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Proposal being ‘examined’ by authorities for a possible visa amnesty extension

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Today the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has briefly addressed the issue of the current visa amnesty, which is due to finish on July 31. The issue was mentioned today as part of the daily briefings.

The visa amnesty was announced, then extended, in April to allow foreigners with lapsed visas, to stay in the country without having to visit an immigration office or prepare new paperwork, until the end of July. There has been a lot of speculation in the past few weeks but no official comment from the government.

At today’s briefing of the CCSA the spokesperson, Natapanu Nopakun said that a third proposal of an extension for visa amnesty “is being drafted and reviewed by relevant agencies”. He also announced that people should… “stay tuned for further announcements from Thai Immigration in the very near future”.

The comment mentioned a ‘proposal’ and is no guarantee that the current visa amnesty will be extended again. Nopakun made no additional comments if there would be any conditions or requirements regarding the proposed extension. The Thaiger would continue to urge anyone currently in Thailand, without a current visa, to examine their options just in case an extension is not announced.

 

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, July 17, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Are their options paying B500 overstay a day, with the border, and airport closed to departures?
    Seems so.
    The greedy Thais will like that.

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      Stuart

      Friday, July 17, 2020 at 3:36 pm

      There are now many flights a day leaving Bangkok. Anyone can leave if they want or need to. Now, it’s true that you certainly can’t come back again easily.

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        Elon

        Friday, July 17, 2020 at 7:45 pm

        That’s just not true. There are many domestic flights, almost all international flights are cancelled, not to mention there’s an incoming flight ban so way fewer airlines will fly in empty planes.

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      Steven

      Friday, July 17, 2020 at 4:25 pm

      The Thai government has been kind, gracious and understanding. I personally resent your remark. Some of us cannot get back home to our families or our homes. The immigration department has a very heavy burden to sort out and is urging anyone who can get a flight home to do so to help relieve that situation.
      I will leave the moment it is possible, I didn’t come here on holiday. My connecting flight from Thailand was cancelled and I have honestly been stranded here since March through no fault of my own.
      I have read many bitter comments about bad foreigners on this forum and I felt a bit offended. But now I understand why they are being posted.

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        truth seeker

        Friday, July 17, 2020 at 9:10 pm

        could you state what country you can’t get back to? as i think you’re lying

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          John

          Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 12:31 pm

          Shame you feel that way as I’m in the same situation, all flights I’ve booked have been cancelled. I’m sure there are many more people like us. Flights advertised very expensive then don’t even fly to my destination as cancelled. Immigration I’ve visited twice this week and got to say they have been amazing help.

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          Steven

          Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 6:36 am

          Truth seeker – My connection was to China. So, I not only have the flight problem, but also unable to get resident permit reinstated.
          The good news is the Chinese embassy will begin accepting applications on August 1.
          Not that it is any business of yours. But frankly, don’t like being accused of lying even on a forum such as this.

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      Kevin

      Friday, July 17, 2020 at 7:27 pm

      I am very grateful to be able to stay here in Thailand. Thailand did an amazing job handling this pandemic and was very gracious with the first two visa amnesties. Thailand made strong recommendations to cut travel trips short and fly home before the lockdown. Thailand isn’t a country where you can reside indefinitely without the proper visa, it never was before the pandemic and it won’t be during/after the pandemic.

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Pineapple defamation case finally dismissed for activist Andy Hall

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PHOTO: British activist Andy Hall had his final pending defamation case dismissed. (via Facebook)

After fighting multiple defamation charges for nearly 10 years, British activist Andy Hall has been finally cleared of the last pending charge. Hall had lived for 12 years in Thailand before leaving in 2016 after fighting charges brought by the pineapple company Natural Fruit in Prachuap Khiri Khan when he had reported on their poor work conditions.

In 2012, Hall contributed to a report about these bad working conditions, child labour, and low wages at a local factory in Pranburi of the Natural Fruit company. Hall was originally found guilty of criminal defamation in 2016 and was given a suspended three-year prison sentence. Last June that conviction was overturned. Natural fruit then filed a 300 million baht civil defamation case but that was dropped last year before reaching trial.

The final case was a separate defamation charge stemming from a 2013 Al Jazeera interview that Hall had given. The Supreme Court overturned a lower Court’s ruling that Hall should pay 10 million baht in compensation charges. The Supreme Court dismissed the case after concluding that Hall’s criticisms were fair and that his reporting was honest and therefore the company did not deserve any financial compensation.

While Natural Fruit denied Hall’s original allegations of poor working conditions, the courts ruled that his interview was justified. In Thailand, defamation laws are strong and strict. Many human rights activists criticise these laws for allowing big businesses to silence activist and investigators with heavy-handed defamation cases.

Hall made a statement declaring that this dismissal of the last defamation charge was a relief but not a victory. He said he never had any intention of doing any damage to any legitimate business practices, and legal harassment for nearly a decade had affected his work, his family, and himself.

That relief was long-awaited as it turns out the Supreme Court decision Hall received yesterday about this final defamation case had actually been ruled by the courts nearly a year ago in June 2020. The official declaration was severely delayed in seeing the light of day because of delays and backups due to Covid-19.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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There is a lot of confusion about the vaccination of foreigners in Thailand. Tim Newton tries to paint the current picture for you. Thailand reaching a 70% level of vaccination, I think is more wishful thinking than anything else. Even in the US it appears very unlikely they will be able to reach the 70% immunisation level. In some states they’re now offering free beers and other inducements to get people to come in for a free vaccine.

In Thailand you can add additional layer of superstitions, religious convictions, local conspiracy theories and just general distrust of the government to the hard rump of anti-vaxxers. Poll after poll shows that there is a chunk of Thais that just won’t get vaccinated… for whatever reason. There is obviously a lot of confusion surrounding foreigners trying to get some clarity about when they can expect to be vaccinated.

There also appears to be a small exodus of foreigners who are just fed up with the vaccination vassilation in Thailand and are heading back to their home countries to source a free vaccine.

 

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Foreigners can register for vaccination next month (next week for some on Phuket)

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But when they will actually be vaccinated remains up in the air. While a Public Health Ministry spokesperson declared just days ago that Covid-19 vaccines were reserved for Thais, not expats, the government now says that statement was taken out of context.

Yesterday, Opas Kankawinpong from the Disease Control Department confirmed that foreigners living in Thailand would also be vaccinated.

“Anyone living in Thailand, be they Thai or foreign, will be able to get the vaccine if they want it. No one is safe until everyone is safe.”

Opas went on to say that the goal of herd immunity means vaccinating at least 70% of those living here – both Thai and foreign. He says there is an estimated 3 million foreign nationals living in the Kingdom long-term, pointing out that a significant proportion of the migrant worker population in Samut Sakhon has now been vaccinated. The central province was the epicentre of a second wave of infections in December, centred around its fish markets and factories.

According to the Bangkok Post, Opas then went on to say foreigners who want to be vaccinated can contact their embassy. However, judging by the comments on social media, no foreigner who has tried this has had any success. Both the British and Australian embassies have told their citizens that they are covered under Thailand’s vaccination rollout – and that’s that.

Opas says priority for foreigners will be accorded in the same way as it is for Thais. The eldery and at-risk, as well as those living in high-risk areas and people with underlying conditions, will be first in line. Inoculation is expected to be carried out using the locally-produced AstraZeneca vaccine.

Meanwhile, Pensom Lertsithichai from the Foreign Ministry says that from next month, foreigners should be able to register to be vaccinated.

“The ministry is trying their best to help foreigners, so they can either use the mobile app or contact hospitals directly and register to be vaccinated.”

Phuket is a step ahead, with the Phuket News confirming that foreigners working on the southern island can register to be vaccinated from next Tuesday. However, they must be in possession of a valid work permit and have their employer register them on the “Phuket Must Win” website.

Phuket expats without a work permit will be included in the following phase. The island is in a race to vaccinate 70% of its population in order to re-open to vaccinated international tourists from July.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post | The Phuket News

 

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