Long queues of foreigners seeking to extend their visas at the Immigration office at Government Complex in Nonthaburi province on March 24. (Photo by Varuth Hirunyatheb)
The cabinet approved a second automatic visa extension for foreigners for three more months on Tuesday in a bid to prevent long queues at immigration centres and stem the spread of the coronavirus.
Foreigners whose visas had expired since March 26 will be permitted to stay until July 31 without having to apply for an extension, a spokeswoman said.
The cabinet also on Tuesday approved 98.7 billion baht in relief measures to help mitigate the impact of the outbreak, which is driving the country towards recession.
The economy could lose more than $40 billion and up to 10 million jobs due to the pandemic.
The government agreed to increase the number of workers receiving cash handouts to 14 million from 9 million, a spokeswoman said. That will increase its total handout by 75 billion baht. Each worker receives 15,000 baht.