A spokesman for the immigration police has backtracked on an announcement that a negative COVID-19 test result will be mandatory for every foreigner who wishes to extend their stay in the kingdom.
Immigration Bureau spokesman Archayon Kraithomg said on Monday the new measure will be applied to “every type of visa,” regardless of how long the foreigner has stayed in the country after 24th January. Major General Archayon has been known as the Deputy Commissioner of the Immigration Bureau,
Soon after his statement was reported by the Royal Coast Review and other news outlets, the spokesman retracted his statement saying he was misinformed about the new policy, and offered an apology.
“I apologise for the misunderstanding,” Maj. Gen. Archayon said. “It will only apply to certain types of visa, most likely the permanent resident visa.”
“We’re waiting for the Council of State to interpret the new regulation,” Maj. Gen. Archayon said.
This is not the first time that the immigration has contradicted itself on visa policies, placing news outlets in an impossible situation in providing the most up to date and accurate information.
When a credible source, such as Immigration bureau spokesman Major General Archayon Kraithong, provides statements which may a have significant impact on the expat population, the Royal Coast Review is very eager to provide that information without delay. Equally news of any retraction, as occurred in this case, will be provided quickly.
Our apologies for any distress caused by this information reported in good faith.