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Thai Cabinet extends the visa amnesty for foreigners

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The Thai Cabinet has extended the visa amnesty for foreigners so they can remain in Thailand during the Covid-19 global pandemic. This is the second extension to the visa amnesty and will be a huge relief for tens of thousands of people who have been in a visa limbo, some without many other options other than staying in Thailand whilst international flights remain limited.

A government spokeswoman, Traisuree Taisaranakul, says that the automatic visa extension will now be in force until September 26, as rumoured. Mandatory 90 day reporting for resident foreigners with ongoing visas, suspended up to now, will need to be completed before August 31.

At this stage there has not been any additional provisions or paperwork announced, other than a general extension of the current amnesty.

The announcement will assist tourists and visitors who found themselves stranded in Thailand due to travel restrictions, as well as providing extra time for people to make arrangements and take advantage of repatriation flights or opportunities to head home.

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    Sam Thompson

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    Well done to the Thai cabinet for a sensible and generous decision…for showing both empathy and common sense, kudos.

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      Michael Lewis

      Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 4:08 pm

      Well said Sam. It is a very sensible decision considering the complexity of the issue whilst covid is still raging in many countries.

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      kraxlhoover

      Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 1:19 am

      there some self-rightoes foreigners and Thais as well who look down (Du DOOD) at

      the people in distress with their expired visas occurred during the

      pandemic.( not their fault)

      Mostly the guys from the Establishment, or with work-permits

      residency or ( bought Thai citizenships), SHAME ON YOU

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    Powers

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Thank you Thai Cabinet! Now I can go back to supporting my Thai friends and local businesses! I cut way, way back on that when they started hinting July 31st was the last extension and I’d have only 1 option of returning to the USA – I’m going to ring a few bells tonight on Bangla Road! Let’s go, drinks for all my friends!!

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      Billy

      Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 5:52 pm

      Please drink one beer for me too!

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      Tatiana Molina

      Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 10:03 pm

      Thank you Thai Cabinet for you consideration. I fell so blessed because despite of this pandemic situation I fell safe and in harmony with Thai citizens.

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    Dr Long

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    I’ll be taking a holiday to support domestic tourism now I know I’m safe for another few months. Good they made this decision but hopefully next time a bit sooner.

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    Anthony

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Smart move !!! Still keeping the walking ATMs here is good for all…..well done to the Thailand government

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    Billy

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    Amazing news for foreigners who love Thailand and want to stay here for a long time.

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    Frank Lehman

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    I just wonder why the rest of us still have to spent money on ONE YEAR VISAS because we are married, living here, having our lifes and families here and get NOTHING for free.
    May be the Thai Authorities giving us half of the money for a ONE YEAR Visa back too or at least dont ask for the 400,000 Baht FIXED money in Bank account.
    Its very nice to see all this “tourists” ppl on ED Visas for Thaiboxing, Thailanguage or Thaicooking getting shit for free and the guys paying the TAX here get a kick in the ass.

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      respectforfarangs

      Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 11:40 pm

      Thank you for saying that, i have a Thai family as well and i know what you feel, being able to speak Thai i know that all Thai people that i speak to feel ashamed in their patriotism about the difficulties we have as expat to stay here and the way the immigration are talking to us, like they almost do us a favor to let us live here with our families, i think that government and the antic system of corruption and socials privileges they defend is a poison to that country, Thailand need people in power who care for Thais, who choose to simplify administration and open Thailand to the world, they have to get out of the “us and them” and see the humans as their brothers, Thai people are the people living in Thailand because they love it’s culture and ways, it’s not about color or religion, or country. As right now, my only way to stay in my home after the new amnesty is to use those “thai visa service” agents to corrupt an immigration agent by paying 30k, i’ve been living here 12 years and never did wrong with the laws, so i feel like authorities are spiting in my face to not let me renew my visa who expired during the covid, but never mind the time will come to see all those clowns loses their faces or die…

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        Frank Lehman

        Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 10:52 pm

        exactly

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