They must be thinking that with the countries supposed re-opening in October that those on a Covid extension can return to whence they came from or head to another country nearby to obtain a Visa such as an "O" or one of the other categories to fit their needs. Funny thing is that unless the requirements are lifted for quarantine etc....no one will be leaving to return anytime soon. Yet if they do not have the requisite permission to stay then they unfortunately need to be moving on. It would have been so easy had they created a border type bounce by entering one of the Airports, that has arriving international travelers, and making a fast track lane. This would have allowed one to walk into the arrivals area, and have IO desks specifically created and separated from all others for those folks to make a walk around and then return with a stamp in their passport. It is what I used to do when I had an ME visa for being married to a Thai, and I would enter Laos via the friendship bridge, walk into the shopping area behind the IO station there, buy my needs, and then back across the bridge and back into Thailand. Ergo a border bounce.
to be honest they have served their purpose and people need to get on a long term visa or extension of stay, if they want to stay here as more than a tourist/ holiday maker. they may be a group of people from some countries that have a problem returning home, Australia comes to mind, but that is a problem for Australia to sort out,
yes Covid extensions have replaced border runs, but you could only do that 2 times when the borders were open, but its been 18 months now, plenty of time to get on a correct long term solution
i'm sitting down so no need to be gentle
It's a shame to see all of us get so divided on these issues. mutual respect for one's decision seems ages gone.
perhaps, when all our freedom is gone, we'll be pondering where we took the wrong turn.
Love to you all .
Makes perfect sense, if in fact they are opening up (somewhat).
I think this is one area that the Thai government (though done in a self-help manner) has been generous with foreigh travelers, by abridging current visa limitations to allow people to extend and extend again.
I was one of those that beneffited from the initial extensions, at the beginning of the pandemic and during that time got my NonImmB O (Spouse) extension...haven't left the country since.