(Updated last April 3, 2020)
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:
There is a provision (clause 2.28) in the current Immigration Order 327/2557 concerning the extension of stays that allows immigration to give 30-day extension “based on embassy request”. If you have exhausted all possible extensions of your entry stamp, you may use this embassy letter to extend your stay in Thailand due to travel restrictions in your country or due to the cancellation of the flight. This extension is applicable to any type of entry stamp (visa on arrival, visa exemption, tourist visa or non-immigrant visa). You need to contact your embassy in Thailand if they are able to issue the letter.
Most foreign embassies and consulates in Thailand are now issuing the letter requesting a 30-day visa extension for foreigners who are affected by travel restrictions. The embassies and consulates are able to provide and send these letters electronically. If you are able to obtain one, you will apply for the visa extension at your local immigration office.
It is good to note that you will not be automatically issued a 30-day visa extension. The immigration office will initially give you 15 or 20 days “under consideration” stamp and you are requested to return to the same immigration office on a date specified on your stamp. The reason for this is to give the immigration to be flexible. If the COVID-19 crisis will not improve on the date you are supposed to return to the immigration office, the officer may be able to issue another 15 or 20 days “under consideration” stamp or the officer may give you the remaining 10 or 15 days of your 30-day visa extension.
Note: All nationalities currently holding a 60-day tourist visa can still obtain a 30-day visa extension just like before. All nationalities under the visa exemption scheme currently holding 30-day entry stamp are still able to extend for 30 days at the local immigration office, just like before.
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
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 30 days permit to stay under bilateral agreements between Thailand and these countries.
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.
The Thai government has set the following measures to limit people’s movement and travel:
Note: Government offices such as district offices and immigration offices will remain open.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 of Thailand that does not have any travel restriction.
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.
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 for a 30-day extension.
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.
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.
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.
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.