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Wednesday, 16 December, 2020, 11 : 30 AM [IST]

Thailand now open for all tourists; offers ‘Special Tourist Visa’ for 90-day stay

The Royal Thai Government is now allowing long-stay visitors from around the world to apply for the ‘Special Tourist Visa’ (STV), previously available only to travellers from countries considered low- to medium-risk for the COVID-19 pandemic. Published in the Royal Thai Government Gazette on 9 December, 2020, with immediate effect, this latest announcement covers long-stay visitors to Thailand of all types – from tourists to business travellers, investors and others, as well as travellers and crews of foreign yachts.

To qualify for the STV, visitors must comply with Thailand’s COVID-19 control and preventive measures. This includes undergoing 14-day quarantine upon arrival, having proof of their long-term accommodation or residence in the kingdom – such as a hotel reservation, rental contract or evidence of condominium ownership, holding the required medical and travel insurance, and a valid Fit To Fly medical certificate. Those arriving by foreign yachts must provide proof of advance payment for mooring fees and must strictly follow the rules and regulations set by the Marine Department.

The STV allows for a 90-day stay in the Kingdom, which can be extended twice for a further 90 days each time, and is available through until September 30, 2021. The visa fee is THB 2,000 and an additional THB 2,000 per extension. It is highly recommended for applicants to enquire at the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate-General in their home country before making any bookings. This is because application for the STV is to be made only in the traveller’s country of origin at a Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate-General.

 
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