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Some Thai embassies dropping 500,000 baht requirement for 60 day tourist visa

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Reports are circulating on social media that some Thai embassies are no longer insisting on proof of funds of 500,000 baht for a 60 day tourist visa (not to be confused with the Special Tourist Visa). According to a report in the Pattaya News, posts in various social media groups dedicated to the 60 day tourist visa, would indicate that some embassies and consulates are no longer listing the requirement. The insistence on visa applicants being able to prove they’ve had 500,000 baht sitting in their bank account for at least 6 months has proved a significant impediment for many.

And, while the government and tourism officials remain focussed on discussing the Special Tourist Visa, phone calls to Thai embassies in both the UK and the US indicate that the 60 day tourist visa is still an option. In normal circumstances, this visa permits foreigners to enter the Kingdom for visits of up to 60 days and can also be extended in-country. Reports are mixed as to whether it can be changed to a visa that would permit a longer stay, such as a retirement or business visa.

However, visa applicants should bear in mind that the strict conditions attached to the Special Tourist Visa will also apply in the case of a 60 day visa. These include mandatory quarantine at your own expense, multiple Covid tests, a fit-to-fly certificate, a certificate of entry from your local embassy, and insurance cover of at least US$100,000.

Notwithstanding all of the above, the 60 day visa is being seen by some as a possible means for visitors from “high-risk” countries to enter Thailand. Currently, they are excluded from applying from the Special Tourist Visa. As always, anyone interested is advised to check directly with their local embassy or consulate.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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    Happy Tourist

    November 19, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    Yes, in Germany as well. But confusion still makes me stay in Hofbräuhaus and not in Bangkok. For example the sharing quarantine room in ASQ is allowed to married couples only. If you live together with your farang gf, you still have to book seperate rooms instead of sharing one. I am okay with paying 2500 EUR for a ASQ room, but not 5000 EUR for two rooms, just because you are not married.

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      Stephen Westrip

      November 19, 2020 at 4:58 pm

      @Happy Tourist

      I agree with you completely especially as it can have no impact on the spread of COVID (otherwise married couples wouldn’t be allowed to share a room either). It also has nothing to do with (previous) laws or customs as this would have been allowed pre-COVID.

      I would like to see the reasoning behind this rule.

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      Ynwaps

      November 19, 2020 at 7:29 pm

      It’s like Apple. They make sure you’re okay with being treated “special”. It’s like giving consent to being abused.

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      qq

      November 19, 2020 at 9:57 pm

      Austria too dropped the 500.000 baht requirement.

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      James

      November 19, 2020 at 11:33 pm

      To Mr Happy Tourist

      Hofbrauhaus in Munich?

      I worked in Munich for a while as a software engineer, I loved the Hofbrauhaus, standing on the benches, arm in arm with friends, singing along to the live music with ein ‘mass’ of beer in one hand.

      Prost!

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    Luigi

    November 19, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    which are the high risk countries?

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      Ryan

      November 20, 2020 at 1:24 am

      at this point pretty much the whole world!!!

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    zig

    November 19, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    confusion with Thailand???

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    Thomas

    November 19, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    STV not allowed because of high risk country, but you can get a tourist visa in the high risk country! WTF, see Germany. Whatever they do I do not trust this government anymore. You never know when they change the rules again, especially since they have no clue on what to do. I spent my money somewhere else.

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    Prof. JPD

    November 19, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    Additional problems are the PCR tests, because in Germany no laboratory will guarantee a final result within the period of 72 hours.

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    Tom

    November 19, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! bloody idiots have realised they’ll not be getting that many visitors who have a spare 13 grand sitting in thier bank accounts especially with the way the world is at the minute… High season this year is donald ducked pure and simple BUT I’d bet money on them making things better in time for chinese new year, after al they need to keep all the chinese investors happy.

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    west tiger

    November 19, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    Drop the 500,000 Baht demand i people bank account and encourage tourism

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      Preesy Chepuce

      November 21, 2020 at 5:49 am

      Would anyone notice? It’s not like the queue to get in is very long at the moment.

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    Ben

    November 19, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Thailand is repatriating Thai’s from all countries now and, according to their statistics, doing so without spreading COVID. So why not use that process and invite tourists from all countries now?

    Otherwise just wait a few more months when vaccines, treatments and better testing is available and create a program based on those tools instead of continually announcing possible programs that don’t fly and withdrawing them.

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    Gianluca

    November 19, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Couples weeks ago I asked to Thai embassy in London what I need for travel and they told me who I need even 12,500£ In my bank account I’m the last 6 months. But onestely I don’t want to show them info about my account so…. will be better if we don’t need to show this useless thing

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    EdwardV

    November 20, 2020 at 1:40 am

    I guess the plan to upscale and only allow rich tourists is out the window. Amazing how many foolish ideas come one after another only to be discarded once they realize what everyone else already knew.

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    Mister Stretch

    November 22, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Some Thai embassies…don’t you just love a country in which whoever is manning the desk is allowed to make up the rules for the whole country?

    How many times have you KNOWN the law or regulation, only to be told, “Can’t do that!” But on another day, with another person, it’s not a problem.

    I have lived in 10 different countries. This is the ONLY country I know of that the clerk at the desk can decide his nation’s policies.

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Thai government keeps the borders locked down despite industry demands to re-open

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Despite progress in vaccines and the hard lobbying from Thailand’s tourism and hospitality industries, the Kingdom is destined to miss out on the 2010/2021 high season. The Thai Minster for Sports and Tourism, Pipat Ratchakitprakan, says that the government is looking to March/April in 2021 as the earliest date for any return to general tourism.

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But Minister Pipat says everything is on hold at this stage and that the Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is urging caution in regards to any wholesale easing of restrictions.

“The country will continue with opening to businessmen, technical experts, high level workers and those in the medical field for now. 14 day quarantine will continue for now with many countries still in the grip of the pandemic.”

He also noted that even Chinese officials are advising caution and suggest waiting until the hot season next year (mid year). There were small outbreaks in 3 cities in China in the middle of November, less than 10 cases in each city, where Chinese health officials rolled out quick-response lockdown teams for the affected communities.

But Andrew Wood makes it clear that any entry to Thailand by tourists involves 14 day quarantine is destined to fail.

“I am sure I am not the only person to say this, but let me say loudly and clearly that tourism promotions with 2 weeks quarantine WILL FAIL. Now vaccines are starting to be introduce lets look at other low risk options for borders to be gradually opened. I plead to the government to allow this. Otherwise the structural damage to our tourism economy will take us until 2025 to repair.”

“A recent survey suggested that 57% of global tourism will have been wiped out by the pandemic by the end of 2020. In Thailand this figure will be nearer to 80% and highlighted Bangkok as the destination which will see the sharpest drop in the world. Thailand will lose 2.1 trillion baht (US$69.7billion) in income before the end of the year in lost tourism revenue.”

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The recent spate of cases in northern Thailand, currently an evolving story, will give the risk-averse Thai government increased impetus to keep a tight control on its borders in the short to medium term.

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Thai jasmine 105 scoops top prize in world’s best rice competition

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Competition judges seeking the world’s best-tasting rice have awarded the top prize to Thailand’s jasmine 105. The rice was named best-tasting at the 12th World Rice Conference, an online event this year, held from Tuesday to Thursday this week.

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