Monday, March 1, 2021

Thailand extends visa amnesty for stranded foreigners

Foreigners can now stay until Oct 31 on expired visas, without penalty.

Other News

Terlibat Macau Scam, 13 polis bakal dihukum

Mereka dirujuk ke pihak Suruhanjaya Pasukan Polis (SPP) untuk tindakan seterusnya.

Over 300 kidnapped schoolgirls still missing as Nigerian security forces search forests

Rumours circulated on social media on Sunday that the girls had been released, but they turned out to be false.

‘Light’ after darkness as Philippines Covid-19 vaccinations begin

The rollout started at six Manila hospitals a day after the government, under fire over delays in vaccine procurement, received 600,000 donated doses from Beijing.

Apple Malaysia sertai ‘gergasi’ lain dalam senarai pembayar cukai terbaik 2020

LHDN berjaya kutip cukai sebanyak RM123 bilion sepanjang 2020.

PM gesa penjawat awam segerakan bantuan rakyat

Proses permohonan penyampaian bantuan akan disegerakan bagi membantu rakyat mengatasi masalah kewangan akibat penularan Covid-19.

Thailand announced on Monday that it will extend a grace period for foreigners who are stranded in the country because of global travel restrictions and whose Thai visas have expired.

Millions of tourists remain stranded in countries around the world as borders remain closed, airlines cancel flights and new infections climb globally, meaning there is little likelihood of them getting home soon.

Thailand halted commercial flights in April and banned foreign visitors from entering in an effort to keep Covid-19 at bay.

With repatriation flights being the only way of leaving the country, many foreigners already in Thailand found themselves unable to get home, holding rapidly expiring visas.

Tourists unable to leave were quickly granted blanket permission to stay once their visas expired in order to forestall a rush at immigration offices and possible consequent infections.

New amnesty expiry dates have been shifted further along in the year as the international travel situation has not improved. The current amnesty ended on Sept 26.

The latest extension will allow foreigners to remain in Thailand until Oct 31, a spokesman for the government’s coronavirus taskforce, Taweesin Wisanuyothin told Reuters.

The matter is subject to cabinet approval on Tuesday.

After October, a new immigration regulation will allow foreigners to apply for 60-day extensions to remain in the country if they are still unable to leave due to limited flights or other issues, said Pornchai Kuntee, deputy commissioner of the Immigration Bureau.

Previously, extensions required documentation from their respective embassies and were limited to 30 days.

The Thai government this month also announced a new scheme which will issue visas of up to 270 days for a limited number of long-stay tourists in order to generate a little money for the ailing tourism industry.

Tourists who apply will be strictly assessed on financial and medical grounds. They will also be expected to arrive on private flights and undergo a 14-day quarantine in one of 74 government-approved hotels nationwide.

The date for this scheme to begin is under constant review and remains fraught with logistical hurdles.

Malaysia has thousands of its own stranded tourists, all now on expired visas. They are allowed to remain in Malaysia without penalty until the end of RMCO, currently Dec 31, plus 14 days.

Malaysia has announced no plans for future long-stay tourist visas.

Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/malaysianow

Subscribe to our newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news and analyses.

Related Articles

‘Light’ after darkness as Philippines Covid-19 vaccinations begin

The rollout started at six Manila hospitals a day after the government, under fire over delays in vaccine procurement, received 600,000 donated doses from Beijing.

US kids could receive vaccine by year-end, says White House pandemic adviser Fauci

Children in high school should be able to get the vaccines 'sometime this fall', although data is still being compiled on their safety and efficacy for younger children who may not receive the jabs until late 2021 or early 2022, he says.

2,437 cases take total confirmed infections past 300,000

202 in the ICU, 93 in need of respiratory assistance.

New cases stay above 2,000 as 10 more deaths reported

190 in the ICU, 99 in need of respiratory assistance.

RM10,000 fine not for all SOP offences, top cop explains

Abdul Hamid Bador says the RM10,000 compound will not be issued for offences such as failure to wear face masks.