COVID-19 Guide for Travelers to and in Thailand


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    • Thailand reopens the country without quarantine to fully vaccinated travelers from 46 countries and territories.
    • Fully Vaccinated Thai and foreign travelers from non-listed countries may still enter Thailand without quarantine through the Phuket Sandbox Program Samui Sandbox and Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin and Chiang Mai Sandbox starting November 1, 2021.
    • Thai government has restored the mandatory quarantine of 10 days for unvaccinated Thai and foreign traveler.
    • The Thai Embassies and Consulates are now issuing  Certificate of Entry or Thailand Pass to enter Thailand including those nationalities under Visa Exemption list.
    • The ASQ Hotel and SHA+ Hotel reservation and COVID 19 Insurance are required for foreigners entering Thailand.

 

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  • The Thai Embassies and Consulates are now issuing 60-day tourist visa and special tourist visa (STV) and Certificate of Entry 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 Card holders, 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 Certificate of Entry and for more information.
  • Starting October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021 Thailand will allow limited numbers of long stay foreign tourists under the Special Tourist Visa (STV) Program.  This long stay visa is open to foreign nationals  travelling to Thailand with the intention to stay long term as tourist 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.
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COVID-19 Thailand Visa Amnesty/Extension

What is a visa amnesty?

It is the visa relief or 60-day visa extension for all foreign nationals staying in Thailand affected by the COVID-19 crisis as announced by the government on May 29, 2021.

Who are covered by the visa amnesty?

All foreign nationals who are legally staying in Thailand whether you are here on visa exemption entry stamps, tourist visas, non-immigrant visas, or yearly extension of stays.

What are the current implementing rules regarding the visa amnesty?

  • Visas or permit to stay that are still valid and updated by the local 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 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?

Yes, 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 29, 2021 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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Travel Ban

  • The government bans most of international flights to Thailand however, there have been semi-commercial flights that are now allowed to travel to Thailand.
  • The foreigner who are qualified to enter Thailand may now apply for the “Certificate of Entry to Thailand” to be allowed to enter Thailand on the available repatriation flights. Please check the page Can you enter Thailand now during the COVID-19 Crisis?

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 the 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

Cancellation of Visa on Arrival

The countries with canceled visa-on-arrival are Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, and Vanuatu. These countries are now required to obtain a proper visa in order to travel to Thailand. The visa on arrival for Russia has been canceled, however, Russian passport holders may still enter Thailand for 30 days under the bilateral agreement with 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 immigration office in person? I do not want to go to crowded areas at risk of getting infected?

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. Although, 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.

I have tried online reporting and reporting through a mobile app, both attempts are a failure. 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 an 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 that came into effect recommends everyone wear a face mask when they are outside of their residence. However, some provinces such as Phuket has 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.

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 using a non-immigrant O visa or even a tourist visa. You just have to make sure that you have obtained a COE Certificate of Entry, purchased COVID-19 Insurance, you had a COVID 19 test and you will undergo a mandatory 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, 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 also not possible to renew 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. 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. 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?

Yes, the mandatory quarantine is required for any foreigner and Thai travelers entering Thailand to undergo the 10-day or 7-day quarantine at an accredited ASQ hotel.

Hello, I have booked my tour for Thailand in April 2020 with an Indian passport but now the Thailand government has temporarily suspended the grant of visa on arrival at any international airport to contain the spread of the coronavirus. What can I do now?

Since the visa on arrival has been canceled, you are required to secure a tourist visa prior to your trip to Thailand. You need to obtain the 60-day Thai tourist visa from the nearest Thai embassy or location in your country of residence or nationality subject to consular fees and regulations of the said Thai embassy or consulate. You also need to obtain the Certificate of Entry or COE, purchase a COVID 19 insurance, book an ASQ Hotel for the 10-day quarantine and obtain a COVID 19 medical certificate.

I’m a French national. I have taken 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 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 a Dutch national who traveled to Thailand from China and I will be subject to a mandatory quarantine. Can I leave Thailand or return home even before the 14-day duration is complete?

Yes, you may leave Thailand. You do not need any permit in order to exit Thailand.

I am an American and I have a 45-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 60 days extension at your local 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 Certificate of Entry or COE, purchase a COVID 19 insurance, book an ASQ Hotel for the 10-day quarantine 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 has expired on 4th March. I have to pay a fine of 500 baht per day 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. At the moment schools are closed and even so it is a process to get all my documents. 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.

In the UK, access to testing is very limited and they are currently not allowing any testing for people without symptoms. How are travelers supposed to get a health certificate in order to be able to provide this at the airport of origin?

The Thai government and the UK government are highly recommending to cancel or postpone unnecessary travel to Thailand. If the travel is of extreme urgency and importance, the traveler must secure a medical certificate confirming that he/she is not a COVID-19 positive and should also provide health insurance no matter what the cost is.

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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1,985 Comments

  1. Demi
    August 14, 2020
    Reply

    Hiya Rex.

    Thanks for all your fantastic help and feedback. So appreciated.

    Have been waiting patiently as many also have been.

    Any idea when I will be able to return to beautiful Thailand on a 90 day Tourist Visa or the 30 days normal holiday Visa.?!?!.

    I have many friends waiting for me there and I’m frustratingly waiting to return.!?.

    Yours in patience and good faith.

    Thanks and appreciated.

    Demi P.

  2. Nadia
    August 13, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,

    Thank you for your guidance. I have one year nonimigrant B visa (work visa) until August 30th, with amnesty it is valid until September 26th.
    I wanted to do regular extension for one year but my accountant asking to hire 8 people under company name (requarement as before). Bussiness was temporaty closed (resort) and all staff fired.
    I still wanna stay as I have bussiness here but don’t wanna hire and pay social security for 8 people…
    Is there any detailed info about requarements to extend working visa after September 26?

    • September 3, 2020

      Dear Nadia,
      Please know that September 26 is a grace period for those who needs to leave Thailand. In your case, if you need to renew your visa for 1 year, you will follow the same requirement as before.
      Thank you.

  3. Yannick
    August 12, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,

    I’m a French citizen and currently learning Thai on ED visa in Bangkok. I’ve been granted a 14 month ED visa, however I’m requested to leave Thailand after 8 months (my visa is valid until 7th of October) to get another 6 months of ED visa. The problem is that I have nowhere to get this visa as it’s impossible to travel to nearby countries or get back to France to issue the visa (the Thai ambassy in France doesn’t deliver ED visa and there is no flight from France to Thailand).
    What can I do in my situation?

    Thank you so much
    Yannick

    • September 3, 2020

      Dear Yannick,
      It is only Thailand or France. Please convince your school that the visa must be issued in Thailand because nowhere to go.
      Also, it is not completely true that Thai Embassy does not issue ED visa, the embassy will issue ED visa if the school is a university and not language school. It is also not completely true that there is no flight from Paris to Thailand. There are repatriation flight.
      Thank you.

  4. Charles Matz
    August 8, 2020
    Reply

    1st I want to thank you for the service you are providing in answering queries surrounding Thailand.

    I have a question (another to be honest). I know the repatriation flights are one-way into Thailand. I will be repatriating on a Non-Immigrant Type O visa (to be applied for) with my Thai wife next month.

    I am assuming I am going to have to buy a one way return air ticket to show the Embassy I am leaving after the 90 days???

    Thank You

    • August 10, 2020

      Dear Charles,
      Yes, the type O visa is a non-immigrant visa and you can book a one-way flight for this type of visa.
      Thank you.

  5. Rumi
    August 8, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, I work in thailand and live in thailand. For visa extension I must go out from thailand once and come back at same day. Since I am not enter in any another country. Just will transit to come back. Can I apply for COE in Thailand?

    • August 11, 2020

      Dear Rumi,
      As long as you have a Non B visa and valid work permit you are able to apply for the COE and meet the other requirements. you will get this at Thai Embassy in the country of departure. It might be better to do the exit to your home country since you may not be able to travel to nearby countries of Thailand.
      Thank you.

  6. Haru
    August 8, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,
    I work in thailand and live in thailand.
    For visa extension I must go out from
    thailand once and come back at same day.
    Can I apply for COE in Thailand?

    • August 11, 2020

      Dear Haru,
      Good day.
      As long as you have a Non B visa and valid work permit you are able to apply for the COE and meet the other requirements. You will get this at Thai Embassy in the country of departure. It might be better to do the exit to your home country since you may not be able to travel to nearby countries of Thailand.
      Thank you.

  7. Arslan
    August 8, 2020
    Reply

    My tourist visa expired in july and i could not visit thailand due to travel ban. Is thailand going to extend same visa or i have to apply for a fresh one now?

    • August 10, 2020

      Dear Arslan,
      You need to reapply for a new tourist visa. Maybe the Thai Embassy will start processing it again around end of the year or early 2021.
      Thank you.

  8. Nick
    August 7, 2020
    Reply

    Hi. My non-ED visa and my wife’s non-ED visa ended on July 1st. I am now in Thailand under a visa amnesty. We do not want to leave the country because our son is studying at the IEP Banrodfai school. Can I get another LEGAL ED visa without leaving the country? And how can my wife get a NON-Imm guardian visa without leaving and if the child has 1 year of overstay. The child is 10 years old.

    • August 19, 2020

      Dear Nick,
      At this time, Thai Immigration has not announced if they would issued new application for Non Immigrant ED visa or Non Immigrant O visa inside Thailand. Since there is no announcement, we can assume that you need to leave the country and go to a Thai Embassy to obtain the Non O guardian visa or new Non Immigrant ED visa. Since there is no announcement from the Head Office of Immigration, we recommend for you to call or visit your local immigration office.
      Thank you.

    • Nick
      August 24, 2020

      Thank You so much.

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  9. Fred
    August 6, 2020
    Reply

    Hello.
    I am Cabin Crew living and working in Thailand for Thai company.
    I arrived in thailand as crew and to extend my non B visa I need to go out and come
    back as passenger. Am I right?
    In this case If i travel to some country around thailand just go and back in 1 day to get the passenger stamp.
    Where Can I apply for COE living in thailand? or Is there any document that can be replaced for COE?

    • September 3, 2020

      Dear Fred,
      You cannot get COE inside Thailand. It is issued by a Thai Embassy abroad.
      Thank you.

  10. cheryl boyle
    August 4, 2020
    Reply

    I have a retirement re entry visa which expires in September. i am in Spain and tring to get back to Thailand where I have lived for the past 8 years. Can you let me know if I can travel back to Thailand and if not how do I gain entry if my Re entry visa expire.

    • August 11, 2020

      Dear Cheryl,
      I recommend for you to check with Thai Embassy in Madrid if you can join the special flights to Thailand. I know someone who was issued a Certificate of Entry (COE) from Spain to Thailand even though they have no Thai wife or Thai work permit.
      Thank you.

  11. Shirley Waters
    August 4, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    I am a teacher and currently in Doha, Qatar. Every year, me and my husband will travel to Bangkok for our yearly physical at Bumrungrad hospital. We have missed our date travel to Bangkok, which was supposedly first week of August. When do you think is the safest time to travel to Bangkok and get our physical?
    My husband is an American and I am from the Philippines holding a Philippine passport.
    We usually stay there for 4 days. Is this still possible?
    Your advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you,
    Shirley Waters

    • August 4, 2020

      Dear Shirley,
      Good day.
      Thailand has a travel ban on tourists and we do not know yet when this travel ban will be lifted. If you are in Qatar, you may also contact Thai Embassy in Doha if the Thai Embassy there, can issue the permit to enter Thailand under medical reason.
      Thank you.

    • Shirley Waters
      August 4, 2020

      Thank you Rex!

      Your help is appreciated! Will do your advice. We are now planning on getting our physical in December and we are hoping that everything will be in place by then.

      Be safe!
      Shirley

    • August 4, 2020

      You’re welcome Shirley. Have a good day.

  12. Phillip hollingworth
    August 3, 2020
    Reply

    My wife and I have our home in Thailand in Chiang Mai
    We are currently in Hong Kong, where my wife is applying for O visa as she is now 50 years old – she has Hong kong passport.
    I already have my O visa for past 2 years – British passport.
    How can we get home to Chiang Mai as it is very costly in hong Kong

    • August 3, 2020

      Dear Phillip,
      Good day.
      You are able to return to Thailand when the travel ban if lifted or when the Non-immigrant retirement visas are now allowed to enter Thailand. At this time, the government has not included this group to the list so we have to wait a little longer.
      Thank you.

  13. Brian
    July 31, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex. Just want to say thank you for the information and updates from this page. I’ve been following it since I got stranded and asked you some questions too. I’ve finally managed to return to Thailand with my daughter. Just need to follow the proper steps. Need to know something else, any link I can go to if I need to ask you questions about visa or immigration in the future? Thanks again and have a good day 🙏

    • July 31, 2020

      Dear Brian,
      Good day.
      Thank you very much for your kind words and we are glad that you managed to return to Thailand. Should you have further questions about visa or any law-related inquiries, please do not hesitate to visit our company page: https://www.siam-legal.com/

  14. John McDermott
    July 30, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, I am a US Citizen who is going to repatriate back to Thailand with my Thai wife (USA Green card).

    If after I receive my COE (Certificate of Entry) I try to pay for the air flights but the airline flight quota is subsequently filled is my COE still valid for a period of time?? Or do I have to apply for a new one?

    Thank you!

    • July 31, 2020

      Dear John,
      You may book another flight and use the same certificate of entry. However, you have to make sure that you get a new COVID-19 test before the new flight.
      Thank you.

  15. Ted
    July 30, 2020
    Reply

    Any restrictions for a Thai national to exit Thailand? Any measures to take? My Thai son-in-law has a Finnish residency permit and he is going to fly to Finland next week. Arrival in Finland will be ok but we just want to be sure he will be allowed to exit TL at Suvarnabhumi.

    • July 31, 2020

      Dear Ted,
      I believe the only screening he has to do is the screening at the airport such as temperature check or perhaps the rapid test for COVID-19.
      Thank you.

  16. Kelsie
    July 30, 2020
    Reply

    Hi there!

    I am in a quite the predicament and need some advice!
    I moved to Bangkok last April, and I have lived and worked there since. I came to the US back in March to visit my family for 2 weeks and ended up getting stuck here due to travel bans. I have an active Non B visa with a valid Re-entry stamp for Thailand as well as a work permit. Due to Covid, they gave my position away to someone local, so I am unable to get the letter from my work requesting my return. Now I have an apartment with my belongings, and important documents. How am I supposed to travel back to the country if I cannot receive the letter? I have a work permit, a NON B visa, and a re entry stamp, and residency in Thailand.

    • July 31, 2020

      Dear Kelsie,
      If you already have a valid visa, re-entry permit and work permit, you do not need any letter from your employer. Please check this page:
      https://thaiembdc.org/2020/07/11/non-immigrant-b-ib_workpermit/
      Thank you.

    • KELSIE Clark
      July 31, 2020

      Thank you Rex!

      I will look into that again. I do have a couple more questions regarding your answer. It mentions in the application that I need to have an E-Ticket for one of the repatriation flights and my ASQ hotel booked before I can even apply for the COE. Is that correct? And also, when I tried to apply last time, it did say that a letter from my employer was mandatory. So I am just a bit confused at the online application.

    • July 31, 2020

      According to the list, it only mention copy of work permit. i recommend for you to call the Thai Embassy directly.
      Thank you.

    • KELSIE Clark
      July 31, 2020

      Ok, thank you Rex.

      Do you have any info on the fact that it’s saying we need to have an E-ticket for a repatriation flight as well as ASQ hotel booked before we can apply?

    • July 31, 2020

      For the Visa, I don’t think that is required. For the COE, it will be required.

  17. John Matz
    July 29, 2020
    Reply

    How Long is a Certificate of Entry valid for?
    Thank You

    • July 31, 2020

      Dear John,
      The certificate of entry is valid as long as the travel ban is in place. However, if your certificate of entry was issued on a specific flight, you need to take that flight.
      Thank you.

  18. S.
    July 29, 2020
    Reply

    hi there, i am a UK passport holder and i am married with a child to a Thai national, i am 55yo so currently have a retirement visa for conveinience, i will leave the country to go to work and wanted to know if i will be allowed back in when i return, i have all my documents, yellow house book, marriage and birth certificastrs etc.

    thanks S.

  19. kenneth glenn
    July 28, 2020
    Reply

    My wife is a US green card holder and has been stuck in Thailand due to absence of international flights. With flights now resuming are there any restrictions on Thai nationals leaving Thailand?

    • July 29, 2020

      Dear Kenneth,
      Good day!
      Thai nationals are allowed to travel to the US. There is no restriction on that as long as she passes the health inspection at the Bangkok Airport.
      Thank you.

  20. Kelsie
    July 27, 2020
    Reply

    Hi there,

    I live in Thailand and work in Bangkok as a teacher, I came back in March to visit my family in the US, but got stuck here due to borders closing and international flights shutting down. I have all my documents as well as my work permit and visa, and re entry permit. Are they allowing teachers back in with work permits at the moment?

    • July 28, 2020

      Dear Kelsie,
      If you have a valid visa and a valid work permit, yes, you are eligible to enter Thailand. You are able to apply for the certificate of entry. Please check this page and you are eligible on the number 5 on the list:
      https://thaiembdc.org/visas/
      Thank you.

  21. Penny
    July 26, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    We have Thai nationals July 23, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    Dear Neil,

    Could you provide details on the screening at Bangkok Airport required for Thai national to leave Thailand. Are you referring to COVID PCR test? We have two personnel who will be travelling abroad on 31 July.
    Thank you.

    • July 28, 2020

      Dear Penny,
      I would recommend for you to contact the airline that the Thai national will use to leave Thailand airport. They can advise her/him of the protocols to be followed at the airport.
      Thank you.

  22. Sean
    July 25, 2020
    Reply

    Hi sir , i have got a question.My current non b visa expired because my passport expired and it so happened last month and i have been under the amnesty. But my work permit is valid till September.I am about to renew my passport already and wish to know if i can apply for a new non b without leaving Thailand with a different employer/province . Thank you

    • July 29, 2020

      Dear Sean,
      Unfortunately we are unable to advise you on this matter since your do not have a valid passport. So we do not know exactly what is your current immigration status in Thailand.
      Thank you.

  23. Bret
    July 24, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    I am on a Non-Ed visa with final extension expiring on August 1st. I already have a new visa arranged to affix the following week.

    1. Will I be covered under the visa amnesty extension?
    2. Will I need to cancel my Non-Ed visa before Aug 1 and will I need to get a 7 day extension of stay to affix the new visa? Or will I be covered under the amnesty to do it without the extension?

    Thank you!

    • July 29, 2020

      Dear Bret,
      Good day.
      You do not need the amnesty if you are switching from one visa to another. You can avail the amnesty if you will leave Thailand on or before September 26.
      Thank you.

  24. Neil Mitchinson
    July 24, 2020
    Reply

    Hi

    Is it possible for me to fly to Thailand from the UK (UK citizen) to meet my wife at BKK airport to fly back to the UK with our 2 children?

    I don’t need to enter Thailand, only need to meet my wife in the departures part of the airport to fly back to the UK with our children.

    • July 24, 2020

      Dear Neil,
      Good day.
      Although you are not going to enter Thailand, you are still subject to the requirements for a foreigner entering Thailand. That would mean, getting the Non Immigrant O visa, certificate of entry, health insurance and other requirements by the Thai Embassy in London.
      Thank you.

  25. mark
    July 24, 2020
    Reply

    Hi.I am divorced from my Thai wife,but have a 13 year old son who i need to visit.Is there anyway i can get a visa for family? Thanks

  26. Hebie
    July 23, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,
    I come from neighbouring country (SEA) which means i can stay in Thailand for 30 days with no visa / visa exemption. I stay since 14 March and currently stay until now under amnesty, thanks to Thai Government it was extended more to 26 Sept, since i just have baby so i could stay longer. Do i need to report my stay or anything to do with Immigration? If later the covid pandemic is end and the world back to normal, will it be any problem for me to enter Thailand again because i ever stay under amnesty? Thank you, Rex!

    • July 29, 2020

      Dear Hebie,
      The 90-day reporting does not apply to you because you do not hold a long term visa. However, you need to start looking for flights and you must leave Thailand before September 26. If you know that you cannot leave before September 26, please contact the immigration for possible 30 days extension for you.
      Thank you.

  27. William
    July 22, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, if i have a PE visa and my passport expired during the visa amnesty and i cannot renew my passport at my embassy because I can only renew it in my country, can I still stay in Thailand until the visa amnesty expires? Thank you

    • July 23, 2020

      Dear William,
      You cannot stay in Thailand with an expired passport even there is visa amnesty. I recommend for you to contact your embassy in Thailand to issue an emergency passport so that you can leave Thailand or to issue an emergency passport that may be used for you to stay here until the end of visa amnesty.
      Thank you.

    • Paul Connolly
      July 27, 2020

      I am a UK citizen I want to come to Thailand and meet my thai girlfriend and plain our wedding hope in August 9 or 10 would I be allowed entry into Thailand

    • July 28, 2020

      Dear Paul,
      Thailand has a travel ban only only selected groups are allowed to enter Thailand. Please check this page for the list of eligible foreigners to enter Thailand:
      https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel/can-you-enter-thailand-now-during-the-covid-19-crisis.php
      Unfortunately, visitors for tourism or visitors with Thai girlfriend are not listed just yet. maybe it will be listed in September or October.
      Thank you.

  28. Burak
    July 22, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,

    I am currently master degree student with NON-ED visa (expires on July 31). I got the job offer from one of the companies in Thailand. However, as I learned I cannot issue NON-B visa here in Thailand. However, in current situation it is almost impossible to travel to my country, issue visa and comeback. This job is very important for me. My question is, since my visa expires, what would you advise to me? I am very stressed and miserable. I thank you in advance.

    Best Regards.

    • July 23, 2020

      Dear Burak,
      I believe right now, teachers who are on visa amnesty who found a new employment in Thailand may be able to apply for the non-immigrant B visa inside Thailand. I am not sure if the Thai immigration will do this with other non-immigrant B application. All we can do for now to wait for any government announcement if there are new guidelines.
      Thank you.

  29. Elena
    July 22, 2020
    Reply

    Thank you very much for reply to me! There is 4 accredited ASQ hotels in Phuket. So, can I do a quarantine there? I will be arriving to BKK airport and then take a connecting flight to Phuket by Bangkok Airways

    • July 22, 2020

      Dear Elena,
      I would recommend for you to check with the airline. Perhaps the Phuket ASQs are only for international arrivals at Phuket Airport.
      Thank you.

  30. Elena
    July 22, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Sirs!
    My daughter is a student for British School in Phuket. Now we will be obtaining visas in the embassy. After we arrive in Bangkok we have a connecting flight to Phuket. Do we need to stop in Bangkok to complete our Quarantine there? Or we can complete Quarantine on Phuket?

    • July 22, 2020

      Dear Elena,
      Good day.
      According to the list of quarantine hotels, all of these hotels are in Bangkok or near Bangkok. Therefore, we can assume you will quarantine in Bangkok area.
      Thank you.

  31. Nousheen
    July 22, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Good day to you.

    Thanks for the reply to me.

    I called to Royal Thai Embassy to KL buy there only mail no contact number, please help me how to contact, I have already WP3 approved and I need enter Thailand with in 30days so please help me
    My mobile number is
    +60-1115821695

    • July 22, 2020

      Dear Nousheen,
      I regret to inform you that our office is based in Bangkok and it will also be difficult for us to help you deal with Thai Embassy Kuala Lumpur if they do not want to be bothered right now. Since you are in KL now, maybe you can try and visit the embassy in person.
      Thank you and have a good day.

    • Neil Mitchinson
      July 23, 2020

      Can Thai Nationals leave Thailand?

      My Thai wife and 2 children (Thai nationals and UK nationals) need to leave to come to the UK my wife has a UK visa and my children have UK passports, what is the procedure for travelling to UK?

    • July 23, 2020

      Dear Neil,
      Yes, Thai nationals can leave Thailand. There have flights where Thais have traveled to the UK. The only requirement at Bangkok Airport is for the Thais and foreigners to undergo the screening. And when they arrive in the UK, I believe there is a self-isolation that is required for the Thais or any foreigner arriving in the UK.
      Thank you.

  32. Nousheen
    July 21, 2020
    Reply

    Hi I have received work permit in last weak and the officer is stickly adviced to enter Thailand in 30 days, my insurance is on going will be finish before this Friday, please tell me about flight confirmation, I want book OK 10082020

    Without flight booked the ASQ hotel management not ready for booking so please help me, who will prepare flight for me Thai Embassy??
    Please reply me ASP

    • July 22, 2020

      Dear Nousheen,
      If you have received the WP3, yes you must use it now to apply for the Thai visa and certificate of entry from the Thai Embassy in your location. You need to call the Thai Embassy to check the available special flights that are secured to travel to Thailand rather than booking a flight from the airline which might be cancelled. All you have to do now is a constant contact with your local Thai Embassy. It is all on their hands now.
      Thank you.

  33. POGIAKO
    July 21, 2020
    Reply

    does the visa amnesty extension till september will cover all types of visa or there are requirements for some visa

    • July 22, 2020

      At the moment there is no official announcement and the proposal has not been enacted and published on the Royal Thai Gazette, therefore we do not know yet what is included in this proposed extension of visa amnesty.
      Thank you.

  34. Ane Ormaechea
    July 21, 2020
    Reply

    Hello!
    I am an American Teacher teaching in Bangkok at an International school for two years. My non-b visa expired the day that my current employer finalize my contract. How can I renew my visa with my new job?! Borders are closed and my job will not wait too long I imagine. Any suggestions?

    • July 21, 2020

      Dear Ane,
      Good day.
      If the visa and work permit was cancelled properly and you are now on visa amnesty, there may be a chance that your new employer can get you a Non Immigrant B visa especially if the new employer is in Bangkok. I recommend for you to check with your local immigration office with the help of the new employer to discuss this issue. Immigration offices are expected to be lenient during this time.
      Thank you.

  35. Ted
    July 21, 2020
    Reply

    I have recently become engaged to a Thai National, I am a new Zealand passport holder, can I get a visa to visit my wife to be in Thailand.

    • July 21, 2020

      Dear Ted,
      Good day.
      If you have the marriage certificate, yes, you can apply for the non-immigrant O visa and certificate of entry from the Thai Embassy. If you are only engaged, you are not qualified to enter Thailand and not qualified to get the visa and certificate of entry. I recommend for you to get married in NZ first (if she is there right now) so that you can travel to Thailand with your Thai wife.
      Thank you.

    • Ted
      July 21, 2020

      Hi Rex,

      We are just engaged and I am in Australia and she is in Thailand. Do you have any suggestion on what we can do during the Covid times? Thank you

    • July 21, 2020

      Dear Ted,
      At this point, the only thing you can do is to wait until Thailand allows tourists or for Australia to allow tourists also so that you can marry either in Thailand or in Australia. if there is a change of circumstance such as you are going to be employed by a Thai company, then, you will qualify to enter Thailand based on that.
      Thank you.

  36. samuel atazadeh
    July 20, 2020
    Reply

    I am a US national citizen, I would like to Travel to Thailand ( KO Samui Island) for 1 week on holiday. Do i need to present a covid-19 negative health certificate?
    Is there quarantine requirements?

    • July 20, 2020

      Dear Samuel,
      We regret to inform you that there is travel ban for tourists in Thailand. We cannot advise you when will this travel ban be lifted or not this year.
      Thank you.

  37. Ken
    July 19, 2020
    Reply

    I am a US citizen with an airline reservation to travel to BKK from the US on August 3, 2020. What documents will I need besides my valid US passport for entry? Also, is quarantine required?

    • July 20, 2020

      Dear Ken,
      Good day! The most important document you need to have is the Certificate of Entry allowing you to travel to Thailand. This is issued by Thai Embassy in Washington DC and consulates on Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.
      Thank you.

  38. Henry
    July 17, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex, the latest Thai Embassy Singapore website notice (17 July) has as one of the entry criteria: “3. Non-Thai nationals who have certificate of residence or have been permitted to take up residency in Thailand”.
    I have a year rental lease contract in Samui and an OA retirement visa (have been living in Samui the last 3 years) , would I qualify to return ?
    Thanks … Regards.

    • July 20, 2020

      Dear Henry,
      This certificate of residence, this refers to the PR holders. This PR (permanent residence) is usually valid for 5 years and the holder possesses a white booklet. The Non-immigrant OA visa or the non-immigrant O retirement visas are not under this category.
      Thank you.

  39. Charles
    July 17, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    Now that the visa application office in BKK is open my Thai wife wishes to come visit me in the UK for a 6 month holiday from end of August. Qatar have advised me that they are currently flying to UK via Doha with a return flight 6 months later,

    You mentioned to Liana on 7th and Max 8th that there is no specific requirement for Thais leaving. Is that still the case? Are there any webpages (other than the airline’s) I can monitor to see if there are any changes bewteen now and when she comes to fly?

    I know what she has to do when she arrives in UK and I know what is required vice versa (of course fingers crossed it all changes in 7 months time)

    Many thanks in advance

    • July 20, 2020

      Dear Charles,
      Good day!
      Yes, that is still the case. Thais travelling to the UK will not have a problem leaving Suvarnabhumi airport. The only difficulty they may face is the entry back to Thailand since they need to sign up for the entry documents from Thai Embassy in London if she wishes to return immediately. I would assume that she will use the whole 180-day period of stay in the UK.
      Thank you.

  40. Dan S
    July 16, 2020
    Reply

    Hi I was residing in Thailand with my wife who has a 2 year work visa in Thailand, however I had to return to the UK on a family emergency on the 20th March, I have been trying to get back to Thailand ever since and ant get back! My Visa runs out on 29th July, does this mean that I will have to re apply and start the whole Visa application process again before I can return?

    • July 20, 2020

      Dear Dan,
      Is your visa under the visa of your wife? If yes, you can still use this visa to return to Thailand this week. if you cannot manage to get the flights and certificate of entry before July 29th, then, you need to get a new Non Immigrant O visa from the Thai Embassy in London along with the application for certificate of entry.
      Thank you.

    • Dani
      July 21, 2020

      Hi Red, I have an o visa at the moment that runs out on 29th july so does that mean I can get a flight now? And how do I get a certificate of entry? Many thanks

    • July 21, 2020

      Dear Dani,
      Good day.
      If your visa expires on July 29th, there is no time for you to have the certificate of entry and use it to enter Thailand before July 29th. You may be required to get a new visa from Thai embassy in your location if you are married to a Thai or you have a family in Thailand who is working. You also need to apply for the certificate of entry. The best thing to do now is to call the Thai Embassy in your city or country.
      Thank you.

  41. Rafaela Lazar
    July 16, 2020
    Reply

    I’m a Romanian citizen, can I enter Thailand as a Tourist? Thank you

    • July 17, 2020

      Dear Rafaela,
      At this time, Romanian visa on arrival program is suspended until September 30. However, if you have a tourist visa, you can enter Thailand only if the travel ban is lifted. At this time, there is a travel ban for tourists and we do not know when will it be lifted.
      Thank you.

  42. gabay
    July 16, 2020
    Reply

    I’m not sure if the post went through because I do not see it on the list so I am writing again and I apologize anyway reply thank you.I live in Pattaya for 11 years on a retired visa and on July 31st come back to report on 90 days and I wanted to know when the earliest before July 31st is possible to do thank you

    • July 17, 2020

      Dear Gabay,
      You may do your reporting as early as now. You do not need to wait for July 31 to avoid the crowd. May I ask when will your retirement visa expire?
      Thank you.

    • gabay
      July 17, 2020

      First of all thank you very much for the answer and regarding the renewal of my visa there is more time this in the middle of next year I will be happy to receive your mobile number for any future case.Thanks

    • July 17, 2020

      If you need any legal or immigration assistance in the future, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@siam-legal.com
      Thank you.

  43. Kel
    July 16, 2020
    Reply

    I am a 100% owner of a US-Thailand Treaty of Amity company. My company does NOT yet have 4 Thai employees so I entered on a 90 day non-B visa for business and negotiation purposes, not “employment.” I have since gone on amnesty.

    Are there any options for me to get a new 90 day non-B visa without leaving Thailand or an extension? I fear returning to the USA and I fear if I leave Thailand I will not be able to return to manage my business for a long time…

    • July 20, 2020

      Dear Kel,
      Good day.
      To get an extension in Thailand, a work permit is required. If you wish to get the same Non B visa under business category, it has to be issued by a Thai embassy abroad and you may not be able to re-enter Thailand since you don’t have a work permit.
      Thank you.

  44. Eugene Peter Thomas
    July 16, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex
    I am and have been working here in Indonesia for the past 5 months in a remote location and need to get home to Thailand to be with my family I am married to a Thai Citizen and have our daughter I know the steps and rules that I need to follow and have emailed and phone the Thai Embassy in Jakarta but no response how do I register for a certificate of entry so I can return home to reunite with my family and I also hold a current Multiple entry NON O VISA for Thailand . I will be looking forward to any information and assistance you can provide for me please thank you kindly

    Best Regards
    Eugene Daly

    • July 20, 2020

      Dear Eugene,
      Good day.
      Unfortunately this is an internal problem that you are experiencing with the Thai Embassy in Jakarta and we are unable to advise you on this but to try and try to contact them by email and by phone. Ff they are not responsive at all, you may sign up on this form to be included on the repatriation flight:
      https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe-Cnvt5OQyQ7hQ4vEqjYGwdIsXTlg2Hombv-ELlaEqZWU9lA/viewform
      The Facebook page is also quite responsive:
      https://www.facebook.com/rtejakarta/
      Thank you.

    • Eugene Peter Thomas
      July 21, 2020

      Dear Rex

      Thank you for your help here in my situation , the form you attached is all in Thai do you have them in English Please ? I have tried many times emailing Jakarta Embassy and phone calls still no response ,

      Thank you have a nice best Regards
      Eugene

    • July 21, 2020

      Dear Eugene,
      Unfortunately we do not have an English version of the form. I have just found it when checking the Thai Embassy Jakarta website. This is beyond our capacity, I recommend for you to try and try to get in touch with the Thai Embassy in Jakarta, maybe you can ask a friend to visit the embassy.
      Thank you.

  45. De Reboul Chau
    July 15, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Madame/Sir,
    My daughter hold a French passport and was just graduated from her High School ( St. Andrew in BKK, class of 2020). Her ED visa is extended at July 31, 2020. She is waiting to go to University in Canada. However, caused by COVID 19, she cannot go to Canada at least in the next 6 months (till December 2020). We are French: the mother has a work permit and non- immigrant visa ( 1-year, till December 2020); Father and son have ED visas ( with French school in BKK). How and what does my daughter do now for staying in Thailand ( with her family)?. Thanks a lot Madame/ Sir

    • July 16, 2020

      The option for your daughter is to apply for the Non-immigrant O visa as dependant of your wife. Please ask the employer of your wife if they can assist in applying for her Non-immigrant O visa.
      Thank you.

  46. Leslie Kadane
    July 15, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,

    I have a medical program for a health condition scheduled in Thailand in August. Can I enter with a health/medical visa? If so, how and where can I apply?

    • July 15, 2020

      Dear Leslie,
      Yes, you may qualify for a medical visa. You must contact the Thai Embassy in your country and request for the medical visa and a certificate of entry. Thank you.

  47. Sharon Harrison
    July 14, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Rex,

    My daughter and I are hoping to traveling to Thailand on a medical visa from the US. I understand that there is a fit to fly certificate. Is that in addition to a Covid-19 free test? Where does one obtain one?

    Also, for the quarantine in the ASQ hotels, do I have to book 2 rooms or can we stay in one?

    This is all very confusing.

    Thank you in advance for your help.

    Sharon

    • July 15, 2020

      Dear Sharon,
      Good day.
      I would recommend for you to contact the Thai Embassy in Washington DC to know the specific requirements for the issuance of certificate of entry. Fir to Fly certificate is issued by a doctor who also confirmed that you are negative of COVID-19. In my previous comments, I have listed the names of the hotel assigned as ASQ hotels, please check with them directly.
      Thank you.

  48. hazki avgi
    July 14, 2020
    Reply

    I have been living in Pattaya in Thailand for 16 years on a retired visa and married to a Thai and since the corona we are with the family in Nontbury on July 31st come back for a 90 day report Can I report in Nontbury or I must report in Pattaya Thank you

    • July 15, 2020

      Dear Hazki,
      You need to report to the immigration office where your visa or extension of stay was issued. Unless you have officially filed for changed of address then you can report in Nonthaburi.
      Thank you.

  49. Annie Sein
    July 14, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Dear, I am now in England and my visa is going to be expired on 31 July. I hold a vilidOA retirement visa of Thailand. So I need to go back to Thailand before 31st of July. Am I allowed to enter the Kingdom now ? pls let me know and advice. Thank you

  50. Cale Boleski
    July 14, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,
    I’m sorry if this question has already been answered but, if I travel from Canada to Thailand and stay in the ASQ for 14 days, is my Thai wife who lives in Bangkok allowed to come stay with me during this time?
    Thanks

    • July 15, 2020

      Dear Cale,
      I believe it is not possible because it will defeat the purpose of a quarantine. But I recommend for you to contact the hotels assigned as ASQ hotels if they allow her to be with you and you may have to extra for it.
      Thank you.

  51. James
    July 14, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    I am on a Non-O 3 month VISA and already used my 2-month extension option. The extension expired on 27th March and everything indicates I am OK.

    I also already have a letter from the Uk embassy confirming my travel plans were affected.

    Am I still covered by the VISA amnesty/auto extension? I have been told maybe not hence I am asking now.

    Thank you!

    • July 15, 2020

      Dear James,
      Here are your options:
      1. You may wait for the government announcement in case the visa amnesty is extended for 1 month or so.
      2. If the visa amnesty is not extended, you may visit the Thai immigration office and request for the 30-day tourist visa extension.
      3. If the visa amnesty is not extended, you may contact your embassy in Bangkok and request for a letter confirming that you are unable to travel to your home country and then visit Thai immigration office and request for the 30-day visa extension.
      4. If you have a change of circumstance such as you have found an employment, you have married a Thai or wishes to retire in Thailand, or study in Thailand, you may be able to apply for the non-immigrant B, ED or O visas.
      5. If the visa amnesty is not extended and you cannot do the options I gave you in items 1-4, then you have no other option but you need to leave Thailand on or before July 31.

  52. Serge
    July 14, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,

    For those who are quarantined who acquired entry into Thailand, are they allowed to have any guests who can visit during the quarantine period? What are the rules and precautions mandated as far as having a Thai national friend and family guest visit during the 14 days quarantine period?

    • July 15, 2020

      Dear Serge,
      Good day.
      Guests are not allowed to interact with a person under quarantine because that would defeat the purpose of the quarantine. For the rules about quarantine, please contact directly the hotel that are accredited to provide quarantine services. Thank you.

  53. Fred
    July 14, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    I’m an Australian citizen currently in Bangkok with multiple entry tourist visa which will expire in August.

    Is it possible to extend the tourist visa for another 30 days before amnesty visa expires so I can continue staying in Bangkok.

    Or I have to apply for a new tourist visa in Thailand?

    The reason I’m staying is because my daughter was born in Thailand this year and I’m waiting for Her Australian citizenship/passport so we can fly back together.

    Thank you!

    • July 15, 2020

      Dear Fred,
      Here are your options:
      1. You may wait for the government announcement in case the visa amnesty is extended for 1 month or so.
      2. If the visa amnesty is not extended, you may visit the Thai immigration office and request for the 30-day tourist visa extension if your last visa stamp was the 60-day entry stamp.
      3. If the visa amnesty is not extended, you may contact your embassy in Bangkok and request for a letter confirming that you are unable to travel to your home country and then visit Thai immigration office and request for the 30-day visa extension.
      4. If you have a change of circumstance such as you have found an employment, you have married a Thai or wishes to retire in Thailand, or you had a Thai child, you may be able to apply for the non-immigrant B or O visas.
      5. If the visa amnesty is not extended and you cannot do the options I gave you in items 1-4, then you have no other option but you need to leave Thailand on or before July 31.
      Thank you.

  54. Sam
    July 13, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, I m director of Thai company, have work Permit and business visa, stay in south Thailand, Koh Samui.
    Visa was expired 22 May and immigration don’t want to extend it because in my company working only one Thai national worker now.
    What I and my family must to do after 30 July?

    • July 15, 2020

      Dear Sam,
      Here are your options:
      1. You may wait for the government announcement in case the visa amnesty is extended for 1 month or so.
      2. If the visa amnesty is not extended, you may contact your embassy in Bangkok and request for a letter confirming that you are unable to travel to your home country and then visit Thai immigration office and request for the 30-day visa extension.
      3. If the visa amnesty is not extended and you cannot do the options I gave you in items 1-2, then you have no other option but you need to leave Thailand on or before July 31. You may then apply for new Non B and O visas from Thai embassy abroad.
      Thank you.

  55. Shevaun M Ward
    July 13, 2020
    Reply

    Hello!
    We are a Canadian couple in Thailand since March 15th. We have stayed under the automatic visa extension until now. We would like to stay in Bangkok until August 11, when our apartment rental is finished. Will we need a letter from our embassy to extend our visa until that time? If I understand correctly, we must simply attend the Mueang Thong Thani temporary office in Bangkok, with our documentation to apply for the extension. Is this correct?
    Thank you for your assistance.

    • July 15, 2020

      Dear Shevaun,
      If the visa amnesty will not be extended, yes, you are correct. You need to apply for an extension and you need to visit the Muang Thong Thani temporary immigration office. They may require that you present a letter from your embassy stating you are unable to travel before July 31.
      I recommend to wait for a couple of days in case the immigration will issue a visa relief.
      Thank you.

  56. Henry
    July 13, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex
    I hold a valid OA retirement visa and am stuck in Singapore since March. I am retired on Koh Samui and wish to return to my home there. Singapore embassy say they cannot assist me at this time. Please advise what is the prospects of returning to Thailand for OA visa holders. Regards

    • July 13, 2020

      Dear Henry,
      Good day.
      The foreigners holding non-immigrant O, OA and extension of stay based on retirement are not on the priority list just yet. We are still waiting for the government to announce that these group will be included to the incoming flights (repatriation or commercial).
      Thank you.

  57. Mark
    July 13, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Please advise.
    Now that the UK has lifted the 14 day quarantine rule, and there are flights out of Thailand am i able to leave for 1 or 2 weeks and come back without Quarantine on the way back. I have a valid WP and Valid Visa until 2021.

    • July 13, 2020

      Dear Mark,
      At the moment, there is no restrictions for you to travel from Thailand to the UK. However, for your travel from the UK to Thailand, you have to do the following:
      -Obtain Certificate of Entry from Thai Embassy London
      -Obtain Fit to Fly certificate and medical test negative of COVID-19
      -Provide Health insurance of 100,000 USD covering COVID-19
      -Undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at ASQ-affiliated hotels
      Thank you.

  58. Peter
    July 13, 2020
    Reply

    Hi There,
    My Thai girlfriend is staying here in Australia with me on a tourist visa. She is wanting to go home to see her child. Im just trying to find out EXACTLY what she needs to fly back into Thailand next month. Fit to fly cert? Letter from embassy?

    Thanks

    • July 13, 2020

      Dear Peter,
      Good day. She has to apply to be included on the repatriation flight from Australia to Thailand. In this case, she has to contact Thai Embassy in Canberra at +61 2 6206 0119. Thank you.

  59. Pranesh
    July 13, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    My non immigrant B visa is over. I am under temporary stay until july 31, Since the flights are not opened to India. I was not able to travel, Do i have any option for visa extension through Thai local embassy?

    • July 13, 2020

      Dear Pranesh,
      At the moment, there is no announcement from the Thai government about the visa amnesty extension or if you must leave Thailand on or before July 31. However, if you are qualified for a 1 month extension, you can do this at the Mueang Thong Thani temporary office in Bangkok, if you reside in Bangkok.
      Thank you.

  60. Chris
    July 13, 2020
    Reply

    I am a US citizen living in the US and hoping to travel to Thailand for necessary dental work. Will a quarantine period be required upon entry, and is it required to quarantine in an ASQ hotel? Thank you for all your help!

    • July 13, 2020

      Dear Chris,
      Good day.
      For your travel from the USA to Thailand, you have to do the following:
      -Obtain Certificate of Entry from Thai Embassy Washington DC
      -Obtain Fit to Fly certificate and medical test negative of COVID-19
      -Provide Health insurance of 100,000 USD covering COVID-19
      -Undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at ASQ-affiliated hotels only
      Thank you.

  61. Mary Rendall
    July 12, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex, I arrived in Chiangmai 10/1/20 on a single entry non-O family visa to stay with my Thai daughter. It is not safe for me to return to the UK. They still have around 150 deaths a day. Also there are no guaranteed flights to the UK for August or Sept. I would very much like to stay here with my daughter for now. How may I apply for an extension to stay here after Jul 31st? Many thanks in advance for your help.

    • July 13, 2020

      Dear Mary,
      Good day.
      Since you are in Chiang Mai, I have asked our Chiang Mai office to get in touch with you for possible option for the extension. Kindly expect an email as soon as possible.
      Thank you.

  62. Karen Kwong
    July 12, 2020
    Reply

    I am in Hong Kong and holding a retirement visa. Can we return to Thailand?

  63. Jennifer
    July 12, 2020
    Reply

    Hello!

    I am an America passport holder currently in Taiwan and my visa ends here August 16. I would like to enter to Thailand on an Ed-visa and I am working on the paperwork for it. It is realistic to be able to receive this visa in time, receive a COE. and be able to find a repatriate flight to Chiang Mai before my Taiwan visa expires and I have to leave Taiwan?
    Would I be required to go to an ASQ on arrival?

    Thank you

    • July 15, 2020

      Dear Jennifer,
      Good day. I am not in the position to advise you on the processing time for the visa and COE in Taiwan. I highly recommend that you contact the Thai consulate in Taipei as soon as possible. Yes, after arrival, you must undergo a mandatory quarantine in Bangkok.
      Thank you.

  64. Christopher Mann
    July 12, 2020
    Reply

    I am Canadian Passport holder. I have a Thai daughter and I am named on her Birth Certificate. I have had Non Immigrant O visas before. I have noticed that CAAT have published a list of persons who would be allowed to enter Thailand and I believe that I would Qualify as a #3 on the list, ‘Non Thai National who are spouse, parent or children of a Thai National,. Would I in your opinion qualify and what must I do? All I can find is that I should contact my Local Thai Embassy, Any information would be most appreciated. Thank you and best regards.

    • July 15, 2020

      Dear Christopher,
      Good day.
      Yes, you are correct. You are qualified to enter Thailand. You must contact the Thai Embassy in Ottawa and apply for a non-immigrant O visa and a certificate of entry to Thailand along with the fit to fly certificate with negative result of COVID-19, health insurance. The Thai Embassy in Ottawa will process this request and also they may include you on a special flight to Thailand. Upon arrival, you must undergo a mandatory quarantine in one of the ASQ hotels.
      Thank you.

  65. Mikhael
    July 11, 2020
    Reply

    Hi. I am on amnesty until July 31st with entry with a Vietnam passport. Airports are still closed in Vietnam. I do have an Embassy letter from Vietnam. I have not applied for any extension because of amnesty. What are my options July 31st? Vietnam has only a 7 day extension under bilateral agreement, but I do have an Embassy letter.

    • July 15, 2020

      Dear Mikhael,
      Here are your options:
      1. You may wait for the government announcement in case the visa amnesty is extended for 1 month or so.
      2. If the visa amnesty is not extended, you may visit the Thai immigration office and request for the 30-day tourist visa extension.
      3. If the visa amnesty is not extended, you may contact your embassy in Bangkok and request for a letter confirming that you are unable to travel to your home country and then visit Thai immigration office and request for the 30-day visa extension.
      4. If you have a change of circumstance such as you have found an employment, you have married a Thai or wishes to retire in Thailand, or study in Thailand, you may be able to apply for the non-immigrant B, ED or O visas.
      5. If the visa amnesty is not extended and you cannot do the options I gave you in items 1-4, then you have no other option but you need to leave Thailand on or before July 31.
      Thank you.

  66. Kevin McDonald
    July 11, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex

    I have a current retirement visa based on extension for the past 6 years, I have a Thai fiancé who I have been with for 5 years, we have a condo in Kathu. I am currently in Ghana due to work, there is no Thailand embassy or consulate here. Am I eligible to come back and how can I obtain the necessary documents.

    • July 14, 2020

      Dear Kevin,
      At this time, holders of a retirement visa are not on the list of foreigners allowed to enter Thailand, therefore you are unable to obtain the permit to entry. However, if in the next month, the Thai government includes the retirement visa holders, you may need to apply for the Certificate of Entry from a Thai embassy in the country where you will be flying from or from your home country.
      Thank you.

  67. David Ford
    July 11, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,
    I’m on an non immigrant ,‘O’ visa, multi entry, that doesn’t expire until Nov 10th.
    Currently also on the Gov amnesty with regard to 90 day in out of country stamps.
    I am living with Thai wife and Thai son.
    On 31st July, would my best bet be to go to Pattaya immigration and ask for extension on my visa stamp to cover me for 60 days given it’s not possible atm to fly out and back in to Thailand easily? Also how many extensions or stamp can you actually get on your non immigrant O’ visa?
    Many thanks for the work you put into foreigners.
    Regards,
    David

    • July 15, 2020

      Dear David,
      You have 2 options:
      1. You can apply for a 60-day extension from your local immigration office.
      2. Within these 60 days, I recommend that you have deposit 400,000 THB in a Thai bank account so that you will qualify for the 1 year extension of stay under Thai wife category.
      If you are unable to have these funds, you will leave Thailand after the 60 days extension and make a border trip, if that is possible already at that time and you will be given 90 days permit to stay upon entry.
      Thank you.

  68. Merck Saniel
    July 11, 2020
    Reply

    Hello i just want to know if there is any suggestion what to do because my visa is already expired (NON-B) and i still have work permit that expire next year. .
    .
    .
    . i normaly extend my visa in Penang so my concern is boarder is still close
    so any suggestion could help me.

    • July 15, 2020

      Dear Merck,
      Good day!
      I believe the reason why you obtain your non-immigrant B visa in Penang is that your company documents are not good enough to qualify for a 1 year extension of stay inside Thailand. if you are in Thailand right now and you want a 1 year visa, you have do to do the 1 year extension or you must wait till the Malaysian borders will reopen and you can visit Penang for a new visa. You may also ask your employer if your company documents are now good enough to qualify for the 1 year extension so that you can apply for this extension before July 31.
      Thank you.

  69. Scott Woods
    July 10, 2020
    Reply

    I have a 1 year Retirement Visa ehich i have renewed continually for over 10 years. I renew the Visa every January and always pay for a re-entry permit. This March 25th, I left Thailand and am not understanding if and How I can return to Thailand, to be with my friends and long-time Thai lady. My Thai bank is still fully funded with Over 800,000 ฿. Can I return to Thailand now? I have Paid for, and have the Re-entry Permit and VISA. I have no way to access my Thai Bank account money without being in Thailand. I cannot help my Thai “family”/friends financially, while outside Thailand. Please help.
    Thank you.

    • July 15, 2020

      Dear Scott,
      Good day. If you still have a valid retirement visa and re-entry permit, may I ask until is it valid for? At this time, retirement visa holders are not on the priority list of foreigners allowed to enter Thailand. We have to patiently wait until you are included on the list.
      Thank you.

  70. Bill McGee
    July 10, 2020
    Reply

    I am a US Citizen with a Legal Thai wife, who is in N.E. Thailand. I work in Afghanistan with the US Military, but do not have the ability to visit the Thai or Afghanistan Embassy. I would like to visit my wife in Thailand soon. Can you tell me how to do this? I plan on leaving Afghanistan and entering Thailand from a flight originating out of Dubai, UAE. I can get a COVID Screening there. Will I need to apply for a Tourist Visa before I go there, or can I enter based on a Legal Marriage to a Thai? I understand I will need a “Certificate of Entry”, but not where to get one, since I cannot travel to an Embassy in my work country, nor in my Home Country before I travel. Also, what exactly is considered acceptable Proof of COVID Insurance that will be accepted when I arrive? Thank you for your time!

    • July 14, 2020

      Dear Bill,
      Good day.
      You need to get the Certificate of Entry from Dubai if you are flying from Dubai to Thailand. If the Thai Consulate in Dubai will not issue it to you, then you must get this certificate from Thai Embassy or Consulate in the US which means you must fly from the US to Thailand. For the COVID-19 health insurance, please check this page: https://www.pacificcrosshealth.com/en/visa-friendly/
      Thank you.

    • Merck
      July 14, 2020

      Hello my Non-B visa is aleady expired and i would like to renew it but the boarder is still close, do you have any suggestion. . What should i do?

    • July 15, 2020

      Here are your options:
      1. You may wait for the government announcement in case the visa amnesty is extended for 1 month or so.
      2. If the visa amnesty is not extended, you may contact your embassy in Bangkok and request for a letter confirming that you are unable to travel to your home country and then visit Thai immigration office and request for the 30-day visa extension.
      3. If you have a valid work permit, please convince your Thai employer to extend your visa inside Thailand under employment category.
      4. If the visa amnesty is not extended and you cannot do the options I gave you in items 1-4, then you have no other option but you need to leave Thailand on or before July 31.
      Thank you.

  71. Nosha
    July 10, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, I am a bit confused about amnesty visa. My wife was on the extenstion of stay based on ED visa which was expired on 22 May. She did not do anything and did not go to immigration office cancel or extend it. So I assume she is on amnesty visa until end of this month (am I right?). Since I am on extension of stay based non-B visa which is valid now, we want to extend her visa based as my dependent (non-O). Is this possible assuming that she is on amnesty visa? According to their earlier announcement, the extension of stay for all types of visas were automatically extended until 31 July. She actually got the letter from the school and the date for completion of her study is written as 31 July. So I am just not sure whether there will be any fine for not extending her temporary stay after 22 May. Thank you very much for you advice in advance.

    • July 10, 2020

      Dear Nosha,
      There will be no overstay fine if she did not extend her visa and if she did not leave Thailand on or before May 22. However, it may not be possible to change her stamp into a non-immigrant B visa without leaving the country. We have to wait for announcement next week if the Immigration Offices will be allowed to issue the Non-immigrant B or O visas from having an expired Non-immigrant ED visa.
      Thank you.

    • Nosha
      July 10, 2020

      Thank you very much for your reoly. However I forgot to mention that her initial entry visa was non_o then she extend her permission to stay based on being student and now again she wants to extend her stay based on marriage. Do you think we will have any chance to get that extension. We have all documents from her, my employer and also marriage certificate.

    • July 14, 2020

      Dear Nosha,
      We would recommend for you to ask your employer if they can check with Thai Immigration office to extend your wife’s visa under your Non-immigrant B visa extension. You may also call 1111 or 1178 which is the immigration call center.
      Thank you.

  72. Byool
    July 9, 2020
    Reply

    I have work permit in Thailand company. If I wanna change my job, can I change my work permit for new company? Normally, should cancel and go to another country for Non-b visa and come back to Thailand for work permit. But in this situation, is there any way to shift my work permit?

    • July 10, 2020

      Yes, you are correct. That is still the standard procedure. However, at this time, your new employer can check with the immigration office if they can issue the new Non-immigrant B visa in Thailand.
      Thank you.

  73. Kuoch Meng Mony
    July 9, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, I want to ask a few questions about transiting in Thailand. I am currently looking for a flight going into Sweden from Cambodia. There is a flight but it’s transit in DMK with Airasia but depart again in another airport which is Suvarnabhumi airport with another airline. I don’t know if this is possible or do I need to present any document?

    Thank you in advance

    • July 10, 2020

      Dear Mony,
      Good day.
      The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand issued a notification on July 3rd and transit passengers are still banned from traveling to and through Thailand.
      Thank you.

    • Kuoch Meng Mony
      July 10, 2020

      Thank you for the response. However, I am also a student in Rangsit University in Thailand and I think I can request to my local embassy to enter Thailand as a student. But there is a problem that I have to quarantine for 14 days during my arrival. I have ask the immigration at DMK if I can avoid quarantine since I will leave to Sweden in 9Hrs after I arrive DMK anyway but she said she doesn’t has an answered for this and told me to contact Thai embassy instead.

      So is it possible? I also heard that there is a covid19 test at the airport where you have to pay 3000Baht and if the test is negative then you don’t have to quarantine. Is this true?

    • July 10, 2020

      Dear Mony,
      I highly recommend that you contact the Thai Embassy in your current location.
      Thank you.

  74. David
    July 9, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, im a US Citizen and my wife is Thai. We are separating and she needs to return home to Thailand. We just realized her Visa is expired. Can she return to Thailand on an expired Visa?

    • July 10, 2020

      Dear David,
      I am unable to advise you about the penalty she may face from the US authorities. All we can advise you is that, she is eligible to return to Thailand and all she needs to do is to contact the Thai Embassy in Washington DC, Thai consulates in Los Angeles, Chicago or New York to obtain the certificate of entry or enlist her in the repatriation flights to Thailand.
      Thank you.

  75. Chris
    July 9, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,
    I’m an Australian national currently on the a tourist visa, without doing my 30 day extension yet.
    Also have a Thai wife (Married in Australia) and we’re having a baby here in Pattaya on the 19th of July.

    Should I extend my tourist visa and then apply for O dependent visa, what is my best course of action as I need to stay.

    You’re assistance is greatly appreciated.

    Kind regard

    Chris

    • July 10, 2020

      Dear Chris,
      First thing you have to do is to make sure your marriage in Australia was reported in Thailand and you now have the Kor Ror 22.
      Second, you can apply for the 60-day temporary extension being married to a Thai and arrange the bank account with 400,000 THB.
      Third, once the funds are in the account, you can apply for the non-immigrant O visa from the immigration office in the city where you and your wife are residing.
      ***Note: You may skip second step if the Pattaya Immigration will directly guide you to step 3.

  76. Liv
    July 8, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, my British parents live in Bangkok and unfortunately my father has just been diagnosed with cancer which does not have a good prognosis. I would like to travel from UK to see him. Due to the situation the time to get permission and quarantine will mean losing some precious time or maybe not getting there in time.
    Is there any special circumstances that mean I can travel To BKK and not do the 14 day quarantine?
    Many thanks

    • July 9, 2020

      Dear Olivia,
      Good day. We are sorry to hear about your situation. It will be not possible for you to visit Thailand at this time since you do not belong to the groups of foreigners allowed to enter for the month of July. Your other option would be for you father to travel to the UK instead of you traveling to Thailand.
      Thank you.

  77. Nousheen
    July 8, 2020
    Reply

    Due to the Labor Office still closed for work permit application (WP.3) submission at the moment, may I suggested this India engineer to contact with Thai embassy for more information and their update requirement.

    above massage from my company, so i need to confirm than can i apply with any other document for visa in kl?

    Please help me , my employment contract already finished and we need working , please give me contact number or email id for more information

  78. Nousheen
    July 8, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Sir,

    I am from India, but me present me working in Malaysia

    My employment contract was finished so my company was asigh to me work in CTCI Thailand on going project PTTLNG

    But today my company inform me that, the labor office is get approved work permit so there requested to consult with Thai,
    So please help me how can I apply non-residency vibe B to enter Thailand please help. Me

    • July 8, 2020

      Dear Nousheen,
      Good day. If you have an approved WP3 letter from the Labour Office, you must apply for the visa from the Thai Embassy in KL. Please check this page:
      http://www.thaiembassy.org/kualalumpur/en/services/99059-Applying-for-Visa-to-Thailand-at-the-Royal-Thai-Em.html
      Thank you.

    • SB
      July 9, 2020

      Hello, I’m currently in China wanting to go to Thailand for work. Can I apply for a non-B visa right right now at the Thai consulate?

      I am in the process of starting a private company in Thailand so I can obtain a work permit. Once I have all the necessary documentation to apply for a non-B visa, will I be allowed to fly to Thailand?

    • July 9, 2020

      Dear SB,
      We recommend that you contact the Thai Embassy in Beijing for the information of the non-immigrant B visa application and procedure to obtain certificate of entry to Thailand.
      Thank you.

  79. pei
    July 8, 2020
    Reply

    i’m malaysian , from loas by bus to udon thani , then flight from udon thani to DMK AIRPORT and transit in DMK (in transit is diffrent airline , must come out and check in again ) , by airasia back to kuala lumpur .

    1) when i entry to thailand i need to do any covid text ?
    2) possible transit in DMK AIRPORT by diffrent airline ?

    • July 8, 2020

      Dear Pei,
      At the moment it is not possible for you to enter Thailand from Laos by bus. I do not think I am able to advise you regarding your plan since we are not sure when will the land borders between Laos and Thailand be open. I recommend that you fly from Laos directly to Malaysia. You may also contact Malaysian Embassy in Vientiane to check if there are special flights from VTE to KUL.
      Thank you.

    • Rasik
      July 9, 2020

      I am an Indian Passport holder and a Resident in Thailand. I am currently outside Thailand. I would like to get information regarding my 1 year multiple Re-entry Visa to Thailand. My visa has been expired since 10th May 2020.
      I would appreciate if you could help me update my status whether if I have to extend my visa at the Thai consulate or is it been extended automatically by the Immigration due to Covid-19.

    • July 10, 2020

      Dear Rasik,
      Good day.
      There is no announcement from the government about the visa extension of stay that expired abroad, so we can assume that you will be required to get a new non-immigrant B visa. I recommend that you check with the Thai Embassy in your location for more information and for you to apply for the certificate of entry to Thailand.
      Thank you.

  80. Max
    July 8, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex
    from July it seems that Europe is accepting Thai tourists.

    Do you know if a Thai citizen (with a Thai passport) can fly from Bangkok to Europe (always in August) just for a pleasure trip: without problems, and without quarantine when he comes back to Thailand?
    Obviously with the usual visa rules etc. etc.

    I was thinking of travelling to Greece where the Thai tourist seems to be able to travel without any restrictions (from the Greek government).

    Thank you

    Thank you

    Max

    • July 8, 2020

      Dear Max,
      Good day.
      There is no restriction for a Thai to travel to Europe. However, after the trip, the Thai national must undergo a mandatory quarantine for 14 days and also the Thai national must obtain a fit-to-fly certificate from Thai Embassy in Athens before she can return to Thailand. Every Thai national coming to Thailand must do this.
      Thank you.

    • Max
      July 8, 2020

      Dear Rex, thank you for your answer.
      Just another detail, in BKK seems that from now or in the next weeks they will start to offer quick Covid-test for 3000 B, in order to avoid quarantine.

      https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1945448/suvarnabhumi-shows-off-quick-covid-tests

      Do you know if this information is correct, and if in this way a Thai returning to home can avoid quarantine?

      Thank you
      Max

    • July 8, 2020

      Dear Max,
      This is the proposal by the Suvarnabhumi Airport but the CAAT or Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has not added this option in its July 3rd announcement or guideline. Once this information is confirmed by the CAAT, we will also update our website or this page.
      Thank you.

  81. Greg Barnes
    July 7, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I applied for a new passport at the South African Embassy in Bangkok in April 2020. Received an email last week the application has not been sent yet, borders are closed. Basically no chance of getting a new passport in the next three months. My passport expires along with my multiple entry visa on 2 Sept 2020. Work permit expires 18 Oct 2020.

    Do I have any options other than getting on a plane before 2 Sept 2020?

    Thanks for all the advice you give us foreigners.

    • July 7, 2020

      Dear Greg,
      Good day. Your problem is an internal problem which involves your own embassy. I think the smartest way is to find a way for you to get a new passport so that you can transfer your visa and be able to renew it before September 2020.
      Thank you.

    • Rafael
      July 10, 2020

      Hello,
      I’m a little confused on the visa amnesty and extension. I entered Thailand on a 6month Multiple Entry tourist visa in January and have stayed until now due to the amnesty given. I have a US passport. Am I eligible to pay for the 30 day extension once the amnesty ends on July 31st? I have not payed for an extension prior.

      Thank you for any clarification on this matter.

    • July 15, 2020

      Dear Rafael,
      Good day!
      Here are your options:
      1. You may wait for the government announcement in case the visa amnesty is extended for 1 month or so.
      2. If the visa amnesty is not extended, you may visit the Thai immigration office and request for the 30-day tourist visa extension if your last entry stamp was the 60-day entry stamp.
      3. If the visa amnesty is not extended, you may contact your embassy in Bangkok and request for a letter confirming that you are unable to travel to your home country and then visit Thai immigration office and request for the 30-day visa extension.
      4. If you have a change of circumstance such as you have found an employment, you have married a Thai or wishes to retire in Thailand, or study in Thailand, you may be able to apply for the non-immigrant B, ED or O visas.
      5. If the visa amnesty is not extended and you cannot do the options I gave you in items 1-4, then you have no other option but you need to leave Thailand on or before July 31.
      Thank you.

  82. Marcel
    July 7, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,
    Is it possible now for a Thai passport holder to leave Thailand through the Bangkok airport?

    • July 7, 2020

      Dear Marcel,
      Yes, there have been flights carrying Thais from Bangkok going to the US and UK.
      Thank you.

    • Marcel
      July 7, 2020

      Dear Rex,
      Thank you for your reply. I’m looking for an option not to US or UK, but KLM flight to Istanbul with transit through Amsterdam. Will Thai authorities in the airport let Thai passport holder to leave Thailand with these flights?

    • July 7, 2020

      Dear Marcel,
      Yes, Thai are allowed to travel as long as they have a long term visa to the destination country and they are able to return to Thailand. If the Thai is traveling to Netherlands for a short visit, you must make sure that Thai embassy in The Hague is open to issue a certificate of entry for this person to return to Thailand. Thank you.

  83. Richard
    July 7, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    I am Canadian but currently in Yangon. I would like to apply for new business visa Non B but I am not sure if they accept the new application.

    • July 7, 2020

      Dear Richard,
      Good day. You may call Tel. (951) 222-784 or (951) 226-721. You may also email thaiembassyygn@gmail.com for the information on visa application and application for certificate of entry to Thailand.
      Thank you.

    • Richard
      July 9, 2020

      Hi Rex,

      I did contact the embassy here and they send me the lists of required docs which one of them is the letter from the ministry of labour I would assume it is WP3. So my question is supposed to be as of now Thailand allow me to apply for WP3 or it has been suspended still…

    • July 9, 2020

      Dear Richard,
      The WP3 applications are suspended therefore you cannot obtain it right now. That would also mean, you cannot apply for the Non immigrant B visa. Which will eventually cause you the delay to apply for the certificate of Entry.
      All we can do is to patiently wait until these offices are going back to work.
      Thank you.

  84. Tim
    July 7, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    Are passengers from Europe currently allowed to transit in Bangkok? If not do you know when they will be allowed to? I want to return to Australia but am nervous of getting the virus on a plane.

    • July 7, 2020

      Dear Tim,
      I recommend for you to check with your airline because Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand does not mention transit passengers in its July 3rd notification.
      Thank you.

  85. Sara
    July 7, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    I have tried to call 1178 many times today because I saw you recommended someone to call them about what is possible in terms of changing your visa from 31st July. But the phone number never works for me. Do you have the long version of that phone number please? Thank you.

    • July 7, 2020

      Dear Sara,
      Today is a public holiday for government offices. Both 1178 and 1111 would work if you are calling from a Thailand number since it is the call center.
      Thank you.

  86. Chris fowler
    July 6, 2020
    Reply

    I have a thai wife and 2 daughter’s living in Thailand am I allowed back into thailand and what restrictions and documents would I need

    • July 7, 2020

      Dear Chris,
      Yes, you are qualified to apply for the non-immigrant O visa and obtain Certificate of Entry to Thailand. Both visa and certificate are issued by Thai Embassy or consulate in your current location. Please contact the embassy for more information.
      Thank you.

  87. Patrick Sweeney
    July 6, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I live in Phuket and have an immigrant O retirement visa which is due for extension /renewal on the 14 July but I am stuck in Australia at the moment due to Covid. I have had this for 6 years and own a condo there
    Could you tell me what the current situation is regarding returning to Thailand for people like me and the current situation regarding the blanket extension they gave visa holders until July?
    And what I need to do to extend /renew my visa?

    • July 7, 2020

      Dear Patrick,
      Good day. I regret to information you that the Thai immigration office has not given any guideline for foreigners who were stranded abroad and were not able to renew their visas. However, if you would call the Thai embassy in Canberra they will advise you that re-application will be required. It means once your visa is expired, you need to apply for a new one just like when you first did the visa. As for the blanket extension of viasas for those who are in Thailand, there is also no information from the Thai government.
      Thank you.

  88. Archita sharda
    July 6, 2020
    Reply

    Hi! My son and I are planning to take flight from Kuala Lumpur to Hongkong via Bangkok on the 10th July 2020. Will we both allowed to board our flight to Hongkong from Bangkok?
    Thank you!

    • July 7, 2020

      Dear Archita,
      Good day. You must call Phone: +60 3-2145 8004 to learn more about travelling or transiting through Thailand. Thank you.

  89. Neyra Carmen
    July 5, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,
    I was working in Chiangmai my work permit finished in end dec 2019, then i left for my new position in Cambodia I was plan to come back to Bangkok in April for Songkran then due to Covid my flight was cancel and i couldn’t go to my bank SCB in Bangkok to close my account and transfer my savings..

    Now the bank is not helping to found a solution even they have a sister bank in Phnom penh as they still required me to come in person in the bank in bangkok but we are not allowed to travel.
    Can I ask a specific letter to the bank to see if the embassy let me in? what should i do ?

  90. Sahil
    July 5, 2020
    Reply

    Hi , Please confirm can stranded foreigners extend VISA after 31st July.

    • July 7, 2020

      Dear Sahil,
      The Thai government has not issued any guideline as far as the visa amnesty is concerned. At the moment, you are expected to leave Thailand before July 31 or if you qualify to change the visa, you may change your visa. For more information, please call 1178 to speak with an immigration officer.
      Thank you.

  91. Dave
    July 5, 2020
    Reply

    Hi
    Do you think it would be possible to switch from a Tourist visa to a Non-Imm “O” — Voluntary Services visa in the current situation from within Thailand without having to leave and comeback in? Currently in Thailand under the amnesty rule until 31st July (assuming it’s not extended further) having already used the 30-day extension. Thanks in advance.

    • July 7, 2020

      Dear Dave,
      Based on information we have received, the Thai Immigration in Bangkok is becoming lenient in issuing a non-immigrant visa. I recommend for you to ask your organisation to check with your local immigration office if this is possible.
      Thank you.

  92. July 5, 2020
    Reply

    Hi my wife is thai and she has a lot of family there , I’m Canadian . I’m wondering if we have to quarantine at the airport for 14 days when we arrive in Thailand , we have our own home in pattaya and live there just the two of us . Are we allowed to go home from the airport and self quarantine or do we have to stay at the airport .

    • July 7, 2020

      Dear Mike,
      Good day. Right now, both Thai and her/his foreign spouse are subject to the 14-day mandatory quarantine. Both of you are required to obtain a fit-to-fly certificate from the Thai Embassy in Canada prior to coming to Thailand.
      Thank you.

  93. Sam
    July 4, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,
    I am a Filipino citizen and I just received confirmation that there won’t be any more repatriation flights any time soon. But I need to exit before July 31. What should I do?

    • July 7, 2020

      Dear Sam,
      It is best for you to contact the Philippine Embassy for additional repatriation flights or you may wait for government announcement in case the visa amnesty is extended.
      Thank you.

  94. Larry Barnes
    July 4, 2020
    Reply

    I have a NON-IMMIGRANT O-A (retirement) visa I applied for & received by mail from the Thai Embassy in Washington, DC before I flew from the USA to Thailand in October 2019. I am back in the USA now. Can I renew this O-A visa with the Thai Embassy in Washington, DC ? If so…Is the procedure for renewing my current O-A visa different from applying for the initial O-A visa ?

    If I can renew my current O-A visa or if I have to apply for a new O-A visa….when would I be able to return to Thailand ?

    My current USA Medicare health insurance covers emergency room visits in foreign countries. I know that I would have to pay the Thai Emergency Room bill first then get reimbursed from my USA Medicare Insurance. Can my USA Medicare coverage be used instead of buying Thai Health Insurance to renew or get a new O-A VISA ?

    • July 7, 2020

      Dear Larry,
      Good day.
      If the borders of Thailand opens before the expiry of your visa sticker, you will be given 1 year permit to stay from date of arrival. If the visa sticker expired already at the time you plan to return to Thailand, you will be obligated to apply for a new non-immigrant OA visa. It will be the same requirements and the same process as last year. Health insurance will be required. Please know that you may be required to apply for certificate of entry on top of your new visa. Certificate of entry will require a separate travel insurance covering COVID-19.
      Thank you.

  95. Liana
    July 4, 2020
    Reply

    Hi All,

    Anyone know the rules of traveling OUT of Thailand.
    Planning to go to Europe later this month…

    Appreciate your responses.

    Thank you,
    Liana

    • July 7, 2020

      Dear Liana,
      Thailand has no special requirement for you to leave Thailand. We recommend that you leave early for the airline as they may be COVID-19 screening at the airport and spend extra time at the immigration section in case you availed the visa amnesty.
      Thank you.

  96. Woon
    July 3, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,
    I’m Thai and my husband is British, we’re now in Dubai want to go back to Thailand.
    Does he need Non-O visa before applying for certificate of entry?

    Thanks

    • July 7, 2020

      Dear Woon,
      Yes, he needs to apply for both non-immigrant O visa and certificate of entry. Depending on the place where you apply for the visa, they may process it altogether. I recommend for you to call the Thai Consulate in Dubai or Thai Embassy in Abu Dhabi if they have resumed visa application.
      Thank you.

  97. JOHN SPARK
    July 3, 2020
    Reply

    i am hoping to travel toThailand in September from UK for 28 days staying in Pattaya could you please tell me if that is ok

    • July 7, 2020

      Dear John,
      I regret to inform you that I am not in the position to tell you if COVID-19 will be totally gone in September. I recommend that you check again with us by end of July or beginning of August for new announcements.
      Thank you.

  98. Imesha
    July 3, 2020
    Reply

    I am a foreign student currently living in Thailand. If I were to travel in between provices ( Chiang Mai to Bangkok and return), are there any quarantine procedures foreigners?

    • July 3, 2020

      Dear Imesha,
      The inter-provincial travel is permitted and there is no need to undergo a quarantine. There has been zero local transmission of COVID-19 in the last 38 days so you are all good to go.
      Thank you.

  99. Simon Allison
    July 2, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Rex,
    Thank you for sending through the new published requirements for spouses of Thais to travel to Thailand – I appreciate very much you being proactive.

    I have a few concerns however:
    1) It seems that we are supposed to send over Fit to Fly and Covid-free certificates both upon applying for the Certificate of Entry and then again have new ones for the 72 hours before departure. That would mean getting both of them twice. Is that what is really intended?
    2) I would travel with my family but it seems only I would have to quarantine in a hotel, while they would all be free to go to the Condo we own. Is that right? It means that if, by some chance, we did have Covid, we would probably have passed it to each other, and so be infecting two places instead of only one. Surely, we should all be allowed to stay together. Has the concept of “villa quarantine” been dropped?
    3) We own a condo and I also have many relationships in Thailand. I may come in several times over the remainder of the year, assuming it remains safe to do so. Might I be able to get an O-A visa or even O-X? I am 54 and have adequate funds to make the required deposits.

    • July 7, 2020

      Dear Simon,
      Good day.
      I would recommend for you to contact the Thai Embassy in London because your questions are very specific and it is best to be answered by a Thai Embassy Officer. As for your question on “Villa quarantine” it has not been approved and it might happen or bound to happen for August 2020. I am not sure if applying for O-A visa or O-X visa is a good idea since you want to return to Thailand for having Thai wife or Thai children. It might be wiser to just keep it on a Non immigrant O visa.
      Thank you.

    • Prakash
      August 8, 2020

      Indian passport :-
      My visa and work permit will be expire on 14/AUG/20

      And I already renew my work permit

      regarding visa I went to Imgration office and they check my all documents all ok but , only one documents is missing and that documents will be complete probably end of this month 30/AUG/20 and my visa expire on 14/AUG/20 .. I hope they can expect me .. coz they told me bring that documents they will give visa but , I little worry my visa expire on 14-AUG /20 hope should not be problem.?

      My visa is working visa

    • August 14, 2020

      Dear Prakash,
      Your question is not related to COVID-19. The problems lies on the documents of your Thai employer or company. I believe they can fix it for you.
      Thank you.

  100. Savi
    July 2, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Rex,

    Do you know about the international flight out rule? I’m an Indonesian citizen and i need to fly back home at the end of this month
    Do i need a health certificate to be able to board?

    Thank you