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“Long-stay visitors could begin arriving next month.”

The Thai cabinet has approved a plan to allow foreign tourists to come to Thailand but they’ll have to agree to mandatory 14 day quarantine and stay for at least 90 days. The cabinet is hoping the new extended tourist visa will be part of the rebooting of the tourist and hospitality economy.

Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha announced that the government would issue “special tourist visas” for visitors who would have to come for at least 90 days. The new 90 day special tourist visa would be able to be extended twice, for 90 days each time. Long-stay visitors could begin arriving next month, according to the PMs announcement today. (Basic provisions of today’s announcement below)

“The most important condition would be a 14 day quarantine.”

“Visitors can arrive for tourism or health services, and they can stay at alternative state quarantine facilities, specific areas or at hospitals that function as quarantine facilities. Our public health system is amongst the best in the world and people can have confidence in it.”

At this stage the announcement has brought up as many questions as it answers. Will people, currently in Thailand on an expired tourist visa (because of the visa amnesty) be able to ‘roll over’ onto the new visa, or will they have to leave the country and re-apply. Will people be able to ‘convert’ the new long stay visa into other visa from within the country?

The new ‘STV visas’ which will cost 2,000 baht and will last for 90 days each. When expired, a Thai Immigration Office will allow for the visa to be extended 2 times, a cumulative total of 270 days stay. The new visa regulation will be in effect until September 30, 2021 and may be extended beyond that time.

The prime minister says the CCSA will provide more details about the visa in coming days.

Traisulee Traisaranakul, the Government’s deputy spokeswoman, says the new long-stay visitors would have to present proof of payment for their 90 day+ stay in the country, including payment for a hotel reservations, lease of a condo, flight confirmations, etc.

The government noted that it doesn’t have the ability to fully re-open to tourism at the moment as they have to be able to process incoming visitors and find approved locations for them to serve their 14 day quarantine.”The target is to welcome 100-300 visitors a week, or up to 1,200 people a month, and generate income of about 1 billion baht a month.”

It is also not known if Thailand will accept tourist visitors from every country or just preferred “low risk” countries. Those details are yet to be announced as well. One minister hinted that there may be an ‘approved’ list when the final details come out.

The Thaiger will update the details of the new long stay tourist visa as soon as the become available.

Here are the basic published provisions approved today…

1. A foreigner who wishes to travel to stay for a long period (Long-stay travel) in Thailand.

2. A foreigner who has acknowledged they are willing to comply with Thailand’s public health measures in Thailand, and agree to conduct a state quarantine at an Alternative Local State Quarantine (ALSQ) for 14 days.

3. A foreigner who provides evidence of long-term residency in Thailand, including evidence of payment for the hotel accommodation or hospital accommodation that provides Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) service in Thailand and at least one piece of the following evidence…
• Proof of payment for hotel accommodation or hospital accommodation after the state quarantine
• A copy of ownership of an apartment or condominium belonging to foreigners or family members of foreigners
• A copy of a rental license or deposit payment of the purchase of apartment, condominium, or house by foreigners in Thailand

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    D

    September 15, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    Pointless.. so they are kicking out everone on the 26th and losing Thai ppl more money..Hotels will be even more empty and restaurants . They should be letting ppl stay not kicking them out.. Ppl will never come and quaranteen.. They are living in dream world.

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      barry

      September 15, 2020 at 9:24 pm

      Yeah, ridiculous isn’t it… They should a least allow foreigners (and not just those on tourist visas, please, don’t forget non-Bs and O-A stuck in administrative limbo) to pay 2000 THB and hop on this as well.

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    Steven Turner

    September 15, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    What do they really belive we are that desperate to go to Thailand

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    apollo

    September 15, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    not bad 833,333 b per person

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      Henry Ford

      September 16, 2020 at 9:10 am

      833,333 baht per month, high rollers

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    Nipral

    September 15, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    unlimited stupidity !!!

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    Glenn

    September 15, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    so it’s better than nothing, but… I have big doubts whether many well to do tourists will accept a 14 day quarantine jail, especially if they are healthy. I certainly would go elsewhere.

    and as for the numbers? 1,000,000,000 baht (1 billion) from 1200 rich tourists?! Good lord these ‘leaders’ are smoking weed or worse. that is 833,333thb spent per month (or aprox $26,666 dollars US).

    Not happening, nope, 1 billion percent impossible!

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      dave

      September 16, 2020 at 4:50 am

      Glen they are not on weed because they would still have some intelligence. They are doing coke or ice that is why they are so dumb and not know what the fuck they are doing. It just makes me laugh how intelligent they think they are and they are just dumb, A kid could could do a better job then them running the country because they not have a clue what they are doing they are like a headless chicken running around 5555

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      dave

      September 16, 2020 at 4:56 am

      Glen they are not on weed because they would still have some intelligence. They are doing coke or ice that is why they are so dumb and not know what they they are doing. It just makes me laugh how intelligent they think they are and they are just dumb, A kid could could do a better job then them running the country because they not have a clue what they are doing they are like a headless chicken running around 5555

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      Paul

      September 16, 2020 at 5:05 am

      Glen they are not on weed because they would still have some intelligence. They are doing coke or ice that is why they are so dumb and not know what they they are doing. It just makes me laugh how intelligent they think they are and they are just dumb, A kid could could do a better job then them running the country because they not have a clue what they are doing they are like a headless chicken running around 5555

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      Keith

      September 16, 2020 at 5:14 am

      They not on weed must be coke or something more strong because you would still have some brain cells when smoking weed and they not even have that.They are just plan dumb and have no intelligence and not know what the fuck they are doing they are like a headless chicken running around 555

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      Mike

      September 16, 2020 at 5:38 am

      They not smoking weed they would still have some intelligence they are doing something more bad then that 555

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      Gary

      September 16, 2020 at 5:45 am

      They are not smoking weed they are doing worse because they are brain dead 555

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      peter regler

      September 18, 2020 at 10:01 pm

      plus i believe it has to be a charter flight not a normal flight,would like to know the cost of that

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    Randy Lahey

    September 15, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    Quarantine Again ! It will not work ! Its too expensive ! When will somebody take note !

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    Gary

    September 15, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    What about retirees who already own properties, cars etc with therefore millions of baht invested in Thailand?

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    Peter

    September 15, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    “deposit payment of the purchase of apartment, condominium, or house by foreigners in Thailand”

    As a requirement to get a visa so without seeing it first?

    There are no tourists with 90 day holidays. They are targeting retired people who already can get a retirement visa with less requirements.

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    Eddie

    September 15, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    Agree to mandatory 14 day quarantine and stay for at least 90 days. Stay at least 90 days? Are they awake?

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    Richard King

    September 15, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    I think this might be the only way because short stay tourism is not viable due to the 14 day quarantine, And because of the longer vist it would also mean only certain number of people who could afford or have the time off to do this.
    Which in effect is the richer tourist plan.

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      Rinky Stingpiece

      September 15, 2020 at 10:35 pm

      Just imagine the queues…

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    EdwardV

    September 15, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    So Thailand expects 1,200 tourist to generating 1 Billion baht per month. That means they expect each and every tourist to spend at least $80,000 USD for a 3 month stay. Clearly they also believe in unicorns and pots of gold at the end of a rainbow. They might get 1,200 tourists to jump through all the hoops you need for a visa, and to stay for at least 3 months, and to quarantine for the first 14 days. However how long does that last? That’s a lot of restrictions. Can they keep it up past the first 2-3 months before the well starts to run dry? Even so, 1,200 tourists is a drop in the bucket for a country built to take in over 3M per month. Keep in mind after the 14 day quarantine they will scatter around Thailand. Will a business in Phuket open up for a couple of hundred tourists? How about Kho Samui or Chiang Mai? What about the hotels? Most tourists who plan to stay long term don’t stay in hotels. Much cheaper and easier to rent an apartment or condo. Thailand can force you to stay at least 90 days to get the visa, but they can’t force you to spend huge sums of money. They might succeed in generating the 1,200 tourists per month, but they will never get anywhere near the amount of money they expect. Worse yet, that small number of tourists through what will be the high season will destroy what remains of the tourist industry in Thailand. I’m trying to imagine a worse plan but having a hard time thinking up of one.

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    Edward

    September 15, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Total crap announcement… Where is all the intelligent people in thai 🙁

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    KC

    September 15, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    My husband and I have location independent businesses and have stayed long term in Thailand many times. I would actually consider this even with the quarantine but never at the prices I have seen for some of those asq hotels. No matter if people could afford those rates. It is about whether it is worth it and as much as I love it there it’s not. I’m curious what their criteria would be if they are going to limit entry…would Europe still make the cut with their rising cases? I know this was a main source they were banking on. With testing and especially quarantines I dont see the point of limiting entry to certain countries based on case counts. That really only makes sense if you aren’t going to do those things.Interested to see how it all unfolds

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    RR

    September 15, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    “A foreigner who wishes to travel to stay” says it all. People must enter, not being already there.

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    Lance

    September 15, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    “It is also not known if Thailand will accept tourist visitors from every country or just preferred “low risk” countries”

    I hate this part! How much you want to bet it will be everyone but Americans 🙁

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      American Ron

      September 16, 2020 at 7:59 am

      That’s not Thailand’s doing, that’s Americans refusing to accept that this isn’t about “Rights”.

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        Don R

        September 16, 2020 at 11:20 am

        Sweden

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    Lance

    September 15, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    It is also not known if Thailand will accept tourist visitors from every country or just preferred “low risk” countries

    I hate this … how much you want to bet that they will say everyone but Americans 🙁

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    Perceville Smithers

    September 15, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    So, 14-day quarantine, 90-day minimum stay, and you have to be from one of the countries on the Select Few list? When you’re showing signs of desperation you can not be choosy.

    Wouldn’t be surprised if a 1000THB minimum daily spending was added.

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      TS

      September 16, 2020 at 8:00 am

      We have lived in Isaan for 15 yrs and, for the most part,love it. Before that we enjoyed visiting as tourists. Free to travel around long or short stay. You know-the way most people do. Most tourist destinations opening up are going that route. You’ve thrown another piece of shite at the wall to see if it will stick. This 90 day plan is ridiculous and most prospective visitors will be turned off immediately. Start with the huge costs of staying at your chosen quarantine hotels. Then proof of further hotel bookings or residence ownership? No way. And the numbers you project are a pipe dream.
      Get a clue: Thailand was a pretty decent holiday destination back in the days before all the greed and rip offs. Now? no one is that desperate to visit Thailand. Never were, never will be.

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    Monir

    September 16, 2020 at 12:23 am

    I will not work as expecting……

    Potential spending power is higher for the short visitors compare to log stay rich visitors.
    Moreover, Potential spending behavior will have multi Chanel access (Ex: Hotel bill, shopping, transport and food segment) will have quick access for the short travelers.

    Government should more think about how to make more easy and safe access for foreigners. If foreigner get conditional easy access, everything will reform naturally. (No need to think about special holiday)

    Every country will run with more or less COVID-19 risk in future. Nobody can confirm Zero infection until a fortune vaccine come. More delay to open, country will loose more in future economy.

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    LEE

    September 16, 2020 at 12:29 am

    Skipping the article and going straight to the comments. Now that yahoo.com has disabled comments this site is my daily go-to for fun talks.

    This long term visa is viable until there are other options. i.e. Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, Korea, etc…

    My bags are packed and ready to fly but I do not plan on flying 20 hours to get lock in a cage.

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      Perceville Smithers

      September 16, 2020 at 11:51 pm

      That first sentence was a dead giveaway you’re a Yahoo Reject!

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    james

    September 16, 2020 at 3:01 am

    I have been going to Thailand and staying for long holidays for years now.

    I normally spend about six months a year, but 18 months ago I stayed for one whole year and I spent seven months from January until August this year.

    I will not be going back until the virus situation has finished otherwise it is too much hassle.

    I say all of this as I am sure most people in my position will not want to stay quarantined in an expensive hotel in Thailand and then live with restrictions.

    Going to another country is all about fun and enjoyment not about the hassle.

    People who can afford to do this normally have comfortable lives anyway so why go to Thailand and be unhappy at the moment?

    Stay at home and travel when it is much easier.

    People with jobs can not go for 90 days, only retired people can do that.

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    Mark

    September 16, 2020 at 5:22 am

    100% they are doing drugs but it not weed because you would still have some brain cells and they must be on coke or ice because that is crazy shit and they talk crazy shit. They do not know what they are doing and have no clue, They are running around like headless chickens 555

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    Mark

    September 16, 2020 at 5:52 am

    They not smoking weed must be something else like coke because they not have a clue what they are doing 555

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    Howard

    September 16, 2020 at 6:28 am

    Let’s see if these new long-stay plans get off the ground and actually take place. I will be very upset if they start letting tourists in before Non-Immigrant O Retirement based VISA holders. This would be very unfair to individual retirement VISA holders. I have been waiting for more than 6 months to return to my house, car, motorcycle, loved ones, and life I had in Chiang Mai. I am stranded in the United States, and just because I am not married or have a child, our category of VISA does not let us return? That would be a slap in our face. Let’s hope there is news to start allowing retirees to return as well. If you currently have a valid Non-Immigrant O VISA based on retirement. You cannot have 2 different valid visa’s at the same time. You would need to cancel your Non-Immigrant O based on retirement to be able to apply for this new category of visa. This could backfire if you cancel your current visa based on retirement, and then the CCSA allows our category to apply for a COE. If you change to that new tourist visa and you are still not eligible for whatever reason to enter, you will continue to be stranded outside of Thailand.

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      Gary

      September 16, 2020 at 8:53 pm

      Totally agree, and in the same boat, empty apartment for 6 months now, car just sitting in the garage, money in bank, useless visa.

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    Jason

    September 16, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Yes it’s the Phuket Model 2.0 I think we’ll find it is scrapped almost as quickly as Phuket Model 1.0 judging by the reaction here.

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    CJ

    September 16, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    I agree that this plan is probably not a real solution for Thailand’s problem, but for me personally it could have worked out really well had it not been for 1 thing…. being in stupid Australia and not being allowed to leave 😭😭😭 (which is crazy and I would think unlawful. What harm does it do Australia for me to leave if I commit to not returning in x amount of time – 270 days for example? How does this hamper their virus response?)

    I just got booted from my job but have very substantial savings. Depending on the cost of quarantine (happy to take on this cost if it’s at least slightly reasonable) I would jump at the chance to come for at least 90 days. I’ve been wanting to live in Thailand for an extended time forever, but never had the opportunity due to work commitments.
    Right now it feels like I’m as free as a bird, albeit in a gilded cage.
    I could’ve been in Thailand for 270 days! Would be a great way for me to find out if I could live there permanently.

    Well aware that my case is pretty exceptional of course, so there won’t be 1199 others per month like me 😉

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    Andy finbar

    September 18, 2020 at 1:41 am

    I’ve got my own house in korat, I won’t be doing no asq bollox paying 5,000 baht a night to be locked up for 15 days..

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    Suchart

    September 19, 2020 at 7:53 am

    1200 people a month and generate income of 1 billion baht per month ???? That’s $27,000 per tourist per month. As Homer Simpson would say, Duh-oh !!!

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