Visa Emergency Extension extended to May 30 this year for stranded vacationers

Stranded foreign vacationers, both genuinely stuck in Thailand since April 2020, or caught right here by alternative, are capable of stay in Thailand till May 30, based on an order signed by the Immigration Bureau last week. The order empowers native officers to grant a 60 day visa extensions from January 29 up to May 30. The order coincides with the world’s Covid-19 situation getting worse and more international locations sealing up their borders.
The order permits for a further 60 day extension for folks on a vacationer visa beyond January 29 when the earlier order expired.
Visit the Thai Immigration website for more information HERE.
Immigration officers have defined the rationale for the newest extension is the “ongoing pandemic which has seen many European international locations close their borders to non-European Union air visitors.”
The UK has also tightened entry procedures with Covid-19 testing and obligatory quarantine, a lot the identical as Thailand now has in place. The US nonetheless allows citizens to return but has barred travellers from the UK and Europe in the intervening time. Australia has a ban on overseas tourism for now although citizens can re-enter Australia beneath necessary circumstances (contact your embassy if you have to repatriate at this time).
Local officers in every province can now concern 60 day extensions on expired tourist visas as much as March 30, which will make the order valid as much as May 30. Thailand’s Immigration Bureau Chief has introduced the additional visa extension for stranded travellers and tourists because of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, each in Thailand and around the world.
If you want to extend your visa, or your visa deadline is approaching, or lapsed, visit your local immigration office and verify you choices.
The earlier order authorised immigration officers to grant a 60 day extension at any time from September 29, 2020 to January 29, 2021.
Last 12 months, as deadlines loomed for the end of visa amnesties for stranded international vacationers, practically all who arrived in Thailand before the start of April 2020, the Thai PM and cupboard acceded to last minute reprieves, regardless of warnings from senior Immigration Bureau officers to the contrary.
Before the final September 29 deadline, the immigration officials and authorities left it to the final minute to determine on a further quick time period extensions to the visa amnesty and an Emergency Extension for vacationer visas. A giant chunk of foreigners, many long-term expats, left the country as there had been no hint of an extra extension to the visa amnesty. At the time the amnesty would allow people who had utilized for earlier extensions to remain until October 31, 2020, and others the power to apply for 60 day extensions. Read about that HERE.
Adding to the confusion again in September last yr were requirements for letters from the applicant’s embassy along with medical certificates, inflicting confusion and stress for lots of the tourists and travellers that wished to remain in Thailand. Some immigration officers stayed open for additional hours to precess the applications because the deadline loomed, others didn’t.
1,900 baht nonetheless must be paid for the 60 day extension to vacationer visas.
Immigration officers say that there are still a hundred,000 – a hundred and fifty,000 vacationers still stranded and dwelling in Thailand. Before September 29 last yr, the officials guessed the quantity was round 250,000. Earlier, when the first amnesty was utilized in April 2020, the determine was estimated to be round 500,000.
For Astonishing stranded vacationers and travellers the amnesty has supplied a soothing life-style with many heading for the favored vacationer zones and brought advantage of the empty seashores, low-cost resorts and great climate.
If your visa has lapsed you’ll doubtless have to pay a fine for overstaying your visa. Visit your nearest immigration office to kind out your particular person state of affairs as being caught on an overstayed visa will lead to heavy fines, possible deportation, jail or bans from re-entering Thailand in the future..

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