COVID-19: Further immigration measures, extensions implemented

30 Apr 20

THAILAND

IMPACT – HIGH

The government has banned entry to most foreign nationals and extended the validity of some visas amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Key Points:

  • International passenger flights are banned until May 31. Exceptions still apply to certain categories of flights (e.g., humanitarian, cargo, etc.), though those arriving on these flights will be subject to 14-day quarantine and other regulations.
  • Domestic flights will resume May 1; however, airlines must implement strict safety measures during check-in, boarding and after landing.
  • Temporary and long-term visas expiring on or after May 1 will be extended until July 31. No application is required.
  • 90-day reports due from May 1 to July 31 will also be temporarily extended until July 31.
  • Foreign nationals who are permanent residents or who hold a Border Pass are no longer exempted under the latest announcement.
  • Long-term non-immigrant visa holders whose visa will expire between May 1 and July 31 can apply for a visa extension in order to avoid the rush to file applications after July 31. They should also take into consideration work permit renewal timelines, as a valid Non-Immigrant visa may be required to support work permit renewal applications.
  • All visas or 90-day reports which expire or are due on or after July 31 must be promptly extended or reported within the period to be announced by the Thai Immigration Bureau. Failure to do so may result in penalties under the Immigration Act.

Background: Thailand banned international passenger flights effective April 6 and then extended the ban until April 30.

Analysis & Comments: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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