Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand (July 31, 2020)
Event: Royal Thai Government Approves Effective Visa Extension to September 26, 2020
Royal Thai Government Approves Effective Visa Extension to September 26, 2020
On July 29, the Royal Thai Government officially approved a grace period until September 26, 2020 for persons in Thailand in temporary visa status (of all visa types) to depart the country. The measure was published on that date in the Royal Thai Gazette. The grace period effectively further extends the automatic visa extension that was first announced in late March due to Covid-related travel difficulties. In light of this decision by the Royal Thai Government, visa extension letters from the U.S. Embassy are not required to remain in Thailand between now and September 26. We will not issue visa extension letters for U.S. citizens who wish to stay in Thailand beyond September 26. After that date, normal thirty-day extensions may be available for individuals who can demonstrate compelling reasons for not being able to depart Thailand. Those decisions will be made by Royal Thai Immigration officers on a case-by-case basis.
If you are a U.S. citizen who does not have access to funding, you may be eligible for a repatriation loan. A repatriation loan is only for immediate travel to the United States and cannot be used to remain in Thailand. The Embassy can use the repatriation loan to purchase a ticket to the United States on the next available flight. The loan can also be used to pay for lodging and food associated with the impending travel. This is a U.S. government loan program which you will have to pay back to be eligible for another U.S. passport. If you need financial assistance to return immediately to the United States, please fill out the form here so that we can begin the process.
Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for more information
Key Points on COVID-19:
·Widespread, ongoing transmission of a respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is occurring globally.
·The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel.
·Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for severe disease.
·There may be limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas of Thailand.
·In the future, U.S. residents may have difficulty returning to the United States.
·Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
·Thai regulations now require the wearing of face masks in public.
·All international travelers should stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing.
·For the most up-to-date information, visit the CDC page on Novel Coronavirus and the CDC Travelers Health Page for travelers to Thailand. Information is also available through the World Health Organization.
Actions to Take:
·Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
·For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC's latest recommendations.
·Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
·Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
·Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Thailand.
·Visit the Department of Homeland Security's website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
·Visit the Kingdom of Thailand's Ministry of Public's Health English-language COVID-19 page for updates on the situation in Thailand.
·U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand
Telephone: +66 2 205 4049
+66 2 205 4000 (after hours)
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