Some immigration offices set to open on Saturday, September 26, as visa amnesty looms

With September 26 just a day away, Thailand’s Immigration offices have by no means been busier. Many expats and guests, who have been both stranded in Thailand, or determined to attend out Thailand’s outbreak of Covid-19, have to get their visas sorted out, formally, by September 26. Whilst many foreigners have left issues to the final minute, here’s the newest within the situation.
Many Immigration places of work shall be open on Saturday as nicely, as a end result of monumental demand, principally folks wanting to get a 30 day extension to their visa. Some places of work say they may open till 3pm, others 10pm… it’s not a uniform time for the extra opening hours on Saturday. So verify you local immigration. The Thai immigration workplace in Samut Prachan, for instance, says they’ll open on Saturday between 9am – 3pm.
Many of the immigration workplaces stayed open late daily this week to work through the appointments that had been made. We ought to at least applaud the work ethic of the officials as they are doing their finest to apply the Government’s immigration rules and are open additional hours to help foreigners. Be assured the officers are probably as stressed as you. Smile and say ‘thanks’ if you get you stamp!
Also, as a outcome of the amnesty finishes on a Saturday, you will legally be able to go in on Monday as nicely to sort out your lapsed visa, or roll over onto a 30 day extension, if you’re eligible.
In most circumstances, it must be stressed, you will want to make an appointment before going to immigration. Trade secret ’t simply arrive there with a handful of paperwork and your passport and hope for one of the best. The hyperlink to the Thai Immigration website is HERE. It isn’t notably easy to navigate so be affected person.
If you don’t have a visa extension or a new visa by the top of Monday, or a visa pending, by the shut of enterprise on September 28, you’ll residing in Thailand illegally and will face hefty fines, arrest and possible deportation.
The social media on the matter has been just as busy, with folks sharing their views on the amnesty and the Thai government’s reluctance to further help the foreigners that have remained in the nation for the explanation that borders were closed in April. Different Immigration workplaces, totally different tales. (We’ve fastened up a few of the grammar and spelling)
“This is absurd and insulting. People that are right here, healthy and contributing to the financial system, and so they haven’t any straightforward method to remain. All the while the federal government is attempting to draw individuals to come back right here. Let those that are here keep and continue spending cash.”
“Thai immigration didn’t create this drawback. No obligation was created by everybody who waited till the final week. Self fulfilling karma.”
“In Bangkok it takes the travellers who are caught here about 2 hours to get there and individuals who do get there without appointment ship home to make one and there are no new appointment as much as the 26 any extra so no choice for people to be unlawful quickly.”
“Not to state the apparent, but anything can change last minute here in Thailand. You by no means know…”
“Here in Chonburi immigration they solely allocating 100 que numbers per day. About 500 ready with no que quantity. Official look to shut off processing before lunch time leaving the workplace closed for business. Amazing Thailand indeed.”
“It really doesn’t assist that UK (embassy) in Thailand determined, with whole disregard for the Thai immigration system and the British residents it serves, to attend till the final minute of the amnesty to grant TV extension letters. Flooding the system at a time when it is already considerably overstretched.”
“Many here in Phuket went earlier than and have been advised to come back again this week!”
“Not necessarily waiting till the final minute, but I assume many have been trying to make preparations via any number of visa schemes whereas at the similar time, even earlier than Covid, the varied offices would wish months to process. It could possibly be muddled further once they announced the brand new vacationer visa (STV) which many thought the logical transfer can be to permit the rollover to occur, and nonetheless may.”
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