Thailand on Monday extended a grace period for visa renewals for foreigners stranded in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic until the end of October, as travel restrictions remain in place and new infections climb globally.
The extension will allow foreigners to remain in Thailand until Oct 31, Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman for the government’s coronavirus taskforce, told Reuters.
The matter is subject to cabinet approval on Tuesday.
Thailand halted commercial flights in April and banned foreign visitors in an effort to keep the coronavirus at bay, with repatriation flights the only means of leaving the country.
In July, authorities granted automatic visa extensions from late March to Sept 26 to all foreigners.
After October, a new immigration regulation will allow foreigners to apply for 60-day extensions to remain in the country if they are unable to leave due to limited flights or other issues, Pornchai Kuntee, deputy commissioner of the Immigration Bureau, told Reuters.
Previously, extensions required documentation from their respective embassies and were limited to 30 days.
Authorities on Monday also extended an emergency decree until the end of October.
The government this month approved visas of up to 270 days for long-stay tourists and is preparing to reopen to some foreign visitors from next month, although the move could be delayed.
This article is taken from Bangkok Post