Thailand: Govt to offer grace period for foreigners’ visa extensions


An airport staff member is wearing a protective mask due to the coronavirus outbreak as she sanitises rows of luggage carts at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. Thailand on Friday (July 17) said it would give foreigners a grace period until Sept to apply for visa extensions as it eased restrictions amid the pandemic. - Reuters

BANGKOK, July 17 (Reuters): Thailand on Friday said it would give foreigners a grace period until September to apply for visa extensions as it eased restrictions amid the pandemic, a senior official said.

"The situation in the country and overseas has improved,” Immigration Bureau Commissioner Sompong Chingduong told Reuters.

"So we do not propose to extend visas after July 31, but allow for visa requests from August 1 to September 26,” he said, adding the grace period will be proposed to cabinet for approval.

After which, if a request was not made and the visa expired, over staying will be considered illegal.

Thailand has granted foreigners automatic visa extensions twice so far to prevent long queues at immigration.

The country has gone seven weeks without confirmed local transmission.

It has reported 3,239 infections and 58 deaths. - Reuters
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