Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and subsequent closure of the border of Thailand to travelers (except diplomats) in order to prevent the outbreak of the disease, the following temporary changes to the visa process will be implemented:
- Foreigners holding residence permits (permanent residents of Thailand) who left Thailand and have given a notification of their departure (as required under section 48 of the Immigration Act) are ordinarily required to stay outside of Thailand for no longer than one year, otherwise their permanent residence status will be lost. Due to the virus those permanent residents cannot enter the country at this time, because of the closure of the border, therefore the government has made an allowance for them to remain outside of Thailand for more than one year, without loosing their permanent residence status, until the situation is resolved.
- Foreigners with visas that will expire during the period from 26th of March 2020 until 30th April 2020 and could not leave the country due to the Coronavirus situation do not need to apply for a visa extension at the Immigration Office during this time and will not be fined 500 Baht per day for overstaying their visa when they leave the country on or before 30th April 2020.
- Foreigners with visas who are due to make 90 day reports between 26th of March 2020 and 30th April 2020 will be exempted from reporting during this period and will not have to report until further notice is given.
- Foreigners with Border Passes can stay in Thailand for now, however when the border crossings reopen, they will need to leave Thailand within 7 days of the re-opening date.