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60 day visa extensions, filed during amnesty, go into effect November 1

Caitlin Ashworth

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Foreigners currently on visa amnesty, who didn’t make the initial September 26 deadline to file for extension, can extend their visa between now and October 31. The Immigration Bureau is trying to reduce overcrowding at local immigration offices and say that no matter what day the 60 day extension is made, it will go into effect on November 1.

In an extremely last minute decision last week, the government extended the visa amnesty, which had expired on September 26, to October 31. Under the new regulations, extensions are now 60 days each.

Those who already paid 1,900 baht get a 30 day extension by the initial cutoff are advised to get the stamp changed at their local immigration office, allowing them to stay until November 30 at no extra cost.

Many foreigners had scrambled to get their visa sorted out before the deadline, crowding immigration offices. Police even threatened arrest for overstay. But many did not make the cutoff and were unable to leave the country. A foreigner in Nakhon Si Thammarat, who was in the process of filing for the 30 day extension, says she was fined 2,000 baht for overstay on September 30, before the new regulations were official and published in the Royal Gazette.

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SOURCES: Phuket News | Immigration Bureau

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      Svcoquette

      Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 3:18 pm

      So those of us who jumped thru hoops to meet the 26 Sept deadline got extensions until 30 Nov. Those who ignored the 26 Sept deadline will now get 60 day extensions beginning 1 Nov until 31 Dec. Is this correct?

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        Seb

        Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 10:46 am

        many wanted to be in order but many embassies did not want to and still to this day provide the letter so I think that is very good

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          Svcoquette

          Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 11:11 am

          I agree the embassy letters are a joke and should not needed. However giving those who ignored (I’ve met many) or who could not meet the deadline should not rewarded with extra time.

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            seb

            Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 12:09 pm

            we were on a round-the-world trip for 15 months and had to rent our house for this trip, we should be in Malaysia at the moment but stuck here while Malaysia gave the foreigner the option of staying until the end of the year, then you hear our problem?

            going home right now is just not possible since we have rented our house, how have we done? The European embassies don’t want to hear anything, we just want to be in order with immigration and pay extensions.

            Many embassies have provided the letter and even if they have planes to return to their country, it is just that there are countries which have understood the danger of this virus and others not …

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              Svcoquette

              Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 12:28 pm

              Seb, Thailand should have done what Malaysia did and extend all VISA s at least until the end of the year. We (and many others) came from Malaysia on our yacht but cannot go back as Thailand and Malaysia has closed its sea ports to arriving and departing foreign yachts. We also had to book a hotel as Thai immigration would not accept our yacht as a local address as they have done in the past.

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      pequod

      Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 6:07 pm

      A posteriori, I regret not to have flown there in March with visa stamp. At least, I could have enjoyed a long and free tourist entry without hassle.

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      James

      Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 11:14 am

      There should be no complaints from farangs,I was in Thailand from January until the 24th of August this year, I arrived with a 90-day visa which was extended free of charge all the way until I left, I had to do nothing.

      So if there is a slight glitch now and you have to pay a few baht for a visa you should not complain.

      But of course, there are those who love to find petty things to complain about, the rest of us do not and are thankful for the kind help given regarding extending our visas for free.

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        Svcoquette

        Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 11:59 am

        James it’s not about the money. It’s about the uncertainty and the hassles. You fell you are lucky you were able to leave and stop helping the local economy. Many of us are not able to leave.

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        Dirty falang

        Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 4:17 pm

        Please send me 17,000baht for the visa i never had to buy.

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