Thailand to offer grace period for foreigners' visa extensions

If a request is not made and the visa expires, overstaying will be considered illegal.
If a request is not made and the visa expires, overstaying will be considered illegal.PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thailand on Friday (July 17) said it would give foreigners a grace period until September to apply for visa extensions as it eased restrictions amid the Covid-19 pandemic, a senior official said.

"The situation in the country and overseas has improved," Immigration Bureau Commissioner Sompong Chingduong said.

"So we do not propose to extend visas after July 31, but allow for visa requests from August 1 to September 26," he said, adding the grace period will be proposed to cabinet for approval.

After which, if a request is not made and the visa expires, overstaying will be considered illegal.

Thailand has granted foreigners automatic visa extensions twice so far to prevent long queues at immigration.

The country has gone seven weeks without confirmed local transmission. It has reported 3,239 infections and 58 deaths.