The Philippine Embassy in Thailand will no longer grant request letters to the Thai Immigration Bureau for Filipino visa extensions in Thailand.
In an advisory published on its official website, the embassy advises the Filipino community in the kingdom that it “will no longer issue request letters addressed to the Thai Immigration Bureau for Thai visa extension of Filipino nationals” starting July 1.
The issue of the request letters began in 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out. The move was to help stranded Filipinos in Thailand who needed to extend their stay and avoid illegal overstaying.
According to the advisory, Thailand has eased domestic and international travel restrictions ahead of the country’s return to “pre-pandemic normal” in July this year.
“Filipino nationals should make sure they have a valid Thai visa that matches their intended purpose of visit,” the Philippine Embassy in Thailand says.
Philippine Embassy Advisory-BKKPE-41-2022
Here’s the full text of the advisory lifted from Philippine Embassy in Thailand website.
The Philippine Embassy informs the Filipino community in Thailand that starting 01 July 2022, the Embassy will no longer issue request letters addressed to the Thai Immigration Bureau for Thai visa extension of Filipino nationals.
The issuance of the request letters was instituted during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 to support stranded Filipinos in Thailand who needed to extend their stay and avoid the risk of illegally overstaying in the Kingdom while strict travel restrictions were in effect.
The pandemic condition in Thailand has significantly improved. Domestic and international travel restrictions imposed by Thailand have been relaxed in preparation for Thailand’s return to “pre-pandemic normal” in July this year.
Filipino nationals are strongly advised to ensure that they have a valid Thai visa that corresponds to their purpose of stay in Thailand.
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