Stranded Foreigners Need Embassy Letters to Apply for 30-Day Extension of Visas
Published: July 26, 2020 at 7:42 pm
After the Immigration Bureau confirmed on Tuesday the automatic extension of expired short-term visas to September 26, the government body also confirmed on Saturday that overstaying foreigners will need to obtain letters from their Embassy in order to gain permission to stay in Thailand beyond the deadline.
It was reported on Tuesday by The Phuket News that the Cabinet has approved the third visa relief for overstaying foreigners with short-term visas, giving them until September 26 to apply for an extension or leave the Kingdom.
After the government declared the “lockdown” on the entire nation due to the COVID-19 virus earlier this year, stranded foreigners were given until April 30 to depart from Thailand or obtain extensions on their visa.
This was later extended again until July 31.
According to the Phuket News, the Bureau immediately published a guideline informing foreigners of the extension of their visa as well as the processes to apply for a special 30-day extension beyond September 26th.
In that report, the Bureau’s guidelines were as follows:
Foreigners whose short-term visas have expired on March 20th are automatically allowed to stay in the country until September 26th.
These individuals are required to report to the Bureau their current address in the Kingdom, as required by the 90-day report.
Foreigners who are unable to procure a flight out of Thailand on or before September 26th are required to apply for a special 30-day extension with the Bureau.
However, these guidelines were later removed from the Bureau website and was reinstituted yesterday, July 25.
Following the postponement of the “travel bubble” agreement by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, there is still no definite date on when international commercial flights will be allowed back to the Kingdom.
Citing the need for foreign tourism to boost the bearish industry, Tourism Minister Pipat Ratchakitprakan told reporters that he will be proposing to the Cabinet to modify the travel bubble agreement in order to reopen the country to tourism as soon as possible.