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Many foreigners seeking to extend what some are calling the “Covid visa” crowded Phuket Immigration this morning. The queue stretched from the second floor, out the door and down the stairs at the front of the building. One man told the Phuket News that many were waiting to file a 60 day tourist visa extension.

The visa extensions are intended for foreign tourists who have been stranded in Thailand due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some have actually been unable to leave the country since April 2020 while others are sticking around by choice.

With borders restrictions over the past year, immigration offices have been flooded with tourists during deadlines for extensions. Apparently, around the end of the month is when many are scrambling to extend.

Thailand is still under the Emergency Decree, which was imposed last year to combat the spread of Covid-19. It gives the government sweeping powers to enact disease control measures and regulations. It also gives the prime minister executive power to enact further measures.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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    Svcoquette

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    If you apply early for the extension the 60 day extension starts the day you apply not from the date of expiration. Tourists stuck here have learned this the hard way, including us. So they wait until the last day to apply. This is a stupid new policy, at least in Phuket. We ‘ve been coming here on our yacht for many years and extensions used to begin from the date of expiration not from the date you apply. Unfortunately for us, and many others, Malaysia seaports are still closed to foreign yachts so we cannot return and are stuck here. Also many tourists here are over 60 and are afraid to get on an airplane due to the virus. There’s been no word on when they may be able to get the vaccine.

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    Roger Bruce

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    OHH so sorry for you old chap … on your yacht …tally-ho and all that!

    If you have a bloody Yacht why not sell away dumbo… Why have to use Malaysia seaports the old pirates did,nt

    Good luck Thailand

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    toby andrews

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    I sympathize Svcoquette.
    Here in Cambodia I lost two days on my last visa because I applied too early.
    However apply on the last day and they claim a £10 overstay because they could not process the application on that day.
    I am not an easy target and I am already in contact with the Cambodian Corruption Unit.
    Robert Bruce you are not in the Far East.
    All you are is tourist sometimes so keep your stupid comments to yourself.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    I have to agree, Roger Bruce.

    The idea that many tourists have been “unable to leave the country since April 2020” is starting to wear a bit thin, however much Thailand may probably be happy that any tourists are better than none however little they contribute to the economy.

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    Crispy

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 1:47 am

    https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2088963/no-quarantine-plan-for-foreign-visitors-to-phuket-from-july

    How long until other towns and cities can follow suit?

    Is the PCR test pre flight or on arrival?
    If it’s on arrival, travelers would need to quarantine for 2-3 days to get results.

    Are you required to fly direct or can you transfer at BKK and if so how does that work?

    Are you restricted to Phuket and for how long? Can you move to CM after a certain time?

    Who can take advantage of the program come July?

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    B Group

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 1:56 am

    Amnesty From Extend Is Fitting With Pandemic …
    While Ministry of Health Ban Entry From City To City Covid19 Matter

    Prime Minister Ban Gathering

    Easy Smooth Warm
    All Know Kingdom People …

    Many Select Kingdom
    Some Old some Professor some volunteer
    Some Designer some player sport Some art …..

    Many Before Fish Market December last
    Year Was Living in Dual City
    Like Ayutthaya BANGKOK
    Lopburi BANGKOK
    …..
    Reason Pollution Go Up Almost 7 month
    Poor air quality

    Atmosphere Ancient city Perfect for sports ….

    Visit Immigration To Apply regular Visa
    One Year Have To Be Very Smooth …
    Already You Offer in Embassies nine months Stv

    Extend Is Opposite To Decision
    Ministry Of Health
    And Order Prim Minster
    No Gathering

    Amnesty Added Value For Kingdom
    Moral Matter …

    Boost Hotel Occupied

    Many Officer Ask Hundreds of questions
    Embarrassed The Side Of Stranded

    Dealer now Stranded Because No Visa
    Offered From Ministry of Interior

    By Any Case
    All Greet Decisions makers what ever
    Good or bad For Us …

    Our position is not Perfect
    Yes This is
    Pandemic time

    Pandemic time not usual time

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    James R

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 2:01 am

    Unable to leave the country?

    I stayed from January until August last year ‘surfing’ on the free visa extensions, I could have left at any time but I decided to stay on.

    When I decided to go I flew back to the UK as easy as pie.

    There must be lots of places the very few yacht people can sail to, the rest can just get on a plane like the rest of us did.

    Oh yes, yet more people bunched together like the tens of million of others in shops, restaurants and bars and magically yet no further virus cases, it must be down to magic blood in Thailand, I can’t for the sake of me think of any other reason what the cause of such magical low numbers.

    Maybe it is something to do with not telling the truth? 🤣

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    Issan John

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    “… it must be down to magic blood in Thailand, I can’t for the sake of me think of any other reason what the cause of such magical low numbers.

    Maybe it is something to do with not telling the truth? ”

    Alternatively maybe it’s the same reason as Taiwan, New Zealand, and Australia, amongst many others, as has been explained at length several times and the only reason you “can’t think of any other reason” is because you have a brain the size of an extremely small pea.

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    J West

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    Quite a coincidence that many Russian Covid “ refugees” have been using falsified bank docs and arrests made? I think not. The fraudsters kept passport details of their ‘ customers’. If you’re Russian here on a fake application, you should get out fast before you’re arrested.

    Things are changing.

    https://www.legal.co.th/resources/visa-immigration-law/thailand-immigration-law/will-covid-19-mark-end-fake-tourists-thailand/

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    Joe

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    James R if there really were a lot of covid cases in Thailand then we would definitely know about it, look at some of the other seriously affected countries where hospitals and cemeteries are totally full, you can’t hide something like that. Like some scientists have said I think that this virus has been present in the environment of South East Asia for a long time and the people here are somewhat immune to it, the bats in Thailand have it, it’s around.

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    James R

    Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Issan

    But you pea can not seem to tell you that the other countries you mentioned did it by very strict lock downs, not the free movement and party atmosphere Thailand continues to show.

    Must be magic blood.

    Thais could bottle it and sell it to the rest of the world.

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    James R

    Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    joe

    120,000 people have died in the UK due to the virus, I saw on the news here the hospitals were full at one point because of the virus but I never went to a hospital or cemetery so I only found out from the news on the TV, it will be the same for you in Thailand except you are not being told.

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The TAT, ever the optimists regarding anything tourism related, even domestic tourism, predict that the Bangkok clusters that have emerged in the week before the Songkran break could reduce traffic and spending by up to half.

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After participating in protests for student’s rights, a Phuket student was barred from graduating 9th grade, moving from middle school to high school, charged with being “not loyal to the nation, institution of the monarchy”. The student had advocated against mandatory uniforms and for student’s liberties. He told reporters that the school started paying attention to his actions last year when he participated in rallies in solidarity with students across Thailand. The school’s student affairs office received a copy of posts he made on social media encouraging others to join the cause. The school ordered a stop to his political actions, but he and his friends disregarded warnings and violated school rules when they handed out white ribbons to classmates. They received a warning from the student affairs office.

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Phuket is reporting 16 more infections today. It follows visits from Bangkok and last weekend’s Kolour Beachside parties that have resulted in a number of new Covid infections. The number of new infections has reached 26. But deputy governor Vikrom Jakthee says the province has been successful in containing the new outbreak “due to its quick response measures which now include shuttering bars and nightlife venues.

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