On 15th September 2020 the Thai Cabinet, as proposed by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, created a new “special tourist visa” for long-stay visitors. One precondition, which is certainly achievable by most, is to agree to a 14 day state quarantine on arrival in Thailand.
As with most countries dependent on the tourism industry, Thailand’s coffers have been severely bruised. In the calendar year prior to the Covid-19 pandemic international tourists brought in about $64.2billion USD, but with borders closed this number has plummeted dramatically.
To qualify for the visa, long-stay visitors are required to show evidence of accommodation beyond the quarantine period. This can be in the form of hotels or other licensed lodging, so long as they comply with the health stipulations as mandated by the Ministry of Public Health.
Just today the United Kingdom announced that Thailand would be added to the “Travel Corridor” of countries who have shown a reduced risk of Covid-19. Combined with the fact this visa has a 90 day validity and allows for renewal twice each time, it certainly seems a favourable place to spend up to nine months at the present moment. Each issuance costs 2000THB, approximately $65USD.
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