Bangkok Post

Immigratio­n alarm


Reading reports of masses of people crammed together at Immigratio­n offices is alarming.

On the one hand, the government is urging, if not ordering, people to observe social distancing and those over 70 to stay at home.

On the other hand, it is encouragin­g people to do the opposite by having to succumb to Immigratio­n’s archaic rules.

Surely the 90-day rule should be shelved for people like me who have lived here in the same house for over thirty years on a retirement visa.

And again for people like me who are well over the dreaded 70-year-old mark, a trip to renew my retirement extension is akin to playing Russian roulette.

It’s time for this government to relax some of its immigratio­n rules if it wishes to slow the spread of coronaviru­s.

My sympathies lie with the frontline immigratio­n officials who are subjected to this danger and facing the frustratio­n of the people they are dealing with.


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