The automatic Thailand visa extension / Thai visa amnesty which was due to expire on July 31 is extended until September 26, 2020. It allows foreigners to stay in Thailand without having to extend visas at an Immigration office. This applies to all foreigners whose visas did not expire before March 26.
The automatic visa extension is already published in the Royal Gazette and came into power from August 1, 2020.
Thai Visa Amnesty
Thailand has already granted foreigners automatic visa extensions on two occasions so far. Thai immigration estimates that between 250,000 and 300,000 foreigners reside in the country due to the visa amnesty following the first extension confirmed on March 26.
Thai Visa Amnesty Extension
According to the officials, the extension of Thai visa amnesty would give foreigners sufficient time to extend their Thailand visas or organize their return to their home country as Thailand eases restrictions in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Foreigners whose visas expired after March 26, 2020, will not be charged 500 baht per day for overstaying. However, if they will not get an extension and will still be in the country after September 26, they risk legal actions and being blacklisted. Thai immigration urged foreigners to contact their offices as soon as possible to prepare their next moves and avoid overcrowding as the September 26 deadline approaches. The granting of a short-stay visa will be done on a case-by-case basis.
Currently, the only international flights allowed to serve Thailand are repatriation flights and flights reserved for specific groups of travelers. Getting on one of these flights most probably will be needed for leaving the country as commercial international flights are unlikely to resume until October, based on recent comments from the Thai Civil Aviation Authority.
Thailand Immigration Bureau Announcement
According to the latest Thailand Immigration Bureau announcement (see below), foreigners have to submit an application for extension or prepare for departure and make a 90-day notification of residence within the specified period of time.
Depending on the type of Thai visa you used for entering Thailand, you should do the following.
Short-Term Visa Holders
Short-term visa holders (TR - Tourist visa, TS - Transit visa, VOA - Visa on Arrival) and those granted a visa exemption have to prepare for departing from Thailand within September 26, 2020, except in case of having a reason of necessity:
- In case of illness (you need to get a medical certificate from your doctor to prove that)
- In case of having other obstacles such as no flights available or having an outbreak situation (you need to contact your home country’s embassy or consulate for issuing a letter of confirmation and request for a temporary stay)
Each permission to stay in Thailand will be granted for no more than 30 days.
Long-Term Visa Holders
Long-term visa holders have to submit an application for Thai visa extension in accordance with a reason of necessity of each visa type.
An application for Thai visa extension can be submitted at local immigration office from now until September 26, 2020. All types of visa extension will be effective from September 27, 2020.
More information about the procedure of Thai visa extension can be found here: How to Extend Your Stay in Thailand.
Thailand has not recorded any new local infections for 2 months. In total, the country has reported 3,239 cases and 58 deaths since January.
Tourists are not allowed to travel to Thailand yet as permission for entering the country is limited to several specific types of foreigners who must quarantine in Thailand.