Automatic Visa Extension for Foreigners in Thailand Affected by COVID-19

Thailand approved a plan on Wednesday to allow all foreigners who have entered legally to receive automatic visa extensions. Automatic extension of visa has been granted until April 30, according to a document from the Interior Ministry.

The measure, which was announced this evening, 8 April, 2020, in the Royal Thai Government Gazette with immediate effect, covers three groups of foreigners as per the following:

Foreign visitors & Tourists

Foreign visitors whose visas expired on 26 March, 2020 or thereafter will be granted automatic visa extensions until 30 April, 2020, and extensions for notification of staying in the Kingdom for those whose expiry date of stay permit falls within the period between 26 March – 30 April, 2020. However, when the situation improves or returns to normal, they are required to proceed with their visas within the period specified by the Immigration Bureau.

Foreigners with resident visas

Foreigners with resident visas who normally reside in Thailand but are now overseas and required to return to Thailand within a year of their departure. Since they might not be able to re-enter Thailand in time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they will be granted an extension of their compulsory return deadline. However, they are required to return to Thailand as soon as the situation improves within the period specified by the Immigration Bureau.

Visitors from neighbouring countries 

Visitors from neighbouring countries who hold a temporary border pass issued on 23 March, 2020, or thereafter will be allowed to stay in Thailand until the borders are re-opened. They will be required to leave Thailand within seven days after the borders reopen.

The official announcement in the Royal Gazette can be found here (of course in Thai Language): Thailand Automatic Visa Extensions 

Thailand has reported 2,369 cases of the novel coronavirus, and 30 deaths. It has declared a state of emergency until the end of April and imposed a nationwide  from 22:00 to 4:00 curfew.

For constant updates of Thailand’s COVID-19 control measures for travellers, you can visit Department of Disease Control