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Tourist Visa stiff income requirement being wound back

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The hefty income requirement for Thailand’s Tourist Visas look like they’re being wound back following online backlash and low uptake. Previously, travellers were excited to learn they could visit a “Covid-free” Thailand, but their moods dipped after learning of the steep financial proof they needed in order to be granted under the revised Tourist Visa provisions.

Now, some embassies and consulates worldwide have have dropped the stipulation on their websites that had once listed a 500,000 baht bank account balance as a requirement for obtaining the visas. Such consulates as Los Angeles now list the requirements as being US$ 700 per person and US$ 1,500.

The London and Berlin embassies show no requirement on the websites which has signaled the news of a reversal. Such a change is expected to see more applicants for the visa, with Thailand set to see more tourists over the next few months, just in time for high season.

The income requirements are not uniform at this stage with different embassies listing different requirements around the world.

The previous requirement stated that those wishing to apply for the 60 day tourist visa had to provide bank statements in the last six months that showed the equivalent to 500,000 baht, around $16,330 US$, along with a large number of other requirements that needed to be met.

However, despite the perceived reversal of the bank account required balance, tourists must still obtain a US$100,000 Covid travel insurance policy, a Certificate of Entry, and a confirmed booking at one of Thailand’s quarantine hotels. Furthermore, such a stay at an approved hotel can start at 40,000 baht with the price only increasing from there.

In response, Thailand has been considering reducing the 14 day quarantine requirement to 10 days, citing that most Covid cases are detected within the first 5 days. That proposals will be discussed, again, this Wednesday.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

 

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    Ryan

    Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 11:02 am

    you may want to re-write this article. there is no mention of the STV on the LA consulate website. its not even available for US citizens.
    The requirement of funds has been removed for the TR visa (60+30) single entry visa, which is available for anyone from any country.

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    harry1

    Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 11:28 am

    the junta led government have done more u-turn than it has in the entire kingdom,the problem is it not collectively and thoroughly being debated,decision are being made by a few

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    EdwardV

    Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Doesn’t matter in the big picture as long as the 14 day quarantine is in place. That said I thought Thailand only wanted rich tourists. I guess not any more

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    Jon

    Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    This year the tourist Will spend his money in south América… Who is gona pay that money for go to thailand when is same clima in Brasil or caribe an without that crzy rules

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      James

      Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12:39 am

      Jon

      ” Who is gona pay that money for go to thailand…..”

      People who want to walk around Thailand freely will want to pay, without the fear of being kidnapped, shot, or mugged as in Brasil.

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        Khunplastic

        Monday, November 23, 2020 at 6:44 pm

        No shortage of people who have been mugged,robbed and murdered in thailand also.

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    RametinNonta

    Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    Not surprisingly, Thailand want to stick it to the very people who can help Thailand’s economy. If Thailand want to tax foreigners, tax all the capital inflows that are strengthening the Baht and hurting exports. Nah, makes too much sense.

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    Perceville Smithers

    Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Overplayed their hand.

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    Tony Grace

    Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    When you remove the chickens and hens from the the coupe and wonder why you got no eggs the answer is simpl.other countries have chickens and hens so we can have eggs for breakfast,

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    west tiger

    Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    They will have to reduce the requirements even more to get tourists back in any numbers. Tourists are finding other countries to go too without jumping through hoops to get a visa.
    Thailand is killing the goose that lays the golden egg, and the Thai economy is suffering and so are the Thai people

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    Ben

    Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    Letting us all flood in without restrictions could result in viral spread like you have in Europe and the USA and the Thai government is not going to let that happen. Vaccines and treatments are on the way and the world, including Thailand, will figure out how to live with the virus with these new tools sometime in 2021.

    Thank you for your concern about all the poor Thai people that have lost jobs or businesses. Due to your concern I’m sure the Thai government will provide a website where you can financially contribute to their recovery, assuming you really care.

    Those that think Thailand has overplayed their hand and are going to South America to have a COVID laced breakfast – have a nice trip. In 2021 when Thailand has figured out how to let us in without the 14 day quarantine I’ll happily go back and so will many others.

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    James Pate

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    So what? There are plenty of disincentives not to vacation in Thailand now anyway. If I had 10 baht for every knee-jerk gov’t order rolled back w/i 3 days, I’d be a rich man.

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Thailand’s Education Ministry is launching an online platform for public school students who are, once again, being forced to learn at home due to restrictions and limitations imposed by the government.

The third wave of the virus has prompted authorities to postpone the reopening of government schools from May 17 (yesterday) to June 1. However, as daily infections keep rising, that date may be amended again.

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SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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