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More categories of foreigners to be granted entry to Thailand

Maya Taylor

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“…business people on a non-immigrant visa but without a work permit can enter, provided they can show savings of at least 500,000 baht over the previous 6 months.”

The Thai government is expanding the groups of foreigners who can enter Thailand, after a meeting of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration chaired by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday. CCSA spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin says athletes competing in tournaments held in the Kingdom will also be given permission to enter.

It’s understood the first group to arrive will be cyclists taking part in a royal marathon cycling event, as well as badminton players coming for a world tour taking place in Thailand in January 2021.

In addition to sports people, Nation Thailand reports that business people on a non-immigrant visa but without a work permit can enter, provided they can show savings of at least 500,000 baht over the previous 6 months.

At yesterday’s meeting, the government also approved the Special Tourist Visa, with the PM asking officials from the Tourism and Foreign Ministries to agree a context and guidelines that would put Thailand’s interests first. Tourists desperate to return to Thailand, and happy to put up with the bureaucracy and cost involved, should contact their nearest Thai Embassy to enquire about the STV.

Additional information can be found HERE, at the website of the Thailand Longstay Company, set up specifically to handle the enquiries relating to the STV.

The Thailand Longstay Company was established in 2001 with the endorsement of the Thai Royal Government to support long stay tourism. As the Tourism Authority of Thailand is a major shareholder of the company, we aim to provide the best services to retired expatriates to promote the tourism industry of the Kingdom of Thailand.

Since the establishment, the company has signed many MOU with many government organisations such as the Immigration Bureau, Tourist Police, and the Airports of Thailand.

Therefore, we specialize in doing a 1-year retirement visa and STV visa for foreigners and other matters related to the immigration procedure of Thailand. We will go through the bureaucratic procedure for our clients. This is the ultimate convenience that we provide.

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman says 150 approved foreigners are expected to arrive at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, beginning October 8. Holders of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card, who hail from “low-risk” countries, can now also Thailand. These include Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Ryan

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 9:54 am

    Curious as to why you’ve linked information for the STV that requires a fee to paid for the service… a bit misleading IMO.

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    Perceville Smithers

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 10:45 am

    Hey, that’s great!

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    Gary

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 10:52 am

    All ridiculous, just been to consulate to return on my Retirement visa, I can come, dependant wife cannot, I can’t believe it.

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 11:28 am

    They are becoming desperate now. Soon anyone can come.
    Criminals wanted by Interpol. Known pedophiles. Over-stayers once banned and now forgiven.
    Vagrants from all countries around.
    Thaksin. No probably not Thaksin.

    lol

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      Gary

      Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 12:09 pm

      They will be welcome, just not retirees and family!

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    RR

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    Another money-sucking government backed agency…

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    Ray W.

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    Sooooo… ALMOST one plane of tourist are to finally be allowed in, draconian rules and all… and we are suppose to, what, think ‘its all better now’?! Get real, until we return to a fair and reasonable travel policy similar to pre-covi we are just being delusional about a recovery.

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      Peter

      Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 5:01 pm

      What exactly is “unfair” about a sovereign nation deciding who they will, or will not, allow into their country? It’s their choice, not yours.

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        Latecomer

        Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 5:22 pm

        Well, how sovereign are Germany, France of UK? They have absolutely no control whatsoever on refugees, migrants or illegal migrants coming into EU. Zero. And they keeping coming and coming. Even those who are duly rejected for asylum do stay and get lost from the legal system…

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          Peter

          Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 8:28 pm

          The UK does have control of its boarders since we have now left the EU. The problem is, it is not being enforced. Mostly due to our incompetent boarder force and soft left wing biased, judiciary, too many “do gooders” for our own good.

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    Bobby m

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    Same BS different day.

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    Dork

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    They say it plainly, 500000+ baht is the cure..greedy b********s

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    David Sanders

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    All these old geezers complaining about costs… if they don’t like it then they should go somewhere else, how about Bengladesh or Somalia, those places should cost less.

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