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According to the announcement, the Embassy has set up a new link to list cases who really have legitimate aspirations to return home, belonging to four groups: students under 18 and students from universities and dormitories which are closed; elderly people (from 60 years old and up); people undergoing medical treatment in Thailand or who have background diseases of heart, diabetes and cancer; and those who ended labor contracts, visiting their relatives, and tourists stuck in Thailand, who have not returned home.

Cases previously registered under the old link, if belonging to the aforementioned subjects, should re-register under the new link on the embassy's official website. The Embassy will continue to provide information after getting specific instructions from the government of Vietnam.

According to the Vietnam News Agency correspondent in Bangkok, the Thai Immigration Bureau has announced that it will not penalize foreigners violating their permitted stay duration in the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Entry visas for foreigners expiring from March 26th onwards will be automatically extended until April 30th.

Foreign nationals do not need to apply for visa extension at immigration management centers and are not fined THB500 daily for reasons of overdue visas as previously prescribed.

Foreigners are not required to report for 90 days of stay in Thailand if due between March 26th and April 30th, until further notice.

Foreigners with passports traveling through the border are allowed to stay in Thailand during this period, but will have to leave within 7 days after the border is reopened.

The notice also recommends that foreigners should access the website of the Immigration Bureau regularly to get updated official information./.

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