Thailand welcomed the first foreign tourists for 6 months earlier in November as a group of Chinese tourists entered the country through the Special tourist Visa (STV) scheme designed for longer stay travellers.
The STV allows tourists to stay for up to 90 days although it can be extended up to a maximum of 270 days.
All foreign tourists under the scheme would need to arrange and pay for quarantine for 14 days in a hospital or an Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) hotel on arrival. They would also need to have proof of long-stay plans, for example booked accommodation, following quarantine. They would also need a COVID-19 free certificate and suitable travel and health insurance.
Only visitors from low-risk countries can apply for the STV. These countries, which may change at any time, currently are:
- El Salvador
- Hong Kong
- Ivory Coast
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
More details are available on the Thai Embassy website.
Thailand has now announced the launch of the Tourist Visa (TV) and visitors from any country can apply. The TV is valid for up to 60 days.
The first stage in getting a TV is by applying for a visa in advance at your local Thai Embassy. You can then apply for a Certificate of Entry (COE) through a Thai Government website, all applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Bank statement providing proof of income of 500,000 THB (£12,448 or US$16,396) in the last 6 months.
- Medical insurance that covers COVID-19 with at least US$100,000 USD (£75,955 or 3,049,400 THB) for the duration of your stay
- Proof of alternative state quarantine reservation (ASQ)
- Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR swab test taken within 72 hours prior to flight – a second COVID-19 test must be taken on arrival and positive cases will be sent to a hospital facility.
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