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  1. Visa amnesty to end on September 26th and another extension is unlikely

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    Visa amnesty for foreigners in Thailand, which has been extended since April of 2020, was further extended to September 26th, 2020. This extension was described as “final” by the Cabinet and another extension seems highly unlikely.  

    The visa amnesty, which was originally due to expire on July 31st was further extended until September 26th, 2020, allows foreigners to stay in Thailand without having to extend visas at an Immigration office. This applies to all foreigners whose visas did not expire before March 26th. 

    The automatic visa extension was published in the Royal Gazette and came into force from August 1st, 2020. 

     However, after September 26th, if the immigration does not extend the visa amnesty. Overstay fines and the 90-day report requirements will resume. Foreigners planning to continue staying in Thailand are advised to renew their visas and 90-day reports before September 26th 

    Foreigners who are unable to extend their visas or are unable to leave due to flight restrictions, may ask their respective embassies for an official letter permitting them to continue staying in Thailand. If they are unable to obtain a formal letter from their embassy, they would be asked to leave the country.  

    Before the visa amnesty was granted, immigration officials often required foreigners to present as many as nine separate documents to extend their stay for up to 30 days. These included land title deeds, rental agreements, and even photographs of foreigners with their accommodations. 

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at [email protected] or call us at +66 (0)2 117 9131-2. 

  2. TM.30 Reporting Rule On Foreigners Eased

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    The Thai Immigration Bureau recently announced that starting from 30th June 2020, landlords will no longer need to file reports on their foreign guests every time they arrive at their properties. Landlords refer to Thai and foreign nationals who own property in Thailand, hotel managers and other accommodation operators.

    Previously, landlords needed to comply with section 38 of the Immigration Act, which states that property or hotel owners who take in foreign guests must notify officials within 24 hours. This is known as the TM30 rule.

    To end the requirement to file the reports again if they leave the premises temporarily only to return, or when they have multiple-entry visas or re-entry permits, the Immigration Bureau has now changed the reporting requirement to only when they arrive. The Immigration Bureau called the change “a move to end duplication”.

    The change followed intense complaints from landlords needing to file reports on their foreign guests every time they arrive at their properties, and foreigners unable to receive services at immigration offices without being able to prove that TM30s had been filed.

    Even though the Bureau has eased the TM30 reporting rule on foreigners, landlords must still report the arrivals of tenants within 24 hours or face a fine of up to 10,000 THB. The reports can be filed online at www.immigration.go.th or submitted in person or by mail to the immigration offices in their provinces, or the Immigration Division 1 Office at Government Complex on Chaengwattana Road in the case of Bangkok.

    If you have any question regarding the TM.30, feel free to contact us at [email protected] or call us at +66 (0)2 117 9131-2.

  3. Fabian Doppler interviewed on New Regulations for your Stay in Thailand

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    Fabian Doppler was recently interviewed by THAIZEIT.DE on issues relating to the crackdown on abusive “Visa Runs” by foreigners (which are now no longer tolerated even in case of entering the country by plane), the new regulations of tourist visa exemption and other advice in response reader’s queries. The article has been published HERE