Get a visa or go to jail – Thai Immigration

Tourists have 5 days to resume their visa or they might get arrested. Hurry on September 26 and there isn’t going to be another sudden announcement for another grace period, in accordance with immigration officials. Those who overstay will face arrest and be deported back to their home nations.
Immigration officers estimate there are greater than one hundred fifty,000 international nationals who must have their vacationer visas renewed. Immigration Bureau deputy spokesperson Pakpong Sai-ubol informed the Bangkok Post that folks and not utilizing a valid visa after September 26 may face jail..
“Overstaying the tourist visa is punishable by each a jail time period and fine beneath the Immigration Act.”
Some foreigners who arrived on vacationer visas earlier within the 12 months have been in Thailand since late March when the Thai borders closed and lots of worldwide flights had been cancelled because of the world coronavirus pandemic. The visa amnesty was renewed twice since many individuals had been unable to their residence international locations, but now the amnesty is coming to an end. And not with out warning. The deadline to have visas renewed by is Saturday and Immigration officers say they may enforce the top of the amnesty.
Immigration police say additionally they plan to track down the tourists by utilizing the addresses kept within the database. They will be arrested and face legal motion and doubtless deportation and could presumably be blacklisted from re-entering Thailand sooner or later. Officially, those that overstay their visa by 90 days are barred from coming into Thailand for 1 yr. Those who overstay greater than 10 years are banned for all times.
There had been hopes that the end of the visa amnesty could co-incide with the introduction of the new Special Tourist Visa in order that those either unable to depart, as a end result of lack of flights or issues returning to their home countries, may ‘roll over’ onto the new 90 day visas. But that has not been announced at this stage.
Some officers on the Immigration Bureau are concerned many tourists won’t flip as much as renew their visas, an nameless source advised the Bangkok Post. Some believe many vacationers would somewhat keep in Thailand illegally than go back to their house international locations where the virus continues to be spreading. They’re additionally nervous tourists may additionally start working illegally in Thailand.
But for some foreigners, renewing their visa is difficult. Numerous tales have emerged online of people, in a wide selection of personal conditions, being unable to qualify for any of the visas presently on offer post-September 26. The Thaiger has received over 150 such tales prior to now 2 months and there might be an entire Facebook page devoted to foreigners, either at present in Thailand without a means to stay right here, or others who want to return.
Need to stay?
Talk with the local immigration office about options to remain in the country, or a reputable visa agent. (Be cautious, there are some phoney ones out there.) The Thai Immigration Deputy Commander announced a quantity of weeks in the past that:
Tourists have 5 days to get a letter from their country’s embassy and get their visa renews..

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