The Thailand Immigration Bureau has asked for the extension of tourist visas until June 30, for internationals stranded in the country amid coronavirus pandemic.
The Immigration Bureau wants internationals whose travel plans have been disrupted by the coronavirus, to be given a visa extension until the end of June, as a large number of countries decided to restrict travel and close their borders amid COVID-19, VisaGuide.World reports.
So far, foreign citizens stranded in the country are ineligible to flight back to their home nations or any other destination.
But visitors, waiting in the row for visa extension, are creating a critical health risk for immigration staff and visitors, as a result of the lack of distancing, the authorities clarified.
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has also been concerned about the lack of social distancing.
Thai PM said that that foreigners seeking visa extensions have been gathering in their hundreds at Thailand’s immigration offices each day, at a time when social distancing is a primer thing.
According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the cabinet sought to grant an automatic renewal of tourist visas for internationals who arrived in Thailand after March 1.
Yesterday, the Ministry’s proposal has been approved by the cabinet and will be officially put in place sometime soon.
Deputy minister spokesman Natapanu Nopakun announced that the decision will be invaluable for non-residents who arrived before March 1 or those who obtain other visa types. They will need to visit the immigration offices for the visa extension.
Due to the deadly infection, Thailand’s government also suspended visa-on-arrival for citizens of 18 countries. The Prime Minister of Thailand announced about the visa-on-arrival suspension earlier this month.
Citizens of Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Republic of Vanuatu, and Taiwan, have been included in Thailand’s entry ban that came as an effort to tackle the spread of the deadly virus.