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Thailand extends short-stay visas by 15 days to allow for quarantine period

Maya Taylor



PHOTO: The Straits Times

A proposal to extend short-stay visas by 15 days, to make up for time spent in quarantine, has been approved by the Thai Cabinet. The proposal was originally put forward by the Interior Ministry, who pointed out that foreigners entering the Kingdom on 30-day visas or visa exemptions, would lose 14 days as a result of mandatory quarantine. The 30-day visa is available to visitors from the 56 countries and territories currently under the 30 day visa exemption scheme, as well as other countries that have bilateral agreements with Thailand.

However, as Thailand finds itself in the early stages of a potential second wave of the virus, it remains to be seen if any further restrictions will be imposed on foreign nationals, particularly those from countries battling a high number of cases, or an outbreak of the new, more contagious variant seen in the UK and South Africa.

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has already hinted that tougher restrictions may come into force should the Covid-19 situation in the Kingdom take a turn for the worse, although he has so far held off on cancelling New Year celebrations or enforcing a second lockdown.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Interesting. So you add 15days to compensate the time waste in quarantine. Just need to explain that to my boss, that he will have to give me also 15days more of paid holidays… You compensate nothing. You still waste 15days, you still waste 50-100k in overcharged hotel. Nice try.

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      Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 5:09 pm

      You are not forced to come here

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        Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 12:06 pm

        trust me . we wont come there.

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    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Expect this all to be binned once the hysteria around the virus spread gathers pace.
    Dirty farangs will not be wanted, quarantine or not.
    Who in their right mind would travel during a global pandemic?

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    Jesus Monroe

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    Hasn’t’ anyone explained to these guys that workers in the west don’t have unlimited holidays…….it’s either quarantine and no tourists or no quarantine and tourists…….you can’t have both

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    Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    those who can travel with the new rule are welcome in Thailand, if you do not have the time or money,stay home. Thailand has given tourists an opportunity.

    Therefore, one should not complain so much

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      Mel Burn

      Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 6:46 pm

      We have time and money and were used to stay for months in Thailand – but we use it as a base for travel. With quarantine requirement it’s not possible. Now you can travel to Caribbean, Mexico, Turkey, etc. without any restrictions.

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    Leo Z

    Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 12:43 am

    The virus has already spread to all corners of Thailand. This is probably the second and third wave combined into one for Thailand. And even 10,000 tests a day would not be cutting it. I wonder if the 500-700 tourists a month that TAT was expecting are having second thoughts now. “We’ll drop the ASQ to 7 days, we’ll throw in a free golf course”.

    To be fair, all this should have been expected. It’s a country having porous borders with four other countries, where a large part of GDP is produced by seasonal migrant workers, and where domestic travel is easy.

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