Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has disclosed South Korea’s efforts to help Thai citizens in the country illegally who wish to return to Thailand during the outbreak of COVID-19.
Mr. Cherdkiat Atthakorn, Director-General of the Department of Information and MFA Spokesman, disclosed that the South Korean Immigration Bureau is allowing foreigners, who overstay their visas, to submit their request to return to Thailand to any immigration office. However, they are required to contact the office 3-15 days before their planned departure and the selected office will issue a letter of confirmation of voluntary departure.
South Korea will begin using an online advance departure reporting system from March 11, 2020. The form will be in English. At the airport, they are required to present the report, a copy of their bank account and a copy of their flight ticket before departure. Their criminal record will also be checked again at the airport on the day of departure.
South Korea has prepared screening at Incheon Airport, which will start from March 9, 2020. Screening equipment has been installed at three checkpoints to tighten the exit screening measure at the airport. He added that Thailand can request information on Thais working illegally in the country who apply for voluntary departure from the South Korean Immigration Bureau under the Memorandum of Understanding on labor.