The Thai cabinet has approved an extension to the visa amnesty, allowing foreigners on certain types of visas to remain in Thailand without any penalties until September 26th.
The current visa amnesty, which was the second extension of the program, is set to expire on July 31st. With the deadline only ten days away, thousands of foreigners in Thailand who are currently on the visa amnesty have been eagerly awaiting news of what will happen after the current expiry date.
While cabinet approval makes an extension to the visa amnesty all but certain, according to Thai law, the new extension must be printed in the Royal Gazette before it is official. It is expected that the new deadline will be published later this week.
Upon publication, full details of the new amnesty will be released. However, it is widely expected that the extension will cover those included in the current visa amnesty. This would consist of any foreigner holding a temporary stay visa for Thailand, including tourist visas, visa-exempt stamp holders, and non-o visas.
Early reports suggest that the extension will be considered as a “grace period” for visa holders to either seek long-term visas or arrange repatriation flights to their home country if possible before September 26th.