Thailand today approved automatic visa extension for foreigners stranded in the kingdom following travel restrictions, to September 26.
Deputy Government Spokeswoman, Traisuree Taisaranakul, said a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan o-cha today approved the third automatic visa extension.
“The mandatory 90-day reporting for foreigners residing in Thailand is also suspended,” she said at a press conference here today.
To contain the COVID-19 outbreak, Thailand declared a state of emergency since March 26. It has temporarily closed its borders and banned entry to foreigners, except diplomats and work permit holders.
And from April 4, Thailand extended the ban to include all international passenger flights.
Since then, foreigners stranded in Thailand flocked to immigration offices nationwide to seek visa extension.
To curb COVID-19 outbreak and avoid mass gathering at immigration offices in the kingdom, the Thai government has granted automatic visa extensions from April 8.
Meanwhile, Thailand has reported five new COVID-19 cases – all Thai nationals who returned from abroad, and zero fatalities over the last 24 hours, bringing the tally to 3,255 with 58 fatalities.