COVID-19 Guide for Travelers to and in Thailand


COVID 19

(Updated last January 13, 2021)

TODAY’S UPDATE
  • Thailand reports 157 new COVID-19 infections which brings the total number of cases to 10,991.
  • Out of the 10,991 cases, there are 7,928 recoveries, 67 deaths, and 2,996 cases currently undergoing treatment.
  • The Thai Embassies and Consulates are now issuing  Certificate of Entry to enter Thailand for those nationalities under Visa Exemption list.
  • The ASQ Hotel reservation and COVID 19 Insurance are required for foreigners entering Thailand.
  • 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 travel ban on some international passenger flights has been extended until further notice.
  • 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.
  • Frequently Asked Questions below.

COVID-19 Thailand Visa Amnesty/Extension

What is a visa amnesty?

It is the visa relief or automatic visa extension for all foreign nationals staying in Thailand affected by the COVID-19 crisis as announced by the government on July 29, 2020.

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 visa, non-immigrant visas, or yearly extension of stays.

What are the current implementing rules regarding the visa amnesty?

  • Visas or permit to stay that have expired from March 26 onward will be allowed to temporarily stay until September 26.
  • Foreigners will not be charged 500 baht per day for overstaying their visa or permit to stay.
  • Foreigners who are due to file their 90-day address notification must do it starting August 1-31, 2020.
  • Foreigners are no longer required to apply in person for an extension at an immigration office.
  • Foreigners holding a long term visa such as working visa, marriage visa, or retirement are required to apply for their yearly extension at the immigration office now or before September 26. The extension of stay will start September 27, 2020 and valid for 1 year.
  • Foreigners do not need any embassy letter to be granted the automatic visa extension unless they want to stay beyond September 26 due to travel ban in their country.

Is the visa extension free of charge?

Yes, the automatic extension of the visa or permit to stay until September 26 is free of charge. However, those who applied for the visa extension from March 26 to April 8, if you have paid for the 1,900 Thai baht immigration fee or even the overstay penalty, that fee is non-refundable. The visa amnesty was enacted and came into law effective on April 9th, therefore it was not covered back then.

Will the visa amnesty be extended?

The validity of the visa amnesty is until September 26 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 September 26 or they must apply for the proper visa extension within August 1 to September 26. Foreigners are also required to do the 90-day reporting within August 1 to 31. Those who fail to comply with these requirements will be strictly prosecuted according to the laws.

Entry to Thailand

Travel Ban

  • The government bans all entries of international flights to Thailand until August 31 to focus on repatriation of Thai nationals for the mandatory ‘state quarantine’.
  • The foreign diplomats and foreigners 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 Distancing
Social Distancing at Muang Thong Thani Temporary Immigration Office

Cancellation of Visa Exemption (until September 30, 2020)

Italy passport holders will no longer be granted visa exemption at any point of entry regardless of their country of origin. Passport holders of Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and South Korea will still receive a 30-day permit to stay under bilateral agreements between Thailand and these countries. The other countries under the 30-Day Visa Exemption Scheme may still use this program to enter Thailand.

Cancellation of Visa on Arrival (until September 30, 2020)

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 Queue
April 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 using the embassy letter. 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. It is also good to note that immigration officers are also at risk of contracting the virus but it is the parliament and high ranking officials that have the power to grant visa amnesty.

I have tried the 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 original and copy of 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 on March 26 recommends everyone to wear a face mask when you are outside of your 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, and also if you are outside of your residence during the curfew hours from 10 pm to 4 am. 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.

What if I break the curfew?

There are certain people that are exempted from the curfew such as people providing emergency medical care and travelers who are coming from or traveling to the airport. If you find yourself in violation of the curfew law, you need to pay 40,000 THB penalty.

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

The travel ban that is effective until June 30 is very clear, only Thai nationals are allowed to enter Thailand on special flights.  So if your family is in Thailand, you can only travel back to Thailand when the travel ban is lifted. If you are traveling with family, you can expect that only your Thai family will be allowed to board the flight and you will be refused to board the flight.

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 and the travel restrictions are lifted, 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 visa extension?

You only need to provide the embassy letter if you are already doing the second extension. Please know that if you are on the tourist visa or visa exemption, you can still extend your stay for 30 days as normal even without the embassy letter.

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.

According to Thai Airways, yes, incoming passengers including transiting passengers are required to present a COVID-19 health certificate and health insurance. 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?

If you have transited not more than 12 hours and you have only stayed at the airport, the mandatory quarantine is not required. Upon arrival, you need to show both of your boarding passes to confirm that you have not passed through the immigration in your transit airport.

Hello, I have booked my tour for Thailand in April 2020 with 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 Thai 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.

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 must receive a permit from the communicable disease control officer and must not have COVID-19 symptoms in order to pass the exit screening.

I am an American and I have a 30-day visa exemption that I extended for an extra 30 days. My current extension will expire on April 1, 2020. What are my options to stay in Thailand due to the travel restriction in other countries?

You have three options: 1.) You can extend your current extension for 7 days at your local immigration office. 2.) You can request a letter from your embassy in Bangkok confirming that you have been affected by travel restrictions and flight cancellation, you will be given 30 days extension at your local immigration office. 3.) You can exit Thailand and re-enter to obtain a new 30-day visa exemption. You may travel to a nearby country in Thailand that does not have any travel restrictions.

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 the 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 7-day extension. You may apply for this extension on the last day of your permit to stay. If 7 days is not enough, please contact your embassy in Thailand to provide you the letter requesting a 30-day extension.

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 departing from Hong Kong are required to present a health certificate and insurance upon check-in. Since the first part of your trip is departing from the US, you need to check with your airline if it is necessary to present the health certificate and insurance.

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 30-day Travel Visa? Or can I just go to the Thai Immigration office in Pattaya to get extension due to COVID-19?

No, you do not need an embassy letter at this time. Your current 30-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. The embassy letter is only required if you have exhausted all possible options for an extension.

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1,941 Comments

  1. Avatar
    Melissa
    January 26, 2021
    Reply

    Hi there,

    My husband and I are from South Africa and we want to have a 7-day vacation in Krabi from 23 March 2021 onwards. Do we still need to quarantine for 14 days?

    • Rex
      January 26, 2021

      Dear Melissa,
      Good day.
      Yes, you need to do a mandatory quarantine of 15 days. After that, you can travel to other parts of Thailand.
      You can use the 45 days visa exemption for this purpose of visit.
      Thank you.

  2. Avatar
    Sandeep
    January 21, 2021
    Reply

    I am planning my return from Taipei City to New Delhi Via Bangkok in late Feb or early Mar 2021. I have few quarries:
    1. Do I need a transit Visa? I do not plan to enter Thailand. I plan to book connecting flights from TPE – BKK & BKK – DEL
    2. Do I need to present a RTPCR report?
    3. Any other requirement at my end.
    Thanks

    • Rex
      January 21, 2021

      Dear Sandeep,
      Good day.
      For this inquiry, please contact the airline if there will be special requirements. If you are not going to disembark the plane, it is likely that you do not need the visa, COVID test and insurance.
      Thank you.

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      MC
      January 26, 2021

      Can I quarantine in Phuket instead of bangkok if I am transitting in Bangkok from Singapore?

    • Rex
      January 26, 2021

      Dear Meriel,
      If you will be on the same aircraft then it is not a problem. But if you will exit the plane and go to another flight, you cannot do that. You need to quarantine in Bangkok.
      Thank you.

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    Vishal Chouksey
    January 20, 2021
    Reply

    Hello,
    I am from India
    I am planning a 7 day trip to Bangkok pattaya and phuket with 3-4 friends in march end 2021.
    Is there any quarentine period??
    What all documents would I need??

    • Rex
      January 21, 2021

      Dear Vishal,
      Yes, there is a mandatory quarantine of 14 nights 15 days. If you would like to travel to Thailand without mandatory quarantine, you may do that by the end of 2021.
      Thank you.

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    James Douglas
    January 19, 2021
    Reply

    Hello, I am currently in ASQ and am scheduled to leave quarantine on the 25th January. I have a three month visa, and my return flight to Ireland is on 6th April.

    The visa issued by my Embassy is until the 20 March; although for some reason the immigration officer stamped it until the 10 March only.

    My flight back to Ireland is in April. I thought that the three months would start counting from when I arrived in Thailand, not from the day that my visa was issued.

    Do you know if I am entitled to the same visa extension as everyone else who has already been in Thailand since the lockdown began? They have been given extensions until the end of March.

    Is there any way I can extend my stay from 10 March for a month.

    Kind Regards,
    James

    • Rex
      January 19, 2021

      Dear James,
      Good day.
      Your visa sticker is valid to be used until March 20, 2021 however, when you arrive in Thailand, you were given 60-day entry stamp until March 10, 2021. You may extend this stamp for 30 days at your local immigration office for a fee of 1,900 THB.
      Thank you.

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    Rachel
    January 18, 2021
    Reply

    Hello! My mother is planning to fly here from the US next month. Is Visa on Arrival still available for her? What documents will she need to enter the country?

    Thanks!

    • Rex
      January 19, 2021

      Dear Rachel,
      Yes, the visa exemption for US citizens is still available. She just need to apply for the COE online prior to the trip.
      Thank you.

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    Madeleine
    January 9, 2021
    Reply

    Hello,

    I am seeing some inconsistency online regarding the Covid PCR Test to enter Thailand. I understand there is a requirement to produce an undetectable COVID-19 laboratory result “issued” within 72 hours prior flight.

    To be clear, this means the result issuance date must be with 72 hours of departure? Or, is the requirement that the actual test date/time must be with 72 hours of departure?

    My local clinic sends samples to a private laboratory, which takes up to 48 hours to issue results, so I may take the actual test more than 72 hours before departure to ensure I leave enough time to receive results… just wanted to be sure this meets the requirement.

    • Rex
      January 10, 2021

      Dear Madeleine,
      Good day.
      The actual test must be within 72 hours.
      Thank you.

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    CHRISTOPH
    December 28, 2020
    Reply

    hi there,

    I’m about to fly out to Thailand on a TR visa.
    Which documents should I have printouts for when walking up the immigration counter at the airport, before entering Thailand?
    * (Negative) Covid Test
    * Insurance cover letter (covid mentioned up to $100k)
    * ASQ Booking confirmation
    * Certificate of Entry
    * Visa in passport

    Anything I am missing?

    Thanks!

    • Rex
      December 28, 2020

      Dear Christoph,
      Good day.
      You also need the Fit to Fly Certificate, Declaration form and T8 form.
      Thank you.

  8. Avatar
    S Alam
    December 13, 2020
    Reply

    I am a Bangladeshi passport holder. Is it possible to get a special tourist visa (STV)?

    • Rex
      December 13, 2020

      Dear S Alam,
      Good day.
      You must contact the Thai Embassy in Dhaka regarding the visa application in Bangladesh.
      Thank you.

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    Mario
    November 18, 2020
    Reply

    Hi good day to you
    I am from Philippines and going back home from Pakistan and I want to go
    in Thailand since I have invitation letter from my colleague, is it possible I can enter in Thailand.?

    • Rex
      November 19, 2020

      Dear Mario,
      Good day.
      Thailand has a travel ban but if you can obtain a tourist visa and certificate of entry from the Thai Embassy in Pakistan, yes, you can travel to Thailand.
      Thank you.

  10. Avatar
    Dave
    November 17, 2020
    Reply

    Hi I am a canadian citizen living and working in Thailand and I am flying from Suvarnabhumi to Canada next week. Can you advise what documents do I need to have to fly out of Suvarnabhumi do I need a negative Covid Test and a Fit to Fly certificate to depart thailand? Canada does not require either to enter Canada just need to confirm what is required to depart Thailand thanks

    • Rex
      November 17, 2020

      Dear Dave,
      Good day.
      For passengers departing from Bangkok, there is no special requirement. The process for leaving is the same as before. You only have to check what will be the requirement in the country of arrival.
      Thank you.

  11. Avatar
    lamai
    November 9, 2020
    Reply

    i am a thai national and want to travel from the uk back home what do i have to do?

  12. Avatar
    November 6, 2020
    Reply

    HI Rex,
    Can you enter Thailand on a APEC 90 day entry permit and convert that to a Marriage VISA? Or should you obtain a Non O VISA to change to a Marriage VISA?

    • Rex
      November 9, 2020

      Dear Dave,
      Good day.
      Yes, you must enter with the Non Immigrant O visa since it is the appropriate visa to use for the marriage visa. If you are coming from UK (not part of APEC though), USA or Australia, please let us know we can assist you with the application.
      Thank you.

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    Mauro
    November 6, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,
    I am an italian citizen. As far as I knew before, to get Retirement visa I was supposed to apply for non immigrant visa at Thai Consulate and then ask for conversion to retirement visa once in Thailand.
    Do you think this is still possible ? Can I enter Thailand with a non immigrant visa now?
    Many thanks

    • Rex
      November 20, 2020

      Dear Mauro,
      Good day.
      Yes, you are correct. You may apply for the 90-day non immigrant O visa in Italy and then you may convert it into a 1 year extension based on retirement visa the the local immigration office in Thailand.
      Yes, you may now apply for the visa and COE at the Thai Embassy in Rome.
      Thank you.

  14. Avatar
    November 3, 2020
    Reply

    The main issue is long stay visa support as in Russia now Thai embassy do not issue tourist visas at all. What is the case with Thai embassy in Lithuania – I will know only tomorrow as today they have been closed, but even in good time they were able to issue only 30 days tourist visa…..

    • Rex
      November 3, 2020

      Dear Chayabhatra,
      Good day.
      I regret to inform you that we cannot advise you about the visa issuance in Russia or Lithuania. Please do contact them directly by email, phone call or in person (if possible).
      Thank you.

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    Khristin Aina Grana
    November 2, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,

    Do you have any special regulations about Thai nationals who would want to fly home to Thailand from Europe? (Norway to be specific). Do they need to be in quarantine somewhere when they land or do a swab test? Or if you have a link that you can redirect me with answers to these specific questions, please let me know.

    Thank you in advance for your help! 🙂

    Khristin

    • Rex
      November 4, 2020

      Dear Khristin,
      Good day.
      For the Thai nationals who needs to go home to Thailand, they must call the Thai Embassy in Norway. It is difficult to get the information applicable to the Thais because it is posted in Thai and mostly the information posted on their website are for the foreigners coming to Thailand. Please call +4790136815.
      Thank you.

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    Avgi haski
    November 2, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Rex I wanted to please ask.A foreigner married to a Thai living in Thailand what is the criterion for permanent residency and what does it confer.Thanks

    • Rex
      November 4, 2020

      Dear Avgi,
      Good day.
      The applicant must have more than 3 years of a Thai marriage visa issued and renewed at the local immigration office every year. May I ask if you have a marriage visa for more than 3 years? Do you work in Thailand? Do you have children?
      Thank you.

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      Haski avgi
      November 6, 2020

      Rex Thank you for your answer. To your question I have been married for 7 years. Visa retirement. I have no children. I do not work Thank you and a pleasant weekend

    • Rex
      November 9, 2020

      Dear Avgi,
      Thank you for your reply. If you have a retirement visa, this will not qualify. You need to change to marriage visa and renew it every year for at least 3 years so that you will qualify for the PR application.
      Have a good day.

    • Avatar
      Mark Reardon
      November 8, 2020

      I am military man wanting to see my fiance in Thailand. What do I need to do?

    • Rex
      November 8, 2020

      Dear Mark,
      Good day.
      May I ask where are you located right now? If you are in the USA right now, there is a normal 60-day tourist visa that you can obtain from the Thai Embassy.
      Should you need any assistance, please let us know.
      Thank you.

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    Sanj
    November 2, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,

    I’m a british citizen who has been working in Thailand for a year now.

    My non-b visa and work permit will expire on December the 4th. But it does not give me the time needed to get all my affairs in order. I’m wondering if it’s possible to extend my stay in Thailand and apply for a tourist visa in advance or do i need to apply once the non-b visa and work permit are cancelled.

    As the situation in the UK isn’t good in regards to covid and I need time to make plans to figure out what to do next.

    Thanks

    • Rex
      November 4, 2020

      Dear Sanjeet,
      Good day.
      When you visa and work permit expires on December 4th, on the same day, you can apply for the 7 days extension to get your affairs in order. Perhaps, if you can present a letter or request for a COVID 19 extension, you may be given 30 days or 60 days extension.
      Thank you.

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    Alcindo Cerci Neto
    November 1, 2020
    Reply

    I have a Brazilian passport and a year ago booked to Thailand January 13. Is that possible that date the borders will open?

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    David
    October 31, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,
    From what I read, it looks like I can’t re-enter Thailand after leaving it with an active non-O retirement visa – for now.

    I may have a pressing personal matter to settle in my home country and should return to my residence in Chiang Mai after about one month, taking into consideration the quarantine requirements in both countries.

    Is there any other option for me to re-enter Thailand, besides waiting for the covid re-entry restrictions to be further relaxed?

    • Rex
      October 31, 2020

      Dear David,
      Good day.
      If you have a retirement visa that is category O visa, I recommend not to leave Thailand because you will not be able to return. As you can see, only type OA retirement visa will be allowed to return. So if you leave Thailand, you will have to get a non immigrant OA visa from the Thai embassy and apply for COE as well.
      Thank you.

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    Christine
    October 29, 2020
    Reply

    Thank you Rex,

    Let’s hope one day my turn will come… I will keep trying. Please have a good day.

    • Rex
      October 31, 2020

      Dear Christine,
      Yes, we will keep hoping and praying that you get the visa and COE soon.
      Have a good day.

    • Avatar
      Christine
      November 24, 2020

      Helo Rex,

      Thank you once again for your information about the O Visa now being issued from Tokyo. I have read the information, but it seems I need to be receiving a pension to apply for that visa – is it correct ?
      I have substantially more money than that required, in my Australian account, however, it cannot be changed into a monthly pension style remittance account, until I can return to Australia, and do it in person – the vicious circle continues!
      I also have the required amount in my SCB account, but they too,
      will only give me an official, original statement (required by the embassy), if I come in person !!!!
      Of course I have not been able to apply for the OA visa in Tokyo either, as nobody will answer the phone or respond to questions. It is important to clear up all problems, before submitting the documentation, as it can only be done about 10 days before a prepaid flight / ASQ hotel accommodation – a move which would make me homeless, as I must give 30 days notice to leave my current apartment.
      At least if it were possible to speak with people at the Tokyo embassy, it would help, but it is always round and round with no solutions in sight. The embassy lists the visas and flights available but will not in anyway help those trying to jump though the hoops !! It’s getting crazy!! The reputation of the Land of Smiles is definitely waning….many have given up!! But I can’t because my worldly goods, and my condo is there (well, I hope it is still there – who knows!!)
      I do so appreciate you always updating me, as it is too depressing to open the websites everyday and see new problems, unnecessary rules, and no solutions.

      By the way – I did submit my passport info to Longstay company as requested, for the STV and received the following information on 9/2 :
      “No problem, once we are able to start processing your visa, we will contact you immediately.We are still waiting for the approval of government regulation”.

      Yours Sincerely Armaj Sombunjaroen

      That was two months ago and I have heard nothing!!!!!!

      So tired, and exhausted by all the stress.

      Thank you so very much for being the only person /company trying to assist those of us who have lost confidence, and a lot of money, through no fault of our own.
      Have a good day – wish I were there in the warm sunshine.

    • Rex
      November 24, 2020

      Dear Christine,
      Yes, it is really difficult when the system of the application in the country where you are located is not good. I have had clients from UK and USA that I have been assisting on tourists visas and Non O visas. The process is very smooth and quite fast.
      I wish I know how to do the application in Tokyo, I would be glad to assist you. But right now, I am only knowledgeable on US and UK online application.
      Thank you.

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    Manee
    October 28, 2020
    Reply

    I have a friend who is holding French passport but been living in Hong Kong for year. would it be possible for her to visit Thailand right now if she could apply for visa.

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    Christine
    October 28, 2020
    Reply

    Hello again Rex,

    Sorry to bother you so soon, but wanted to tell you that the Thai embassy in Tokyo is finally offering visas OA and STV. I was very excited when after an hour, I managed to get a human on the line. However, my excitement faded when she very quickly told me she didn’t have time to listen – “just ask the question!!”(her comment) Ok – I did and she couldn’t answer well, because she did know why I was asking – but again told she had no time to listen to me – but didn’t offer an alternative time for a consultation…I was shocked and sad…but getting used it, I suppose. Anyway so many hoops to jump through. One being proof of money in Thailand – SCB told me they couldn’t issue a statement unless I came in person!! However, they said they could issue a “financial certificate document” – do you know if that would suffice, I dare not call again?
    Also, flights etc must be paid for, and all documents presented – before they decide to issue the visa? No refund if refused !! But the hardest problem is that documents can only be presented about 10 days or less before the flight – but I would have to give a month’s notice on my apartment here. So, if the visa is not granted, I would be homeless! Is that normal? I was hoping to ask these questions, but as I said above, the woman on the phone was not interested in listening…
    These Covid times are stressful for everybody, but surely embassy staff should be available to respond to fair and honest questions.
    Anyway, I realize you can’t do much, however, I am sure there are other people who would like to know that the embassy here is finally issuing visas – but they should be aware that they will not be able to get much information if they have questions.
    I hope the situation improves even more…at least something is happening.
    Thank you.

    • Rex
      October 28, 2020

      Dear Christine,
      Good day.
      I believe the financial document is either bank statement of your Thai or Japanese bank account. For the OA visa, it has to be 800,000 TH or for the STV it has to be 400,000 THB.
      Thank you.

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      Christine
      October 28, 2020

      Sorry Rex,

      I have confused you…the visa requirements forms, ask for an original copy of my bank statement – I emailed my bank (SCB) and they cannot give an original bank statement unless I come in person. However, they offered to give me a “financial certificate document” but THEY don’t know if that would be accepted for a visa.
      My question to you is such a document just as valid as an original bank statement if presenting for a visa? The bank asked me to check!! I have over 800,000 in my SCB account but no way of proving it from here.
      The visa also asks for a financial statement from my home country – there is money there too! It is the validity of the document which I am worried about.
      Thank you.

    • Rex
      October 28, 2020

      Dear Christine,
      The only person who can answer this is the Thai Embassy staff. Due to current pandemic, will they accept emailed or scanned copies? In the UK the Thai embassy accepts scanned copies. I am not sure in Tokyo.
      Thank you.

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      Christine
      October 28, 2020

      Thank you once again Rex,

      I will get the courage to call again perhaps tomorrow – hopefully a more friendly staff member will answer the phone. Today I was told only original copies – could not be emailed, must have bank seal – difficult with no airmail accepted between Australia and Japan right now.
      It’s a never-ending saga..

    • Rex
      October 28, 2020

      Dear Christine,
      Yes, it is really difficult when the embassy does not respond. I hope they will accept your documents and be able to get the visa and COE. At the moment I have been helping those coming from the UK, USA and AUS to get the visa and return to Thailand.
      Thank you.

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    Christine
    October 27, 2020
    Reply

    Hello again Rex,

    Thank you for your response to my email yesterday. However, I am confused? I am a resident of Japan not Australia! I have followed the requirements of the Longstay visa Company – sent my passport pages, my address and nearest Thai Embassy. The visa requirements are on their website. Are those requirements not correct? I am not sure how the Australian embassy could help me ? I was at the Australian embassy in Tokyo a couple of weeks ago, but they had no advice on travel to Thailand.
    I don’t understand why the Longstay Company is setting requirements if the visa has not yet been approved – shouldn’t it have been approved before they asked me to send my information?
    Surely home owners should be given preference over “so called” Chinese tourists who, according to the Bangkok Post, are only coming for 30 days (with 14 days quarantine, and again on their return home) – I thought the STV was for 90 days + two extensions…something doesn’t seem right.
    I understand that you are only trying to keep people updated, however, there needs to be some kind of clear plan for those wishing to return. Who is taking responsibility for our properties, worldly goods etc….it’s quite daunting, depressing, and so very frustrating. Thank you always for your help.

    • Rex
      October 27, 2020

      Dear Christine,
      Good day.
      The reason I mentioned Australia is that there is no hope in Japan. It seems like the Thai Embassy there does not care or they do not respond.
      So why wait in Japan if you can be in Australia, your home country and apply for the STV or Non Immigrant OA visa from Sydney or Canberra and fly to Thailand?
      I hope you can consider that option.
      Thank you.

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      Christine
      October 28, 2020

      Good morning Rex,
      Thank you for always answering my questions. I am sure you are quite fed up with me by now. I do understand your advice, however, unfortunately, I can’t go to Australia, without first going to Bangkok!! Everything I need for Australia, is in Bangkok! Then, even if I could get to Australia, I have no place to stay there! I have not lived in Australia for over 30 years, and as I always fly Thai, via Bangkok, when I visit Melbourne, all my important cards, papers, money etc, I keep in my apartment there. My trip back to Japan, was for three weeks, so I bought nothing with me! So, I am stuck!!
      I do apologize for always asking difficult questions, but you are the only person who is even interested in the situation so many people face right now. I truly appreciate your advice, and I have tried everything you have suggested until now. I will write yet another email to the Thai Embassy in Tokyo, in the hope that they will (one day) respond. Your help and kindness is much appreciated by me and many others, I am sure. Thank you and have a good day.

    • Rex
      November 6, 2020

      Dear Christine,
      Good day.
      These pages might be of help to you:
      http://site.thaiembassy.jp/en/visa/type/
      http://vabo.thaiembassy.jp/vabo/
      Thank you.

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      Christine
      November 6, 2020

      Dear Rex,

      Good morning, and thank you once again for never forgetting me and my efforts to return to Thailand. The websites you have listed, are those that I have also been working from. However, there are several problems which I needed answers for – and, as I think I mentioned, received no satisfaction ,when I eventually spoke to a human at the Embassy in Tokyo.

      I list below the problems I was unable to solve, basically due to the total refusal of the Embassy staff member to listen, or show any interest in my questions, she also did not offer an alternative time to call, to have a telephone consultation as offered on their recording.

      I chose the apply for Non-Immigrant Visa (long stay 1 year) – for two reasons.

      It would be the most practical visa to transfer to a Retirement Visa at later date.
      It doesn’t request any quarantine time (although, that could just be an error).

      On the Application form there are several problems I needed answered.

      No 5: The air ticket must be purchased prior to submitting the documents, but as you can see on the list – maximum time to submit documents is about 15 days before the flight. However, I must give a month’s notice on my apartment, which would leave me homeless, with about 80 + kilo of luggage if my visa were declined. Also, all applicants are required to sign that they will not request a refund if the visa is rejected!

      No. 6 As I have not been working since March (when I expected to move to Thailand) of course my financial statement in Japan in the past three months, would be zero….certainly wouldn’t be acceptable !
      Re: a / b / c
      a – is the best for me, as I have had the money in my SCB account since beginning of February. However SCB said they could not issue an original bank statement unless I came in person – clearly impossible.

      I also have well over the required amount in my Australian bank account, however, again the Embassy said this could not be sent by email – must be a certified copy with bank stamp – but (unless that has changed this week), all airmail post has been suspended between Australia and Japan. My sister has power of attorney, she could organize in my absence, but again – Embassy will not accept an emailed copy.
      I could even print out a current statement online – but, that would not have the official bank seal as the Embassy staff said was required.
      And – if all the above could happen, how could it be certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan???

      No. 8 Medical Certificate for weird, almost obsolete diseases required – ok, I assume I could request that at a hospital – but not sure how to get it certified by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, if it must be presented to Embassy in a sealed envelope…wouldn’t it need to be opened to certify it?

      No.10 My Insurance Company in the UK, would be more than happy to complete the required certificate.However, again, it would normally be scanned and sent, which according to the Embassy staff member, would not be acceptable…as it is not an original copy ?!?!

      My lawyer in Bangkok has scanned and sent me a copy of my condo Title /Deed, although not yet requested. However, that too, would not be considered an original copy according to the Embassy !

      I wanted to clear up all the above questions, so that if and when I got my appointment with the Embassy, there would be no problem with incorrect, or missing documents. However this seems to be almost impossible with the current application written as it now stands…

      Do you have any further advice? I am totally exhausted by the entire process. As an Australian who has never before needed a visa for Thailand, and not given any warning that the borders would be closed during the three weeks I was away. It seems Thailand is making it extraordinarily difficult to return to my home.

      Once again, I do apologize for yet another long message. However, you are the only person who seems to bother helping – thank you very much. Please have a good day.

    • Rex
      November 20, 2020

      Dear Christine,
      Good day.
      I am not sure if you managed to get the non immigrant OA visa. Please know that Non Immigrant O for retirement is now being issued as well.
      Thank you.

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    Henry
    October 23, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex, I called Singapore Thai embassy over 50 times but no answer!
    Would you know how many days before my flight back to Thailand, do I need to take my COE application to the embassy. There is quite a few steps to get timed. I hold an O-A visa. Kind regards .. Henry

    • Rex
      October 23, 2020

      Dear Henry,
      Good day.
      The embassy usually takes a few days to issue the COE. They would say 15 days but reality I believe it is within 3 days.
      Thank you.

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    MD ABU
    October 21, 2020
    Reply

    Dear sir / Madam,
    I want visit Thailand, now open in thai for Bangladeahi people

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    itzhak gabay
    October 20, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex, how are you and thank you for all the help you give in general. I want to consult with you about retirement visa / married I have lived in Thailand for 15 years on a retirement visa but I have been married to Thai for 15 years.and my question is from your experience about which visa is better for me.thank you

    • Rex
      October 20, 2020

      Dear Itzhak,
      Good day.
      I would recommend the Thai Marriage visa. It has a lower financial requirement and it will lead you to apply for the permanent residency or PR in the future. May I ask where are you right now?
      Thank you.

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      itzhak gabay
      October 21, 2020

      Dear Rex really thank you for your answer.It is not obvious-for our interest and I am currently in this period in Bangkok.Also I am thinking of accepting your recommendation.And I ask you towards the middle of March 2021 I am supposed to renew my visa.And if I really want to change to a married visa .What is the procedure in general and how long before I am supposed to start the procedures. Thanks again for all the help you give to the people. Continue to have a wonderful and healthy day.

    • Rex
      October 29, 2020

      Dear Itzhak,
      You’re welcome. We are glad that we are able to help some people who are in need of the information.
      Have a good day.

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      Chalan
      October 21, 2020

      Hi there, I am Thai and I am looking for a way my british boyfriend could go home with me around the end of November 2020. We are not married and he need a visa that allow him to find work in Thailand. I would like to ask for details on how to apply for Thai Non-immigrant visa from UK or if there other way that is best regarding current restrictions. Thank you.

    • Rex
      October 21, 2020

      Dear Chalan,
      Good day.
      You can check this page to learn more about the visas and to know if your boyfriend is qualified to enter Thailand:
      https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel/can-you-enter-thailand-now-during-the-covid-19-crisis.php
      Thank you.

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      itzhak gabay
      October 21, 2020

      Dear Rex, I answered you and I’m not sure he passed because I do not see him. That’s why I’m writing to you again and I’m sorry. First of all thank you for your answer and in general for all the important help you give to people. To your question I am currently a period in Bangkok. And I wanted to say that I am really thinking of accepting your recommendation so I will ask you. In mid-March 2021 I had to renew my visa and I wanted to ask you if I want to change my retirement visa to a married visa. What is the procedure in general and how long before I have to start the procedures. Thank you and have a nice and healthy day. And with you sorry for my impudence

    • Rex
      October 22, 2020

      Dear Itzhak,
      Good day.
      When changing from retirement visa into a marriage, that will depend of some factors such as the location where the retirement visa was issued and where do you live with your wife. If your retirement visa was issued in Bangkok and living in Bangkok also, please let me know. It will also depend if your retirement visa is category O or category OA.
      You can send me an email on this page:
      https://www.siam-legal.com/contactus.php
      Thank you.

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      itzhak gabay
      October 27, 2020

      Rex how are you dear friend.First of all for all the help you give me and people in general and for free.I would like to ask to send you a gift At the end of the year[holiday p-may] to the office.Please write me a shipping address Thank you. A few days ago we corresponded and I sent you a photo of my visa stamp as your request for to answer my questions.It came to the office and apparently they thought I was a client who wanted to do a visa. It did not actually belong to our subject and then I realized that it was not you who answered.It’s okay nothing happened.only if you can Please answer me about the change from visa retirement to married visa.Is it just attach the marriage papers or i need to do Everything from the begining? Thanks and sorry.Sincerely itzhak gabay

    • Rex
      October 27, 2020

      Dear Itzhak,
      Good day.
      It was actually me who answered your question there. To change the visa from retirement into a marriage visa, you only need to change the “reason for extension” in the TM7 form. Instead of “retirement”, you can state “Thai wife”. Also, I see that your visa was issued in Chonburi and you are moving and renew it as marriage visa in Nonthaburi, is that correct? That would be more complicated since Nonthaburi might not change the visa without starting from Non O visa (which is issued by a Thai embassy abroad).
      Thank you.

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      itzhak gabay
      October 27, 2020

      Dear Rex Thanks for your answer.No I did not intend to renew or move to Nontbury.I said then that I have a future plan to move to Nontbury near my wife’s family.Then I asked with living in Nontbury can report in Pattaya.In any case even if it happens I will only after a change And renewal in Pattaya in order to avoid unnecessary complications. In any case thank you very much from the bottom of my heart for all your help. With great respect itzhak gabay

    • Rex
      October 28, 2020

      Dear Ithzak,
      Yes, it would be better to change the visa extension in Pattaya first and then you can move to another province and file for the TM28 and TM30 to update your address.
      Thank you.

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      itzhak gabay
      October 29, 2020

      Thank you very much friend. I had the honor and I will remember to contact and refer people to your professional need.Have a good day

    • Rex
      October 29, 2020

      You’re welcome and have a good day.

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    IG
    October 14, 2020
    Reply

    Hi! I am from Uzbekistan. I need to go to China through Bangkok. My question: Am i allowed to transit Bangkok airport these days.Is it possible to get transit -e-visa now and check in to the next flight in Bangkok airport without leaving airport. Thank you

    • Rex
      November 1, 2020

      Dear IG,
      Good day.
      Yes, you may transit through Bangkok. Please check with your airline if you need to have COVID 19 test or travel insurance before departure.
      Thank you.

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    DONALD KITTRELL
    October 10, 2020
    Reply

    I am a USA citizen living in California..I returned from in Thailand in December before the Covid-19 outbreak..I want to return to Thailand because I am leasing a Condo in Khon Kaen that expires in August 2021..I would like to obtain the Special Tourism Visa, but I’m not sure what the requirements are.. and if all the requirements apply to USA citizens..any info or suggestions will be greatly appreciated

    Dkittrell

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    Deepali Yadav
    October 9, 2020
    Reply

    Is 14 days quarantine compulsory for short business trip of 8 days?

    • Rex
      October 9, 2020

      Dear Deepali,
      Good day.
      The 14-day mandatory quarantine is required for all Thais and foreigners coming to Thailand.
      Thank you.

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    Deepali Yadav
    October 9, 2020
    Reply

    I am planning to visit Thailand for short business trip. I have applied for COE.
    Wanted to enquire about ” accompanied by a medical trained escort during stay”
    What is it ?

    • Rex
      October 9, 2020

      Dear Deppali,
      That is applicable to those coming to Thailand for medical treatment at Bumrungrad Hospital.
      Thank you.

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    Dawn
    October 9, 2020
    Reply

    I entered Thailand about 14 days ago on a work visa and will complete my quarantine in a few days. I have to fly ot the U.S.A. for a personal issue soon. Do I have to quarantine again upon my return to Thailand?

    • Rex
      October 9, 2020

      Dear Dawn,
      Good day.
      Yes, when you return to Thailand, perhaps within this year, you will have to do the whole process of getting a COE, booking a repatriation flight, booking an ASQ hotel, having the same COVID-19 insurance and undergo a mandatory quarantine. Please make sure sure that you have a re-entry permit before you leave Thailand so that your visa is still valid for your return.
      Thank you.

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    Marco Gorin
    October 8, 2020
    Reply

    I have a question. I am Italian and have an Italian Passport and need to travel to Thailand to see my Thai family (wife and children). Every where I see that the visa exemption program for Italian passport holders was suspended until 30 September 2020 but there is no information if this has now been reinstated or not starting 1 October 2020. Will I need to apply for a visa before travel or is the visa exemption program allow me to enter Thailand without prior application for visa? Thank you

    • Rex
      November 20, 2020

      Dear Marco,
      Good day.
      The visa exemption has been suspended. You may enter Thailand under the 90-day non immigrant O visa for visiting your Thai family. You may apply for this visa and the certificate of entry.
      Thank you.

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    Lucy Harold
    October 6, 2020
    Reply

    What are the restrictions for Thai nationals leaving and returning to Thailand at a later date at this point in time?

    • Rex
      November 1, 2020

      Dear Lucy,
      Good day.
      Thailand does not impose any restrictions to Thai nationals going abroad. However, if a Thai leaves Thailand, it will be difficult to return. It is expensive as well.
      Thank you.

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    Geraldine Bernadette Mann
    October 6, 2020
    Reply

    what are the costs to stay in quarantine for 15 days upon arrival from the UK?

    • Rex
      October 7, 2020

      Dear Geraldine,
      Good day.
      You may check this page for the list of quarantine hotels. The rate may range from 28,000 THB to 220,000 THB for the 14-day quarantine:
      https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel/alternative-state-quarantine-asq-in-thailand.php
      Thank you.

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      Athelstan Von
      October 9, 2020

      Hi i would like to ask if is it possible to travel to Thailand for a short term just to have an appointment interview in the Swedish Embassy for Residence permit in Thailand.

    • Rex
      October 9, 2020

      Dear Athelstan,
      Good day.
      Unfortunately, the answer to that question would be no, it is not possible. Please refer to the the list of foreigners permitted to enter Thailand provided by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand. Please check this page:
      https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel/can-you-enter-thailand-now-during-the-covid-19-crisis.php
      Thank you.

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      Brendon
      October 15, 2020

      I want to fly back to China from South Africa for work, the flight goes via BKK, will I be allowed to connect/continue on to China?

    • Rex
      November 1, 2020

      Dear Brendon,
      Good day.
      Yes, you may transit through Bangkok. Please check with your airline if you need to have COVID 19 test or travel insurance before departure.
      Thank you.

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    Geraldine Bernadette Mann
    October 5, 2020
    Reply

    Hi

    I am looking to travel to Thailand next month – November 2020 from the UK.

    Can you send me the visa and requirement forms.
    I understand I will have to quarantine on arrival at my own expense.
    Can you estimate how much this is?

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    Christine
    October 1, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,
    Thank you once again for the update. Let’s hope there will soon be some positive news from the Thai Embassy in Tokyo.
    I was at the Australian Embassy here two days ago, but they offered no information regarding visas for Thailand. However, it does seem that things are beginning to happen, albeit very slowly.
    I do appreciate any news you may have which gives me hope! Thank you again.

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    Demi P.
    September 30, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Rex.

    Thanks for previous help.

    Can UK Citizens now apply for the New Special Thailand Visa.

    Is it open to the UK.

    If so. How do we apply. Can not find the application process on any of the Thailand Embassy Websites.

    Thanks and appreciated.

    Demi P.

    • Rex
      September 30, 2020

      Dear Demi,
      Good day. You may contact the Tourism Office of Thailand in London:
      TAT London Office
      1st Floor, 17-19 Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, London SW1Y 5, United Kingdom
      Tel: (44 207) 925 2511
      E-mail: info@tourismthailand.co.uk, tatuk@tat.or.th
      Thank you.

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      Basing
      October 13, 2020

      I need to travel to China on a Chinese work permit my flight is transiting through Bangkok it’s a 7 HR transit will I be subject to 14 day quarantine?

    • Rex
      November 1, 2020

      Dear Basing,
      Good day.
      Yes, you may transit through Bangkok. Please check with your airline if you need to have COVID 19 test or travel insurance before departure.
      Thank you.

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    Kirk Riddell
    September 30, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex

    My brother wishes to visit Thailand from Canada for Christmas this year, as he does every year. Is it possible for tourists to get a visa if they go through the quarantine process or is this still limited?

    Any information you can give would be much appreciated. Thank you!

    • Rex
      September 30, 2020

      Dear Kirk,
      Good day. I believe that Canada is a low risk country therefore it is possible for him to apply for the special tourist visa or STV. He has two options:
      1. He can contact the TAT office in Canada at +1 647 329 1000 or info@tatcan.com
      2. He can check this for an accredited agency who can assist you STV application:https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel/thailand-special-tourist-visa.php
      I hope this will help. Thank you.

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    max
    September 29, 2020
    Reply

    i have work visa and work permit valid till June 2022. I have social security card also valid until June 2022.
    I want go back my country India in November 2020.

    What rule i have to follow to re-enter in Thailand ?
    Need health insurance?

    What kind of heath insurance any other tourist visa need?

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    Christine
    September 29, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,

    Thank you for the new information regarding the Non-Immigrant OA visa. However, as I live in Japan, I am not sure how the visa being available in Switzerland could help me?
    The Thai Embassy in Tokyo is unfortunately, still not answering their phones, and the only email response I received, was to call the number that is the recording.
    I am currently looking at the STV, although it is certainly not the perfect solution.
    It would be wonderful if the current situation improved, and not quite so expensive for those of us who are not able to claim expenses from a company.
    Thank you for always keeping me updated – much appreciated.

    • Rex
      September 29, 2020

      Dear Christine,
      I mean, if the Thai Embassy in Switzerland is issuing this visa and certificate of entry, there is a possibility that the embassy in Tokyo will be doing the same.
      Thank you.

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      Christine
      September 29, 2020

      Rex,

      I am so sorry I misunderstood. Tokyo Embassy still not responding to calls and Non Immigrant OA Visas listed now are not for retirement visas. However, now that you have updated me, I will check the embassy website daily and hope for positive updates. Thank you again.

    • Rex
      September 30, 2020

      Dear Christine,
      I have checked today, the Thai Embassy in Canberra is issuing Non Immigrant OA visa and issuing certificate of entry as well for the same visa holder. Please check this page:
      https://canberra.thaiembassy.org/application-for-certificate-of-entry-coe-for-non-thai-nationals/
      Thank you.

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    Christine Horne
    September 26, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex
    Thank you once again for not forgetting me! Actually I sent a long email to the Thai Long Stay Company you recommended, on Wednesday. However, I did not know to submit the details mentioned on the Application information you sent today.
    I will repeat the process over the weekend, including the paperwork required. Your help is always much appreciated. Have a good day.

    • Rex
      September 28, 2020

      Dear Christine,
      You’re welcome. There is another good news, it seems like (in Switzerland they have started it) retirees may apply now for the Non Immigrant OA visa from the Thai Embassy and also be able to apply for the Certificate of Entry.
      Thank you.

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    September 22, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, and thank you for all the information your site provides. Fantastic resource! I would love to receive your advice regarding my situation. I’m a US citizen, 76, here in Lamphun under the visa amnesty (my original visa was tourist visa, extended). Today (22 Sep 2020), I got an “extension of stay is under consideration” stamp at the Lamphun immigration office, with instructions to return on 12 Oct 2020. Cost, 1,900 baht. I was expecting to receive a 30 extension of stay, and I don’t know what is going to happen on 12 Oct when I return to immigration. That is one concern. But more important is this: I want to apply for a retirement visa. I would like to get the process started as soon as possible, but I’m confused by the “under consideration” designation, and I don’t know what to do or when to do it. My questions: Can I apply for the retirement visa now (i.e., before 12 Oct)? Or do I have to wait until 12 Oct? Or is there something else I should do? Any advice would be very greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    • Rex
      September 22, 2020

      Dear Hugh,
      Good day.
      The under consideration stamp is a partial issuance of your 30 days extension. It means, the remainder of your extension will be given on October 12. The new stamp will be October 25 or 26.
      That is actually problematic because you may not be able to apply for the change of visa since you need to have more than 15 days in your stamp. So if the immigration office partially gave it to you, then you might have a chance to do the change of visa. I think the best thing to do is to visit them and ask them if you can apply for the Non O visa right now while being “under consideration” based on having 800,000 THB in your bank account.
      Thank you.

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      Hugh
      September 23, 2020

      Thank you. Your advice makes sense, and I will ask them.

    • Rex
      September 24, 2020

      You’re welcome. Have a good day.

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      September 23, 2020

      Another question: I’m really curious why they do a partial issuance of the 30 day extension instead of just issuing the full 30 days. What is the logic behind it? I mean, if they’re going to issue the full 30 days in the end anyway, what is the point of breaking it up? It seems like it does nothing but create extra work for immigration and an added inconvenience for the applicant (who has to make extra visit to the immigration office), which doesn’t make sense.

    • Rex
      September 25, 2020

      Dear Hugh,
      good day.
      Because they need time to verify the authenticity of the embassy letter that was submitted? That is my opinion. I am sure if you call 1178, someone from the immigration office can explain it.
      Thank you.

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    James
    September 22, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Rex,
    I am preparing to extend my stay in the Kingdom, as requested by the immigration officer at Nakhon Si Thammarat, to prepare 3 sets of my travel documents, along with my landlady who is to provide documents of her homestay where I currently stay.

    The hiccup is the delay in the embassy letter from the Malaysian Consulate, Bangkok which I requested on Fri, 18th Sept. Due to technical fault, the officer in charge informed me that he could not trace my e-mail when i called today to follow up.

    Your helpful advice is most appreciated, thank you.

    James

    • Rex
      September 22, 2020

      Dear James,
      I believe that your extension will solely based on the embassy letter, without a printed copt of this letter, you may not be able to get the extension. I recommend that you contact the local immigration office in your province to check if they are able to give you the “under consideration” stamp and you can present the letter when you pick up the remaining of the 30 days extension.
      I hope they will be lenient regarding this matter.
      Thank you.

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      James
      September 22, 2020

      Hello Rex,
      Thank you so much for your prompt response.
      OK, I shall ask the officer tomorrow morning if he would be lenient to offer me the ‘under consideration’ stamp until I get the copy e-mailed to me again.

      It’s unfortunate that I am not able to contact the nearest Songkhla Malaysian Consulate (the phone stays engaged perpetually)

      Most helpful advice, thank you much Rex.

    • Rex
      September 22, 2020

      Dear James,
      I hope they will consider it. Otherwise, you need to wait for the letter and go to the immigration on Friday.
      Have a good day.

  44. Avatar
    James
    September 22, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,
    I am preparing to extend my stay in the Kingdom, as requested by the immigration officer at Nakhon Si Thammarat, to prepare 3 sets of my travel documents, along with my landlady who is to provide documents of her homestay where I currently stay.

    The hiccup is the delay in the embassy letter from the Malaysian Consulate, Bangkok which I requested on Fri, 18th Sept. Due to technical fault, the officer in charge informed me that he could not trace my e-mail when i called today to follow up.

    Your helpful advice is most appreciated, thank you.

    James

    • Rex
      September 22, 2020

      Dear James,
      I believe that your extension will solely based on the embassy letter, without a printed copt of this letter, you may not be able to get the extension. I recommend that you contact the local immigration office in your province to check if they are able to give you the “under consideration” stamp and you can present the letter when you pick up the remaining of the 30 days extension.
      I hope they will be lenient regarding this matter.
      Thank you.

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    Sheri Marander
    September 21, 2020
    Reply

    Hello.

    We are New Zealand Permanent Residents holding Canadian and Australian passports. We have resided in Vietnam since the beginning of January this year. We need to return to New Zealand in November.

    Are we permitted to enter Thailand from Vietnam on one issued ticket and air carrier (e.g.Thai Vietjet, Vietnam Airline or VietJet) to make a same day transfer to New Zealand on a second ticket and airline (e.g. Thai Airways)?

    Thank you very much for your assistance.

    Sheri Marander

    • Rex
      September 22, 2020

      Dear Sheri,
      The answer would be no. You need to book a flight with Thai Airways only. TG from Vietnam to Bangkok and TG from Bangkok to New Zealand.
      Thank you.

  46. Avatar
    Demi P.
    September 21, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Rex.

    Thanks for your previous help and responses. Very much appreciated.

    Regarding the new 90 day Special Thailand Visa announced this week.

    If successful in the process and I attain the new STV 90 day visa and I am in Thailand on the new Visa process Etc, And I’ve completed the necessary 14 day quarantine Etc Etc….

    If, say due to personal reasons or other important or work back in the UK circumstances, have arisen and I have to return back home to the UK, before the 90 days, say after 60 or 70 days for example..!?…. What happens then…!?….

    Then is this Okay and will I be able to leave Thailand okay with no issues, if I don’t complete the full 90 days stay…!?!?…..

    And will this have any impact on any future Visa applications for me..!?..

    Thanks and appreciated.

    Demi P.

    A frequent traveler and lover of the land of smiles to Thailand.

    😊

    • Rex
      September 22, 2020

      Dear Demi,
      Good day.
      Yes, you are able to leave Thailand even before the expiry of the 90 days permit to stay. There will be no penalty. Should you wish to return, you need to obtain a new STV and a new COE.
      Thank you.

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    Sam
    September 21, 2020
    Reply

    I have a Thai Permanent Resident Visa and am currently overseas. I cannot return at my one year compulsory return in November 2020 due to Covid interrupting my work. I can return beginning February 2021. May I have more time to get back to Thailand in February 2021 or do I have to make it back by November 2020? If so, where can I get proof that this is okay so I don’t lose the visa? I saw at this link, there is an extension to the compulsory return deadline. Thank you very much. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/thailand/entry-requirements

    • Rex
      September 22, 2020

      Dear Sam,
      We recommend for you to contact the Thai Embassy in your country for advice on this matter. Thank you.

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    Kevin McDonald
    September 21, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex

    I have a couple of questions

    My retirement visa extension expires on November 19th. Is there any news on when we will be allowed back ?, if I don’t get back before it expires would I still be able to use it to enter when they do.
    Also is it still planned to open Phuket to tourist in October.

    Thanks for all your help

    • Rex
      September 22, 2020

      Dear Kevin,
      Good day.
      Unfortunately there has been no news about retirement visa holders being allowed into the country. We will keep checking and we will update this page as soon as the information is available. As for the Special Tourist Visa, yes, this has been approved and the agency you need to contact is the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
      Thank you.

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    Jim
    September 20, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    Firstly i just want to thank you for all the valuable information you help people with, I for one appreciate it a lot.

    Now to my question. I’m hearing a lot about covid-19 health insurance as a requirement and was wondering if it applies to everybody? I’m currently on a non immigrant o married visa and will apply for and an extension in a few days to give me time to get my funds in order to renew. Do I need this covid-19 cover for my extension or my non o visa renewal?

    I will appreciate any info you can fire my way

    Thanks

    • Rex
      September 22, 2020

      Dear Jim,
      The COVID-19 travel insurance is only required for those who are entering Thailand. Perhaps you have heard of the health insurance being required for those who are under Non Immigrant OA visa. So for your case, you have under a non immigrant O visa, therefore you do not need to show any health insurance.
      Thank you.

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    Kim
    September 17, 2020
    Reply

    Hi. I’m planning to travel to Thailand later this year for cosmetic surgery. Is cosmetic surgery considered medical treatment and are those flying into Thailand after October 2020 are still required to stay until the mandatory quarantine? Thank you.

    • Rex
      September 22, 2020

      Dear Kim,
      Please contact the Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok so that you can obtain a special medical visa and you can do quarantine at the same hospital.
      Thank you.

  51. Avatar
    Jeanne
    September 17, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, understand that for APEC visa we require embassy to issue the letter for extension. However, i’ve contacted my embassy and they advised they do not issue such letter and all we require to do is head down to the thai immigration centre for visa extension application.

    Appreciate if any guidance on how to go about with my apec visa extension?

    • Rex
      September 22, 2020

      Dear Jeane,
      Yes, regardless of the the type of visa, if you are now on visa amnesty and you wish to extend for 30 days, you must have an embassy letter or doctor’s letter.
      Thank you.

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    Sam
    September 17, 2020
    Reply

    Dear ,
    Could you please advise who has work permits and have 1 year multiple visa .. When they can fly from bkk to india as normal….???

    • Rex
      September 22, 2020

      Dear Sam,
      Yes, foreigners and Thais are able to leave Thailand. The only difficulty is for the return to Thailand. It might take a while before you can return.
      Thank you.

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    Richard Ee
    September 17, 2020
    Reply

    I have a Retirement Visa that will expire on 1st week of January 2021. Now I am in Singapore. Will I able to go back to Bangkok next month (October)? Please advise. TQ

    • Rex
      September 22, 2020

      Dear Richard,
      Good day.
      Unfortunately, the retirement visa holders are not on the list of foreigners qualified to enter Thailand. We need to wait for further government announcement in the beginning of October.
      Thank you.

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      Richard Ee
      October 23, 2020

      I’m a Singaporean now in Singapore and holder of a Retirement Visa to expire on the first week of January 2021. Now is October, am I allow to go to Thailand? If yes, what are the conditions? TQ for your swift response.

    • Rex
      October 23, 2020

      Dear Richard,
      Good day.
      That would depend on the category of your retirement visa. Was it category Non Immigrant OA or is it Non Immigrant O?
      If it is non-immigrant OA visa, then you are allowed to apply for the COE and enter Thailand.
      Thank you.

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    Bobby Jumkit
    September 16, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex

    I am a Thai National. I need to return to thailand to visit my dying grandma.
    I am currently in Manchester, UK. I have tried to get a repatriation flight but these are all booked up now. If I was able to secure a seat on the next batch of flights will there be a cost to this?

    Also if i manage to get a seat or book through emirates. Would I qualify for state quarantine? where it is provided free of charge and how do I go about getting that arranged? or do I have to use the ASQ method?

    I was told that I need a fit to fly as well…….will a negative covid-19 test be sufficent as long as it was 72 hours before the flight?

    Many thanks for your help i hope to hear from you soon

    • Rex
      September 22, 2020

      Dear Bobby,
      The flights that are allowed from UK to Thailand is only with Thai Airways. So you need to get in touch with the Thai Embassy in London regarding this matter.
      If you are coming on a Thai passport, you may sign up for the free state quarantine or the paid hotel quarantine. Yes, you need the PCR COVID 19 test result no issued not more than 72 hours before the flight.
      Thank you.

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    Christine
    September 16, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,

    Thank you for remembering me, and advising me about the new “special tourist visa”. I will certainly do my best to get in touch with the Thai Embassy in Tokyo. Unfortunately, up until yesterday, they are still not answering their phones, although continue to offer details of their services on a recording.

    I have not received any replies to my several emails, however, perhaps now would be a good time to try again!!

    Your updates are very much appreciated. Thank you.

    • Rex
      September 16, 2020

      Dear Christine,
      I read a report that Tourism Authority of Thailand is cooperating with some agencies for the “Special Tourist Visa”. If this is true, you can check: https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel/thailand-special-tourist-visa.php
      Thank you.

    • Rex
      September 25, 2020

      Dear Chris,
      You may want to check this page: https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel/thailand-special-tourist-visa.php
      For more information on the Special Tourist Visa.
      Thank you.

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      Christine
      October 26, 2020

      Hello Rex,
      Maybe you remember me from my earlier enquires. As you suggested, I wrote and sent all the requested details to the Thai LongstayCompany and received the following response on September 29….
      Dear Christine,

      No problem, once we are able to start processing your visa, we will contact you immediately.

      We are still waiting for the approval of government regulation.

      Yours Sincerely,

      Armaj Sombunjaroen

      However, it is now almost the end of October and I have heard nothing more! I wrote again last week and asked what the current situation was – but no response. Do you know what is happening? Is that company real? Or just a scam? I read that Chinese people are being admitted to Thailand with the STV already. How can that be possible if according to the Longstay Company, they are still waiting for government approval?
      I am becoming more and more depressed by the continuing uncertainty, and spending thousands of dollars just waiting here in Tokyo. The Embassy in Tokyo is still not answering their phones, and I am beginning to worry that I will die of old age, before Thailand opens its borders to home owners. Please advise if you have any new information on visa options for people like me. Thank you, always for your help and advice.

    • Rex
      October 26, 2020

      Dear Christine,
      Good day.
      The first batch of STV travellers from China are still a test project. Once it is successful, the low risk countries will then be allowed to apply for the visa. Some countries like Australia, they embassy has already published the requirements for the STV application.
      Thank you.

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    Ryan Davison
    September 16, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,
    I am reading various reports regards to the Visa amnesty ending on the 26th September.
    I arrived in Thailand on the 28th October 2019 on a METV. The last stamp in my passport expired on the 14th May. I have remained in Thailand as a result of the two amnesties. I would like to regularise my visa as I would like to continue staying in the Kingdom legally. How can I do that and/or can I do that. Or do I have to leave on or before the 26th September and then re apply at a Thai Embassy outside of the Kingdom again and await updates on re-entry to the Kingdom for foreigners?

    • Rex
      September 16, 2020

      Dear Ryan,
      You have 3 options:
      1. You may leave Thailand on or before September 26.
      2. You may apply for 30-day extension if you are unable to travel due to illness or cancelled flights. You may apply for it before September 26. You will need an embassy letter to get the extension.
      3. If you have a change of circumstance such as employment, enroll in a university, married to a Thai or retirement, you may contact your local immigration office for the change of visa if you are still qualified to change the visa. The processing time for changing of visa category takes 15 days.
      Thank you.

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    Igor
    September 16, 2020
    Reply

    Where can I see a list of countries related to “countries with low or no COVID-19 local transmission”?
    I want to understand if I can hope for “Special Tourist Visa (STV) Program”

    • Rex
      September 16, 2020

      Dear Igor,
      Good day.
      There has been no specific list announced by the government since the proposal was only approved yesterday. It could be countries like China, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea. But we recommend to wait for new announcements from the government.
      Thank you.

    • Rex
      September 17, 2020

      According to an interview with the TAT head, this visa is available to the countries in the Top 10 of the Global COVID-19 Index or ones who haven’t had new cases for say 28 days will be allowed.

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    Jordan Quitaban
    September 15, 2020
    Reply

    hello! i have a valid non b visa and a work permit. i am planning to resign in my current school because i want to transfer to a new school job. what should i do? i know that i need to cancel my work permit from my current school but do i need to cancel my visa as well? what will be the status of my visa if i cancel it? can my new school still process for my non b visa during this pandemic? please guide me. thank you!

    • Rex
      September 22, 2020

      Dear Jordan,
      Yes, you need to cancel the visa and the work permit. When you cancel the visa, you can file for a short term extension. You can apply for 30 days extension using the embassy letter. As for the change of the visa, it might not be possible to do the change of visa inside the country so you it is best for you to check with your new employer to know where will get your new visa.
      Thank you.

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      Jordan
      September 22, 2020

      Thank you for the information! I am already hired to a new school so I really need to do the visa extension first right? Because my employer is preparing my documents now for my non b … I’m confused because my colleagues got stamped with a non b visa without going out from the country..please give me some advice for the processing of visa

    • Rex
      September 22, 2020

      Dear Jordan,
      For teachers, some immigration offices are more lenient in issuing a new non B visa. If the old employer and the new employer are on the same province, you may be able to cancel the old and visa and apply for the new visa simultaneously. I recommend for you to work closely with the new employer and ask them for their advice.
      Thank you.

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      Jordan
      September 22, 2020

      Thank you very much! I hope my new employer can process my visa smoothly because I transferred to a different province…from Nakhon Phanom to nakhon ratchasima

    • Rex
      September 24, 2020

      You’re welcome. Best of luck on the application.

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    Tina
    September 15, 2020
    Reply

    Can you please advise the transit requirements for a NZ passport holder to transit via Bangkok on the below itinerary?

    TG 492 T 08NOV AKLBKK HS1 1450 2040 O E SU
    LH 773 Q 08NOV BKKFRA HS1 2350 #0600 O E SU/MO
    LH 772 V 06FEB FRABKK HS1 2200 #1440 O E SA/SU
    TG 491 K 07FEB BKKAKL HS1 1855 #1205 O E SU/MO

    • Rex
      September 15, 2020

      Dear Tina,
      Good day.
      We recommend that you contact Thai Airways and Lufthansa for the information. Please know that COVID-19 test or insurance might be required but you need to check directly with your airline.
      Thank you.

  60. Avatar
    Mark
    September 14, 2020
    Reply

    Hello. Thank you so much for the great info. I am currently on amnesty as i have been on visa exemption with extention just before it went into effect. I am currently volunteering at a NPO and would like to know if i would be eligible for a volunteer visa. If so, what do i need to do and what would the cost be?

    • Rex
      September 15, 2020

      Dear Mark,
      Yes, you can ask your organisation to apply for the Non Immigrant O visa. Do not wait for the last few days because application for the change of visa into Non Immigrant O visa takes 15 days.
      Thank you.

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    Cheng wai Kuang
    September 13, 2020
    Reply

    Hi I have a flight that Accra to Amsterdam and transit in BKK Airport to KUL. Do I need Covid test to transit? Any document that I need to fill in for transit. I do not believe I will be leaving the airport.

    • Rex
      September 15, 2020

      Dear Cheng,
      There is a possibility that you need one. But we recommend that you call your airline for updated information.
      Thank you.

  62. Avatar
    Gary Tarr
    September 12, 2020
    Reply

    I am a British citizen and live in Chiang-Mai Thailand with my Thai wife of 21 years and 18 year old son ,on a Type O Non Imm multi entry Spouse visa , which expires in December 2020 , I have not been able to do my 90 day border out? in at Mae Sai since early March 2020 due to the Covid situation .. What happens after the September 26th deadline ? Do I have to leave the country ? .. Will there be further extensions ? Will they open the land borders.? Grateful for your advice .

    • Rex
      September 15, 2020

      Dear Gary,
      Good day.
      If you have the non-immigrant O visa that requires you to leave every 90 days, we recommend that you convert this type of visa into a marriage visa or into a retirement visa. Just make sure that you have 400,000 THB or you have 800,000 THB in your Thai bank account. You may apply for this visa at Thai embassy in Chiang Mai. If for financial reason, you do not qualify for these visas, you may still extend your stay for 60 days, you need to submit the application before September 26.
      Thank you.

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    Michael Peter Nolan
    September 12, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,
    I have a spouse visa good until March 2020, but can’t get a stamp. I already got an extension (which I shouldn’t need) because airports are locked. It has been slow to get documents ready during the lockdown. Now I have managed to get an alien ID, get on house book with my wifes home. I needed that before I could find a bank that would let me get an account – now I’m able, just now to get money into a Thai Bank but … this Sept 26 deadline. Is it possible to simply get a stamp giving me the 90 days per entry so I can let the money be in my bank long enough to extend to a 1 year married visa extension. That was the purpose of my last trip home where I got my first spouse 1 year multi-entry visa.

    It seems pointless to fly out when I have the visa I need and it isn’t expired – just needs a check in with immigration. It seems only airports can provide that stamp. Do I really need to get an embassy letter to explain I’m just trying to complete my visa extension and stay with my wife?

    • Rex
      September 15, 2020

      Dear Michael,
      You may request for a short term 60-day extension for having Thai wife. This should give you time for the funds to season for 2 months in order to get a marriage visa for 1 year. You do not need an embassy letter for this 60-day extension.
      Thank you.

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      Michael Peter Nolan
      September 15, 2020

      I already used my 60 day extension … trying to do the right thing. IO said “yes, this is the right thing to do” but I’m not yet ready getting bank and transfers into it happening. So I guess I need another visa that I am allowed.

    • Rex
      September 15, 2020

      Dear Michael,
      You can apply for 30-day extension using an embassy letter and you might be able to do this repeatedly. Thank you.

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    Ella May Abanto
    September 10, 2020
    Reply

    Hi thanks for the info! May I ask, we already went to Mueangthongthani last month we paid 1900 baht and they stamped our passport with something like our visa is under consideration and that we need to come back sept 10. My question is when we return tomorrow, do you think we need to pay another 1900 baht each? Or they will just stamp our passports?

    • Rex
      September 10, 2020

      Dear Ella,
      Good day.
      You do not need to pay any fee tomorrow. You bring your passport and the blue receipt. You will be given your new stamp tomorrow.
      Thank you.

  65. Avatar
    Na
    September 10, 2020
    Reply

    Hi there,

    I have applied for a tourist visa earlier this year, so when the visa amnesty period end, what are my options to continue my stay here please? Hi there,

    I have applied for a tourist visa earlier this year, so when the visa amnesty period ends, what are my options to continue my stay here please?

    Also, is the extension only applicable for cancelled flights or illnesses?

    P.S. I also have a Thai nationality but I didn’t have a Thai passport at the time of entry.

    Thank you very much!

    Is the extension only applicable for cancelled flights or illnesses?

    P.S. I also have a Thai nationality but I didn’t have a Thai passport at the time of entry.

    Thank you very much!

    • Rex
      September 10, 2020

      Dear Na,
      I assume that you have a Thai parent and your name is in a Tabien Baan somewhere, whether by your parent or grandparents. If that is the case, you can apply for the Non Immigrant O visa.
      Thank you.

  66. Avatar
    Nat
    September 9, 2020
    Reply

    Hi there,

    If I’ve already applied for a tourist visa once this year, what are my options to extend my stay once the visa amnesty period ends?

    Is the 30-day extension only applicable for cancelled fights and illnesses?

    P.S. I’m also a Thai national but I entered with my British passport as I didn’t have my Thai passport at the time. Thank you for your help!

    • Rex
      September 10, 2020

      Dear Nat,
      Since you have a Thai parent, you may visit the Immigration office and change your visa into a Non-immigrant O visa for 90 days and then for 1 year extension.
      Thank you.

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      Nat
      September 10, 2020

      Hi Rex,

      Thank you very much for your reply! Can I kindly confirm that the Non Immigrant O visa is done over counter K at Mung Thong Tani as I’m trying to book the service online?

      Also what documents would I need to bring with me please? Thanks!

    • Rex
      September 10, 2020

      Dear Nat,
      No, Counter K is only for 30 days extension.
      For the change of visa, you must do it in the main immigration office in Government Complex Building B. Please call 1178 for more information.
      Thank you.

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    Sherab
    September 8, 2020
    Reply

    I am a Bhutanese Student wishing to travel from Bhutan to Florida via Thailand. I am unclear on the rules about transit flights through Thailand. Could you please clarify.

    Thank you.

    • Rex
      September 10, 2020

      Dear Sherab,
      Good day.
      It is best to check with your airline whether you need to have a COVID test to transit in Thailand or not. The airline will have the up-to-date information regarding this matter.
      Thank you.

  68. Avatar
    Pim
    September 7, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    I have a thai work permit but currently outside of thailand & not able to return due to unavailability of flights. My work permit is expiring on 1st Nov & I need to renew it > Is there any way to process for renewal without being in the country.

    • Rex
      September 11, 2020

      Dear Pim,
      Good day. Unfortunately, it is not possible to renew the work permit because you will need to provide the visa stamp as part of the requirement. So if you are not in Thailand, there is no entry stamp. If the work permit expires while you are away, you can get a new visa from the Thai embassy and ask for WP3 from your employer to be able to get a visa and COE to return to Thailand. If there is Thai Embassy in your country, for sure there is a repatriation flights for Thai nationals, in which case, you are able to join as well.
      Thank you.

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    Priya
    September 7, 2020
    Reply

    Hi , My work permit is expiring on 1 st Nov’20 while I have visa till January 2021. My company wants to renew my work permit but I am outside Thailand currently and not able to come back as there are no flights. Is there any way of extending the permit?

    • Rex
      September 11, 2020

      Dear Priya,
      Where are you located? If there is a Thai Embassy in your country, for sure there will be a flight to Thailand for Thai nationals.

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    Glen Bertram
    September 6, 2020
    Reply

    Hello. I am a UK citizen and planning to visit my Thai family and enjoy some tourist sites with my wife in January 2021,staying about 10 to 12 nights. Can you advise on how I can keep up to date with the latest travel restrictions Thailand has in place for people from the UK in to Thailand?
    Many thanks

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    Henri
    September 5, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I have a colleague who ended his contract last August finishing in the same time his Non B visa. He was told He would have to leave Thailand before the 26 September but he would like to extend his stay. Is there a way to get a tourist visa or any other means to stay a bit longer ? Best regards

    • Rex
      September 7, 2020

      Dear Henri,
      He has 3 options:
      1. He may leave Thailand on or before September 26.
      2. You may apply for 30-day extension if you are unable to travel due to illness or cancelled flights. He may apply for it before September 26.
      3. If he has a change of circumstance such as new employment or married to a Thai, he may contact the local immigration office for the change of visa if he is qualified.
      Thank you.

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      Ashiq Hussain Beigh
      September 7, 2020

      I’m ashiq from india I wanted to conform if I’m transiting from India – bangkok – China. What documents do I need. Do i need visa for Thailand or i can transit without it. I know I need covid negative certificate and what else.
      Thank you

    • Rex
      September 11, 2020

      Dear Ashiq,
      Since you will transit for less than 12 hours, you do not need any visa. But please check with your airline if you need a COVID-19 test results and travel insurance.
      Thank you.

  72. Avatar
    Rob
    September 4, 2020
    Reply

    Hi my Thai girl friend is leaving Thailand on October 14th to visit UK for 6 months…my question is does she have to get a Covid-19 test before she can pass through immigration at Thailand airport?

    • Rex
      September 7, 2020

      Dear Rob,
      The Thailand airport does not require a COVID-19 test for departing passengers. However, you need to check with the airport of arrival if she needed it.
      Thank you.

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    Lisa
    September 3, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, could you please advise whether it’s legal for two foreigners on visa amnesty to marry in Thailand (all the embassy affidavits accounted for)? Because usually marriage here requires a valid visa, which has expired for both my fiancé and me, now till September 26th we are still being in Thailand legally, can we get married under these circumstances? Thank you

    • Rex
      September 3, 2020

      Dear Lisa,
      The district offices in Bangkok would allow you to get married as long as your marriage affirmation and certified copy of passport has been translated and legalised by Thai MFA and you bring the copy of the official document/announcement from the government regarding visa amnesty in Thai language also.
      Thank you.

  74. Avatar
    August 31, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,
    I am living in Thailand for 17 years.
    I was on a mariage visa in Thailand, for the last 9 years (and working visa the 8 years before), but following a divorce last May, I am now on a Covid Sheme visa. I wish to stay in Thailand. I have the possibility to extend a 2 month stay for “Visitting my daughter of Thai nationality” but I have to start a new job and apply for working permit to stay after that. I was waiting to ask for a NON-B/O visa at Thai embassy outside Thailand but since the borders may not be open before, I wonder what is the right thing to do now.
    – Will the immigration will allow me to make a new visa with the proof of future employment so that I can apply for a work permit in the coming 3 months?
    – Or should I start with the work permit before to apply for the right visa?
    Thank you very much for your advices

    • Rex
      September 3, 2020

      Dear Alex,
      Good day.
      Last August 11, there has been a request submitted to the Immigration Head Office asking to allow applicants to change from tourist visa/visa amnesty to Non immigrant B visa inside Thailand. However the immigration has not responded to this request just yet. I would recommend that you ask your new employer to check with the local immigration if they will consider your application. It is a case-to-case basis so you might have shot. If this is not possible, then you can do the 1 month extension or 2 months extension for now if you are unable to travel.
      Thank you.

  75. Avatar
    MC
    August 31, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I am from Hong Kong and would need to have a business meeting with my Thai business partner in September, how and where can I apply my visa?

    • Rex
      September 3, 2020

      Dear MC,
      You may apply for the visa and the certificate of entry at the Thai Consulate in Hong Kong.
      Thank you.

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    Jane
    August 30, 2020
    Reply

    Please advise me what I need to do as a British National working in India to return to Thailand and join my American husband who is working there on a work visa. Can health insurance be purchased at Bangkok Airport?

    • Rex
      September 3, 2020

      Dear Jane,
      You need to apply for the non immigrant O visa and certificate of entry from Thai Embassy in India. Health insurance is part of the requirement for the COE therefore you need to secure it before the application.
      Thank you.

  77. Avatar
    Chrisitne
    August 29, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,

    Thank you so very, very much for your little bit of positive news yesterday – it does help a lot to know that at least somebody is thinking about the return of people like me. I won’t get over excited, as at this point the CCSA (?) is only ‘considering’ – but it does give me hope!!
    Following your good news, I have one more question which I hope you won’t mind answering. If, and when, it is possible for condo owners to enter Thailand, do you think the government/Immigration or whomever, will want proof of ownership? The original of my Title is currently with the Thai lawyers who helped with the purchase, and are preparing to help with my retirement visa. Do you think it would be advisable, to ask them to email me a copy of the Title should I need it to enter? Of course I realize it could be months away, but I would like to be prepared well in advance, if possible. I do have a business card showing details of my address, however, that doesn’t prove ownership in anyway.
    I understand you are busy, and my question is certainly not urgent as this time, however, I would be grateful for advice at your convenience.
    Thank you once again, and have a good weekend.

    • Rex
      September 16, 2020

      Dear Christine,
      Since there is no news about retirees and condominium owners being allowed to enter Thailand, I would like for you to explore the Special Tourist Visa that has been approved yesterday. You may have a high chance getting this visa since you also own a condominium. Please get in touch with the local Thai Embassy in your current location for more information.
      Thank you.

  78. Avatar
    Liam
    August 28, 2020
    Reply

    Hi there,

    I currently hold a Non-immigrant O visa, which expires on 24 September. Due to financial constraints I have only had the required THB400,000 in my bank account since mid-August, meaning it will be mid-October by the time it has ‘seasoned’. Please could you advise on what my options are? Many thanks.

    • Rex
      August 28, 2020

      Dear Liam,
      Good day.
      Please confirm that you entered Thailand in June, correct? Your 90-day entry stamp will expire September 24? May I ask if you reside in Bangkok or which province do you reside with your wife?
      Thank you.

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      Liam
      August 28, 2020

      Hi Rex,

      I last entered Thailand on 8 March and the entry stamp expired on 5 June. I visited Chaengwattana prior to the expiry date and was told it was covered by the amnesty and I could extend for a further 60 days once the amnesty expired. I am based in Bangkok. Thanks.

    • Rex
      August 28, 2020

      Dear Liam,
      So you are on the visa amnesty. You can apply first for the 60-day extension based on Thai wife in order for you to have enough time for the funds to season for 2 months. Once the funds seasoned for 2 months, you can apply for the 1 year extension or marriage visa.
      Thank you.

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      Liam
      August 28, 2020

      That’s great, thanks for clarifying.

    • Rex
      August 28, 2020

      You’re welcome. Have a good day.

  79. Avatar
    Ty
    August 27, 2020
    Reply

    I entered Thailand back in March under 30 days exemption from Vietnam. I have been staying under amnesty. Can I obtain a Non O Visa for Medical? Airlines are still not flying to Vietnam from Bangkok. And Vietnam is still not open for international flights.

    • Rex
      August 27, 2020

      Dear Ty,
      You have 3 options:
      1. You may leave Thailand on or before September 26.
      2. You may apply for 30-day extension if you are unable to travel due to illness or cancelled flights. You may apply for it before September 26.
      3. If you have a change of circumstance such as employment, education or married to a Thai, you may contact your local immigration office for the change of visa if you are qualified.
      Thank you.

  80. Avatar
    Rick
    August 27, 2020
    Reply

    Can a US citizen and APEC card holder enter Thailand with his wife

    • Rex
      August 27, 2020

      Dear Rick,
      At this time, APEC card holders are not on the list provided by the Civil Aviation Authority for qualified foreigners to enter Thailand. However, if you have a government invitation letter, you may be able to enter under the “special arrangement” purpose.
      Thank you.

  81. Avatar
    gino
    August 26, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    I have a question. Can you tell me if I can change my amnesty visa to an ED visa. I heard prices on top of the ED paperwork of 14000Baht to be paid at immigration. This seems to me a scam. Can you explain me

    • Rex
      August 26, 2020

      Dear Gino,
      Good day.
      The immigration fee for changing the visa is 2,000 THB (when filing TM86 or TM87). This could be a tea money that you school needs to pay to the immigration officer or their contact at the immigration office.
      Thank you.

  82. Avatar
    May
    August 25, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I am a Burmese citizen planning to book a flight by Qatar Airways from London to Yangon, transiting 3 hours each time in Doha and Bangkok. The flight from Bangkok to Yangon will be by Myanmar National Airways though.

    I will ensure that I have medical insurance and a health certificate – given that, will I be allowed to transit through Thailand? Thanks for your help.

    • Rex
      August 26, 2020

      Dear May,
      We recommend that you contact directly Qatar Airways regarding the Bangkok to Yangon flight. Thank you.

  83. Avatar
    David
    August 25, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,
    Further to my earlier comment this morning 25th Aug.
    Sorry I did forget to give you the immigration office.
    It was the Jomtien office in Pattaya, that my visa stamp was obtained.
    Many thanks again.

    • Rex
      August 26, 2020

      Dear David,
      Thank you very much.

  84. Avatar
    David
    August 25, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,
    I bit the bullet so to speak and converted my multi entry non immigrant “O”. visa over to retirement visa. I’m happy that I now don’t have to worry about flying in and out to keep the visa validated. However, I was very surprised that the visa was made effective from May 24th (90 days from my last stamp), and not from 27th Sept as we are all on a visa amnesty. That completely puzzled me. I thus lost ~3 months resulting in a 9 month visa not a 12 month visa.
    Others may benefit from this info, and thus can be aware that the immigration starts your retirement visa from your last stamp when converting over from a non immigrant “O” visa, and does not take the visa amnesty into consideration.
    Many thanks for your tips and advise in getting sorted.

    • Rex
      August 25, 2020

      Dear David,
      Thank you for your valuable information. May I ask which immigration office issued the extension of stay so that we can cite it as example?
      Have a good day.

  85. Avatar
    Fred
    August 24, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    For foreigners staying in Thailand on the amnesty visa, am I required to do the 90 days reporting too since I arrived in Bangkok in February on Tourist Visa.

    Thank you!

    • Rex
      August 24, 2020

      Dear Fred,
      No, you are not required to do a 90-day reporting because your visa is a tourist visa. However, you have changed your visa into Non O or Non B and already applied for extension of stay, there is a white slip of paper that will be given to you to inform you when do you need to do your 90-day reporting.
      Thank you.

  86. Avatar
    NiborSur
    August 23, 2020
    Reply

    Is there any update fr OA visa holders? My OA multiple entry Visa needs to be renewed on 26 September. It’s clear the situation for foreigners to come to Thailand will be restricted maybe longer than that. Is there any option for extension outside of Thailand? Or will we be able to enter on same VISA once Thailand is opened. I have a home in Phitsanulok. Thank you!

    • Rex
      August 28, 2020

      At this time, there is no new announcement from the government and the CAAT. The current list is the same as the one on August 3rd.
      Thank you.

  87. Avatar
    Kasia
    August 23, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, I am south korean currently holding student visa in bangkok but my visa finishes on 26th sep and i am graduating before that, can i change to tourist visa without going out of thailand? With letter from embassy how long can i stay? If its for 30days can i get the letter from embassy every 30days and report every 30days is it possible or do immigration have limits for this conditions?
    Thank you

    • Rex
      August 28, 2020

      Dear Kasia,
      The tourist visa is not issued in Thailand. It is issued by Thai embassy outside Thailand. You have 3 options:
      1. You may leave Thailand on or before September 26.
      2. You may apply for 30-day extension if you are unable to travel due to illness or cancelled flights. You may apply for it before September 26.
      3. If you have a change of circumstance such as employment or married to a Thai, you may contact your local immigration office for the change of visa if you are qualified.
      Thank you.

  88. Avatar
    Richard Ee
    August 22, 2020
    Reply

    I have a Retirement Visa valid till early 2021. Now I’m in the country (Singapore). When can I go back to Bangkok? Please advise. Thanks

    • Rex
      August 24, 2020

      Dear Richard,
      At the moment we really cannot tell nor we have the certain date it will be allowed. All we can do for now is to patiently wait for the government to include the retirees or retirement visa holders to the list of qualified foreigners to enter Thailand. This might be announced in the beginning of September or October.
      Thank you.

  89. Avatar
    Naz
    August 21, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    I m from Malaysia and currently under employment in Thailand.

    My passport is expiring and I can’t return to Malaysia to renew my passport. Malaysia embassy here does not issue passport.

    What can I do?

    Thanks.

    • Rex
      August 24, 2020

      Dear Naz,
      If the Malaysia Embassy in Bangkok cannot issue a new passport, perhaps they can issue an emergency passport in order to stay longer in Thailand. I assume your visa will also expire soon. If both will expire soon and you cannot get a new passport or emergency passport, then you must leave Thailand. You cannot stay in Thailand with an expired visa and passport.
      Thank you.

  90. Avatar
    Egrax
    August 20, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,

    I am an Indonesian nationality with Non-imm (ED) visa (long-term) and will be expire on 31st August 2020. Flight back to Indonesia actually scheduled on 27th August, but, due to I have something to do in the University, to complete all my graduation thing, I might be able to leaving Thailand on 10th or 17th September (repartiation flight is only scheduled every thursday). Based on my case, do I need to extend my Visa using embassy letter? or, I just can leaving Thailand on that date without doing nothing? If I just can leave, do I got any penalty?
    Note that my Visa is expire on 31st August and I planned to leaving Thailand on 17th September.

    Thankyou in advance

    • Rex
      August 24, 2020

      Dear Egrax,
      If you are flying out on September 10 or 17, you do not need to get embassy letter for extension. You are covered by the visa amnesty.
      Thank you.

  91. Avatar
    Christine
    August 19, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,

    I am very disappointed, as there has been no response to my questions to you sent on August 14 in the afternoon. I have checked daily, however, now I see responses to comments from August 19 – but mine has been ignored? I know it was received because I saw it online saying it was waiting for moderation (or similar) – then it disappeared Why? that is the second time that has happened to me, and I don’t understand. My questions are valid, and I have been waiting for 5 months. The information on this website regularly tells us to contact our local Thai Embassy for further information, however how does one do that if they don’t respond, to calls or emails? Why are my questions less important than those to whom you respond. You are the only official website for frustrated people trying to return to their homes..please help!

    • Rex
      August 19, 2020

      Dear Christine,
      Thank you for your message. This website is managed by Siam Legal International, which is a private firm, it is not an official website of any Thai Embassy. At this time, we really cannot tell you any option for entering Thailand. Yes, we are just echoing the advice by the Thai Immigration and the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, that both Thai nationals and foreigners who wish to return to Thailand MUST contact the Thai Embassy in their location. If the Thai Embassy in Tokyo does not answer your calls, we would have no idea how to make them answer the call. Perhaps another option for you is to contact the British Embassy in Bangkok https://www.facebook.com/ukinthailand/ and ask the British Embassy Bangkok to make a complaint before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bangkok about the current situation at Thai Embassy in Tokyo not answering the calls or not being helpful.
      Thank you.

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      Christine
      August 19, 2020

      Rex,

      So sorry, I had assumed your website, although updated by your company, was organized by the Thai embassies worldwide. I do apologize. I am not sure that the British Embassy would be helpful to me as I am Australian. There is an Australian Embassy here though, so perhaps I can contact them. My trip from Bangkok to Australia next week – has also been cancelled due to the fact that I can’t get to Bangkok to get my personal papers needed for Australia. It’s a very sad state of affairs indeed. It’s all very stressful with so much uncertainty. I thank you for your comments, and know there are many people like me who only remain sane due to the information posted on your website. Much appreciated-thank you.

    • Rex
      August 19, 2020

      Dear Christine,
      The social media of Australian Embassy Bangkok is here: https://www.facebook.com/australiainthailand/ maybe they can help you connect to an officer from Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs who may be able to check Thai Embassy in Tokyo why they are not responsive during this time.
      Thank you.

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      Christine
      August 21, 2020

      Thank you for your helpful suggestions. I will try !! I will never give up, and want to get to Bangkok as soon as possible…

      I believe there are many people who are grateful that your website exists. Let’s just hope the government wakes up soon and realizes just how many Thai people are suffering because of the lockdown. The rich can wait…but the poor, many of whom rely on foreigners for business, can’t wait forever. I feel sad for my friends, and others who cannot live on air. Your help is much appreciated, I will continue to hope for some positive changes in the near future. Thank you!!

    • Rex
      August 28, 2020

      Dear Christine,
      Good day. It seems like there is good news for you today. According to Channel 7, the CCSA are next considering to allow two more groups of foreigners into the country: those who have long stay visas (retirees) and others who own houses/condos. let’s wait for further announcement.
      Thank you.

  92. Avatar
    Tri Hermawan
    August 17, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Mr. /Ms

    I am Indonesian living in Narathiwat now, I am here with a tourist extended visa. I just realized that the amnesty visa started from 26 March 2020. And my visa was valid until 25 march. So my question is whether my visa extended automatically or I was overstaying one day?

    I also have a plan to go back to Indonesia on the first of September But before that I should have PCR test certificate or something like that, is BKK airport provide the test so I can directly do the test there.

    Thanks

    • Rex
      August 19, 2020

      Dear Tri,
      You must contact your local immigration office for the solution. They might impose an overstay for only 1 day (500 THB) or they may impose an overstay for 20,000 THB.
      Thank you.

  93. Avatar
    Christine
    August 14, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,
    Sometime ago (end June perhaps), I wrote to you regarding my situation, and desire to return to my home in Bangkok. You suggested that I contact the Embassy here in Tokyo, because, as a permanent resident of Japan, I may be able to apply for a Non-Immigrant visa from here. Well, since then, I have called almost everyday – and waited patiently for the recording to finish – in the hope that I would then be put though to a consultant…but until now, nobody has ever answered the phone.
    I have also followed their advice to go to the website – where it offers me a contact by email. I have sent three emails, however, none has been answered. So, although all details on the recording remain, it’s impossible to follow up-why this is still the case, after so long? Do you know if the Embassy is open or closed?
    I still follow your Covid-19 website, and regularly check the changes to those who can enter Thailand. However, “property owners” are not listed as either those who can enter, or those who can’t enter at this time – how do I move forward, with no status at all, and no apparent rights for property owners?
    I don’t wish to jump the queue, I just want to know how to get into the queue – with no possibility to get information from the Embassy in Tokyo (surely quite an important location?).
    After over five months of waiting, I am so very worried about my condo – no windows open, air conditioners not on timer, and it is the hot, wet season (could be up to 70 degrees inside)….the heat and humidity will certainly destroy my furniture, and clothes, as I only prepared to be away for three weeks.
    Is there not be some system for people like me? Surely I am not the only one? I’d be happy to self-isolate, wear a tracker bracelet etc. I have no desire to run around visiting tourist sights, or to spend time in some place like Phuket (which is being considered according to the Bangkok Post) – I just want to have some kind of certainty about when I can return to my home in Bangkok. Every month I must ask for special privileges here in Tokyo, as I had already quit my job, canceled my credit card, apartment lease, and all services. I transferred my insurance, and discarded most of my belongings. It’s expensive, and such a waste of time and money, when I could be taking care of my home in Bangkok, and spending my money in Thailand. Do you believe there will be some kind of plan for property owners in the near future? I would really appreciate your help as it seems there is nobody I can consult here. Thank you in advance for your help. Christine

    • Rex
      August 19, 2020

      Dear Christine,
      Good day!
      Unfortunately there has been no changes or no new additions to the list of foreigners allowed to enter Thailand. What was posted on August 3rd is still the same. However, there has been news that Phuket and Chiang Mai may offer special entry to long term travelers but no information has been finalised.
      Also, right now, the non immigrant O visa holders that are allowed are only the immediate family of Thai nationals or foreigners with Thai work permit or parents of foreign students. The Non-immigrant O visa for retirees and condo owners are not listed just yet. Perhaps in September, you will be the next in line. Sorry for the delayed reply, it has been a busy week for us.
      Thank you.

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      Christine
      August 19, 2020

      Rex,

      Thank you so much for your reply. Unfortunately, my problem is that although I own a condo in Bangkok, I have no Non-immigrant O visa as my Bangkok lawyer was preparing that for April 2020. I haven’t been able to return and complete the visa – even though all my money, title etc etc, is already in Bangkok assuming I was going to be there too at the end of March…

    • Rex
      August 21, 2020

      Dear Christine,
      We understand your dilemma and regret to inform you that at this time, we are also powerless. We are just waiting for new updates from the government. Right now the news states that emergency decree will be extended which means, the travel ban may be extended also. We are hoping and praying that new groups would include Non O under retirement or proposed retirement. But the second problem you may face is the Thai Embassy in Tokyo.
      Thank you.

  94. Avatar
    RP
    August 14, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I’m enquiring on behalf of my Chinese wife travelling from mainland China to Australia and transiting in Thailand. My questions are:
    1. Will she be allowed to transit at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport to catch her connecting flight to Queensland, Australia?
    2. Does she require a Transit Visa?
    3. Does she require a COVID-19 health certificate and health insurance?
    4. Any other travel requirements that you know of, if applicable?

    Thanks

    • Rex
      August 14, 2020

      Dear RP,
      If the flight is operated by Thai Airways, yes, she can transit through Thailand. Transit visa will not be required if she does not need to disembark. Health certificate with negative result of COVID-19 is required to take the flight. For more information, it is best to call the airline.
      Thank you.

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      RP
      August 14, 2020

      Thanks for your prompt reply.

      Both flights are operated by Thai Airways Intl. After the arrival of the 1st flight, there is a 6 hour stopover at Suvarnabhumi Intl Airport before the 2nd flight to Australia (on a different plane and same terminal too I assume) and so she obviously would be disembarking from the plane. Given this, does she still require a Transit Visa? Health/travel insurance?

      Thanks

    • Rex
      August 14, 2020

      We recommend for you to contact the airline. The medical test would be required for sure. I am not sure of the visa and insurance.

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      RP
      August 14, 2020

      Thanks for your prompt reply.
      Both flights are operated by Thai Airways Intl. After the arrival of the 1st flight, there is a 6 hour stopover at Suvarnabhumi Intl Airport before the 2nd flight to Australia (on a different plane and same terminal too I assume) and so she obviously would be disembarking from the plane. Given this, does she still require a Transit Visa? Health/travel insurance?

      Thanks

    • Rex
      August 14, 2020

      It is best to contact the airline. The medical test would be required. I am not sure of the visa and insurance.

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      RP
      August 14, 2020

      Hi,
      I phoned Thai Airways in Thailand and they could not answer any questions about transiting at the airport and if a transit visa or health insurance was required. They told me to phone the Thai Embassy. Both my wife and I have tried phoning Thai Embassy in Beijing and Guangzhou and were immediately cut off after phoning. Given this, how can we find out this information?

      Thanks

    • Rex
      August 19, 2020

      Dear RP,
      The airline should know these things. The embassy may not have the updated information. The airline usually applies for permit to land in Bangkok airport therefore, they should know what are the requirements they need to implement in order get the permit.
      Thank you.

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      RP
      August 20, 2020

      Hi Rex,
      Thanks again for your assistance. I did phone Thai Airways at another time a few days ago and spoke to a very helpful employee who advised me that a Chinese passport holder is allowed to transit through Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to catch a connecting flight to a 3rd destination as long as the passenger’s transit time was not greater than 12 hours. They also confirmed that a Transit Visa was not required in this instance. They were not able to advise me about travel insurance or if a COVID-19 health certificate was required. However, they said I would have to check these details with the departing country’s government (i.e. China) and the final destination country’s government (Aust.) to confirm what their policies are.

      Thanks

    • Rex
      August 20, 2020

      Dear RP,
      That is good to know. I think that PCR test may be required by your destination country so it is safe to get get one before your flight.
      Thank you.

  95. Avatar
    Hannah
    August 14, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Rex,

    Thank you for your time answering all these comments. I’m currently in Thailand on a Non-O visa and my visa will expire in December. However, normally with my visa I need to leave the country every 90 days. Since this has been protected under amnesty so far, do you know what I need to do before sept. 26? Will I be forced to leave the country and not be able to get in or can I apply to not have to leave the country due to covid as my visa is valid until december? Thank you for your help!

    • Rex
      August 14, 2020

      Dear Hannah,
      Good day.
      So you have a 1 year visa issued from a Thai Embassy and it is valid until December 2020. However, with this visa, you are only allowed to stay for 90 days. Your 90-day entry stamp has already expired and you are now availing the amnesty or grace period. May I ask what was the basis of your Non O visa? If this is based on Thai spouse, you can go to the immigration office and request for 1 year extension. If you are above 50 years old, you can also ask for the 1 year extension at your local immigration office. If this is under volunteer work, please ask your organisation if they can extend this permit to stay to 1 year at your local immigration office. If none of these 3 options is applicable to you, you have no choice but to leave Thailand on or before September 26. We are unsure yet if you are qualified to re-enter Thailand, since I have no idea what was the basis of your Non O visa.
      Thank you.

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      Hannah
      August 14, 2020

      Hi Rex, the basis is of volunteering here in thailand. So, are you saying I can get a letter from my organization to bring to thai immigration? Thank you!

    • Rex
      August 14, 2020

      Yes, you may try that. The organisation should accompany you to apply for the 1 year extension of stay.
      Thank you.

  96. Avatar
    YXY
    August 14, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,
    I am enquiring about whether a Chinese citizen travelling from mainland China (e.g. from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou) is allowed to transit through Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport to catch a connecting flight to Australia? On this page in response to a question from a person travelling from Laos to Europe and transiting through Thailand it was written “According to Thai Airways, yes, incoming passengers including transiting passengers are required to present a COVID-19 health certificate and health insurance.” Is this still applicable and would a Chinese citizen require a transit visa if allowed to transit in Bangkok? Also, is this the best website to use for the most uptodate information about Thailand travel restrictions?

    Thanks

  97. Avatar
    Demi P.
    August 14, 2020
    Reply

    Hiya Rex.

    P,s… Follow on from my prior message and question regarding holiday and 90 day Tourist Visas.!?.

    I’m a British UK Citizen.
    Who has traveled to Thailand on many occasions on the 30 Day Holiday Visa.

    Thanks and appreciated again for all your help.

    Demi P.

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