While Russia banned Facebook in the country just two days ago, the Russian consulate in Phuket announced on its Facebook page yesterday that Russian citizens can stay there for a month longer than the original date of their visa. To do this, they must go to the Phuket Immigration Office with their original letter from the Consulate, their passport and a document confirming their residence in Phuket.
This afternoon, the consulate will send letters to Phuket Immigration Service requesting an extension. This guideline is based on a “first come, first served” basis.
Phuket’s immigration office has not made any announcements about expansions for Russians or Ukrainians. The consulate’s Facebook post emphasized that the extension for Russians mainly applies to people stranded by canceled flights.
“Please note that the letter issuance is primarily aimed at citizens who are ‘stuck’ on the island due to canceled flights and whose visa/stamp expires in the next few days.”
The consulate said it will inform Russians about any follow-up on the matter.
In December, the Russians formed the largest tourist group in Phuket with more than 17,000 visitors. They have been an important part of Phuket tourism since the days before Covid.
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