The Royal Thai Embassies and Consulates in each location around the world have the right and obligation to monitor the COVID-19 situation in each of their respective locations for purposes of deciding whether to lift or tighten restrictions.  Starting from the third week of August 2021, the Thai Embassies and Consulates in Bangladesh1, India2,3, Nepal4, and Pakistan5 have been resuming accepting applications for visas and Certificates of Entry (COEs) for Thai and non-Thai nationals in exceptional cases as follows:

1.     Thai nationals;

2.     Diplomats who have a reason to work in Thailand, along with their family members;

3.     Businesspersons, experts, investors with visas and work permits valid in Thailand or those who are invited, requested, or approved by Thai governmental agencies to travel to Thailand;

4.     Non-Thai nationals whose family members are residing in Thailand with proof of residency, namely certificate of residency and permit for temporary stay in Thailand (longer than 90 days); or

5.     Spouses, children, and parents of Thai nationals who are travelling together or are returning to a family in Thailand. 

WHY THIS MATTERS

In light of the evolving changes and travel restrictions, it is important for companies and their globally-mobile employees to keep apprised of this very fluid situation and plan accordingly.  

With the suspension of activities, restrictions of mobility, and travel disruptions, employers are having to re-consider their personnel and work arrangements.  Resuming the issuance of visas and COEs for foreign nationals and Thai nationals travelling from the aforementioned countries to Thailand provides some relief for employers that have employees temporarily stranded in these countries who cannot return to Thailand.  The situation is evolving rapidly; employers/employees that qualify as exceptional cases in these countries should consider acting swiftly to make sure they are able to get into Thailand before any further changes take place.   

Background

On 1 May 2021, the Thai government cancelled and suspended the issuing of Certificates of Entry (COEs) and visas for foreign and Thai nationals who wish to enter Thailand from certain countries until further notice.  Countries from which travellers are banned from entering Thailand included Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan (we covered this in GMS Flash Alert 2021-141, 12 May 2021).

More Details

Applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.  Certain locations only process applications where applicants can demonstrate the necessity and urgency of their entry into Thailand.  Details regarding processes and processing times will depend on the location where the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate is situated.

KPMG NOTE

For those who qualify as exceptional cases, we at the KPMG International member firm in Thailand would highly recommend getting in touch with the Thai Embassy/Consulate in the respective location for more information in order to prepare the necessary documents for approval to enter Thailand.

Please keep in mind that all individuals arriving in Thailand are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period in Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ, a designated hotel quarantine).  

FOOTNOTES

1  Announcement from the Royal Thai Embassy, Dhaka, Bangladesh (click here).

2  Announcement from the Royal Thai Embassy, New Delhi, Republic of India at: http://newdelhi.thaiembassy.org/en/2021/08/resumption-coe-visa-issuance-essentials-travelers/.

3  Announcement from the Royal Thai Consulate-General, Mumbai, India, at: https://mumbai.thaiembassy.org/en/content/announcement-resumption-of-coe-visa-issuance-f-2?cate=5d74ff3715e39c0a7c000fd7.

4  Announcement from the Royal Thai Embassy, Kathmandu, Nepal, at: https://www.thaiembnepal.org.np/uploads/info/1629266287.pdf.

5  Announcement from the Royal Thai Embassy, Islamabad, Pakistan, at: https://islamabad.thaiembassy.org/en/content/resumption-of-visa-services-and-certificate-of-ent?cate=5d76078d15e39c4934002005.    

* Please note the KPMG International member firm in the United States does not provide immigration or labour law services. However, KPMG Law LLP in Canada can assist clients with U.S. immigration matters.

 

The information contained in this newsletter was submitted by the KPMG International member firm in Thailand.

CONTACTS

Connect with us

 

Want to do business with KPMG?

 

loading image Request for proposal

Stay up to date with what matters to you

Gain access to personalized content based on your interests by signing up today

Sign up today

© 2021 KPMG Phoomchai Holdings Co., Ltd., a Thai limited liability company and a member firm of the KPMG global organization of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG International Limited, a private English company limited by guarantee. All rights reserved.

For more detail about the structure of the KPMG global organization please visit https://home.kpmg/governance.

Flash Alert is an Global Mobility Services publication of KPMG LLPs Washington National Tax practice. The KPMG logo and name are trademarks of KPMG International. KPMG International is a Swiss cooperative that serves as a coordinating entity for a network of independent member firms. KPMG International provides no audit or other client services. Such services are provided solely by member firms in their respective geographic areas. KPMG International and its member firms are legally distinct and separate entities. They are not and nothing contained herein shall be construed to place these entities in the relationship of parents, subsidiaries, agents, partners, or joint venturers. No member firm has any authority (actual, apparent, implied or otherwise) to obligate or bind KPMG International or any member firm in any manner whatsoever. The information contained in herein is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavor to provide accurate and timely information, there can be no guarantee that such information is accurate as of the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future. No one should act on such information without appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of the particular situation.