TAT says government has relaxed tourist visa criteria for European nations

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand says the government has relaxed tourist visa requirements for some countries considered, “medium-risk”, in an effort to kick-start international tourism. Thapanee Kiatphaibool says tourist visa holders can be admitted for up to 60 days, with the possibility of extending their stay to 90 days, adding that, as of November 5, 1,465 foreign nationals have been granted visas. The 3 most popular types are retirement visas, privileged entry visas, and the Special Tourist Visa.

Thapanee says that while applicants for the STV must come from low-risk countries, officials are relaxing visa criteria for nationals of Scandinavia and other European countries currently considered medium-risk.

It’s worth noting however, that applicants must fulfil some pretty hefty financial requirements, including having at least 500,000 baht in savings, health insurance coverage of at least US$100,000, and out-patient insurance of 40,000 baht. Applicants must also take a Covid-19 test 72 hours before travel and be in possession of a medical certificate. They must then carry out 14 days’ quarantine (at their own expense) on arrival.

The Thaiger won’t hold its breath for a sudden upsurge in foreign tourists anytime soon…

SOURCE: Thai PBS World | Nation Thailand

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