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A long stay tourist visa has been approved by the Cabinet for those entering Thailand. Those issued the visa would be allowed to enter Thailand and stay up to 9 months.

Visitors will be issued a Special Tourist Visa, known as STV starting next month, according to “Thai Enquirer”, but no exact date has been announced. Each visa will cost 2,000 baht. It’s good for 90 days and can be renewed twice, adding up to a total of 270 days, according to initial reports.

Government spokesperson Traisuree Trisoranakul says the visitors must still go through a 14 day quarantine.

“Tourists who qualify for the STV must intend to stay in Thailand for a long period of time, comply with Thai Public Health measures of undergoing state quarantine or alternative state quarantine for 14 days, and show evidence of the hotels that they will be staying in.”

The visa is aimed at assisting the tourism industry which is estimated to bring in about 1.2 billion baht per month. Traisuree predicts around 1,200 tourists per month will enter under the new visa.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand| Thai Enquirer

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    sam thompson

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    Good idea and well done to the Immigration Service for thinking of [safer] ways to attract back some tourists…..such a pity it takes a crisis for them to move their constipated stance concerning all things immigration….having lived here for 12 years and still have to do 90 day reporting seems antiquated and clumsy, even online would be something…..thousands of immigration employees shuffling millions of tonnes of redundant and useless paperwork….the system needs a huge input of proactive, creative and original thinking to make the processes work for the customer rather than the system

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      patrick

      Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 11:33 pm

      that give less jobless figures

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      J.C.

      Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 8:50 am

      You’ve lived there as a guest for 12 years. You’ll never have permanent residency there and the 90 day reporting is to keep you from forgetting that.

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    Jack

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    So 1200 tourist per month and a expensive extend income of 1.2b per month so they expect each tourist to spend a million per month ???

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      patrick

      Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 11:35 pm

      of course why not ??? tomorrow they will ask 10.000 more teachers in mathematic or the journalist will be fired

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    barry

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    Good move – now what would also be great would be to allow foreigners currently on amnesty to get on this, a sort of test drive – would surely help those left behind with little options in the current circumstances, like foreigners on expired non-immigrant type B visas!

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    murika

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    all the expats including me will switch to that visa ! no tm.30, no garanty money in the bank, thank you thailand !

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      barry

      Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 5:59 pm

      You wish… There are currently no options to go from long-stay to tourist in country, even in the unprecedented border situation we’re facing.

      Indonesia, for instance, allowed people on expired kitas and vitas (work/stay permits) to switch to a “social visa”, which is an extendable (6 months under normal circumstances, until the borders are open at the moment) tourist / social visa, with no strings attached. This is normally not possible.

      At the moment Thailand is just telling people like myself who were working here on non-Bs and got caught in the pandemic to simply leave the country…

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      RR

      Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 6:21 pm

      It is for visitors from abroad, not for those already there. You will have to exit the country before.

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    Svcoquette

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    Why not let tourists already here eligible for this? Why try to get us to leave 26 Sept? We’re here, we feel safe here, much safer than forcing is to get on an airplane and we spend money. What’s the downside to us staying?

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      barry

      Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 5:54 pm

      Not just tourists Svcoquette – all foreigners should be given an option –

      tourists do have visa options (non-ED, non-B) to extend their stay here, but please remember that people on expired long-stay visas (non-Bs, or O-A for example)) who can’t renew in current conditions are given no such options to legalise and extend their stay – even though they usually have even less ties to a “home” country than people here who entered on tourist visas…

      We really hope this will be addressed…

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        Svcoquette

        Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 6:25 pm

        Yes Barry you are correct ALL foreigners should be eligible to stay here. We came from Malaysia on our boat and cannot return there as it’s ports are closed to foreign yachts until at least 31 Dec. However Malaysia is allowing ALL foreigners to stay until 31 Dec. Thailand should do the same.
        We have USA passports but left America many years ago on our boat to see the world, 63 countries so far. The boat is our home, we have no home in America and no children or ties there. At our age, 67, we would never agree to get on an airplane, be exposed to many people in airports for the 30 hr journey to America until this virus crisis is better under control.

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      Justin

      Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 6:57 pm

      Agreed 1000000%, i can’t understand also…

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    Dragonboat Ronin

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    Very smart policy. Thinking from a tourist’s perspective, this in conjunction with the positive response Thailand has had to the virus makes travel to Thailand considerably more appealing. I’d recommend offering the chance for people on amnesty to switch to this visa also, ideally electronically but if not then through appointment at immigration. I’m sure many would be happy to pay a fee to do so and this would also provide additional revenue. Thank you Thailand.

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    A step in the right direction, but not a leap.
    This reminds me of a comment I had on my school report card: Good but could try harder.

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    EdwardV

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    So Thailand expects 1,200 tourists spending 1.2 billon baht every month. That works out to each tourist spending about $32,000 per month. Think about that for a minute. Can you get 1,200 tourists a month , yes easily. That number is ridiculous low for a county that was averaging over 3 million per month. Of course only 1,200 is a meaningless number as it’s so low to have no meaningful effect on the economy. They country will in effect not open back up. Also to expect a tourist to spend $32,000 per month is just as absurd. It will be interesting to see the details, you know where the devil is hidden.

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      apollo

      Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 7:10 pm

      well done edward but for the sake of being simple 32000 dollars is 833,333 baht a month. a bit high

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      J.C.

      Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 11:03 am

      They’re talking about long term tourists who are expected to stay for 3 months at a minimum. So after a few months of entries, there are going to be a lot more than 1,200 people there. How much of a simpleton do you have to be to not realize this?

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    Remo

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    But I was just reading in another site that in order to qualify you must come from a country that has been covid free for 30 days.

    If it will be the case, then only China and North Korea will qualify.

    It seems they want Asians to come but not Farangs.

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      Awadhesh

      Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 6:18 pm

      😀

      Even Specific in Asians too, Remo!

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      Petr

      Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 7:12 pm

      Exactly this visa for Chinese ) I am totally disappointed goodbye Thailand.

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      J.C.

      Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 11:05 am

      > Everything I read on any random site is real.

      Take your meds, Remo.

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    Petr

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Relax this visa for the Chinese;) Read the news on the bangkok post They accepted 1200 Chinese per month

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    Nipral

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    By far the most moronic scheme ever designed !
    Only addressed to a very limited number of guests, and not the real spenders.
    High end tourism is not long term
    Will fail !
    Thai hospitality industry will keep shrinking and eventually die.
    So long Thailand ?

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    Rinky Stingpiece

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    I don’t see how this complex and restrictive visa system helps Thailand.

    If you let every farang (i.e.: person from a richer country) have unlimited free visas, and they could work online or make businesses, they would be spending money on rent, food, utilities, hiring Thai people, and generally putting money into the economy. I don’t see any cost to Thailand. They have a glut of apartments to fill, they could make it easier for foreigners to come in and rent them out, teach English, tech skills, spend money, etc… how do these visas help that happen?

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    Mick

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    Can I change my visa to a retirement visa during this time?

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    patrick

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    lets wait the government details in official writing then comment

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    willem

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 2:16 am

    And how about longstay visa holders? NON O or NON OA? It would make more sense to let these come back first. Many live in Thailand and got unlucky to be outside Thailand when the boarders closed.

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    lootarzoon

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 9:28 am

    Lets summerize, only 1200 Chinese having transfered 833.000 bath X 3 month will get that visa, did I understand well???

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    suchart

    Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    “Traisuree predicts around 1,200 tourists per month will enter under the new visa.”
    1200 a month ?? That must be an error.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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