31 deadline in Thailand | The Thaiger
      NOTE: This post is not designed to scare anyone, but simply prompt foreigners, currently in Thailand, about the situation with visas. There is a list of all embassies in Thailand at the end of this article.

      The Thai government has had a visa amnesty in force that has allowed foreigners to stay in Thailand during the Covid-19 outbreak. It automatically extended all visas until July 31. But that date is approaching fast, and whilst there has been conjecture about an extension to the visa amnesty beyond July 31, NOTHING has been confirmed (despite rumours).

      To be clear, the Thai government are not just going to suddenly throw people out of the country. The date for the finish of the visa amnesty has been widely publicised since the announcement of the amnesty. It is the responsibility of each foreigner to be aware of their visa situation, especially if their visa has expired during the amnesty. The Cabinet announced an extension of the visa amnesty for an additional 3 months on April 21 this year.

      Whilst there is a lot of confusion, and everyone is waiting for clarification from Thai Immigration, your best step forward is to get as much information you can and be prepared.

      So, if you are a foreigner and your visa to stay in Thailand has expired, or will expire, before the July 31 date, you will, as it stands at the moment, be required to get a formal extension or leave the Kingdom. Or renew your current visa if it is ongoing.

      We are not in a normal situation where everything operates fluidly and as you have expected in the past. Embassies and consulates are under considerable pressure to help sort out the situations for many thousands of foreigners. Some embassies will be more helpful than others. Don’t expect your country’s embassy to drop everything they’re doing and attend to your situation.

      Here are your options which you should be actively considering to avoid deportation, a fine or other possible charges…

      • Contact your embassy or consulate (better to email at this time rather than appear in person). Tell them where you are and your current visa situation, and provide contact details.

      • If you wish to extend your visa beyond July 31 there will probably be a cost associated and you will need supporting documentation to extend. The Thai Immigration department has already made it clear that you will probably need a letter from your embassy explaining why you need to extend your visa. This will need to be arranged before you apply for an extension with Thai Immigration. If your visa simply needs to be renewed it should be a much easier procedure.

      • Check out possible outbound flights to your home country, including connecting flights from the airlines that are currently leaving Bangkok. BE VERY CAREFUL booking any flights immediately as there have been many, many cases of airlines scheduling flights out of Thailand that end up cancelled and leaving prospective passengers out of pocket and an extended wait for a refund. We would recommend contacting the actual airlines to make bookings rather booking through aggregation sites. Your air fares back home could be quite expensive.

      • If the Thai government doesn’t extend the July 31 deadline there will likely be queues and delays in the last few days before the visa amnesty finishes. So the earlier you can gets your personal visa situation clarified, opportunities explored and an exit strategy in place, the better.

      • If you are required to do 90 day reporting, and you haven’t reported during the amnesty, you should do so – online or in person – before July 31.

      HERE is the Australian Ambassador to Thailand, Allan McKinnon, whose advice is largely applicable to citizens from any country.

      Bottomline, get as much information possible about your opportunities to leave the country or make arrangements to extend your visa NOW. Don’t wait until July 31.

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      AvatarStevenJuly 14, 2020 at 4:35 pm
      We are the only covid free safe tourists in Thailand right now. We spend money everyday at hotels, restaurants,shopping centers and local shops, pharmacies,taxi’s,BTS,MRT,and so on.
      We have already had our return flights cancelled, and the airlines robbed our money. Many of our countries are not open for us to return safely.
      Thailand can simply extend the visa’s until we are able to return to our homes.
      How can Thailand be such a cruel country? Why do they want to be known as a cruel place? They will not profit from this action, in fact it will
      hurt the economy even more to force out the only safe tourists.
      And it may very well hurt future tourism as well once word gets out.

      REPLY

      I agree my advice to foreigners requiring visa extensions. I arrived in Thailand in early march on a non-imm “O” spouse visa (then soon to expire). Two weeks before my 90 day stamp ran out I went to Thai immigration in chaeng wattana and got a one month extension in a few hours and returned 30 days later and in less than 30 minutes I got a one year extension in about 90 minutes because I have all the right paperwork. I then got a one year re-entry visa in about 30 minutes and did 90 day report at the same time. I did another 90 day report today at the temporary immigration office near impact in muang thong thani. Which took 20 mins including waiting time….. So stop complaining and just get on with it. Every Thai immigration officer I dealt with has been extremely helpful and polite and very professional. Just be grateful your not in USA or UK

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      Jason

      July 15, 2020 at 9:39 am

      There is a very strong argument to extend the visa ammenisty, it’s called covid19 and in the intrests of the whole world to keep people grounded and not to travel as that has been at the heart of all spreading of infection, it’s quite simple.

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      Kevin Martyn

      July 15, 2020 at 11:02 am

      I agree and on top of that people have the chance to extend…..of course there are foreigers wh expect a free ride!

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      Michael Lewis

      July 15, 2020 at 11:49 am

      Freeloaders, thats BS, these people were held here against their will by the Thai authorities. Have you been hiding under a stone for the past 6 months or did you just fall out of your crib. This is not the depraved US, its civilised Thailand where common sense abounds when needed. Why not try using your common sense Mr. Not Fair. There are not enough flights and will not be enough flights, within the next few months to transport all stranded foreigners currently in Thailand back to their home countries. Bear in mind that flights have to comply with social distancing so maximum 50% capacity. Contrary to your perverted beliefs the trapped tourists were forced to stay here in Thailand, their flights were cancelled by the Thai authorities and the borders were closed by the Thai authorities, the Thai authorities locked the doors and threw away the keys, is that too difficult for your supremacist mind to understand. Good luck with your PTSD, money can’t buy everything.

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        Maverick

        July 16, 2020 at 11:57 am

        Totally incorrect – plenty of international flights out of BKK to Europe and beyond , Qatar Air have not stopped and connecting flights out of Doha to Europe and US have been full. There is no social distancing on these flights . I have a number of friends who have gone back to their home countries, including a German friend as recently as yesterday. I suspect the Thai authorities are well aware of this hence the reluctance to extend. Travel within Asia is slightly more challenging due to destination country restrictions, Philippines for example.

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    Steven

    July 14, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    I am stranded here. I have already had money stolen by Thai Lion airline for cancelled flight. Obviously I am spending money here everyday that is going directly into Thailand’s economy. I am Covid-19 free and no danger to anyone, to force me out would be a very cruel act of the Thai government.
    I should be allowed to stay until flights are normalized again and I can go home safely.

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      Jan Gelderloos

      July 14, 2020 at 4:07 pm

      It’s one thing to “nudge” foreigners out, but not opening the borders simultaneously makes zero sense! In my case, stuck here since March, now being forced to go home (Cambodia), but the Thai/Cambodian border still closed? How do they propose this to go down smoothly, pray tell?

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    Sam Thompson

    July 14, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    Empathy reflected in reasonable decisions and consideration should be a “given” during these unprecedented times. If a loosening of their constipated attitudes is not forthcoming during a worldwide pandemic then there is really no hope.

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    Toby Andrews

    July 14, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    Sorry to read that Steven.
    So far I have had money taken by Vietjet, and Etihad. They offer credits but no money.
    lucky I have can access money via the ATM from my bank account in the UK.
    If you can get over the border to Cambodia, here in Phnom Penh I drink 50 cent beers (B15)
    My room is $9. street food is $2.
    Most bars are open. Many restaurants are open.
    I can see no justifiable reason for Thailand not opening the border.
    They are not because they will lose tourists in the thousands, and with it money.
    I hope the world will take note and shun Thailand and their tourist industry.

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      Steelfrog

      July 14, 2020 at 2:20 pm

      Alle Touristen die in Thailand ein festen Wohnsitz haben sollten bleiben dürfen der Wohnsitz ist ja den einwanderungsbehörden bekannt die Regierung sollte sich entschließen ein klares Ziel auszugeben 3 Monate wären in Ordnung dann ist auch Ruhe wieder im Land und die zurück fliegen möchten oder aus dem Land gehen möchten können ja dann gehen in der Zeit ..ich z.b. bin dabei ein Haus zu bauen

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      Scott Zimmer

      July 15, 2020 at 1:21 pm

      Seems we have saved at least 5700 baht the last 3 months. What the Thais should do is let us extend our visas monthly till the situation is close to back to normal. To avoid congestion at immigration during the month of August let us extend 30 days at the normal 1900baht anytime in August and for this first month make us pay an extra 3000 or 4000 baht to compensate for the last 3 months. Those who prefer to can leave. Win win.Thai govt gets revenue and we get to avoid costly or even non existent flights out.

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      Terry

      July 15, 2020 at 1:47 pm

      Steven, are there many rooms in PP available at that price (or cheaper) ? Looking to hang out in Cambodia or Malaysia for two or three months if Thailand boots us out and the border opens. Cheers!

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      Jan G

      July 17, 2020 at 10:36 am

      No flights to Cambodia currently. I have tried for months now to go back to my home in Siem Reap after my March flight was canceled!

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    Ricardo Elsewhere

    July 14, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    I just think it is a matter of the immigration officials being unable to be flexible enough to see the greater picture, even when it is apparent in the media: no new tourist are arriving to Thailand. Therefor, if you are already here and are (obviously) not infected by COVID, and you still have money to spend, then the practice of recycling good, clean, visitors for potentially-risky replacements is not very wise. Right now the tourist sector in the Kingdom of Thailand is on its knees. And the very few foreigners that are left here are some of the only income coming into many businesses. The wisest thing to do is extend all tourist visas for 1 year.

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      not fair

      July 15, 2020 at 2:57 am

      That’s a completely delusional concept. “recycling good, clean, visitors for potentially-risky replacements is not very wise”, seriously brah, replacing freeloading overstaying tourists, which rich, quarantined, insured, people is actually quite wise. Can’t you afford a flight out of Thailand.

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        Robert

        July 15, 2020 at 10:31 am

        ‘freeloading overstaying tourists’ is the only delusional concept on this thread. Seek help for your anger buddy, you need it.

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        David Bateman

        July 15, 2020 at 10:40 am

        You really are a sad, twisted individual aren’t you!

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        Ricardo Elsewhere

        July 15, 2020 at 10:59 am

        Um, no. I have a steady income stream. My business is in the States and I spend far more money in Thailand than the average person. I have a Non-immigrant O visa, so I get to stay. But there are plenty of responsible, well-adjusted, visitors (“tourists”) here who may be sent out soon just becasue their visa says for them to go. but there are no replacements. That is what I mean. (You are a lonely person, aren’t you “Not Fair”? )

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    Robert

    July 14, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    State employees (government), rarely consider the economic costs of their ideologically driven decisions because they have no understanding of wealth generation. Thailand desperately needs income but is rightly concerned about safety. Foreigners already in Thailand both a) pose no health risk, and b) are a significant source of income. To drive them out of Thailand at this time is foolish beyond belief.

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    John Williams

    July 14, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    Indeed in comparison with Indonesia it would be very disappointing that Thailand does not extend visas on July 31.

    Moreover tourism makes up 15% of Thai GDP, while it is much less important in Indonesia, about 6%. Thailand needs more visitors to stay to compensate for losses in tourism and support the tourism sector where millions may lose their jobs.

    A better comparison is Barbados where tourism is 12% of GDP and due to the circumstances the government has offered a one-year visa to tourists. The simple idea is to compensate the reduced number of tourists by a longer stay of those that are there.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/10/barbados-is-planning-to-let-people-stay-and-work-remotely-for-a-year.html

    It is a question of economic self interest, apart from a little humanitarianism.

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      D3Young

      July 15, 2020 at 4:24 pm

      I’m a digital nomad who travels roughly every 90 days to a differnt country. When the covid-19 lockdown was coming
      I decided to stay here vs returning to my “home” country which I haven’t been to in almost 2 years. I’m not sure why people like me who decided to stay here vs leaving are getting a bad rap? I have no problem if I have to leave on 31st but I would rather wait out another 30 to 90 days until things become a bit more open or clear. I’m the meantime I have no issue paying for extension.

      More Importantly I have been thanked by recently by… the person I rent my apartment from, the restaurant workers where we eat, the owners of scooter rental place, and numerous other businesses from ice cream shops and coffee shops, massage parlors to vendors we frequent at the markets…

      Not sure what is meant by “freeloader”? I personally spend 60,000 to 70,000 baht a month here.

      If you want me to go… Like I said that is fine, but it really makes no sense to push us out, when we are willing to pay and desire to stay. I’m not trying to move to Thailand I just need more time till the rat of Asia opens up… Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia, etc…

      Lastly… Very grateful for the time given, hospitality and kindness shown by everyone. Thailand is a peaceful and beautiful place. 🙏

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    John Williams

    July 14, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    Does the Thai government want to lose a billion baht for Thailand?

    Already more than 1,300 voted on this article. There must be 15,000 or 20,000 visitors in this situation.

    Surely each one doesn’t spend less than 60,000 baht per month, in average – in total 1 billion and probably more, per month.

    The Thai government doesn’t mind to reject all that foreign money spent in Thailand?

    At a time when the economy is forecast to decrease by 8%, with 2 million losing their jobs in tourism alone and 30% of hotels may close to never open again? And when new tourists cannot be brought in?

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      Robert

      July 14, 2020 at 9:05 pm

      When the ‘amnesty’ was granted there were 500,000 foreigners on tourist or temporary visas. At least 100,000 have gone back, but probably not much more. Lets say 300,000 are still here, and lets reduce the spending to 50,000 a month. 15 billion baht a month.

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        Fernando SOusa

        July 14, 2020 at 11:18 pm

        Your figures make sense. I was on the process of getting a one year non-O visa back in January, but decided ( very foolishly ) to return t the US. Now I am stuck here and the situation gets worse by the day. I feel trapped and kicking myself in the ass for ever leaving Thailand. I was spending an average of 60K Baht/month in Buriram and supporting a family of four ( Grandma, girlfriend and her two children ). They are near starvation since I left as I can no longer provide them with the level of support as before due to a four-fold increase in my own expenditures. And I live on a sailboat, having to pay no electricity, water, sewer, trash collection or internet. These services are included on my slip rent. While I completely understand the Thai reticence in many issues concerning their management of the pandemic, I also question the wisdom of chasing so much revenue away. But, in the final analysis, it’s their country. Their rules.

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    David Bateman

    July 14, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    I think many people, who are obviously Covid free and spending money into the economy, would choose to stay. However, while the government dither, about what should be a simple decision, people are booking flights out of the country, taking their money with them. The longer it takes to make a simple ruling, one way or the other, the more people will have been lost to an already fragile economy.

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      Kuzbidon

      July 14, 2020 at 7:30 pm

      People going out of the country are filling the repatriation flight on the way out so it keep it profitable.

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      Maverick

      July 16, 2020 at 12:03 pm

      Which is whole idea there is no restrictions to flying from here to Europe or US, it’s an extended holiday for many which is understandable given conditions at home for many. Doesn’t meant immigration should facilitate it, rules are rules.

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    Tobias Krantz

    July 14, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    This “Opinion” piece is basic common-sense. The foreigners stuck here support small businesses on a daily basis. I just cannot figure the acute lack of cognitive ability in Thai leadership. Is it a genetic issue?

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    Raphael

    July 14, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    i don’t understand why the government don’t give a clear announcement on what will happend after 31 july, will we get more free visa ? payable extension ? or just the right to leave, it’s like they don’t care about 2.5 millions foreigner living in thailand, people need to know to make plans, i’m on a married visa, so if i have to leave, i won’t have time to make a visa to my country to bring my wife with me, and no way, i’ll leave without her, 2.5 foreigners should meet in bangkok for a strike maybe ?

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    Kuzbidon

    July 14, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    The Thai visa system is split in 2 with foreign affair ministry and immigration police.
    This has forced people to get out of the country for administrative purpose only. Multiple entry, change of visa type…
    IMHO this system is far to be perfect because millions of tons of C02 are waisted and live are lost in road accident.
    This system is of course showing it’s flaws when border are closed.
    Changing anything in an administration present huge difficulties as the system defend itself against adversity a system in place is job warranty for thousands and thousands of public servants.
    In Philippines a tourist can stay 3 years without leaving the country, that does not mean it’s more dangerous, if the foreigner has illegal activity he must and will be deported.
    What immigration offices need is a tool to apply their motto good guys in bad guys out. Like a covid extension or tr60 in the country.
    Ending the amnesty will have the opposite effect all good guys who want to follow the law are trying to get out or get an inadequate visa and are scammed by agents and airlines. Bad guys will stay under the radar and increase their illegal activity to get more money.
    I don’t now how it is articulated but it may be that nobody want to touch
    the equilibrium between IP anf FOM? If a system of extensions can be run for covid and reveal practical and efficient that could become the norm after covid and much less work for embassies no more visa run industry less passengers (less money for airlines and AOT) less tourist entries for TAT statistic.

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    Martin

    July 14, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    I think they don’t care. The reason for the first two visa extensions was the overcrowding at immigration offices during the height of community transmission. Health officials probably urged those extensions. Now that that’s no longer the case, they’re trying to clear people out and instead of making a clear statement, they are just dropping hints in typical Thai (Asian) style.

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    Gosport

    July 15, 2020 at 7:28 am

    Locking up tourists is the best policymaking? Any flight out of the Amazing?

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    jason

    July 15, 2020 at 9:32 am

    I got here in January and intended to leave for indonesia to live in April. Thailand kept me here when it shut it borders then Indonesia closed. Now I’m told I must return to Ireland my country where I left 18yrs ago, I only have my 77 ur old father to stay with, so Thailand kept me here while it had its problem and now expects me to go endanger myself and my father just because Thailand is OK now. Surely I can pay for a visa till September the 11th when I can go to Indonesia, Thailand really is showing it has no compassion to the covid19 situation.

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    Tom

    July 15, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    Whatever the government choose, just please decide fast, to give us enough time to plan what we are going to do.

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    Zz

    July 15, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    Just trap for people.
    Give me back my money for Tai Air tickets!
    Open the civil aviation for all international airline company!
    Whatever they think now, I wish that in all countries they would do the same with Thai citizens.

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    William Makana

    July 15, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    The CAAT has banned all international flights except those repatriating Thais home, those with student visa, spouses, and hospital cases, and thats it. No normal regular flights by all the major overseas companies. SO IF THEY MAKE TOURISTS LEAVE. HOW ARE THEY SUPPOSED TO LEAVE…Even if CAAT lifted the ban today, it would take months to get services baack to normal and clear the tourist backlog…and furthermore covid is on the rise again..maybe when services do retuen, all the pilots and aircrew will bring more covid…

    THAILAND I understand you have been helpful to stranded tourists in these real bad times, and I am sorry if some tourists worked because they had no money left, or some went to crime. Well you could issue temporary work permits, the schools need farang teachers, and the criminal you can send to jail, but the money that the rest of the stranded tourists pay out to thai shops, business’s, hotels etc, is to good to just throw away….extended the visas until end of the year. We are here now, so make the most of it..

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    Duke

    July 15, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    My guess is they will give 7-31 day extension at the end.
    For now, they can make alot of tea noney offeting visas at various agencies around the country.
    TIT

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    Roger Elliot

    July 15, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    The majority of the overstayers are likely pathetic people who have nothing to go back to in there home country. They stay because they can survive her with less money.

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      Worried

      July 16, 2020 at 12:10 pm

      I can’t speak for the majority, But it is certainly costing me more to eat at restaurants and stay in my hotel here than my cost of living at home. I’m not looking for a handout, I would pay the visa fee 1900 for 30 day extension. I can’t get to my home country because the border is closed, and I wasn’t born a citizen of the country I own my home in. I want to get home as soon as I possibly can, I am not enjoying myself here.

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      Raphael

      July 16, 2020 at 2:54 pm

      My visa expired during the amnesty, can’t renew it in or out BC border is closed! I have a Thai wife and enough income to stay. Thai immigration just told me to leave before end of month and seek a new visa in my home country in witch I have no home anymore, it will take me to get agreed to come back and spend 14 days in quarantine and pay 1000 euro. I won’t see my wife for about a month and spend 100000 bath to stay here, after living here for 12 years !

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      anton

      July 16, 2020 at 2:55 pm

      so people that have money to burn, and take enormous vacations, are losers.

      how’s your slave daily work life going

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    billy

    July 16, 2020 at 11:34 am

    go home to the country you born in. get the hell out of thailand. you wore your welcome out now go!Sheesh!!!

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    Powers

    July 16, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    I’m like a few of you here, I’d stay if I could. I spend more than 100,000 baht per month. My visa is valid until March 2021 but I have to leave because I need to “refresh” my 90-day stamp on a non-imm B. There is no way to fix it, only option is a border run. I’ve tried at immigration in Phuket and Bangkok. No go. So yes, they are kicking me out. Once out, I have my visa and work permit that qualifies me to return to Thailand once I have the required certificates/letters from the embassy, but nowhere to go and come back from, only USA, long and expensive trip, and then 14 day quarantine once back. But I’m here now and Covid free. Before this I was being quite generous with all the staff and restaurants, helping out friends etc, since we were “all in this together” but this lack of empathy from Thailand is shocking and a lot of people will remember it for a long time.

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    Peter

    July 17, 2020 at 10:08 am

    Thai immigration has been more than fair to foreign tourists. Now there are flights to their home countries so of cause no more visa extensions should be provided for those staying here on Amnesty visa.
    Overstayers will face a ban and be deported has always been the law and is of cause going to be enforced after the 31st of July for those who refuse to obey to the law.

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    Maaka

    July 17, 2020 at 11:16 am

    its all very well for some people on here to say ‘ go home ‘but the Civil Aviation Agency Thailand has banned all normal commercial flights until July 31.. I cant even book a ticket.my home airline has also reduced flights because not enough isolation space for incoming arrivals back home..

    My ticket out was with THAI AIRWAYS but of course it has been cancelled, and THAI AIRWAYS is not expected to resume flying until 2nd Sept. I would say many stranded tourists are with Thai Airways, so extend to end of Sept so we can use our non refundable tickets..

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Thai minister encourages hotels to stop price-gouging expats

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The thorny issue of dual pricing has raised its ugly head again, this time with the current offerings for hotels as Thailand slowly winds up its tourism industry again. Tourism and Sports Ministry, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, is asking hotels to offer “fair packages to expats and resident foreigners, and avoid price discrimination”. He said that there are 2 million foreign residents who would be able to travel domestically at this stage and contribute to a local revival of tourism before the borders are re-opened for general tourism. The ministry suggested that expats should be encouraged to travel domestically instead of heading out […]

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Covid-19 update: 17 new cases found in quarantine, deaths unchanged at 58 (August 14)

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The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration reported this morning that 17 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in state quarantine over the previous 24 hours. The new patients are all Thai returnees, 15 from India and 1 each from Australia and the United States. The new cases bring Thailand’s total number of cases to 3,376 since the beginning of the outbreak. Today marks 81 consecutive days without a domestically transmitted case, since May. There were 4 new recoveries in the previous 24 hours making the number of discharged patients 3,173. There were no new fatalities leaving the death toll […]

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NZ Covid-19 oubreak spread beyond Auckland with 12 new confirmed cases

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In a major blow to New Zealand’s efforts to contain Covid-19, health officials there announced today that the resurgent coronavirus outbreak has spread beyond Auckland, its largest city. Health Minister Chris Hipkins said there were 12 confirmed cases of local transmission and 1 probable, following the shock reemergence of the virus in Auckland on Tuesday. He said 2 of the infections were found in the North Island town of Tokoroa, around 210 kilometres south of Auckland. The infections outside Auckland come despite a strict lockdown, including masked police blocking roads to seal its borders. Hipkins played down fears the failure […]

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