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What Will Happen To Foreigners With Expired Visas After July 31?

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What Will Happen To Foreigners With Expired Visas After July 31?

PHOTO: PinoyThaiyo   Before you read further, seeking a definitive answer, we don’t have one.   But stranded foreigners, who have been able to stay in Thailand via a visa amnesty, have an approaching D-Day – July 31, 2020. This is the sunset of the current amnesty for foreigners who have, through no fault of…

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COVID-19: Here Are The Requirements For Foreigners Wishing To Enter Thailand

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COVID-19: Here Are The Requirements For Foreigners Wishing To Enter Thailand

Immigration officers stand in front of an empty arrivals hall at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International airport amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Thailand, June 3, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha   The Thai government has again confirmed the requirements for people wishing to enter the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.   While Thailand’s borders remain closed…

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Immigration Bureau Mulls Further Visa Extension For Stranded Foreigners

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Immigration Bureau Mulls Further Visa Extension For Stranded Foreigners

  The Immigration Bureau is discussing the possibility of extending visa amnesty for foreigners stranded in Thailand, Foreign Ministry’s deputy spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun said at the daily Covid-19 briefing on Friday (July 3).   The Cabinet’s last resolution was to grant an automatic visa extension for foreigners stranded here to stay until July 30.  …

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Phuket Provincial Police Confirm Alcohol Ban

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Phuket Provincial Police Confirm Alcohol Ban

A section of the notice issued yesterday by the Ministry of Public Health announcing the alcohol ban for Sunday and Monday (July 5-6). Image: MoPH   PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Police have announced today that the alcohol ban for the major Buddhist religious holidays Asarnha Bucha and Khao Phansa will be in effect this Sunday and…

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List Of ‘Travel Bubble’ Countries Finalised Today Ahead Of Aug Reopening

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List Of ‘Travel Bubble’ Countries Finalised Today Ahead Of Aug Reopening

Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn   Foreign tourists will be allowed back into the country in August under “travel bubble” arrangements, Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn confirmed on Thursday, (July 2).   The “travel bubbles” will cover countries at low-risk of Covid-19 contagion, while the tourists would be allowed to travel on specific Thai routes or itineraries…

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State Of Emergency Extended Until End Of July: Bars Open 1 July

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State Of Emergency Extended Until End Of July: Bars Open 1 July

  The state of emergency was extended for another month, until July 31, at Monday (June 29)’s meeting of the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).   The meeting, which was headed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, considered the fifth phase of lockdown easing, the state of emergency, and the reopening of Thailand’s border…

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NSC: One-Month Extension Of Emergency Decree Is Necessary

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NSC: One-Month Extension Of Emergency Decree Is Necessary

  The National Security Council (NSC) insists that the emergency decree has to remain in force for another month, as the country may see a resurgence in COVID-19 cases in this perilous time.   The NSC Secretary-General, Gen. Somsak Rungsita, said today that an NSC meeting had approved a one-month extension of the emergency decree…

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Songkran Substitute Holidays To Be Spread Over 3 Weekends

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Songkran Substitute Holidays To Be Spread Over 3 Weekends

  Hopes that the Songkran substitute holiday might last for eight straight days were dashed by the prime minister on Tuesday (June 23).   The government had no intention of imposing a single holiday in compensation for the postponed Songkran festival, General Prayut Chan-o-cha announced after the weekly Cabinet meeting.   Instead, two substitute holidays…

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Buddhist Lent To Be Marked With Four-Day Holiday

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Buddhist Lent To Be Marked With Four-Day Holiday

  The long-weekend holiday to mark to mark Asanha Bucha and Khao Phansa will run from July 4 to 7, Culture Minister Ittipol Khunpluem confirmed after Tuesday’s (June 23) Cabinet meeting.   The minister explained that the two days marking the start of the Buddhist rains retreat fell on Saturday and Sunday (July 4 and…

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Thailand Had The World’s First Coronavirus Case Outside China. Here’s How It Avoided Disaster

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Thailand Had The World’s First Coronavirus Case Outside China. Here’s How It Avoided Disaster

Despite having the first confirmed COVID-19 case outside China, Thailand has managed to flatten its curve, with only just over 3,000 infections.(REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)   Thailand is emerging as another success story in the COVID-19 pandemic.   It is all the more remarkable considering the country was the first outside of China to detect a…

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