- Important Immigration Information in Light of Martial Law Declaration
- June 2, 2014
- Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
A week after the Royal Thai Army’s declaration of martial law, all government offices are operating as usual, including the Immigration Office, Employment Department, Board of Investment, and foreign diplomatic posts based in Thailand. There are no reported disruptions in visa and work permit processing. However, it is important for companies to plan upcoming staff deployments carefully and reconsider any non-essential business travel into Thailand.
Foreign nationals who are already in Thailand should exercise a high degree of caution and be mindful of personal security. They should obey the nationwide curfew between 10pm to 5am, and avoid areas where there are protests or political gatherings.
All airports in Thailand remain open, and the authorities have advised that travelers with arrival and departure flights during the curfew can travel to and from the airports at any time as usual. Individuals travelling to or from airports during the curfew should ensure that their travel documents are in order and ready for inspection, if requested. These documents include passports and air tickets, and for departing work permit holders or dependents, any required re-entry permits (particularly if the traveler intends to remain out of Thailand for a lengthy period of time). Individuals should also allow for additional time when traveling to or from airports due to possible traffic disruptions.
As the situation is evolving, it is important to monitor international and Thai media for developments. Many foreign embassies have also posted specific information on their websites for their citizens. Fragomen is closely monitoring the events in Thailand and will provide updates as needed.