Thai king can return to Germany without visa, Berlin says
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand said on Wednesday that King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand can re-enter Germany without a visa. The monarch has spent most of his time here since he took the throne in 2016. It is unclear whether the king plans to return to Bavaria.
Sevim Dagdelen, a member of the opposition Link party parliament, said that if the king does not need a visa, then the German government will not be able to influence his stay, but as a last resort, he can declare that he is not Welcome people.
The German government has said it would be unacceptable for the king to conduct politics from Germany.
Thai protesters complained about the king’s the cost of leaving the Kingdom and cost of staying in Europe. The role of the monarchy in Thai politics has become a central issue for many protesters.
Protesters marched to the German Embassy to look into whether the king had conducted state business while on German soil.
It is the policy of the Thai Royal Palace not to comment on the media, and it has never commented on the king’s time in Europe.