October 28, 2011

On October 26, 2011, the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand has posted a Travel Warning regarding disastrous national flooding in Thailand.  While current reports indicate that massive flooding has occurred in 21 provinces around Central Bangkok, it is hoped flood waters will recede prior to reaching the central government offices.  The Thai Government has issued a mandatory closure of most all government offices and services from Thursday, October 27-Monday, October 31 to focus on emergency relief efforts.

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Clients with assignees in Thailand are urged to direct their employees to the U.S. State Department’s travel warning for continuing updates on the flooding and emergency overseas U.S. citizen services: http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/102611emergencymessage.html

At this time, as the flooding could still occur in Central Bangkok, Pro-Link GLOBAL is unable to determine if all processing of Thai immigration matters will be suspended or significantly delayed beyond October 31. However, companies and assignees with pending Thai immigration matters should be prepared for possible, minimum delays of at least one to two weeks until further guidance is issued by the Thai Immigration Bureau.

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This content is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or final guidance for any immigration matter. Readers are reminded that a country’s immigration laws and requirements may change with little to no advance public notice. Questions regarding specific immigration matters should be addressed to your Pro-Link GLOBAL specialist.