Updated: 21 May 2022
Visit the PCEC’s Thai Visa & Immigration website pages for information on entry and extension of stay in Thailand as well as address reporting requirements.
This page contains the latest information we have on Thai Immigration matters that may be temporary or otherwise not included in our Thai Immigration webpages.
The information presented here relates to requirements or practices of at the Chonburi (Pattaya) Immigration Office which may not yet be included on the PCEC’s website.
AVOID THE LONG LINE IF DOING YOUR 90 DAY ADDRESS REPORTING AT CHONBURI (PATTAYA) IMMIGRATION
If you are going to do your 90 day address report, DO NOT GET in the long line of people waiting to enter the building. Just inside the main entrance to the parking area on the right-hand side there is a separate small tent and desk with a large sign 90-day report / tm30. Hand in your passport there and it will be taken inside and returned by an Immigration Officer. A “number card” is given when handed out and will be called out to pick up your passport when it is ready.
COVID EXTENSION PERIOD EXTENDED TO 31 JULY 2022
The deadline to apply for the 60-day “Covid” visa extension has been extended for another two months. The deadline was set for Friday, May 24, but Thai Immigration has now extended the deadline to July 25, 2022.
The visa extension is intended for those who cannot leave Thailand and return to their home countries due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation. Issuance of the extensions is at the discretion of the immigration officer.
CHECKPOINTS FOR BORDER CROSSING REOPEN
Border crossing checkpoints are being reopened allowing visitors and Thais to enter Thailand by land.
Those who wish to enter Thailand via land checkpoints must register for the “Thailand Pass” providing documentation on Covid vaccination status and have the required equivalent of US$10,000 insurance.
Click here for the Pattaya Mail article Latest Thai-Cambodia border immigration rules cause a few hiccups
Click here for the Pattaya Mail article Thai-Lao border checkpoints reopen to welcome travelers
THAILAND PASS CHANGES AS OF 1 JUNE 2022
Thailand Pass will be streamlined from June 1st. It will be taken over by the Department of Disease Control.
According to the CCSA briefing, the application and approval process will be “faster than ever” by providing a QR code immediately after applying which must be shown to Immigration upon entry.
Thai nationals will no longer need to use Thailand Pass for entry.
Un-vaccinated or not fully vaccinated tourists will now be able to take a Covid-19 test before or after international arrival and no longer face quarantine.
EU ACCEPTS 'THAILAND DIGITAL HEALTH PASS'
The European Union has accepted Thailand Digital Health Pass, issued by the Public Health Ministry on Mor Prom application.
Thailand is now connected to the EU Digital Covid certificate system and Thai travelers can use Thailand Digital Health Pass as a proof of Covid-19 vaccination to enter 60 countries and territories.
Applicants on Thailand Pass who received the following email, DO NOT scan the QR Code or follow the instructions described. The email does not come from Thailand Pass, and could compromise the security and privacy of your personal information.
OBTAINING AN EXTENSION OF STAY AFTER ENTERING WITH AN e-VISA
In the past, visas were a sticker which the applicant placed in his or her passport. But this system has been replaced by a new e-visa which is sent to applicants in a detailed email prior to flying to Thailand.
This email should be retained after arrival in Thailand. A copy is required by the immigration bureau if and when a foreigner applies for an extension of stay.
PATTAYA IMMIGRATION – LEGALIZATION OF MARRIAGE LICENSE IF FOREIGN SPOUSE IS OBTAINING A LONG STAY EXTENSION
Darren McGarry from Key Visa in his recent presentation to the Club mentioned that Pattaya Immigration is now requiring “legalization” of the marriage license when a spouse is applying for a long stay extension on the basis of their spouse’s retirement extension.
We have seen other reports that the marriage license will not be accepted unless the person’s Embassy has certified the document and it has also been stamped by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Legal Department in Bangkok. Click here for information regarding MFA “legalization” of documents.
In the case of a marriage license from the UK, per Darren and the reports received, the process is to have the document “legalized” by the UK Government, then by the Thai Embassy in London, and then by the MFA in Bangkok. We suggest you start the process so you have ample time before your extension renewal date to complete the process.
Currently, this the only information we have.
NOTE: If you are in this situation and not from the UK, you may wish to start now in determining what may be required if from a country other than the UK. We suggest you contact your Embassy as to whether they will certify the marriage license so you can then take it to the MFA for “legalization” or if your country has a similar arrangement with their Thai Embassy.
For US Citizens, any Government certification will depend on the State which issued the marriage license. We will appreciate receiving any information on the process that you can share with your fellow Expats.
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