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Thailand News Today | Another visa extension approved, Thai Airways goes retail | March 31

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Thai Immigration has extended the current visa extension visas for people who are still stuck in the country. The Thai Immigration Bureau announced the news through an urgent public memo yesterday. The previous extension allowed those visa holders to stay until the end of March. The new extension lasts for 60 days, which would allow people to stay until July 27.

The US State Department is telling non-essential diplomats from Myanmar to leave, after hundreds of anti-coup protesters have been killed. Since the February 1 coup by Myanmar’s military, which removed leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy from elected power, an estimated 520 people have been killed.

The former leader of the now disbanded Future Forward Party has appeared at a Bangkok police station to face a charge of lèse majesté. Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, now leader of the Progressive Movement, appeared at Nang Loeng Police Station to acknowledge the charge, also known as section 112 of the Criminal Code.

The Thai PM says he’s willing to consider a call from the Phuket business community to allow vaccinated foreigners to bypass quarantine from July this year in the so called ’sandbox model’. Prayut Chan-o-cha says in order to compete with other countries popular with tourists, Phuket plans to re-open fully to vaccinated foreigners from July, meaning the government must make sure the country’s vaccine rollout is on track.

Meanwhile…. The CCSA today has reported 42 new Covid infections, 24 local infections and 18 imported cases, raising the total since last year to 28,863.

Who doesn’t miss the taste of a Thai Airways in-flight meal? For those that are craving Thai Airway’s catering, fear not, help is on the way. In fact you’ll be able to have it any time you like as soon as Songkran is over. How about the halal chicken biryani and Fermented shrimp chilli paste with sweet pork, and crispy-fluffy fish? Thai Airways are going to be providing some of their favourite meals to 7-11 stores around the country.

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9 Comments

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  1. J West

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    The honest visa holders who obeyed the September 26 2020 immigration order to leave must be furious seeing the laggards and scofflaws allowed an open ended stay. So many still barred entry can’t access real estate holdings, accounts, personal items, even family reunification as retirement visas expired outside Thailand and not available anymore. No country denies entry to its own citizens so what is the reason for yet another extension.

  2. toby andrews

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Every one is very coy about what a 60 day extension costs. I cannot find it on the internet .
    What is it??
    B2000, B30000, B5000??

  3. Issan John

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 12:34 am

    “The US State Department is telling non-essential diplomats from Myanmar to leave”

    NO IT ISN’T!!!

    It’s telling ITS OWN non-essential diplomats from the USA to leave Myanmar!

    Un-B-frigging-lievable – again!!! ? ? ? ? ?

  4. Issan John

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 12:44 am

    “Every one is very coy about what a 60 day extension costs. I cannot find it on the internet .”

    Hardly “everyone”, Toby – no need to broadcast your inability.

    From the article in the Thaiger: “The new visa extension’s cost is 1,900 baht”.

    The same fee as for other visa extensions.

  5. Issan John

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 12:59 am

    “So many still barred entry can’t access real estate holdings, accounts, personal items, even family reunification as retirement visas expired outside Thailand and not available anymore”

    Neither valid nor fair, J West.

    Anyone can still access their “accounts” here, even if abroad – that’s never changed.

    Apart from condos, foreigners can’t own “real estate” here and very, very few countries give right of entry / residency during Covid or at any other time based just on property ownership.

    … and “family reunification” has always been possible for those married to a Thai with a marriage visa.

    … and “personal items”?

    Seriously?

    So anyone should be allowed back in who left some dirty laundry behind?

    “No country denies entry to its own citizens so what is the reason for yet another extension.”

    Money – they’re still spending it!!!

  6. murika

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 10:28 am

    even in the middle of the night issan john will fight those who dare criticize the almighty kingdom of thailandia, well done knight of siam, don’t let anyone put a shadow on our homeland of purity and truth

  7. toby andrews

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 11:58 am

    I saw the B1900, but no where did it state it was for 60 days.
    Thanks Thaiger.
    I John will now be frantically searching the internet now to prove me wrong, and show what great intelligence he has.
    Here in Cambodia, the cuddly Cambodians sell me a three month visa for B2660, and that is using an agent.
    I don’t do standing in line.
    You I John seem to me like a stand in line man – true?

  8. Issan John

    Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    No lines at immigration up here, Toby.

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