Want to remain in Thailand? Get your visa found out by October 31

In a very final minute choice, foreigners caught in Thailand could have another grace period till October 31 to get their visa in order. The Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, in asserting the model new visa amnesty, recognised that travel restrictions are still in place around the world and the coronavirus continues to spread with world deaths surpassing 1 million.
After rumours floated around a few potential amnesty yesterday, a spokesperson for the government’s Covid-19 task pressure confirmed that a new visa amnesty shall be in place until October 31, permitting foreigners stranded in Thailand a ‘free pass’ until then. The new extension is about to be accredited by the Cabinet today, based on Reuters.
Under the new regulation, 60 day extensions will be issued to foreigners who are unable to depart the nation because of limited flights or different points preventing them from going home. Thailand’s emergency decree was also extended till the top of October. The decree provides the CCSA the flexibility to make selections about Covid-19 in Thailand ‘on the run’ with out having to consult the Thai parliament.
Thailand closed its borders to overseas vacationers in April, putting industrial scheduled arrivals on hold in an effort to gradual incoming new infections with repatriation flights, and a handful of scheduled flights, the one option to depart Thailand. There was visa confusion early on within the pandemic with many individuals in Thailand unable to fly again to their residence countries and their visas set to run out.
The visa amnesty was set to finish on July 31, but just 10 days before the deadline, the federal government prolonged the grace period to September 26. In the previous week, officials even warned that those who overstay could face fines and jail time and said, emphatically, that there would not be one other extension.
In July, immigration officers estimated round 250,000 to more than 300,000 foreigners had been in Thailand on visa amnesty. Up to the top of last week, they estimated round 150,000 have been on nonetheless in Thailand under the phrases of the visa amnesty. Login required had been allowed to extend amnesty for 30 days if they’d a letter from their country’s embassy, but many foreigners had issues obtaining or extending their visa. Others could not get an extension by the deadline.
SOURCE: Reuters
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