Thailand to offer grace period for foreigners’ visa extensions

BANGKOK (CNA) – Thailand yesterday said it would give foreigners a grace period until September to apply for visa extensions as it eased restrictions amid the pandemic, a senior official said.

“The situation in the country and overseas has improved,” Immigration Bureau Commissioner Sompong Chingduong said.

“So we do not propose to extend visas after July 31, but allow for visa requests from August 1 to September 26,” he said, adding the grace period will be proposed to cabinet for approval.

After which, if a request was not made and the visa expired, overstaying will be considered illegal.

Thailand granted foreigners automatic visa extensions twice so far to prevent long queues at immigration.

The country has gone seven weeks without confirmed local COVID-19 transmission.

It reported 3,239 infections and 58 deaths.

A passenger sits in socially-distanced seats at the gates in a near-empty Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok. PHOTO: AFP