In a bid to draw foreign tourists, Thailand has approved a new Special Tourist Visa. This Special Tourist Visa will allow foreigners to stay in Thailand for 90 days and to extend the visa twice at a cost of 2,000 baht each time. This Special Tourist Visa will become available from October 2020 to September 30 2021.
The Special Tourist Visa was approved in principle by the Thai cabinet on the 15th of September as part of plans to rejuvenate the economy and tourism sector which have been decimated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tourists on this Special Tourist Visa will need to receive permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) operation centres and must travel by charter plane. Before travelling to Thailand, foreign visitors will need to take a Covid-19 test before departing for Thailand. They must also buy Covid-19 health insurance and sign a letter of consent agreeing to comply with the Thai government’s Covid-19 measures. They will still need to be quarantined for 14-days upon arrival although there are discussions to reduce this to 7-days.
About 1,200 Special Tourist Visas are expected to enter Thailand every month bringing in more than 1.03 billion baht. In the one year, this number is likely to reach 14,400, generating about 12.4 billion baht for the Thai economy.
The Invest Bangkok Property editorial team