Work Permits and Visas

Visas have been automatically extended until the end of April 2020 and 90-day reporting has been waived during this period. However, work permits are still required to be renewed.

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Updated: 30 April 2020 

Visa Extension Announced

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) issued announcements in April 2020 on banning incoming flights to Thailand.

On 27 April 2020, CAAT issued a fourth announcement extending the ban on all incoming commercial aircraft to 31 May 2020, except for state or military aircraft, emergency landings, landings for technical aircraft without any passengers disembarking, humanitarian and medical relief flights, repatriation flights, and cargo aircraft landings and the person who permitted to enter Thailand will be subject to the measures under communicable disease law, 14 day state quarantine, and the regulation under the Emergency Decree on State of Emergency.

Sources: Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) third Announcement  and Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) fourth Announcement

Visas

As set out in the second notification of the Ministry of Interior published in the Royal Gazette on 24 April 2020, foreigners in Thailand affected by the COVID-19 outbreak have been granted an automatic visa extension until the end of July 2020.

Impacted persons

Approval for extension / notification

Those with resident permits who have a one-year re-entry permit (endorsement).

If the foreigner cannot return to Thailand within a year of the endorsement date due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the endorsement will be automatic extended until the situation is resolved.

Those with a visa on arrival, a 30-day visa (P30), PP14, PP30, or PP90, which expired from 1 May 2020 onward.

Extended automatically until 31 July 2020. No 500 baht per day fine for overstay.

Those who should have extended their visas under immigration law such as one -year business visa, normal case, or visa extension under a special law (those with visas issued for Board of Investment (BOI) and Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) projects) from 1 May 2020 onward.

Extended automatically until 31 July 2020. No 500 baht per day fine for overstay.

Those who should have filed a 90-day notification from 1 May 2020 to 31 July 2020.

These foreigners do not need to file a 90-day report until the situation is resolved. No 2,000 baht fine.

Those with boarding passes for flights that were cancelled and who cannot leave the country due to the borders being closed.

Extended until the borders are opened. After the borders are opened, the foreigner must leave the country within 7 days.

Sources: Government Gazette  and Immigration Bureau Announcement

Work Permits

There is no change in the regulations. An applicant can apply to renew a work permit 30 days prior to the expiration date of the existing work permit at the Department of Employment of each area. We, therefore, recommend doing it as early as possible.

In Bangkok, the work permit application must now be submitted at the District Labour Office (rather than the Ministry of Labour).

As a result of the borders being closed, the Labour Department will not approve applications for a work permit pre-approval letter (WP3) until the borders are reopened. In addition, if a company has already received a WP3, it must inform the expatriate employee that he or she should postpone entry into the country until the government allows foreigners to enter Thailand again.

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