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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 average 40,000 baht. There are plenty more expensive, and a few as low as 25,000 baht.

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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    Jack

    November 22, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    get rid of this govt and then you get decide how you handle tourists. Get rid of the pm and then you can ditch the quarantine entirely, and warn old people to be very very careful. The rest of the population will be ok if they catch or bring in covid.

    If you think the science says it is dangerous outside, then stay home, but don’t tell me what i can and Cannot do. Take some personal responsibility.

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      Ben

      November 22, 2020 at 11:24 pm

      You can do your thing at home but in Thailand they’ll tell you what you can and cannot do. Same in the rest of Asia and most of the rest of the world. Take some personal responsibility and realize you’re a guest when you’re there.

      If you don’t like their rules or government then go somewhere else. They don’t want your kind. There are plenty of us who will happily visit when the time is right.

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      Sara

      November 23, 2020 at 12:50 am

      Your government and your PM have been remarkably effective: 60 deaths since the beginning of the epidemic, thanks to very good measures: immediate border closures, mandatory masks, 2 meters distance, freedom for doctors to prescribe inexpensive and effective drugs.

      In my country, a so-called “democracy” is the opposite: totally open borders, masks deemed useless, distance of only one meter and a total ban on doctors prescribing effective and inexpensive medicines: results: 50,000 deaths.

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      Das

      November 23, 2020 at 2:56 pm

      Found the Trumptard.

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    EdwardV

    November 22, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    Wow rolling back the bank balance and maybe the length of the quarantine. Seems like someone is having a change or heart about tourists. Of course when they completely drop the quarantine for the Chinese come February the flood gates will open.

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    jrsus monroe

    November 22, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Damn I’ve got no money in the bank except the 3000 I have to spend as holiday money……looks like i’m off to somewhere else

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    Sam

    November 22, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Shit for brains officials ay gov level dreamed up the bullshit thinking lots of folk willing to pay to their “wonderful country “. Hilarious

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    Khunplastic

    November 22, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Perhaps the penny has finally dropped thailand is by no means unique and folks are not queuing up 3 times round the block desperate to get in at any price.

    Could it be the powers to be have finally realised it’s just another bucket and spade destination.

    Might be a step forward from the clowns up top or perhaps it’s just plain desperation.

    People world wide are rolling around in fits of laughter over goings on here,quite rightly so.

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      SG666

      November 23, 2020 at 8:11 am

      Who cares. As long quarantine measures ate not abolished nobody will visit LOScam this year. The high season is gone. Thats a fact.

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    Jack Sombra

    November 22, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    “Furthermore, such a stay at an approved hotel can start at 40,000 baht with the price only increasing from there.”

    27000

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    Roger

    November 22, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    Thailand is beautiful and exotic country but that alone does not classify it as a luxury destination. Right now the monetary cost and restrictions to travel to Thailand is significantly higher than the luxury Caribbean Islands that are open to tourists. You will loose money whenever you overvalue your product. Goodluck.

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    Dret

    November 23, 2020 at 12:32 am

    It’s about 50% chance that the test will register positive and if you are asymptomatic then you have to pay for the hospital because the insurance doesn’t cover it.

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    Patrick Kelly

    November 23, 2020 at 1:43 am

    The government will lower the requirements until travelers start stepping off of flights into SUV . This might take the better part of 14 months, but it’s bound to happen.

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