Immigration retracts on plan to require foreigners Covid-19 test for visa extension


BANGKOK — Immigration bureau spokesman Archayon Kraithong walked back on his announcement that requires foreigners who wish to extend their stay in the kingdom to present a Covid-19 test result.

On Monday, Maj. Gen. Archayon noted that the new measure will be applied to “every type of visa,” regardless of how long the foreigner has stayed in the country.

However, after his remark was reported by Khaosod English, which sparked confusion among expats on social media, the spokesman reached back to say he was misinformed about the new policy, and offered an apology.

“I apologize for the misunderstanding,” Maj. Gen. Archayon said. “It will only apply to certain types of visa, most likely the permanent resident visa.”

Maj. Gen. Archayon added that the Immigration Bureau will have to wait for the Council of State – an agency tasked with settling legislative disputes – to interpret the latest regulation concerning coronavirus and arrivals from overseas published on Dec. 25., reported Khaosod English.

“We’re waiting for the Council of State to interpret the new regulation,” Maj. Gen. Archayon said.

Source: Khaosod English

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