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Visa extensions in Thailand for stranded tourists, February 2021 | VIDEO

Tanutam Thawan

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Stranded foreign tourists, either genuinely stuck in Thailand since April 2020, or stuck here by choice, are able to stay in Thailand until May 30.

The order from the immigration department empowers local officers to grant a 60 day visa extensions from January 29 up to May 30.

The order coincides with the world’s Covid-19 situation getting worse and more countries sealing up their borders.

The order allows for a further 60 day extension for people on a tourist visa beyond January 29 when the previous order expired.

Immigration officials have explained the reason for the latest extension is the “ongoing pandemic which has seen many European countries close their borders to non-European Union air traffic.”

 

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    Jason

    Monday, February 1, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    I am heartened to see that the Thai Government has extended visas for those unable to gain flights home. Your kindness is winning the goodwill of tourists who will come back again and again in the future to help rebuild your tourist industry.

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      HermannTheGerman

      Monday, February 1, 2021 at 9:31 pm

      Sorry to say, but you have no idea what is really going on.

      This is just a PR stunt, so they look like they actually care.

      The first extension was announced when there were already no flights out anymore. I had to leave with a repatriation flight organized by my government to leave the country. Several weeks after I left they announced an amnesty.

      Same thing with the extensions of the amnesty. First they said everyone had to leave the country and there will be no extension to the amnesty. Several days after the end of the visa amnesty, they extended it again.

      Of course logic tells you by then everyone already left the country, because they thought there will be no extension.

      So the government got all the farangs out and they still look like they care about people.

      Interesting to see would be how many tourists actually stay in the country during the ongoing amnesty. If you look around in the touristic ghost towns of Pattaya or Phuket, I guess not so many. I don’t think we will see statistics about it, because there is no IT system to extract data and it would be a little bit difficult to count stacks of paper in all immigrations.

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