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(Updated May 25, 2022)

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  • The Thai Embassies and Consulates are now issuing 60-day tourist visa and special tourist visa (STV) and Thailand Pass to enter Thailand.
  • Thailand allows semi-commercial flights to travel to Thailand.
  • The foreigners to be allowed to enter Thailand will comprise of diplomats and foreign workers including their families, business representatives, and experts invited by the government, permanent residents, foreigners with Thai families, students and their guardians, medical tourists and their attendants, business visa holders, Thai Elite Visa holders, APEC Cardholders, special tourist visa (STV) and tourist visa (TRV) holders, non-immigrant O retirement visa, non-immigrant OA and OX holders and migrant workers with official documents. Foreigners must get in touch with the local Thai Embassy in their current location to apply for a Thailand Pass and for more information.
  • From now until September 30, 2022 Thailand will allow long stay foreign tourists under the Special Tourist Visa (STV) Program. This long-stay visa is open to foreign nationals traveling to Thailand with the intention to stay long-term as tourists to boost the tourism industry. Those who are qualified must get in touch with the local Tourism Authority of Thailand Office or Thai Embassy in their current location for more information.
  • Frequently Asked Questions below.

Top 20 Questions on Thailand Pass

I am an expat leaving Thailand for a short time and returning. Do I have to apply for Thailand Pass and Test & Go?

Yes. At this time, all people entering Thailand must apply for a Thailand Pass and follow Test & Go requirements if they are fully vaccinated. This includes having the required entry requirements such as insurance, SHA+ hotel booking, RT-PCR test, and Thailand Pass approval.

I am an expat returning to Thailand. Can I quarantine at home instead of a hotel?

No. No matter what visa you hold in Thailand, you must follow the Test & Go entry requirements. You must spend 1 night in a SHA+ quarantine hotel while waiting for your RT-PCR test result.

Have the April 1 changes to pre-departure RT-PCR testing come into effect?

Yes. Pre-departure RT-PCR tests are no longer required when entering Thailand.

Has the April 1 change come into effect for the Sandbox scheme?

Yes. The Sandbox scheme now requires only 5 nights of quarantine in the Sandbox designated area. Visitors must now do 1 x RT-PCR test and 1 x ATK test on day 5 instead of 2 x RT-PCR tests. The Test & Go program is a better option for those who are fully vaccinated.

Have the April 1 changes come into effect for the un-vaccinated Alternate Quarantine scheme?

Yes. The Alternate Quarantine timeframe has been reduced from 10 nights to 5 nights. You still need to have 2 x RT-PCR tests during this time. The tests will be taken on Day 1 and on Day 4 or 5.

I booked a 10-day Alternate Quarantine package but I am arriving after April 1. What should I do with the new changes?

You may contact your hotel. If you have not arrived in Thailand before April 1, you are eligible for the updated 5-day Alternate Quarantine scheme. Your hotel will advise what options are available to you.

Do I need to print my Thailand Pass documents for when I arrive at Passport Control in Thailand?

Yes. It is the best practice as you will present these documents to Immigration and Health Officers at the airport Passport and Health Control.

If you only have digital copies and something happens to your electronic device, you will not be allowed to enter the country.

How do I present my Thailand Pass QR code if my mobile phone is not working?

You should print a hard copy of your Thailand Pass QR code. If your mobile device does not work in Thailand, you can still present the QR code to Immigration and Health Officers at the airport Passport and Health Control.

Can I upload my Thailand Pass QR code to the MorChana App before I arrive in Thailand?

No. You can download the MorChana App before arriving in Thailand, but it will not allow uploads until you arrive in the country. You may ask your SHA+ hotel staff to assist you on how to navigate the app.

If I land in Phuket with the correct insurance, my SHA+ hotel, airport transfer, and separate RT-PCR tests booked, can I apply for Test & Go?

Yes. The above requirements are required to apply for Test & Go and Thailand Pass. You will also need to be vaccinated to apply for Test & Go.

Have the April 1 changes affected domestic flights in Thailand?

No. When landing in Thailand, domestic flights on arrival must still be approved “sealed” flights. Please check with Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways for the new list of sealed flights to Phuket and Samui.

Can I do my Test & Go quarantine in Pattaya?

Yes. If you land in Bangkok you can organize Test & Go quarantine in Pattaya. Your SHA+ hotel must provide transport from Bangkok airport to the hotel.

If your flight lands directly at Pattaya airport you will do your RT-PCR test at the airport and then be transported to your hotel.

Are international flights landing in Pattaya?

There are flights now landing directly at Pattaya U-tapao International Airport. Check with your airline provider for available direct flights.

Can I take a domestic flight from Bangkok to Pattaya for Test & Go quarantine?

Only if the flight is an approved “sealed” flight. This should be booked as part of your international flight itinerary.

If you book separate domestic flights, you are required to quarantine for 1 night in Bangkok before traveling to Pattaya.

What SHA+/AQ hotels are available in Pattaya?

You can find the latest information for SHA+/AQ hotels in Pattaya at Agoda.

Why is my US credit card being rejected when trying to book my RT-PCR test?

There is an issue with www.thailandpsas.com approving transactions with American credit cards. You can contact your hotel and they will organize the RT-PCR test booking for you.

I am trying to book hotel transport in Phuket with an American credit card and it is rejected. What can I do?

Transport from the airport to your hotel should be included in your SHA+ quarantine package. If there is an issue booking your hotel with an American credit card, try a different card or purchase through PayPal.

My hotel in Phuket does not offer transport from the hotel. What should I do?

Any SHA+/AQ hotel should include transport from the airport to their hotel. If they do not offer this service, it is best to look at different hotels because you cannot organize private transport.

Where can I see if hotel transfer is included in Phuket when looking at Agoda?

Many Phuket hotels do not list Airport Transfer on their front page. Click into the hotel and look at the bottom left corner of the details page. Airport transfer will be listed here under services offered.

How do I book a private transfer from the airport to a hotel in Phuket?

You cannot. Transfer from Phuket airport to your hotel must be provided by the hotel so it meets all Covid safety measures.

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COVID-19 Thailand Visa Amnesty/Extension

What is a visa amnesty or COVID extension?

It is the visa relief or 60-day visa extension for all foreign nationals staying in Thailand affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Foreigners can apply for a COVID extension at any immigration office until March 25, 2022.

Who are covered by the visa amnesty or COVID extension?

All foreign nationals who are legally staying in Thailand whether you are here on visa exemption entry stamps and tourist visas. The holders of non-immigrant visas, or yearly extension of stays are not eligible for the COVID extension.

What are the current implementing rules regarding the visa amnesty or COVID extension?

  • Visas or permits to stay that are still valid and updated by the local Thai immigration office.
  • Foreigners holding a long-term visa such as a working visa, marriage visa, or retirement are required to apply for their yearly extension at the Thai immigration office as usual.
  • Foreigners do not need any embassy letter to be granted the automatic visa extension due to COVID-19.

Is the COVID-19 visa extension free of charge?

The COVID-19 extension of the visa costs 1,900 Thai baht.

Will the visa amnesty be extended?

The validity of the visa amnesty is until March 25, 2022 only. There is no indication that this visa amnesty or grace period will be extended.

What will happen when the visa amnesty is lifted or not extended anymore?

When the situation is resolved and returns to normal, foreigners must leave Thailand on or before the permit to stay date in their passports or they must apply for the proper another type of visa at the immigration office.

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90-Day Reporting

If you are a foreigner staying in Thailand for a period longer than 90 consecutive days holding a Non-Immigrant Visa or Extension of Stay, you are required by Thai Immigration to report your current address every 90 days. You may file for the TM47 notification in person, by mail, online, or by an agent. Please check this page: https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/90-day-reporting-immigration.php

Consequences of Visa Overstay

During this COVID-19 crisis in Thailand, some foreign nationals may find themselves overstaying in Thailand, do so by mistake, by miscalculating the length of their stay, forgetting their visa expiration date, or by unforeseen cancellation of their flights due to travel restrictions. As a traveler, you should strongly avoid overstaying in Thailand, but if you do find yourself in Thailand on an expired visa it is very important that you act fast and in the right way. Please check this page to learn more of the consequences of overstaying in Thailand: https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/overstay-visa-thailand.php

Thai Immigration Social DistancingSocial Distancing at Muang Thong Thani Temporary Immigration Office

Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival

Foreigners under the Visa Exemption program and the Visa on Arrival programs may now travel to Thailand. Foreigners under the Visa Exemption may enter Thailand without a visa for up to 30 days and travelers under the Visa on Arrival program may stay in Thailand for up to 15 days. Travelers under the Visa Exemption and the Visa on Arrival must apply for Thailand Pass before traveling to Thailand.

Thai Immigration QueueApril 07, 2020 at Thai Immigration Office Chaengwattana

Frequently Asked Questions

To extend a tourist visa, do I need to visit the Thai immigration office in person? I do not want to go to crowded areas at risk of COVID-19 infection.

Yes, there have been no changes regarding the visa extension application whether it is your first time to extend or the second time to extend. The application is still done in person. Thai immigration offices are practicing different measures such as social distancing and disinfecting the area to make sure that the applicants are not at risk of contracting the COVID-19. You might want to see if your local Thai immigration is open on Saturdays. That is a less crowded day of the week to visit the immigration office.

I have tried online reporting and reporting through a mobile app, both attempts failed. What are my other options?

If the online and mobile app reporting does not work, you need to do the reporting by yourself or you can ask a visa agent or third party to do the 90-day address reporting. You need to provide a power of attorney and the 90-day reporting documents such as the original and copy of the passport. There is no immigration fee for address reporting.

Is it required by law to wear a face mask?

The emergency decree issued by the Thai Government that came into effect recommends everyone wear a face mask when they are outside of their residence. However, some provinces such as Phuket have their own rule and you will be subject to a penalty. In Bangkok, commuters are required to wear a face mask when using public transportation and while in public places.

Should I carry my passport at all times?

Yes. If you are a foreigner and you will be out of your residence or hotel, you need to carry your passport especially right now that there are random checks to check the visa validity. It is also good to know that there are banks that would not allow you to enter the premises if you have traveled recently abroad, so it is best to have your passport with you at all times.

I am aware of the entry requirements for foreigners entering Thailand, is there special consideration for those traveling with my Thai family or visiting my Thai family?

At the moment, you can enter Thailand. You just have to make sure that you have obtained a Thailand Pass, purchased COVID-19 Insurance, had a COVID-19 test and you will undergo a mandatory Test and Go or ASQ quarantine.

I have a Non-Immigrant B visa and work permit expiring on April 24, due to my country’s travel restriction I cannot return to Thailand to renew it. What are my options?

If your country does not allow you to travel to Thailand or if your country of departure is under the travel ban, I regret to inform you that there is nothing you are able to do. It is not possible to renew it while you are outside Thailand and it is also not possible to renew it at the Thai embassy in your country. Should your visa and work permit expire while you are outside Thailand, you need to apply for a new non-immigrant B visa for you to enter Thailand and after you have entered Thailand, you can apply for a new work permit.

When do I need the embassy letter for the COVID-19 visa extension?

As of writing, the embassy letter is no longer required by the immigration office to receive the 60-day COVID-19 extensions.

I am looking for flights from Laos to Europe and this requires me to transit in Thailand. Do I need a Health Certificate when transiting? There are multiple different articles including the one on Thai Airways stating that a Health Certificate is required for transiting passengers.

As of writing, international passengers including transiting passengers are required to present a COVID-19 health certificate and negative COVID test result. If you are affected by this travel requirement, you may opt to postpone your travel or you may opt to book a flight that will not transit through Thailand. For the latest update, it is best to contact your airline.

I am a US citizen traveling from the US to Thailand via Hong Kong, am I subject to mandatory quarantine?

No, the mandatory quarantine is not required for any foreigner and Thai travelers entering Thailand via Hong Kong if you are fully vaccinated. You may apply for Thailand Pass under the Test and Go program. The mandatory 10-day quarantine is only required for unvaccinated travelers from any country.

I’m a French national. I have 60 days tourist visa, which is ending soon, but due to COVID-19, I am kind of reluctant to travel back to France. Is there any way that I can extend my visa for another 30 days?

Yes, any nationality holding a 60-day tourist visa entry stamp can extend for 30 days at the local immigration office. For the extension, you just have to submit one passport-size photo (4cm x 6cm) with white background, TM6 card, TM30 receipt from your hotel, and pay the fee of 1,900 Thai baht.

I am British and I entered Thailand on holiday on March 3 and am scheduled to leave on April 1. If my flight is canceled due to COVID-19, I may be forced to overstay my 30 days permit to stay until I have a rescheduled flight. Is this ok? If not, what should I do?

You are able to extend this 30-day visa exemption stamp for another 30 days at the local Thai immigration office. For the extension, you just have to submit one passport-size photo (4cm x 6cm) with white background, TM6 card, TM30 receipt from your hotel, and pay the fee of 1,900 Thai baht.

I am an American and I have a 30-day visa exemption that I extended for an extra 30 days. My current extension will expire on April 1, 2021. What are my options to stay in Thailand due to the travel restriction in other countries?

You have two options: 1.) You can extend your current extension for 30 days at your local immigration office. 2.) You can request a COVID-19 extension and you will be given a 60 days extension at your local Thai immigration office.

I have a non-immigrant O visa for having a Thai wife. It is a single entry visa. My 90-day entry stamp will expire in April and the money in my account has not seasoned yet for 2 months. What can I do?

Since you are legally married to a Thai national, you can apply for a 60-day extension for having a Thai wife. This extension will give you enough time for your funds to season for 2 months. After your funds have seasoned for 2 months, you may apply for a 1-year extension or marriage visa.

My work permit and my visa will expire by the end of the month. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, I am not able to return to my country. What are my options?

Since your visa and your work permit will expire, your only option for an extension of your stay in Thailand is to file for the 60-day COVID extension. You may apply for this extension on the last day of your permit to stay.

I am flying from the USA to Thailand via Hong Kong. Do I still need to present a health certificate and travel insurance?

At the moment, passengers entering Thailand need to obtain the Thailand Pass, purchase a COVID-19 insurance, book Test and Go Hotel for 1 night, or an ASQ Hotel for the 10-day quarantine (if not vaccinated), and obtain a COVID-19 medical certificate.

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Can anyone advise what to do regarding my Non-B visa? My Non-B expired on 4th March. I have to pay a fine of 500 baht per day for overstay. The borders around Thailand are closed for me to renew it. I have requested a 30-day extension but was refused. They need my new contract for the new year. This is costing me an arm and a leg. What are my solutions?

The best solution for this is to avoid overstaying so that you will not get in trouble in the future. If you do not have a new contract from the school it is imperative for you to return to your home country until you have a new contract and apply for a new visa from the Thai embassy there. Once you have secured a new non-immigrant B visa, you may return to Thailand together with a copy of the health certificate and health insurance. Another option is to request a COVID extension while you are preparing the documents for your non-immigrant B visa. Some immigration offices are now issuing non-immigrant B visas.

I am a U.S. citizen. I arrived in Bangkok last March 9. My flight to Manila has been canceled on April 8. I am in Pattaya. Do I need a US embassy letter to extend my 45-day Travel Visa? Or can I just go to the Thai Immigration office in Pattaya to get an extension due to COVID-19?

No, you do not need an embassy letter at this time. Your current 45-day visa exemption stamp can be extended for an additional 30 days. For the extension, you just have to submit one passport size photo (4cm x 6cm) with white background, TM6 card, TM30 receipt from your hotel and pay the fee of 1,900 Thai baht.

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2,086 Comments

  1. JR
    April 7, 2020
    Reply

    Are there photo booth and TM 7 forms available in Muang Thong Thani immigration office? There are no photo booth and printing shop open in my area.

    • April 7, 2020

      The TM7 and STM forms are available at Muang Thong Thani Immigration. For the photo and photocopy services, we are not sure. You can have them at Chaengwattana Office.

    • Giacomo
      April 8, 2020

      Good morning,

      So I came into Thailand at the beginning of March with a non-b single entry visa (90 days) from the Thai embassy in KL.

      It is due to expire on the 31st of May. Although I decided at this point in time to fly back to my country on the 18th of April. I haven’t got the 1 year extension yet from my company, although I did receive the work permit.

      So my question is, do I need to cancel the visa before leaving or I can just leave Thailand without any previous actions?

      Thanks in advance,
      J

    • April 8, 2020

      Since the visa was not issued inside Thailand, it is not necessary for you to cancel your 90-day entry stamp before leaving Thailand.

  2. Ram dela cruz
    April 7, 2020
    Reply

    Hi! I have previously enrolled for a culinary training for at least 6 months. The school is helping me obtain a student visa. I am supposed to start this May. Will student visa still be issued and accepted? What are the mandatories upon arrival if allowed to enter?

    Ram

    • April 7, 2020

      You may apply for the ED visa from the Thai embassy before you travel to Thailand. Please do not travel or make travel plans until you have secure the Non Immigrant ED visa from the Thai embassy.

  3. April 7, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, thank you so much for your response! To my original question, would I need to visit the immigration out on Chaengwattana to do this process? For the 60 day extension would I need a letter from the US embassy or just go to immigration and fill out forms? Thank you again!

    Q:Hi. Im am an American currently living in Bangkok,Thailand with my wife (Thai National) and 1 year old baby (American/Thai National). We have been living here for the past year now. I am currently on a “ED” visa which expires on April 24th and will be switching to a non “O” visa so we can get the Marriage Visa. With all the restrictions now in place where can I go outside of Thailand to receive the non “O” visa and come back to Thailand with no issues? Is there anyway to do this in Thailand now? I have the paper work done and the appropriate amount of money needed to be in the bank. Please help! Thank you!

    A”non-immigrant O visa. If you reside in Bangkok, it may be possible to change from non-immigrant ED visa into Non immigrant O visa. If the immigration officer will not do this change of visa, you have an option to apply for a temporary 60-day extension for having Thai wife or 30-day extension based on embassy letter. These possible extensions will give you time while waiting for the borders to open and you can apply for the non-immigrant O visa.

    • April 7, 2020

      Yes, you and your wife needs to visit the Thai Immigration Office. Right now, the Thai Immigration has not issued visa amnesty or visa leniency just yet. The operation at the immigration office is business as usual despite the risk of infection of the COVID-19.

    • Emmanuel Eseroghene
      April 7, 2020

      I thought a letter from the embassy is one of the requirement, now I don’t know are to plan my stay at the apartment I am staying at the moment with my flight also.

      Please advise accordingly what should I do?

      Thanks in anticipation.

    • April 8, 2020

      It is best to check with your local immigration for the documents that you need.

  4. Marlena
    April 7, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, I am Polish citizen currently on a 30-day tourist visa which expires on the 18th of April. My flight home is cancelled and I would like to stay in Thailand until the end of the pandemic. Do I have to go to the immigration office for visa extension? Is it possible to do it online? Or will my visa be extended automatically? What do I need to bring/pay?

    • April 7, 2020

      At this time, there is no automatic extension just yet. You still have to visit the local immigration office for the visa extension. For the extension, you just have to submit one passport size photo (4cm x 6cm) with white background, TM6 departure card, TM30 receipt from your hotel or accommodation and pay the fee of 1,900 Thai baht. It is highly recommended to check with your local immigration office the additional requirements when applying for the extnesion.

  5. Abigail formisano
    April 7, 2020
    Reply

    Hi , I am a british national and arrived on the 28th feb with a sixty day visa ,I am in Rawai and will need to go to Phuket for 30 day extension but all routes out if Rawai are closed what should I do .
    Abbi

    • April 7, 2020

      Right now, we do not have the information from Phuket Immigration Office. I believe there is a temporary immigration office at Karon Police Station. I recommend for you to check this page: http://www.phuketimmigration.go.th/main.php

  6. joseph c clima
    April 7, 2020
    Reply

    hi im filipino maried with thai women almost 10years and we have one son,i did already a 30 days extension till april 10 but due off covid 19 my flight was canceled.and its not safe to travel back to philippines, i want to stay with my family till situation back to normal what kind of visa i need to file? please help me

    • April 7, 2020

      If you have exhausted all possible option for extensions, please contact your embassy or consulate in Thailand to provide a letter stating that you are affected by the current COVID-19 crisis and that your flights has been canceled. The embassy will request the immigration office to extend your stay for another 30 days. It is highly recommended for you to check with the local immigration office for the additional requirements since every city or province may have different rules and regulations.

  7. Zulu Alpha
    April 7, 2020
    Reply

    Hi I’m Maldivian
    I’m supposed to get married to Thai girl on April 2020

    I have the all the documents from Thai embassy SriLanka and maldives embassy Thailand to permit to get marry

    When travel ban is lifted, what are the additional documents required for me to get visa on arrival

    I just came back on 1st March 2020 after 59 days in Thailand

    • April 7, 2020

      After the travel ban is lifted and after the crisis is over, the additional requirement might be quarantine for 14 days before you can start the marriage process. Right now, all we can do is to wait until the crisis is over.

  8. Brooke
    April 7, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, my boyfriend and I are planning to get a tourist visa for Thailand soon from the USA. We are planning to travel there in the next 2 months. Are we able to apply for a visa regardless of the travel restriction?

    • April 7, 2020

      At the moment, the visa application has been suspended, therefore it is best to wait until the crisis is over and apply for the Thai visa.

  9. James Lim
    April 6, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Thai Embassy.com consultant,
    I am a Malaysian who entered the Thai Kingdom via the Sadao border checkpoint on 16th March on a 30 day visa exempt stamp , and am to leave on the 14th April.

    Q1. Now staying in Nakhon Si Thammarat, will it be possible for me to apply for a 30-day extension (1,900THB) with the immigration office there ?

    Q2. As I am driving, how would I be able to extend the 30 day vehicle pass with the Customs Office (without driving to the Sadao border Customs office) ?

    Thank you much for your help.

    • April 7, 2020

      You are able to extend for another 30 days at the local immigration office. For the extension, you just have to submit one passport size photo (4cm x 6cm) with white background, TM6 departure card, TM30 receipt from your hotel or accommodation and pay the fee of 1,900 Thai baht. For more information, please contact the immigration office in the province where you are located right now.

    • James Lim
      April 7, 2020

      Rex, thank you very much for your helpful and prompt response.
      I shall do so early tomorrow morning at the Nakhon Si Thammarat Immigration Office.

    • April 8, 2020

      Glad to help. Have a good day.

  10. Jimmie
    April 6, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Rex,

    Appreciate if you could assist 2 of my questions below;

    I am an Indian national hold a work permit and visa from BOI as a director and shareholder of my company that is certified by the Board of Investment Thailand.

    I would like to fly back into Thailand, and can also get the fit to fly certificate as advised by the Thai Government but, unfortunately all the flights to Thailand has been cancelled and I am not able to fly back due to COVID-19 lockdown.

    1. What should I do?

    My non B along with my work permit is due to expires on the 2nd of May 2020.

    I exited Thailand on March 1st on work related project and was due to return back to Thailand after finishing my project on the 23rd of March. But due to the COVID-19 situation as you may know the Philippines government ordered a lockdown and the airports are shut too there are currently no flights flying, the next flight information is not available as they are unsure when the lockdown will be removed.

    2. What would be your advice, and how can I renew my non B Visa and work permit on time, during this COVID-19 situation and if I still stuck in Philippines and unable to fly.

    Looking forward to your assistance and reply in this regards

    Stay Safe

    • April 7, 2020

      Your visa and work permit can only be extended or renewed in Thailand. As of today, you may be able to return to Thailand starting April 19th given that you have the visa, work permit, fit to fly certificate.

    • Jimmie
      April 7, 2020

      I have read the advisory that between 19th and 30th of April, expats with valid work permit and Visa can enter Thailand with fit to fly certificate.

      However, yesterday April 6th the Philippines government has extended lockdown until the 30th of April and airport will remain closed and all flights cancelled.

      What would be your advice?

    • April 7, 2020

      I think your problem is the flight leaving the Philippines. It is best for you to contact your airline that will fly out of the Philippines. As far as Thailand is concerned, it is possible for flights to land in Thailand between April 19th and 30th.

    • Jimmie
      April 7, 2020

      Thanks Rex,

      That seems to be the challenging part
      As the Philippines airports are closed and no flights until the 1st of May.

      What happens if the advisory from the government doesn’t alter and I am unable to flying, due to this situation between 19th and 30th of April?

    • April 7, 2020

      If the Philippine government does not allow flights to leave the Philippines, you have no choice but to stay in the Philippines. If your visa or work permit expires in May 2020, then it would mean you have to redo the Thai visa and work permit process from the start.

    • Jimmie
      April 7, 2020

      Rex, your prompt replies to my query’s and informations assisted with is highly appreciated.

    • April 7, 2020

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  11. siddhartha v
    April 6, 2020
    Reply

    firstly thanks for patiently answering all questions.

    I moved here on the 16th March on a business entry visa and now converted to a two year work permit. My wife got her spouse visa processed but before she could travel our country India went into lock down. Just wanted to check if once flights resume from India in April will she be able to come to Thailand before the 30th April on a spouse visa and what documents does she need ?

    • April 7, 2020

      No, she cannot enter Thailand before April 30th because she does not have a work permit. She needs to wait until the travel ban is lifted or if the travel ban is modified and will allow the family members of the work permit holders to return to Thailand.

  12. Dan
    April 6, 2020
    Reply

    Is the new rule about needing 100 000 $ worth health insurance to enter Thailand a permanent rule that will last forever or is it only temporary during the corona virus? Will this rule be removed after the corona pandemic is over?

    • April 7, 2020

      The health insurance requirement is not applicable anymore because Thailand has banned foreigners from entering Thailand until further notice.

  13. Jack Hemlani
    April 6, 2020
    Reply

    I am a US citizen with a Thai wife residing in Bangkok for over 20 years but am on retirement visa for the last few years.
    We have been in the US visiting family since last month but now with the current situation, my wife is allowed to return but myself, being a foreigner without work permit am not allowed to return.

    Any news on how long will this restriction will be in place for or any change expected soon so we can return bank to bangkok.
    I have contacted the Thai embassy in LA but they said they can’t help me.
    Please advise.

    Thank you,
    Jack

    • April 7, 2020

      The restriction is effective until April 30 but it may be lifted or extended depending on the situation.

  14. Kim
    April 5, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,
    when can a danish and/or german tourist earliest enter Thailand – Bangkok for visiting his fiancé near Khon Kaen?

    • April 7, 2020

      As of today, there is a travel ban until April 30th, but it may be lifted or extended depending on the situation.

    • Kim
      April 7, 2020

      Thankyou for your reply.

    • April 8, 2020

      You’re welcome. Have a great day.

  15. Stefanie Froelich
    April 5, 2020
    Reply

    I’m a US citizen who has been working in Chiang Mai, Thailand for over one year. I had three weeks off at the beginning of March. I went to Nepal and since my flight was cancelled. I have been stuck in Kathmandu for almost 2 weeks. Will I be able to enter Thailand on April 17 to Bangkok? Will I be able to self-quarantine in my own apartment or do I need stay in a government facility upon arrival?

    • April 7, 2020

      All incoming flights are grounded until April 18th. You can come back to Thailand after that date if you have a work permit and fit to fly certificate.

    • Stefanie Froelich
      April 7, 2020

      Thank you. Would I have to quarantine in a government facility or could I quarantine at my apartment after that date?

    • April 8, 2020

      If you enter Thailand between April 19th and 30th, it will be the government facility.

  16. Ken
    April 5, 2020
    Reply

    HI there, I am in Phuket. Currently holding a Multiple entry non O visa which will expire in a couple weeks. I am legally married to a Thai wife. If I am unable to leave before my 90 days are up, can I apply for a 60 days extension based on Thai wife? This is a multiple entry Non O, not single entry.

    Thank you

    • April 7, 2020

      Yes, you can apply for a temporary 60-day extension on top of your 90-day entry stamp. You will do it at the Phuket Immigration office. Please check this page for updates: http://www.phuketimmigration.go.th/main.php

  17. Emily
    April 5, 2020
    Reply

    Hello 🙂 My friend did his internship in Phuket, he went back to Hong Kong last month to extend his VISA, but then his work permit got canceled due to the virus outbreak but he needs to come back to Phuket to take his important things. Can he come via Tourist VISA on May in Thailand? Thank you 🙂

    • April 7, 2020

      Yes, your friend can come to Thailand as tourist to get his personal belongings. He can do that when Thailand lifted the travel ban or restrictions. Right now, travel ban is effective until April 30, but it might be extended.

  18. Ata Taher Ata
    April 5, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Sir, Madam

    I am having a NON B Business visa, and re-entry permit valid till 12 May 2020, and my Thai work permit is valid till 12 Feb 2021, Currently I am out side Thailand and want to enter Thailand on 1 May 2020 to return to my work in Bangkok.
    Hence if the ban still active or under any circumstances no flight from my origin country Yemen can fly because Yemen ariports are closed till 30 April 2020 for Covid-19.

    Here I would like to ask, if my visa expire with me falling to enter Thailand , What shall I do? Is it possible to enter Thailand with my valid work permit? Or shall I apply for new Visa.

    Thanks for your response,

    • April 8, 2020

      If you are unable to return to Thailand before May 12, you must obtain a new Non Immigrant B visa from Yemen before you travel back to Thailand. The work permit will still be valid but you need to have a new Non Immigrant B visa.

  19. Sitti Habiba Jikiri
    April 5, 2020
    Reply

    Hello everyone, i am Filipino citizen planning to come to Thailand on 16 April, can anyone please let me know what is the current situation and required documents to enter in Thailand. do i also have to stay in state quarantine? or i can have the self quarantine? fit to fly certificate should be a covid test or normal mediacal certificate? as we all know covid test is hard because not enough test kits available, so in my country they are not testing anyone with no symptoms.
    Please give me informtion on these. Thank you

    • April 7, 2020

      If you have a valid non immigrant B visa and work permit, you are able to enter Thailand starting April 19th. What you need a only fit-to-fly certificate. You need to call Thai embassy in Manila for more information.

  20. Sanjit
    April 5, 2020
    Reply

    First of all I want to thank you all agents for answering volumes of queries.

    I have a valid non b visa with a written permit: If I come back to Thailand after the 15th of April, must I bring along an insurance of 100000$ and covid test result? Can I also bring my family along on a non o visa or would only I holding a work permit could enter Thailand? Let’s say if I plan my travel in May, will that require less documents from me like insurance, covid test result?

    Thank you for your time and cooperation.

    • April 7, 2020

      If you travel between April 18th and 30, only the foreigner with Non immigrant B visa and work permit is allowed to enter Thailand. Your family may be refused entry since they are not work permit holders. I recommend for them to travel after April 30th. As for the documents that you need, you only need the fit-to-fly certificate. Please contact the local Thai embassy in your area or country for more updated information.

  21. Fabien
    April 4, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, I am a french citizen who arrived in Thailand on February 11th. I am working in China but because of the situation with Covid-19 I have been enable to return to China or France. So I already extended my 60 days (exemption) stay, to another 30 days that will expired on April 29th, 2020. So I think I will reach the 90 days. Since, China banned foreigners to come back, and all flights was suspended/cancelled to France, can I extend again to stay in Thailand as I don’t see any other option of my situation and I don’t want to overstay?

    Thanks in advance for your reply.
    Fabien

    • April 7, 2020

      If you have exhausted all possible option for extensions, please contact your embassy or consulate in Thailand to provide a letter stating that you are affected by the current COVID-19 crisis and that your flights has been canceled. The embassy will request the immigration office to extend your stay for another 30 days. It is highly recommended for you to check with the local immigration office for the additional requirements since every city or province may have different rules and regulations.

    • Fabien
      April 9, 2020

      Thanks for your answer. I am actually based in Bangkok. I was checking the COVID-19 Thailand Visa Amnesty/Extension. i don’t know if it’s apply to my case, as it’s renew the extension for people that the visa expired from march 26th to 30th of April. However my visa expired on April 29th, so i might still have to go to the New building of Immigration service ( Central Investigation Bureau at Muang Thong Thani ) Counter K, with a letter from my embassy, a proof of stay (hotel receipt) and also do the report as I will be here for 90 days?

      Thanks.

    • April 10, 2020

      You are still covered by the amnesty. Your stay is automatically extended until April 30. It does not really make much of difference since your stay is until April 29. If the government extends the emergency decree, then the amnesty is also automatically extended.

    • Fabien
      April 10, 2020

      Thanks for the fast reply. So I cannot go to immigration to extend as my last extension ended on 29th of April. I have to wait to see if the decree is renewed and if not, be ready to extend it again to the immigration.

    • April 10, 2020

      You can go to the immigration on April 28 or 29 and apply for the extension at your own risk. However, if you are afraid to contract COVID-19 in crowded places like immigration office, you can just wait for the announcement if the visa amnesty will be extended.

  22. Andy Liew
    April 4, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    i see your website stating: “From April 16 to 30, Thai nationals, foreign diplomats and foreigners with a valid work permit are allowed to enter Thailand with a “fit-to-fly” certificate issued within 72 hours of travel”.

    I have a Singapore passport and is presently in Angola for weeks. Am I allowed to enter Thailand on 20 April, with Visa on Arrival?

    I would like to be re-united with my family that is presently in Thailand with student and guardian visa.

    • April 7, 2020

      Foreigners with work permit in Thailand are allowed to enter. Visa Exemption holders will not be allowed to enter until April 30th. We have to wait for announcement if visa exemption will be allowed on May 1.

  23. David C. Ford
    April 4, 2020
    Reply

    Hi there,
    I’m Australian married to a Thai wife and based in Thailand on a 12 month non-immigrant ‘O’ visa living as a family with our son.
    My visa is multi entry ’90 day’ and its ok till mid May when normally I’d exit and simply re-enter Thailand. Given the situation at the moment, what are my options for getting the 90 day stamp normally given at the airport or land border if indeed the situation in May is still as it is at the moment.
    My multi entry visa is current till Nov 10th, the only problem I’ve got is the 90 day stamps. Any information you have would be greatly appreciated.
    Many thanks.

    • April 8, 2020

      If you are unable to make a border trip in May 2020, you may opt to do the 60-day temporary extension based on having a Thai wife at your local immigration office. It is highly recommended for you to check with the local immigration office for the additional requirements since every city or province may have different rules and regulations.

    • David C. Ford
      April 8, 2020

      Many thanks Rex,
      I’ll check with the Pattaya immigration office although I note Pattaya is going into lock down tomorrow 9th Apr.

    • April 8, 2020

      You’re welcome. Have a good day.

  24. Ty M Tran
    April 4, 2020
    Reply

    Is this true for new extensions?

    1. Certificate from the embassy
    2. Application for extension (TM.7)
    3. Two photos 4×6 cm (not more than 6 months)
    4. Passport and photocopies of the data page, visa page, latest arrival stamp, and departure card (TM.6)
    5. Map showing the applicant’s residence
    6. At least 4 photos of the residence including outside and inside the house
    7. Copy of ID card and house registration from the house owner (signed with phone number)
    8. Copy of rental contract
    9. Residence certificate
    10. Accompanying house owner for interrogation

    https://pattayaone.news/ridiculous-requirements-for-visa-extensions/

    • April 7, 2020

      Items are 1-8 are the normal requirements. It really depends which immigration office do you visit. It is better to check with the immigration office that has jurisdiction of your city or province.

  25. April 4, 2020
    Reply

    hello good morning im lebanese i arrive to thailand in 28 of february 2020 and i com for one month to go back my in 31 of march but because of covid 19 jordan airport and my airport close so i must stay till open and i have viza tourist for 60 days and it wil finish on 27 of april and my next flight to my country is on first of may it mins only 4 days different what can i do can sombody help me what i do

    • April 7, 2020

      If you are stranded at Jordan Airport, it is not possible for you to travel to Thailand. Thailand does not allow foreigners to visit Thailand until April 30.

  26. Rudy
    April 4, 2020
    Reply

    Dear,

    I have been married to my Thai wife for 16 years. I also have a son of 14 years (thai nationality) I have a Belgian passport. We bought a house in Udon Thani where we would live together. Now because of the Covid crissis it is for the time being prohibited as a foreigner to enter Thailand. After April 16, my wife and son can enter Thailand (Thai nationality). Because we immigrated to Thailand, we have already sold our house here in Belgium. We must vacate our home by May 15. Is there a possibility that I can travel with my wife and son to Thailand. I have a Non-Immigrant Visa “O-A” (Long Stay). Or should I be left alone in Belgium.

    Thanks in advance,

    • April 7, 2020

      There is an update\. Your wife and son can only travel to Thailand starting April 19th. For you, since you do not have a work permit, you may travel only after April 30. Right now, we are not sure if it will be extended. As for you traveling with your family at the same time, I recommend for you to contact Thai Embassy in your city our country in case they will give you a special permit.

  27. Mark Washington
    April 4, 2020
    Reply

    Hello , I appreciate you answering all these questions.

    I may even use your services now.

    I am Russian. I have been here for 30 day.

    I was give the 14 day ‘see what happens with covid’ stamp

    I do not want to fly at the moment or pay the ridiculous price of flying.

    Can I return and just go through the process of the normal 30 day ext?

    Thank you in advance.

    • April 7, 2020

      Russian passport holder cannot get a normal 30-day extension because you are in Thailand under bilateral agreement stamp only. You can only get an extension due to COVID-19. I believe you have the “under consideration” stamp already. You must report to the immigration office on the date specified in your passport.

  28. Elaine Zielinski
    April 3, 2020
    Reply

    We have a 14yr old Thai student staying with us. The English language school he was attending is now closed so he would like to return home to Thailand. Is this possible and what do we need to do?

    • April 7, 2020

      At the moment flights to Thailand have been banned until April 18th. Please contact the Thai embassy or consulate in your city or country to assist the Thai citizen. The embassy may be able to provide temporary accommodation until April 18th.

  29. Maria
    April 3, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,
    I have a trip planned to Thailand at the end of May. I was about to travel from Denmark with a Romanian passport, but as the VOA has been cancelled, is it possible to apply for a visa online? The second option is to go to the Thai embassy in Denmark, but would they issue a 15-day tourist visa considering the Covid-19 situation?

    Thank you!

    • April 7, 2020

      Yes, the visa on arrival has been cancelled. You must apply for a Thai visa from Thai embassy in Copenhagen. Right now, visa applications are on-hold and no visas are being issued by Thai embassy or consulate.

  30. Pearl Averil Lim
    April 3, 2020
    Reply

    I am a Singaporean on extended stay 1 year visa. In the event when air travel is allowed and I fly back to Singapore. Will I need to produce a health cert and the USD 100k insurance policy?

    • April 7, 2020

      This is no longer required. As long as you have a re-entry visa, work permit and fit to fly certificate, you can return to Thailand.

  31. kent tan
    April 3, 2020
    Reply

    I am a Malaysian. I am currently trapped in Mae Sai. I can’t go back to Malaysia .

    I entered Thailand using an international passport at burma (tachileik) border. I am allowed to stay for 30 days until 16APR2020. I am staying at a hotel. how can i extand the visa ?

    • April 3, 2020

      You are able to extend for another 30 days at the local immigration office. For the extension, you just have to submit one passport size photo (4cm x 6cm) with white background, TM6 departure card, TM30 receipt from your hotel or accommodation and pay the fee of 1,900 Thai baht.

  32. siddharth
    April 3, 2020
    Reply

    if my son is not able to get the visa extension on his work permit before the visa expires can he reenter thailand after leaving based on his work permit with a new visa

    • April 3, 2020

      Yes, he can return to Thailand with a new non immigrant B visa issued from a Thai embassy and the valid work permit. Please note that is only possible after the Thai embassies have resumed visa services and after the travel ban is lifted.

  33. siddharth
    April 3, 2020
    Reply

    my son is working in thailand with a work permit. his 3 month non imm B visa has to be extended for one year before 6 may. his agent’s company dealing with the extension issue is going very slow due to lockdown etc. is there any possibility of extending his visa to allow him to apply for the extension in case there is delay due to lock down etc?or is there any plan of thai gov to extend visas for work permit holders if they are already in thailand on non immB visa

    • April 3, 2020

      The company or the agent has 3 months to prepare the paperwork for the visa extension. As soon as your son entered Thailand and obtained the work permit, the agent is aware that the paperwork for the extension should be prepared. Unfortunately there is no extension or grace period that you can obtain in order to give the agent time to prepare the documents. You need to extend for 1 year or your son extended for 7 days and leave Thailand.

  34. Chris
    April 3, 2020
    Reply

    I have an APEC Card and my 3 month visa expires on May 14. Is it possible to extend my visa if I cannot leave by this date?

    • April 3, 2020

      Since the APEC entry stamp is a special entry stamp, you are only able to extend for 7 days at the local immigration office. if the 7-day extension is not enough, please contact your embassy or consulate in Thailand to provide a letter stating that you are affected by the current COVID-19 crisis and that your flights has been canceled. The embassy will request the immigration office to extend your stay for another 30 days.

  35. April 3, 2020
    Reply

    We are sorry for your wife’s experience at Chonburi Immigration. We are a private firm, we are not the Immigration Office. If you have any problem or complaints against the immigration office, with the Thai Immigration Bureau, please contact the Immigration Call Center at 1178. Thank you.

  36. Matt
    April 3, 2020
    Reply

    Hello I am an american and I came to the kingdom February 3 on regular tourism 30 day, received an extension on march 2and. And now have gone to immigration with embassy letter, then told needed much more paperwork and so I did do this as well.
    But they have stamped for me to return to immigration after only 21 days.
    What is the reason for the 21 day return instead of the 30 that is said to be given during this world wide crisis?

    Thank you

    • April 3, 2020

      This stamp is correct. Your “under consideration” stamp was given to you so that when you return to the immigration office, depending on the situation at that time, the officer may give you the remaining 10 days or the officer may give you a longer stay. When you return on April 21, there is no fee to be paid.

    • Emmanuel Eseroghene
      April 3, 2020

      Good Day,
      Please I got a letter from my embassy for visa extension,because this is my first time in Thailand.

      My visa stamp is from 17 February 2020 to 13 April 2020,I went to the immigration office in government complex for extension with my embassy letter of 30days extension since I have been given 60days visa before now but I only got 3days extension making it April 16th 2020.

      Please I will can’t plan for my flight and accommodation now because I intend to stay for another 30days.
      Please advise accordingly what should I do?

    • April 7, 2020

      If you were given 60-day entry stamp in February 2020, you should still get 30 days extension. Why did you submit a letter? It is not required if you are extending for the first time.

  37. April 3, 2020
    Reply

    You need to contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Immigration Bureau of Thailand regarding this issue. Our firm cannot assist you on this.

  38. Saria
    April 3, 2020
    Reply

    I note in today’s update that there seems to be an exemption for work permit holders and wanted to know if this applies to me. I am currently in Singapore and have a non-immigrant B visa and a pre-work permit approval letter (valid until 15 April). Can I travel to and enter Thailand with a fit-to-fly certificate to apply for my work permit booklet and long term stay visa?

    • April 3, 2020

      Yes, you can use these documents to enter Thailand. However, please note that no one, Thai or foreigner, is allowed to enter Thailand until April 15th. The reason for this is that Thailand is building a facility for mass quaratine for travelers which will take time to prepare. After that, Thais and foreigner with work permit holding the fit-to-fly documents can enter April 16th onward.

    • Sandberg
      April 4, 2020

      Hello and thank you for any support on the following:
      American tourist visa expires April 12 and
      German tourist visa expires April 14.

      Living in private residence isolation away north of Chiang Rai.
      Both flights are cancelled to our countries until mid May 2020,
      What are the correct procedures we must do to extend?
      Closest immigration office is CR or Mae Sai.
      Kind regards and best wishes.

    • April 7, 2020

      You are able to extend for another 30 days at the local immigration office in Chiang Rai town. For the extension, you just have to submit one passport size photo (4cm x 6cm) with white background, TM6 departure card, TM30 receipt from your hotel or accommodation and pay the fee of 1,900 Thai baht. It is highly recommended for you to check with the local immigration office for the additional requirements since every city or province may have different rules and regulations. If you have done the fist extension already, please contact your embassy or consulate in Thailand to provide a letter stating that you are affected by the current COVID-19 crisis and that your flights has been canceled. The embassy will request the immigration office to extend your stay for another 30 days.

  39. Maddi
    April 3, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, my boss is currently in Thailand (he is Australian), and was not able to get a flight back to Sydney before the borders closed. His 30 “visa free” days end on the 18th of April, how can I extend that time so he can continue to stay in Thailand? Can he apply for a 60 or 90 day visa online or does he need to travel to an embassy? Any help would be great, thank you!

    • April 3, 2020

      He can extend for another 30 days at the local immigration office. For the extension, you just have to submit one passport size photo (4cm x 6cm) with white background, TM6 departure card, TM30 receipt from your hotel or accommodation and pay the fee of 1,900 Thai baht.

  40. Alicia
    April 3, 2020
    Reply

    Due to covid 19 I have had to cancel my plans to return to Thailand. I’m hoping to rebook my entry flights as soon as the travel restrictions have ended. I do you know when that is likely to be?

    • April 3, 2020

      It would be safe to say that this crisis may be over by end of this year or early next year.

  41. Vittorio
    April 2, 2020
    Reply

    Hello. I have a tourist multientry visa and in normal times i would just get 60 more days if i go out the border before the 21 April.
    But now I can’t do border run and i need 2 extra days in Thailand so that i can fly back to Europe the 23 april.
    What happens if i over stay 2 days? And there is no easy way to get 2 days more? ( Even if in normal times i would still have 60 days if i do a border run)
    How many days will i get if i show my multi entry visa?

    • April 3, 2020

      You have 2 options: first option, you can go to the immigration office and file for an extension. The extension is good for additional 30 days stay and it will cost you 1900 Thai baht. The second option is to overstay your visa and you will pay 1,000 Thai baht at the airport as you leave Thailand.

  42. Blue L.
    April 2, 2020
    Reply

    I am a Malaysian. I am currently trapped in Hat Yai. I can’t go back to Malaysia since both Thai (Sadao)/Malaysia (B.K.Hitam) borders are closed.

    I entered Thailand using an international passport at Sadao (Dannok) border. I am allowed to stay for 30 days until 13APR2020. I am staying at a Thai friend’s house. He told me, after checking with the Immigration Dept in Hat Yai, that I can extend my stay for another 30 days before my passport stamp expires and I have pay BHT$1,900. Is that correct?

    My friend said he must declare/inform the Immigration that I am staying at his house or he would be fined.

    • April 3, 2020

      Yes, your friend is correct. You are able to extend for another 30 days at the local immigration office. For the extension, you just have to submit one passport size photo (4cm x 6cm) with white background, TM6 departure card, TM30 receipt from your hotel or accommodation and pay the fee of 1,900 Thai baht.

    • Blue L.
      April 9, 2020

      I was very LUCKY. I went to Immigration Hat Yai on 9-APR and the officers said announcement has been made that my stay is automatically extended until 30-APR. If I were to go renewing my passport yesterday, then I would have wasted 1900 Baht.

    • April 9, 2020

      Yes that is correct. The visa amnesty was enacted on April 7th but it was published on the Royal Gazette yesterday April 8, making it effective today April 9th.

    • Blue L.
      April 9, 2020

      Hi, REX. I wonder if you are a staff of Thai Embassy?

    • April 9, 2020

      This page is maintained by Siam Legal
      https://www.siam-legal.com/

  43. Carla
    April 2, 2020
    Reply

    Good day,

    We are South-African nationals residing in Macau.
    I believe foreigners are not permitted to enter Thailand until 30 April 2020.

    However, is it possible to transit through Thailand during the month of April?
    If so, are we required to provide any medical documentation and what is the maximum transit time we have at the airport?

    The reason for asking is, our flight from Macau is scheduled for the evening of 14 April 2020 and the next flight is only on 16 April 2020. Please clarify.

    Thank you!

    • April 2, 2020

      Starting April 1, international transit passengers are no longer allowed in Thailand.

    • Natalia
      April 6, 2020

      I’m a Polish national with Non- immigrant visa type B. My visa will expire on 13th April and I can’t fly to my next destination which is Malaysia because of the closed borders. I also can’t come back to my country. What are my options? Do I have to extend my working visa or I can apply for tourist visa? My contract here will be over on 13th april too.

    • April 7, 2020

      You can cancel your visa on April 13th and on the same day, you apply for the 30-day extension. Please contact your embassy or consulate in Thailand to provide a letter stating that you are affected by the current COVID-19 crisis and that your flights has been canceled. The embassy will request the immigration office to extend your stay for another 30 days. It is highly recommended for you to check with the local immigration office for the additional requirements since every city or province may have different rules and regulations.

  44. Christine Hermanowicz
    April 2, 2020
    Reply

    Good morning,

    Is this information right ?
    ** Tourists get automatic visa extensions **
    Link below :
    https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30385187?

    Do we have to do it online instead of The Immigration Office ?

    Thank you

    • April 2, 2020

      This is not official. There has been no official announcement. There has been no official guidelines just yet. We have to wait for further information about this.

  45. April 2, 2020
    Reply

    Hi. Im am an American currently living in Bangkok,Thailand with my wife (Thai National) and 1 year old baby (American/Thai National). We have been living here for the past year now. I am currently on a “ED” visa which expires on April 24th and will be switching to a non “O” visa so we can get the Marriage Visa. With all the restrictions now in place where can I go outside of Thailand to receive the non “O” visa and come back to Thailand with no issues? Is there anyway to do this in Thailand now? I have the paper work done and the appropriate amount of money needed to be in the bank. Please help! Thank you!

    • April 2, 2020

      Right now, there is no country you can go to nearby Thailand to get a non-immigrant O visa. If you reside in Bangkok, it may be possible to change from non-immigrant ED visa into Non immigrant O visa. If the immigration officer will not do this change of visa, you have an option to apply for a temporary 60-day extension for having Thai wife or 30-day extension based on embassy letter. These possible extensions will give you time while waiting for the borders to open and you can apply for the non-immigrant O visa.

  46. Richard
    April 2, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Sir/Madam
    I am Polish nationality. I arrived to Bangkok on 15th of March under Visa Excemption Rule with stamp until 13th of April. As my flight is cancelled, can I apply for Tourist Visa in the Thai Immigration in Bangkok to extend my staying?

    • April 2, 2020

      You are able to extend for another 30 days at the local immigration office. For the extension, you just have to submit one passport size photo (4cm x 6cm) with white background, TM6 departure card, TM30 receipt from your hotel or accommodation and pay the fee of 1,900 Thai baht.

  47. Junior
    April 1, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    I arrived in the country by Bus from Penang the 10 January. (My visa expire on 8 April.
    I received a letter from French Embassy with 30 days extension, my question is can i submit online? and NOT go to immigration, totally afraid to out, as is absolutely not advise.
    If i have to go there is anyone can go for me ? like agent ?
    Thanks in advance for your reply

    • April 2, 2020

      Right now, visa application is done in person at the local immigration office. If you have an embassy letter for a 30-day extension you need to apply in person or you may ask your local immigration if can use an agent to apply on your behalf.

  48. Nat
    April 1, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,

    I’m a British national. My visa exemption in Thailand expired on 27th March. I’ve already applied for a visa extension once this year. I have asked for a letter from the embassy but am still waiting. It’s been nearly a week. What should I do in this case?

    • April 2, 2020

      If your current stamp is not an extension, please know that it can be extended for 30 days without embassy letter. For the extension, you just have to submit one passport size photo (4cm x 6cm) with white background, TM6 departure card, TM30 receipt from your hotel or accommodation and pay the fee of 1,900 Thai baht.

  49. FRED
    April 1, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    I’m an Australian citizen on a 60-day tourist visa which will expire on the 15th.

    I have moved from hotel to apartment since I arrive Bangkok. As for TM30 form, my landlord didn’t ask me for the form when I moved in, is it too late to ask him to fill in the form now, before I apply for the extension or should I just pay the 800 baht fine?

    Is TM 7 form required to apply for the extension?

    Should I go to the new location in Muangthong Thaini directly on the day?

    Thanks!

    • April 2, 2020

      Yes, TM7 is required since it is the application form for visa extension. If your landlord did not report the TM30 notification, you may just pay the penalty of 800 Thai baht. Please bring a copy of the lease agreement on the date of visa application. At this time, visa application for 30-day extension of a tourist visa is located at Muang Thong Thani satellite office of immigration bureau.

  50. Robert
    April 1, 2020
    Reply

    I’m a taiwanese, and I live in Taiwan. Currently my Thailand company wants to help me to apply for non-B visa. As I know, I would get one-time business visa in Taiwan, and then I have to come to Thailand for next visa step. Can I enter to Thailand with one-time business visa currently?

    • April 2, 2020

      At the moment you are not allowed to enter Thailand. There is a travel ban for foreigner until April 30 which is subject to extension if necessary.

  51. Marzandra Penaflor
    April 1, 2020
    Reply

    I am on ED category visa that will expire on May 9, 2020. I am trying to fly out of Thailand earlier. Unluckily, all airports stopped their operations for the meantime due to the pandemic situation. I would like to know what would be the procedure if in case my visa will expire while Thailand is under lock down? Hoping for your kind assistance. Thank you.

    • April 1, 2020

      If you are no longer attending school after May 9, please contact your embassy or consulate in Thailand to provide a letter stating that you are affected by the current COVID-19 crisis and that your flights has been canceled. The embassy will request the immigration office to extend your stay for another 30 days.

    • Marzandra Penaflor
      April 1, 2020

      Hi Rex,

      I am not studying in Thailand but I am finishing my Internship in one of the hotels in Khao Lak.

      We tried to book a flight earlier flight (April 5) than our original flight on May 5, 2020.

      So the Philippine Embassy in Thailand should provide a letter to the Thailand immigration office for the extension of my visa?

      Thank you.

    • April 1, 2020

      Yes, the embassy can provide a letter stating that due to COVID-19, you are unable to fly back to your country. You may use this letter for an extension at Phang Nga Immigration Office. You can ask for the letter, second or third week of April if your stamp expires in May.

  52. William
    April 1, 2020
    Reply

    Is it still possible to travel within Thailand from province to province?

    The hotel where my friend works in Phuket is now closed. It’s better that she comes to Bangkok to stay with me until she can find a new job when hotels start to reopen.

    Can she get to BKK without issue?

    • April 1, 2020

      It is no longer possible for her to travel out of Phuket by sea or by land. She can still fly from Phuket Airport to Bangkok. Phuket Airport will remain open until April 9 only.

  53. Ursula
    April 1, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Madam ,dear Sir
    I might have to go out of Thsiland when flight will be availble.
    Kindly let me know if i can return to Thailand within the validity of my OA retirement visa (expiry 30 September 2020
    I have multiple entry for this visa.

    • April 1, 2020

      Yes, you are able to re-enter Thailand only if the travel ban has been lifted. At the moment, the travel ban is effective until April 30.

  54. Shawn
    April 1, 2020
    Reply

    I’m Singaporean in Thailand under APEC (ABTC Card) working with a few startups under DEPA program. I’m in the process of applying for Smart Visa S for a digital logistics tech that trains and develop people in the logistics industry to upskill and transform their business process to go digital. Under ABTC regulations, my stay expires May 4. Should I apply for extension now?

    • April 1, 2020

      No, you do not need to apply for extension right now. Your special entry stamp is valid for 90 days permit to stay. If you need to extend it, you can extend for 7 days only. It is recommended to do the extension on May 4th.

    • David Vivian Japp
      April 1, 2020

      I am from the UK, I live with my Thai wife in Bangkok, I am a business consultant and I am on an Aprc visa , expires June 10th , I normally travel out of Thailand every two weeks or so. I have been in Bangkok since 13th March, I am concerned I may not be allowed to stay after June or not allowed to travel back. My Apec was issued in Hong Kong where I worked before

    • April 3, 2020

      Since you you have a special entry stamp due to having an APEC card, you are only able to extend in June for 7 days. If 7 days is not enough, please contact your embassy or consulate in Thailand to provide a letter stating that you are affected by the current COVID-19 crisis and that your flights has been canceled. The embassy will request the immigration office to extend your stay for another 30 days.

  55. Dav
    April 1, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,
    I am in a neighboring country and my passport will reach six month validity in early June. I was planning to go to Thailand to renew it as there is no consulate of my country here but was delayed due to visa processing and now that I finally have my passport back there is COVID-19. I wonder if there is any chance to travel to Thailand in the unfortunate (but likely) event that borders remain closed past my six month validity, perhaps by obtaining some kind of letter from my country’s consulate stating that I plan to renew the passport? In normal circumstances I can stay in Thailand for 90 days without visa.

    • April 1, 2020

      At this time, foreigners are not allowed to enter Thailand. We recommend for you to return home and obtain a new passport in your home country.

  56. Flavia
    April 1, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I entered with the 90 days stamp on arrival. It will expire mid may. To reach home is at the moment almost impossible. Same like entering another country to leave Thailand. Of course we don’t know the conditions in mid May. What do you recommend to do at the moment? Can I do an extension if yes for how long and how?
    Thanks

    • April 1, 2020

      You are able to extend your 90-day entry stamp for 7 days at the immigration office. If this is not enough, you may contact your embassy or consulate in Thailand to provide a letter stating that you are affected by the current COVID-19 crisis and that your flights has been canceled. The embassy will request the immigration office to extend your stay for another 30 days.

  57. JUSTIN
    April 1, 2020
    Reply

    Hello. I have a 90 day visa here in Thailand. My flight is supposedly on April 10 but was cancelled due to COVID-19 and my visa will expire also on that day. I was planning to travel back to Philippines by April 15 since it is the earliest flight. Do I need to have a letter from embassy to extend my visa? Can I extend via online? Thank you.

    • April 1, 2020

      If you have a 90-day entry stamp based on non-immigrant visa, you may extend your stay for 7 days at your local immigration office. if this is not enough, please contact your embassy or consulate in Thailand to provide a letter stating that you are affected by the current COVID-19 crisis and that your flights has been canceled. The embassy will request the immigration office to extend your stay for another 30 days.

  58. Pinal
    March 31, 2020
    Reply

    If I have a work permit of Thailand and one month visa till 7 April , and after that Thai embassy give 11 month visa , but for some reason I come to India , and now it’s not possible to go back to Thailand as Indian government closes all international flights , will I get the extension of visa from Thai embassy in india

    • April 1, 2020

      If you have submitted an application for an extension of stay and you are currently on the under consideration stamp, you must report to the immigration office on the date specified by the immigration. Failure to report to the immigration means cancellation or withdrawal of the application.

  59. Zoe
    March 31, 2020
    Reply

    Hi. I have single entry Non-immigrant B visa valid till end of May (pending long term visa application) and got my work permit 2 weeks ago. If I were to leave Thailand now for Singapore, I would like to know if

    1. Can I apply for re-entry to Thailand at airport now?
    2. Will my re-entry application be approved?
    3. Will I still be able to enter Thailand in start of May?

    Thanks!

    • April 1, 2020

      Yes, it is possible for you to obtain a re-entry permit. It will be approved. However, that re-entry permit has a validity the same as your permit to stay stamp. If you have a stamp valid until end of May, the re-entry permit and length of stay is also end of May. So if you leave the country and return in the beginning of May, that is possible. You may have to check with your airline for the other requirements for you to return to Thailand in case the travel ban is extended.

  60. Michael Fennelly
    March 31, 2020
    Reply

    I was on a Non-B visa, I am in the process of changing schools and they have not got all the documents ready yet. My visa expired on the 31 of march and i got a letter from my embassy to extend my visa. They only gave an extension until the 17th of April, of which i am confused because i thought it was a 30 day extension, even though the borders are closed and i can’t go back to the UK. It cost 1900 baht for the extension and i’m not sure if they made a mistake or if i should enquire about this at immigration (Based in Chiang Mai).

    • April 1, 2020

      I believe the immigration gave you a stamp and it states that you have to report back to immigration on April 17th. If that is the case, you must report back on that day to receive the remainder of the extension.

  61. LL
    March 31, 2020
    Reply

    Is it possible to extend 30 days when one is in Thailand for the 90 day period allowed under his/her APEC Business Travel Card (issued by HK Immigration) ?

    • March 31, 2020

      If you have received a 90-day entry stamp based on having an APEC Card, unfortunately you are not able to extend it for 30 days. You are only able to extend it for 7 days. For the extension, you just have to submit one passport size photo (4cm x 6cm) with white background, TM6 departure card, TM30 receipt from your hotel/accommodation and pay the fee of 1,900 Thai baht.

  62. Krishna
    March 31, 2020
    Reply

    I have non immigrant B visa till June’20. Can i enter thailand to apply for work permit from there.

    • March 31, 2020

      No. If you only have a non-immigrant B visa, you cannot enter Thailand. You need to have non-immigrant B extension and work permit together in order for you to enter Thailand during the travel ban period. if you will enter in May or June and the travel ban has been lifted during that time, yes, you can enter Thailand and apply for work permit within Thailand.

    • Krishna
      March 31, 2020

      Thanks Rex for clarification.You are doing a great job helping people.Cheers and keep it up!

    • April 1, 2020

      You’re welcome. Have a great day.

    • Winnie Woo
      March 31, 2020

      What if Thai National return Bangkok from Hong Kong in April, does he or she need to present health certificate and insurance covers USD100,000 to airlines upon check-in ?

    • April 1, 2020

      For a Thai national, a Fit-to-Fly certificate will be required. Health insurance is not required since Thai national is covered by social security. Please contact the Thai embassy in your area for more information about the certificate.

  63. Dhruv Sharma
    March 31, 2020
    Reply

    I am flying from Jakarta to yangon, there is a halt of more than 12 Hours. Can i get transit visa once arrive. As flight to Yangon is next day of my arrival

    • March 31, 2020

      You are able to transit through Thailand given that your transit time is less than 24 hours and you will only stay in transit area during the transit period. Please check with the airline for the specific requirements before you check-in to your flight.

  64. adam collett
    March 31, 2020
    Reply

    Hello.

    My partner & I are due to fly out of PHUKET tomorrow however we are still in Krabi. From my knowledge the bridge is now closed, we have gone ahed and gotten a health certificate which states that we are both fit to fly. We also have conformation on our flights from QATAR airways. Will we have a problem getting to the airport?

    Thanks.

    • March 31, 2020

      Your may contact the airline in Phuket to see if there is a way you can enter Phuket to take your flight.

  65. Michelangelo Amelia
    March 31, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I am working in Thailand with BOI working permit. My family has a NON O Immigrant Visa based on my working permit.
    Can they come to Thailand from Taiwan?

    • March 31, 2020

      If you and your family are entering together, there is a possibility for them to travel to Thailand. Please contact the Thai consulate in Taiwan for the specific requirements.

  66. Alex
    March 31, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, I came to Thailand on a 2-months Tourist visa. I have extended the visa for an additional 1-month after the end of initial 2 months. I will try to extend my visa once again as I don’t want to risk flying back home in this period. Can you please let me know if I will need to do the 90-day report? Or this is not required as I fill the address anyway when I require the extension of my visa at the Immigration Office?

    • March 31, 2020

      Yes, you need to do the 90-day reporting if you have stayed in Thailand for 90 consecutive days. Aside from that, you can also apply for a 30-day extension. For this extension, please contact your embassy or consulate in Thailand to provide a letter stating that you are affected by the current COVID-19 crisis and that your flights has been canceled. The embassy will request the immigration office to extend your stay for another 30 days.

  67. Larry
    March 31, 2020
    Reply

    Are there any medical certificate requirements for domestic flights, such as Krabi to Bkk?

    • March 31, 2020

      No, medical certificate is not required for domestic flight. It is only required for passengers entering Thailand from abroad.

  68. Dominique
    March 31, 2020
    Reply

    I am a Singapore citizen who works in Bangkok. I have a work permit and I will be trying to fly back to Bangkok at the end of April. Could you please let me know what document I will need to enter back into Bangkok.

    • March 31, 2020

      In order for you to enter Thailand during the travel ban period, you need to obtain a ‘Fir-to-Fly” certificate and present it upon check-in for your flight to Thailand. For more information on this document, you need to contact the Thai Embassy in Singapore.

  69. Michelle Turner
    March 31, 2020
    Reply

    I am a UK national working in a British international school. I need to hand over my passport to the school office for 90day extension, but the school is currently closed and I’m 3 hours away in self isolation.
    What can I do? Can I go to any local immigration office? What happens if I don’t renew? Is there a fine to pay? As I work with children I am worried about making contact with lots of people, ie immigration.
    Thank you.

    • March 31, 2020

      It seems unusual for you to be working in a school and your have to do a visa extension for 3 months. The extension is usually valid for 1 year. If you are referring to the 90-day reporting, you can do it in person, by an agent, by mail or through mobile app. Failure to do the 90-day reporting would incur a penalty of 2,000 Thai baht. If you are referring to a visa extension, you need to contact the school about it.

  70. Eki
    March 30, 2020
    Reply

    I extended my visa once and it valid til 1 april. I can not fly back home or do visa run because all flight are cancelled and border are closed. I had a letter from embassy to extend visa in special case but the stamp was that i have to contact again on 26 april (25 days later not 30 days as extend visa) and i can ask for 5 more days extension for free? What is the reason that i have to go? Please explain, I really have no idea..

    • March 31, 2020

      Yes, you need to return to the immigration office on April 26. On that day, the immigration officer will give you the remaining 5 days or the immigration will give you longer than 5 days if there is a need for it.

  71. JOHN HILTON
    March 30, 2020
    Reply

    I am a 70 year old British Citizen, Today I received the supporting letter from my Embassy to assist with the additional 30 days Visa extension. As i am aged 70, I am currently not permitted outside my accommodation and hence travelling to Pattaya Immigration at Jomtien could potentially cause problems. In addition I am considered a high risk for CV due to diabetes.
    Has an online system been established yet such that I (and others) can avoid the risks in travel and waiting and mixing with others at the Immigration Offices?
    If online is not yet available, what are the safe alternatives available to me?
    Thank you.

    • March 31, 2020

      Unfortunately, there is no online application for the visa extension. At the moment, the applicants are still required to apply for the visa in person. However, you may contact the Jomtien Immigration Office to check if they would allow a third party or agent to do the application on your behalf due to the fact that you are at risk of contracting the COVID-19 if you will have to go to a crowded place.

  72. Dominique de Souza
    March 30, 2020
    Reply

    I am travelling to Bangkok from Singapore. I already have a work permit. Will I be allowed back to Bangkok and is there any extra documents that I need?

    • March 31, 2020

      If you have a valid long term visa and work permit, yes you will be allowed to enter Thailand. You also need to present a “Fit-to-Fly” certificate during check-in for your flight. Please contact the Thai Embassy in Singapore for the specific requirements on how to get this certificate.

  73. Ashok Sadhwani
    March 30, 2020
    Reply

    My wife and I are US citizens in Bangkok on a 30-day tourist visa valid till April 03. In order to get a 30-day extension the present rules call for a personal appearance at the Immigration office.

    Its so crowded there with people in close proximity. We are over 65, considered at-risk persons and have stayed inside our apartment since March 20. It will be nigh impossible to hold the Thai government responsible if either of us contract the virus when venturing out to the Immigration office.

    The government put up an online portal providing monetary assistance to citizens rather quick so why don’t they offer the tourist visa extension application and payment portal online?

    I thank you for reading this and perhaps getting a satisfying answer allowing us and thousands others to remain indoors and apply online.

    https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1886400/immigration-looks-to-cut-crowding

    • March 31, 2020

      At this time, the application for the visa extension is still done in person. The measures that the immigration bureau has imposed is opening a new location dedicated for the visa extension applications.

  74. Pisi
    March 30, 2020
    Reply

    My Non-B visa is extended last Thursday (26.Mar.2020) with over-stay fees by company and 90 days report will be due on 3rd Apr.

    I was trying to do report from both website and mobile app but not success.
    Any other options to do it without going to chaeng wattana office during this time. Is there any issues if I miss for reporting.

    Thanks in advance!

    • March 31, 2020

      Right now, if the online portal for the 90-day reporting does not work, your options are to do the reporting in person or by a third party or agent. Failure to do the 90-day reporting will incur a penalty of 2,000 Thai baht.

  75. Avishek Gurung
    March 30, 2020
    Reply

    For Indian Nationality, due to Covid19 outbreak is it possible to apply for a new Non B visa from the Thai Embassy or Thai Immigration in Bangkok. Since, it’s not possible to go back to India and apply for new Non B Visa.
    Please clarify.

    • March 31, 2020

      No, it is not possible to obtain the Non-Immigrant B visa in Thailand. If you are newly employed and you are currently on a tourist visa, you must fly back to India and apply for the Non-Immigrant B visa at the Thai Embassy. After you have the new non-immigrant B visa, you may travel back to Thailand provided that the travel ban has been lifted at that time.

  76. Sameer
    March 30, 2020
    Reply

    Hi ,
    My mother is currently in thailand with tourist visa and her visa is going to expire on 4th. She is old lady of 70 yrs old and its not possible for her to stay in quarantine for 14 days if she travels back to Nepal. Also the arrival in Nepal has been closed due to lock down. Can we get 60 days extension of her visa as well. Please advise.
    Thanks in Advance

    • March 31, 2020

      You are able to extend for another 30 days at the local immigration office. For the extension, you just have to submit one passport size photo (4cm x 6cm) with white background, TM6 departure card, TM30 receipt from your hotel or private accommodation and pay the fee of 1,900 Thai baht.

  77. Colin A'Lee
    March 30, 2020
    Reply

    Good morning, I have just returned to the UK after working in Oman for the past 5weeks, I have a property in Thailand where I have been living for the past year, but was unable to fly back to Thailand due to the traveling restrictions. My sister who is over 60 has Ben living in Phuket for the past 12 years, she is currently undoing cancer treatment and is living alone, I was taking care of her when I was in Thailand, but now I cannot travel back as the flights are Thai nationals only, I am very worried that she is on her own and high risk due to her cancer treatments, is there any way I can travel to Phuket?

    • At the moment, you are unable to enter Thailand due to a travel ban which is effective until April 30. You may contact a caregiver to assist your sister while you are away.

  78. M
    March 30, 2020
    Reply

    I’m currently on an ED Visa that is due to be extended on April 6th. I’m registered through the Chiang Mai office but came to studying in their Rayong campus during March because of pollution in Chiang Mai. I also have my son on a follow me visa.

    I’m currently on hold for 3 hours trying to call this number +66021419889 to work out a solution. I cannot get flights back to Australia, I can’t get back to Chiang Mai without a very high risk of COVID-19 (especially with a 4yo son).

    I’m also supposed to need a Notarised copy of my son’s birth certificate from The Australian Embassy but I can’t get to Bangkok to get that. I can’t get to Chiang Mai to collect my documents to renew my visa there. What are my options?

    • You need to contact your school to arrange your visa extension. You need to renew your visa on the same immigration office that issued your visa. If you are unable to travel to Chiang Mai, the school must contact the Chiang Mai immigration office to make a special arrangement for you.

  79. Vladimir
    March 30, 2020
    Reply

    Hello! For extension of a 60-day tourist visa for foreigners, what docs should I apply to Thai Immigration? Besides, in case my landlord did not file TM30 before, can I pay a fine at the Immigration office and show a scanned or electronic copy of my lease agreement?

    Addressing my question here, since the immigration Division 1 does not pick up the phone by number 021419889 and hotline 1178.

    • For the extension, you just have to submit one passport size photo (4cm x 6cm) with white background, TM6 departure card, TM30 receipt from your hotel and pay the fee of 1,900 Thai baht. If TM30 notification receipt is unavailable, you may pay 800 THB penalty.

  80. Christine HermanowiczAndei
    March 30, 2020
    Reply

    Good morning,

    I asked the TM.30 notification to my Appart – Hotel in Pattaya and they said that a certificate is usually enough. They tried to ring the immigration office in Jomtien to find out how to get this form for me, but the line was busy.

    They asked me to email you, so, I am doing it. Thank you for your answer again.

    • If the hotel has made the proper TM30 reporting, they should have a screenshot or proof of reporting. If the reporting was not done properly, you can just pay for the penalty of 800 THB and bring a letter confirming that you are staying in that hotel or apartment.

  81. Douglas Carey
    March 30, 2020
    Reply

    I’ve lived in Thailand since 2004. I use the Multi-Entry O Visa; which is issued by the Royal Thai Embassy in London subject to the presentation of my DWP pension statement and payment of 150pounds.
    My current visa expires on 27th May 2020 and I am currently scheduled to travel on 7th May to the UK to renew this visa.
    For obvious reasons I would prefer not to take this trip; in addition, I stay at my daughter’s house. I would have to self-quarantine with a grandson who has had a liver and kidney transplant and is considered in the highest risk category for virus infections. My presence would be unwelcome. Would it be possible to renew this visa here in Thailand this year?

    • It is not possible to renew the same visa in Thailand. What you can do in Thailand is to convert your non-immigrant O visa into a retirement visa. You need to have 800,000 THB savings in a Thai bank account in order to get the visa.

  82. Ryan Davison
    March 30, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Sirs,

    My local immigration office in Phetchabun has asked for an email from you the Thai Embassy clearly stating I can go to their local immigration rather than Bangkok to get my standard 30-day visa extension. Are you able to provide this, please? Thank you

    • If you have a proof of accommodation with TM30 notification in Phetchabun, then you should be able to apply for the 30-day extension in Phetchabun Province.

  83. thitiya
    March 30, 2020
    Reply

    I’m currently staying in Malaysia with my future husband. My visa is expiring on 15-April. Can I go back to Thailand during the lockdown period or any other solution extend or back to Thailand? Because now Malaysia was in the Movement Control Order period. That is not easy to go back to Thailand with any Transport, please advise.

    • At the moment, Thai citizens may still travel to Thailand as long as you have the “fit-to-fly” certificate issued by the Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur or consulates in Malaysia.

  84. Parag Khanna
    March 30, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I have been working in Bangkok for the last 3 years, I resigned from my company on 1st March 2020 and I was supposed to fly to Berlin, Germany for work on 30th March 2020. But Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 situation in Germany my flight is canceled. So, My work visa was supposed to expire on 6th April 2020. To be precautious I got 30 days extension which I got till 24th April 2020. My home country is India and there is no flight to India as well and the situation doesn’t seem to improve. So could you please tell me what should I do if there is no flight to India or Germany by 24th April 2020? Will I need to request a Visa extension letter from the embassy again or I can go directly to the Immigration office if the Thai Govt doesn’t take any actions for expats like us?

    • If you have used the embassy letter for a 30-day extension, you need to check with your local immigration office if you can extend for another 30 days. You may also contact your embassy in Thailand to repatriate you back to your home country.

  85. Ryan Davison
    March 29, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Sirs,

    I am currently in Thailand and was looking into getting a 30-day visa extension during the Covid19 outbreak. The official stamp for my METV from the Thai Embassy expires on the 8th of April, but I was given a re-entry stamp when I last exited dated Thailand I am admitted until the 14th of May. Does the 8th April stamp, issued in my passport originally by the Thai Embassy in London supersede the re-entry stamp date? Meaning I would have to apply for a 30-day extension on or before the 8th of April, or can I apply for a 30-day extension on or before the 14th of May? Thank you.

    • You will follow the May 14th entry stamp. In the first week of May 2020, you can apply for the normal 30-day tourist visa extension. For the extension, you just have to submit one passport size photo (4cm x 6cm) with white background, TM6 departure card, TM30 receipt from your hotel and pay the fee of 1,900 Thai baht.

  86. Rip Nicholson
    March 29, 2020
    Reply

    I am attempting to repatriate Thai nationals who have Fit to Travel documents. It is my understanding Thai nationals must have a permit from the Thai Embassy. Please advise how this is obtained. Thank you!

    • Yes, you must contact the Thai embassy or consulate in the country where you are located right now to issue the certificates.

    • Surasak Duangnark
      April 3, 2020

      Hi, I am a Thai National with Dr’s appointment tomorrow, April 3rd, to obtain a “fit to fly” health certificate so that I can fly out from NYC on April 6th.

      Information on the NY Thai Embassy webpage and Thai news channels are very unclear whether Thai nationals are still able to return home if submitting all necessary documents to Embassy online:
      1) Copy of Thai Passport
      2) Filled Intent to Return Form
      3) Copy Travel Itinerary
      4) Fit to Fly health form filled by Physician submitted to embassy within 72 hours of flight departure time.

      Please confirm that BKK airport is still allowing Thai Nationals to return home if all above documents are submitted to embassy within 72 hour time frame before travel date.

      Thank you

    • April 3, 2020

      Right now, no Thai or foreigner is allowed to enter Thailand until April 15th. Please get in touch with the Thai consulate in New York for assistance.

  87. Michelle
    March 29, 2020
    Reply

    My husband and I are US citizens. I have a Non-B visa/work permit to work in Thailand. He has a Non-O visa. I am in Thailand and he has been in the US for the past month. He is scheduled to return to Thailand on April 20 (via EVA Air through Taiwan). I understand a COVID-19 health certificate will be required and health insurance – will he also need to bring a COVID-19 test result?

    • You need to contact the airline. I believe he only needs to present the ‘Fit-to-Fly” certificate issued by the Thai embassy or consulate in order to return to Thailand.

  88. Natasha
    March 29, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Sir/Madam, I’m a UK citizen currently in Thailand on a 2-month Tourist visa which expires early May 2020 and I have a flight out of Thailand booked for 30th April, but as I read that all air and sea borders are sealed at least till the end of April, I’m assuming I will not be able to take that flight, so I was wondering if in case I need to extend my stay in Thailand, whether I will need to have a letter from the UK embassy or consulate in Thailand in order to apply for my first 30-day visa extension or if I can simply go to the immigration office with my passport and a TM30 and TM6 and my passport and photocopies of passport and visa and the visa extension fee (without a letter from the embassy)? Thanks in advance

    • No, the travel ban is for ENTRY to Thailand. If you are exiting Thailand, you are able to do so given that you are able to have a flight out of Thailand. Should you need an extension, you are able to extend for another 30 days at the local immigration office. For the extension, you just have to submit one passport size photo (4cm x 6cm) with white background, TM6 departure card, TM30 receipt from your hotel and pay the fee of 1,900 Thai baht. The letter from the embassy is not required if this is the first application for extension.

  89. Hayley Koren
    March 29, 2020
    Reply

    My father needs to extend his 60-day tourist visa. Is there any way to do this without entering an immigration office during the COVID-19 pandemic? He is elderly and it is the recommendation of the Thai Ministry of Public Health for people over the age of 70 years old not to leave the house during this time. Is there a way to extend online or send a courier to extend for him? Thank you.

    • At the moment, the Thai Immigration Bureau has not set new ways or options to apply for the visa extension. The application has to be done in person or by an agent. I recommend for you to visit your local immigration office to check the options for your father’s visa extension.

  90. Marisol de la Vega
    March 29, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, my boyfriend is German and the embassy just sends him a letter that allows him to stay 30 more days. A visa extension. Should we need to go to immigration to show the letter for a new stamp? We are in Bangkok. We are doing the self-isolation quarantine, we are afraid to leave the house.

    • At the moment, the Thai Immigration Bureau has not set new ways or options to apply for the visa extension. The application has to be done in person or by an agent. I recommend for you to call or visit your local immigration office to check the options for your visa extension.

  91. Capucine P
    March 29, 2020
    Reply

    Dear madam or sir. I am a French citizen who arrived in Thailand on March 3 with a 30-day visa exemption that I have just renewed until May 1. I came to Thailand because I have found a teaching job which is due to start at the beginning of May – if the schools open at that time. I obtained all the papers and the work contract allowing me to apply for a non-immigrant B visa. Unfortunately, I could not leave the country because of the COVID-19 crisis and the borders will remain closed until the end of April – and maybe even longer. Will the government takes any measures for people in my situation who cannot travel to Thailand’s neighboring countries to apply for a visa? Flying back to my home country to get a visa is not an option for French people. How can I get a non-immigrant B visa without leaving the country? Thank you in advance for your answer.

    • You need to check with your employer for the option of getting the non-immigrant B visa inside Thailand. If your employer is not eligible to get the visa inside Thailand, then you have no option but to apply for it at a Thai embassy abroad. If you have exhausted all possible options for extensions, please contact your embassy or consulate in Thailand to provide a letter stating that you are affected by the current COVID-19 crisis and that your flight has been canceled. The embassy will request the immigration office to extend your stay for another 30 days.

  92. Lirya
    March 29, 2020
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    Hi!
    I have been living in Thailand under a valid retirement visa. I am available to provide the required documents (medical insurance over 100,000 USD and a medical certificate). Can I return before April 30?

    • It is not possible for a foreigner to enter Thailand at this time. There is a travel ban effective until April 30, 2020.

  93. Danny
    March 28, 2020
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    Hi there, I live in Thailand for almost 2 years but now I have already extended my visa run for another 30 days. It will expire on 1th of May. I have a Thai girlfriend and I have already applied for a student visa here in Chiang Mai but now the situation about this damn virus has complicated my plans and I am afraid to go back to Italy because of coronavirus. Could you please tell me what could I do? Many thanks.

    • If you have exhausted all possible options for extensions, please contact your embassy or consulate in Thailand to provide a letter stating that you are affected by the current COVID-19 crisis and that your flight has been canceled. The embassy will request the immigration office to extend your stay for another 30 days.

  94. John
    March 28, 2020
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    I very much appreciate your help and service to the community here.

    -One year Non-Immigrant multiple entry O visas for care of my Thai child.

    Visa expires in August 2020. Normally, I simply exit the Kingdom by quick round trip air every 90 days, (with this current 90 day period expiring on May 5, 2020).

    Whether or not the COVID-19 lock-down for foreigners continues past the end of April, what is the best/easiest way to get another 90-day extension without exiting the Kingdom?

    • You need to exit Thailand on or before May 5th. If you are unable to do that, you have an option to convert your 90-day entry stamp into a 1-year extension for having a Thai child. You need to have 400,000 THB in a Thai bank account. If you are unable to provide this, you can request for a 7-day extension or 30-day extension if you can present an embassy letter.

  95. Robert Groves
    March 28, 2020
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    Hi, I am an Australian passport holder, currently living in Cha-am on a Non-OA multiple entry visa. I have to leave Thailand and re-enter to get stamped back in for another 12 months (14th May 2020 expires). With the virus this may not be possible, my question is can I convert this visa to a Non-O visa based on marriage, without leaving the country, I have been married to my Thai wife for 20 years, and yes we were married in Thailand. Thank you.

    • No, it is not possible to change the non-immigrant OA visa into a non-immigrant O for being married to a Thai without leaving Thailand. Hopefully, the borders are open in May so that you can do your last border trip and you get extra 12 months permit to stay. Or when the borders open, and travel ban is lifted, you can go to a nearby country, visit a Thai embassy and apply for a Non-immigrant O visa for having a Thai wife.

  96. auchitya
    March 28, 2020
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    I have a Thailand visa for 3 months. I’m from India and I supposed to travel on 23rd but due to lockdown in India, I can’t travel now the lockdown open in India on 15th, so I am thinking to travel after that. So can I do this?

    • You may visit the immigration office for a 7-day extension. If this is not enough, please contact your embassy or consulate in Thailand to provide a letter stating that you are affected by the current COVID-19 crisis and that your flight has been canceled. The embassy will request the immigration office to extend your stay for another 30 days.

  97. MD Mayes
    March 28, 2020
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    Are there any travel restrictions within Thailand? I have a flight on March 30 from Bangkok to Surat Thani on Air Asia. Do I require a fit to fly certificate to make this flight?

    • The “Fit-to-Fly” certificate is not required for a domestic flight. However, you have to know that some provinces are on “lockdown”, so it is better to check with your airline if they are still flying into that city.

  98. PL Liebig
    March 28, 2020
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    Hi,
    I am a dual citizen. However, I do not have a Thai Passport and I would need to travel in with my German passport. My family is currently in Thailand. I do not have the original Thai ID card with me, but only a picture of the Thai ID card. Is that sufficient to prove my citizenship and can you see it in the system that I am a dual citizen? What do I need to take with me in order to ensure I will be permitted in?
    Thank you.

    • If you have entered Thailand on a German passport, please contact your local immigration office and bring all proof of being a Thai national such as a copy of ID card, Tabien Baan, Birth certificate and copy of Thai parent’s ID card. You may be able to extend your current visa for 90 days or even 1 year.

    • Piyada Lola Liebig
      April 3, 2020

      Hi, Thank you for your reply. I am currently not inside Thailand yet. I am currently in New Zealand. I am Dual Citizen and hold nationalities of both Thai and German. However I only have a German Passport. I do however have the Thai ID Card, Thai Birth Certificate and Tabian Ban. But I do not have a Thai Passport. Can I fly into Thailand and enter the country without any problems? Thank you. Piyada

    • April 3, 2020

      Please contact the Thai Embassy in Wellington. Only Thai passport holders will be allowed to enter Thailand starting April 16th. Right now, no one is allowed to enter Thailand. So if you wish to enter Thailand after April 16th, you need to apply for a special visa or travel document from the Thai Embassy in New Zealand.

    • Piyada Liebig
      April 6, 2020

      Hi, thank you for your reply. I will arrive Thailand after the 15th April, flying in from New Zealand. Can you please provide further details about the Quarantine? Will the government provide accommodation or can I go home and self isolate for those 14 days? If the government is providing accommodation, can you please provide details regarding the exact hotel / location and are we required to pay for it ourselves or is the Thai government covering the costs? Thanks, Piyada

    • April 7, 2020

      Right now, it has been extended until April 18th. As for the information about the 14-day quarantine, yes, Thai government will provide the facility for the quarantine. You may contact the Thai embassy in your current location for the details.

  99. osh
    March 28, 2020
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    Hi! I am Malaysia but currently in Thailand. I am supposed to go back to Malaysia by tomorrow but my flight is canceled due to the outbreak. I am wondering if I can leave Thailand by next week or the next two weeks since the flights to Malaysia are available on 22nd April and onwards. But I am confused about the situation going on now in Thailand. Can or can’t I leave Thailand during this period of time?

    • As long as there is available flight, you are able to leave or exit Thailand. If in case you are stranded in Thailand, you can apply for a 30-day visa extension on your current visa exemption stamp.

  100. Nathan
    March 27, 2020
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    I am in Phuket, Thailand on a Non-B business Visa. I normally commute between here and HK. I have not been back to HK since Sept last year. In Jan my family and I left for our 90 days to Singapore. My children have ED Visa and my wife has a Guardian Visa.

    Given I cannot re-enter the country if I leave or go to somewhere like Singapore, how do I do my 90-day reporting? The online reporting is not working and tells me to contact immigration. My 90 days is up on April 3.

    We went to immigration in Phuket Town this week and it was very busy with foreigners getting extensions. Given the emergency decree, I do not want to go to crowded places. What are my options?

    I am also an APEC cardholder. Thanks.

    • Assuming that your Non-immigrant B visa is based on employment, you can ask your company accountant or secretary to arrange the 90-day reporting. However, if your non-immigrant B visa was issued abroad, you need to do a border exit and re-enter Thailand. At this time, visa application or extension of visas, the applicant must visit the immigration office. The Thai immigration is implementing measures to make sure that applicants observe proper social distancing.