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No current plans to extend list of foreigners allowed back into Thailand

Tanutam Thawan

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There is no immediate plan to extend the list of foreigners being allowed to come to Thailand at the moment. Specifically still excluded are retirees with valid visas, homes and families in Thailand. The directive comes from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Since Thailand’s experience with Covid-19, it has closed its borders to tourists and visitors, stranding both Thais and foreigners who want to return to the Kingdom. It also stranded up to 500,000 foreign visitors who are unable to leave Thailand due to the border closures or simply decided to wait out the peak of the pandemic here. Many of those have already flown back home on either specially organised repatriation flights or the handful of scheduled flights still leaving Bangkok.

Although restrictions are slowly being lifted, the new measures prioritise professionals, businesspeople and wellness travellers, rather than couples who aren’t legally married, including gay couples, and other types of non-immigrant visas.

Only 4 groups of foreigners have been allowed to enter Thailand in the latest round of announcements. They include people holding a certificate of permanent residency, a current and valid work permit, those who have special arrangements with, or have been invited by the Thai government, and migrant workers. Holders of a Thailand Elite visa are also permitted under the current situation, although there is a cap on entry numbers under that program.

Many were hoping that the list would also include retiree visa holders and unmarried couples.

The ‘Love Is Not Tourism Thailand’ Facebook page, which includes families torn apart by the pandemic, is calling on the Thai government to help reunite their families.

“We’re asking the government to issue visas or allow entry for family members and lovers to reunite with each other for humanitarian reasons. Evidence such as a passport with an entry stamp into Thailand, photos, and text messages should be able to verify their unions.”

SOURCE: khaosodenlish.com

 

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    DS

    Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    TRUE!!! OPEN THE BOARDERS!!!

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    Perceville Smithers

    Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    Seems the retired visa holders and unmarried couples are being unfairly targeted.

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    Mike Frenchie

    Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Thailand wrongly believes that they do not need the retired having bought condos for many of them. These people will make sure they do not invest in the future causing even more economic hardship for the country.

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    Gary

    Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    They allow Elite visa holders to enter but not legitimate retirees with expensive properties which are sitting empty. What is the point of paying for one year visa if it means nothing to the Thai government?

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    jake

    Friday, August 7, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    We won’t soon forget this snub Thailand. FUCK YOU AND YOUR KING!!!

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    Sammy

    Monday, August 10, 2020 at 1:05 am

    Thai Elite visa holders CANNOT enter Thailand yet. I would like to know what source Thaiger used for this info since the related source link does not include this point.

    Thai embassy websites clearly states Thai Elite cannot enter the Kingdom: https://thaiembdc.org/2020/06/24/29717/

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    Florian

    Monday, August 10, 2020 at 9:10 am

    “lovers to reunite with each other for humanitarian reasons”
    that was never an option anyway lol

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