'No political asylum': Former Sri Lanka leader arrives in Bangkok for temporary stay
Mr Rajapaksa resigned from office shortly afterwards following unprecedented unrest over his government's handling of the worst economic crisis in seven decades and days after thousands of protesters stormed the president's official residence and office.
Sri Lankans arriving in Singapore normally receive a 30-day visa, but authorities said they had initially given Mr Rajapaksa only two weeks and later extended the visa by another two weeks.
Mr Rajapaksa fled his nation after tens of thousands of protesters overran his official residence last month, angry about acute shortages of food, fuel and medicine endured by Sri Lanka's 22 million people since late last year.
"His Singapore visa runs out on Thursday," a close associate of Mr Rajapaksa told AFP in Colombo on Wednesday. "He had applied for an extension, but it had not come through as of Wednesday morning."
"The stay is temporary in nature with the aim of onward travel. No political asylum has been sought."
"Consequently, former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa was not accorded any privileges, immunity or hospitality."