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Thailand’s ‘COVID visa’ extended until January 29

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Thai Immigration has agreed that foreigners who are still stranded in the country because of their COVID panic can remain until at least 29 January 2021.

Temporary visas, due to COVID-19, expire today but a new order released earlier this week allows foreigners who apply to be granted a new extension for a fee of 1900 baht.

This will be valid for another 60 days from the day a person’s current permit expires or from the date of the application.

This means that those affected could potentially stay in Thailand until the end of March if they applied for a new 60 day extension on or near January 29th.

The order, signed by Immigration Commissioner Somphong Chingduang, reads:

Due to the continuity of the Coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19 outbreak in countries around the world, affecting the departure from the Kingdom and the stay in the Kingdom among foreigners, it is considered to extend the duration of stay as per the letter until 29 January  2021.

The order will be a welcome relief for people that are in Thailand and need to or want to stay longer.

Anyone whose temporary extension was due to expire on 30 November are advised to visit their local immigration office today for a further extension.

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