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Government confirms re-opening for foreign tourists, yacht crew, under Special Tourist Visa

Maya Taylor

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Thailand is preparing to re-open to more international tourists and foreign yacht crew, after Cabinet specified updated guidelines for the Special Tourist Visa scheme. Deputy government spokeswoman, Traisulee Traisoranakul, says the new regulations will be in force until September 30, 2021.

The STV has been introduced in an effort to re-ignite international tourism in the Kingdom, which has been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. More information on the scheme can be found at this link, or by visiting your nearest Thai embassy.

Traisulee says foreign tourists, and yacht crew who have been in Thailand’s waters prior to the country declaring a state of emergency in March, are eligible to apply for the STV. The visa costs 2,000 baht and permits a stay of up to 90 days. It can also be extended twice, for a further 90 days each time.

Yacht crew will need to have been quarantined on their vessels for 14 days, and all foreigners will need health insurance that covers Covid-19 treatment, with at least US$100,000 worth of coverage for the duration of their stay in the Kingdom.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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27 Comments

27 Comments

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    patty

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Foreign tourist? What does that mean nowadays?
    On a serious note, does this mean they are opening for everyone? Doesnt really specify

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      Tydoorman

      Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 11:10 am

      Any people from low risk countries. Check your embassy in your country only not another country. You have to a permanent resident of the country you apply b

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        Issan John

        Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 1:44 pm

        That’s not clear, but it appears to be the case. If so, it’s bad practice as a “permanent resident” could have been living in a high-risk country for several months and just be transiting through to play the system, and equally a non-resident could have been in the low-risk country for several months but ineligible.

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          Stephen Westrip

          Friday, October 30, 2020 at 6:45 am

          I have commented on this before but tourists are people and not countries. If you test negative before you fly and then test negative after 14 days in quarantine what does it matter where you come from?

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 11:00 am

    I thought this already existed – perhaps not.
    Anyway, the quarantine is for 15 days now, not 14 days, and the company accessed through the link want B10000, plus 7 percent sales tax, application fee.
    Nothing better that I can see for a potential visitor to Thailand, except maybe yacht crew can quarantine on their yachts – 14 days, not 15 for other visitors. This does not make sense.
    Still a Thai rip off deal that not many will agree to.
    As my school report card stated, Not good – must try harder.

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      Robert K Choate

      Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 9:17 pm

      You are absolutely right, now you want 15 days I thought the Thai Government was considering dropping it to 10 days? Paying 10,000 Baht to an outside firm? Who in the government is making money now???? Local Thai embassies could check paperwork is right all they are doing is looking at forms 10,000 Baht is ridiculous for taking a photo of a passport, checking all paperwork meets government requirements and a list of hotels is available with prices on the internet for free.
      I realize Thailand is trying to be safe from Corvid-19 but if you are trying to restart the tourist business this is not how to go about it!

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    Marvin

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 11:04 am

    Foreign tourists from where?

    Europe has a second wave and USA still isn’t over the first wave.

    With cold weather coming in the Northern Hemisphere good luck

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      Anti Madness

      Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 1:46 pm

      We are on yachts and have to sail there. Most of the people that will come have been trapped some where in S.E. Asia since march. The only problem so far, is not accepting time at sea (after our covid test on departure) as quarantine, this means many of us will be doing 21 days+ in Quarantine.

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        Issan John

        Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 2:32 pm

        I’d suggest that’s a fair one, as there’s no guarantee you didn’t meet anyone else on the way.

        It makes far more sense for yachties to be allowed to quarantine on their boats on arrival rather than in ASQ, but the requirement for all to apply through the Longstay Co at a cost of over 10,000 baht, including those already here, is completely unjustifiable; while it may not put people off it doesn’t engender trust in any way.

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    SG666

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Only a very few will come under this rip off scheme. Do I care ? No. Prices for housing, car rental etc. etc. getting reasonable first time since years as the market regulates itself. More space on the roads, no anoying Chinese and western pissheads. Its quite pleasant now. Keep the country closed till July next year please, than we will leave for good….latest.

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      murika

      Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 12:37 pm

      Same here, last run until tourist come back and I’ll leave to a new place, land of lie end up disappointing me

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      Issan John

      Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 1:45 pm

      Splendid.

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    Gosport

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 11:24 am

    NO vaccine NO tourists.

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      Tim h

      Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 1:03 pm

      No Farangs No Satang .

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      Issan John

      Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 1:46 pm

      Exactly. It’s all a bit of a pointless exercise, and not just for Thailand.

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    Bet

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    “ foreign tourists, and yacht crew who have been in Thailand’s waters prior to the country declaring a state of emergency in March”… seriously? Those people stayed in the yacht all these time? ?

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      Richard

      Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 1:31 pm

      Yeah, this part is very confusing and needs clarification. Quite a few yachties have been here since February/March and are Covid-free but have obviously not stayed on their boats the whole time. What is their status going to be?

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        Issan John

        Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 2:26 pm

        The 14 days quarantine for yachties is for new arrivals, as is the need for Covid insurance – it doesn’t apply to those already here.

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    Perceville Smithers

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    This looks like an old article with a new date.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    “Traisulee says foreign tourists, and yacht crew who have been in Thailand’s waters prior to the country declaring a state of emergency in March, are eligible to apply for the STV.”

    That’s the big difference, and long overdue. They’re already here, already spending, and should be encouraged to stay.

    “Yacht crew will need to have been quarantined on their vessels for 14 days …”

    Long overdue – it may encourage more to come, weather permitting.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Unusually, I agree with both Toby Andrews and SG666 in that this is an absolute rip-off.

    I hadn’t read the small print, that it can only be obtained through the Thailand Longstay Company for a fee of 10,000 baht plus VAT, and apparently that even applies to those already here who have no need for a Certificate of Entry.

    Apart from acting as a mail-box, the Longstay Co appear to do nothing; Thailand deserves better than this.

    Sadly, a blatant and absolute rip-off that will do nothing to encourage tourism and trust.

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      Anti Madness

      Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 2:49 pm

      There are a lot of details missing as most Cruising Yachts are no where near an embassy and would not need to deal with the Thailand long stay company. As we already do our own quarantine and immigration check ins and we don’t need flights arranged. It should be a Covid test prior to departure, send a copy of the negative tests, crew list and ships documents to immigration. Set sail xx days, drop the anchor and count to 14, test again before going ashore and getting visas stamped.

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        Issan John

        Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 3:05 pm

        Agreed 100% – the whole involvement of the LongStay Co is an unnecessary and pointless obstacle that’s completely unjustifiable.

        I’m usually a supporter of Thai immigration, particularly over Covid, but this is just plain WRONG.

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    Bobby m

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    Thailand, you are embarrassing yourself. It was bad enough with some of the scams taking place behind closed doors. But going public across the world with what is obviously a legalized money making scam, is a total embarrassment.

    You continue to show the world that you cannot be trusted and you wonder why there is so much political unrest.

    The money in the pot is and will continue to run out and scams like this will not top it up. It seems those that remain on a good salary are not even bright enough to realize where their salaries come from. No, I don’t mean just tourism but major foreign investment that will undoubtedly end with public displays such as this.

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    Tajinder Singh

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    There must be a special visa for girlfriend or boyfriend to meet. I have now waiting around 8 months. Iu have a girlfriend in thailand.

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      Issan John

      Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 3:07 pm

      Tough.

      Families: Yes.

      “girlfriend or boyfriend”: No.

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    Thomas

    Friday, October 30, 2020 at 12:38 am

    More bla bla from a bunch of ignorant, self loving, arrogant t$$$s. At least the airport will be peaceful to get through for the next few years, once this madness is over.

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