The Thailand Ministry of Foreign Affairs says former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa can enter Thailand without a visa for 90 days.
Spokesperson of the Thai Foreign Ministry Tanee Sangrat responded to a media inquiry pertaining to the visit of former President Rajapaksa.
Sangrat said the Thailand government received a request for the former President to enter the country from the government of Sri Lanka.
He said the consideration was based on long-standing and cordial ties between the two countries.
Accordingly, as a holder of a Sri Lankan diplomatic passport, former President Rajapaksa can enter Thailand without a visa for 90 days, as per a 2013 agreement on visa exemption between Thailand and Sri Lanka.
The Spokesman said the former President’s stay is temporary with the aim of continued travel.
Sangrat said no political asylum has been sought.
The Former President is expected to travel to Thailand tomorrow (11).
Former President Rajapaksa fled to Singapore on the 14th of July, via the Maldives, following waves of protests that saw thousands of protesters storm the President’s official residence and office.
The former President subsequently resigned from office, becoming the first Sri Lankan president to quit mid-term.
Reuters reported that the former President is expected to leave Singapore and head to Bangkok tomorrow.