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



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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  1. 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

    • 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.

      • 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

        • 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.

        • 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.

    • 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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