The automatic Thailand visa extension / Thai visa amnesty which was due to expire on July 31 and then September 26, now is extended until October 31, 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.
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 October 31, 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 October 31 deadline approaches. The granting of a short-stay visa will be done on a case-by-case basis.
As the initial deadline of Thai visa amnesty was 26 September, many tourists got their visas extended on time. They now will be allowed to stay in Thailand until November 30 at no extra cost. However, these foreigners with visa extensions must visit the nearest Immigration Office to get the correct stamp on their passports.
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.
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 October 31, 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.
Detailed information about extending your visa in Thailand can be found here: How to Extend Thai Visa in Thailand due to COVID-19.
UPDATE! According to the latest announcement of Immigration Bureau (September 3, 2020), foreigners staying in Thailand on any form of tourist visa will be allowed to repeatedly renew their permits to stay with immigration for periods of 30 days at a time.
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 October 31, 2020. All types of visa extension will be effective from November 1, 2020.
More information about the procedure of the general 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.