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Monday 13 April 2020

Thailand lends a helping hand to stranded tourists

The Thai government has given stranded foreigners a reprieve by granting free automatic visa extensions.

All visas that were due to expire on or after March 26 have now been automatically extended to April 30, without the need to visit an immigration office.

Temporary border pass holders from neighbouring counties who arrived after March 23 may stay until borders re-open and then have a further seven days to leave.
A curfew is currently in effect in Thailand and travel between provinces is restricted across the Asian nation.

Thailand has recorded nearly 2,500 confirmed cases of Covid-19 visus, resulting in 32 deaths.

Foreigners with resident visas who normally reside in Thailand but are now overseas and cannot return, have also been granted an extension of their compulsory return deadline.

All shopping malls and entertainment venues in Thailand have been closed, restaurants can only do takeaway, provinces have set up border check-points and banned the sale of alcohol - especially over what would traditionally be a holiday period this week, and put curfews in place.

The national airline Thai Airways has ceased operations until May 31.

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