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Thailand’s Special Tourist Visa to be approved tomorrow

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The Special Tourist Visa will be ticked off and added to the Immigration department’s list of available visas on Monday. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration meeting at the start of the business week will pass the much-discussed STV which is hoped to be the first step of a wider re-opening to general tourism in Thailand. CCSA spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul says all the preparations have now been made.

“The Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Ministry of Public Health and various other units were fully prepared for the STV.”

The STV, floated 2 weeks ago, is the latest attempt to find a compromise between the essential re-opening of Thailand’s lucrative tourist industry and preventing a surge of new Covid-19 cases. Thailand has had an outstanding success in containing the local outbreak of Covid19 earlier in the year but now finds itself trapped in a bubble of its own making as fears of a 2nd wave of cases have held back the re-opening of the Thai borders.

Here are the strict basic requirements of the new STV…

• Foreign visitors will be required to have a Covid-19 test taken 72 hours before, departure

• They will have to buy Covid-19 health insurance

• Sign a letter of consent agreeing to comply with the Thai government’s Covid-19 measures

• Will be for a minimum 90 days (there have been some reports of a minimum 30 days), renewable twice, to a total of 20 days

• The visa will be limited to people from ‘low-risk’ countries although that list has not been announced

• Successful applicants will have to complete a 14 day mandatory quarantine at a state-registered quarantine/hotel

• STV travellers must travel by charter plane and every flight carrying them must receive permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or CCSA

Earlier this week the Thai sports and tourism minister floated the idea of reducing the quarantine period to 7 day but the CCSA spokesperson says that is not being considered at this stage, although it may be considered in the future.

The spokesperson said that the Tourism Authority of Thailand predicts 1,200 STV travellers are expected to enter Thailand each month after the visa is actioned, bringing in more than 1.03 billion baht… a tiny proportion on the previous income from tourists. 1,200 tourists a month equites to little more than 1 plane per week, hardly a medium to long term solution. Before Covid-19, Phuket Airport, alone, had 300 aircraft arrivals every day.

Tomorrow’s likely approval for the STV falls just days before the scheme was proposed to begin – the start of October. The TAT says they’ve already had “a lot” of enquiries about the new visa. Given the costs of the insurance, charter flights and quarantine at selected hotels, the new visa will only likely attract a limited supply of high-wealth tourists.

The Thaiger will provide all the final details of the Special Tourist Visa as soon as they are announced.

 

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21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. Glenn

    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 9:26 am

    • Foreign visitors will be required to have a Covid-19 test taken 72 hours before, departure
    • They will have to buy Covid-19 health insurance
    • Sign a letter of consent agreeing to comply with the Thai government’s Covid-19 measures
    • Will be for a minimum 90 days (there have been some reports of a minimum 30 days), renewable twice, to a total of 20 days
    • The visa will be limited to people from ‘low-risk’ countries although that list has not been announced
    • Successful applicants will have to complete a 14 day mandatory quarantine at a state-registered quarantine/hotel
    • STV travellers must travel by charter plane and every flight carrying them must receive permission from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or CCSA

    > Rats’a Ruck with this. I’m surprised for a govt that’s so concerned with ‘face’ and ‘image’ that they would even think this will work.

    • Wijnschenk

      Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 4:45 pm

      It is not!!! Allowed in many countrys to have 2 health insurances!!.
      Almost all european indurances cover covid 19 worldwide.
      Be careful dont loose your old one for a thai one.
      Dutch law says not allowed to have two!!

      Het is niet mogelijk om voor je zorgverzekering dubbel verzekerd te zijn. … Beide verzekeraars lopen het risico dat je een schade bij hun claimt. Daarom moet je voor beide verzekeringen gewoon blijven betalen. Je betaalt dubbele premie, maar je krijgt niet dubbel uitgekeerd bij schade.

    • Nipral

      Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 5:37 pm

      Just a bunch of morons !

  2. Svcoquette

    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 9:27 am

    Why not offer the STV to tourists already here? We are here, we are covid free, we have money to spend. Simple solution to the problems and hassles we and the immigration workers are experiencing.

  3. I miss my GF

    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 9:39 am

    Why is it always low-risk countries if anyone is willing to do all this and show they dont have covid why is that not enough! Why low risk country why only charter flights!!! I have not seen my GF for over 7 months just because I am from the US does not mean I have covid! I want to see my GF and the condo I YET TO SEE and paying over 40,000THB for EACH MONTH! THIS IS NOT FAIR!

    • Your friend

      Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 11:04 am

      Let me go check for you, i am in thailand. Whats her contact details? I will take care of gf and condo for you until you come back.

    • Ada

      Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 1:36 pm

      Typical American

      • David

        Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 5:02 pm

        What an idiotic thing to say

    • See you some other time, perhaps

      Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 10:49 pm

      What “girlfriend” and what “condo” exactly? There are many, but none of them yours

  4. Shane

    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 9:40 am

    “Will be for a minimum 90 days (there have been some reports of a minimum 30 days), renewable twice, to a total of 20 days”.

    Should be a total of 270 days.

  5. Wijnschenk

    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 10:08 am

    To expensive and complocated.
    Just about money again!!!
    No normal… tourist will come.!!
    So just a possibility for longstayers who want to go back to their family childten.
    Really is this what they come up with.??
    Extra insurance why!!!.
    Most insurance cover everythong allready!!.
    But no lets get some money….
    Ckvid test how many times total??
    Oh and not free… money again.
    Hotel?? Only state hotels???,
    Very expensive money again.
    IS JUST ABOUT MONEY NOT! TOURIST OR OTHER PERSONS WHO WANT TO GO TO THEIR LOVED ONES.

    Never ever have they talked about….
    HUMANITY!!!

  6. Boicotthailand

    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 11:44 am

    It’s a joke, international tourists must #boycotthailand avoid to spend a single penny in a corrupted violent dictatorial country.

  7. Perceville Smithers

    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    There’re less hoops and hurdles to clear to get a date with the FLOTUS!

  8. Peter

    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Yet to be announced which countries? Mai katchai.

  9. Roscoe73

    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    There is a story today of an American fined and arrested for complaining on TripAdvisor about a bad experience at a resort. Add to all visa requirements now that complainers will go to jail!

    Simply Amazing…

    https://www.thejakartapost.com/travel/2020/09/26/american-sued-in-thailand-over-negative-tripadvisor-review.html

  10. Wijnschenk

    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Again it is not!! Allowed in many countrys to have 2 !! Health insurances.!!.
    Many european insurances cover covid 19 worldwide.
    Even letters in english confirm this.
    So be careful !!
    Dont loose your old one to get a thai one.

  11. Nipral

    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Just a bunch of morons !

  12. Nipral

    Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    “High wealth” tourists are not obviously stupid enough to enroll in this moronic plan !
    Fortunately for the government ridicule doesn’t kill (unlike covid) !!!
    At least the international community is having great fun with covid, thanks to Thai
    government’s genius ideas !!!

  13. TUAN DATO'SRI SIMON SUKVIT.

    Monday, September 28, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    Without Prejudice!

    Let’s not blame only Thailand, all over the world are trying best to contain their country Virus level to save & protect their citizen, no word to comment.

    Will it be Better & Fairer to all countries and travelers whether business or tourist just let it be below recommended:-

    a) 72 hours ahead of departing countries. Tested Negative.
    b) Entry to any country, routine temperature test should it be higher than a
    next Covid-19 test be taken before entry.
    c) All airlines now covers passengers everything on Insurance on board, sick,
    delay flight, Covid-19 treatment in the happening country. This is enough.
    d) Recommended special hotels by the local government is acceptable at only a
    reasonable rate.
    e) No quarantine is necessary, MANDATORY MASK BE USED AT ALL TIME AT ALL
    INDOOR & OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES. JUST LIKE IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY TIME.
    F) STRICT RULES & PUNISHMENT SUCH AS CAUGHT WITHOUT USING A MASK, MIN FINE,
    MAX FINE & JAIL TERM OF 3 YEARS.
    G) TIME OF LEAVING THE COUNTRY OF ENTRY, REQUIRE A TEST REPORT IN THE DEPART
    AIRPORT OR ANY HOSPITAL RISK FREE, NEGATIVE ONLY ALLOW TO DEPART OTHERWISE
    BE TREATED IN THE LOCAL HOSPITAL AT TRAVELERS INSURANCE PACKAGE.

    I TRUST THESE SUGGESTIONS ABOVE COULD ALLEVIATE IN MANY COUNTRIES CURRENTLY FACING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC CRISIS AND SIMULTANEOUSLY NEEDED TO RESOLVE THE LOCAL COUNTRY ECONOMY HAZARD.

    I LOOK FORWARD TO A BETTER COMBINATION RULES TO ALLOW THE AVIATION TO FLOURISH TOGETHER WITH WORLD ECONOMY AND ALSO CONTAINING THE VIRUS WELL. THANKS.

    CONCERN.
    TUAN DATO’SRI SIMON SUKVIT.

  14. Mal.

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 12:05 am

    Once again the new Thailand is pricing itself out of the market, there’s other countries in the region that have even more these days to offer tourists. Mind you these ppl who are policy makers at present haven’t a clue that it’s illegal to have 2 insurrance policies, they are more akin to how to take lives and fleese ppl than being business astute, welcome to the military. Not sure they’re going to be getting many takers!

  15. InnerCynic

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    Simply amazing. There is never going to be a recovery at this pace. To think that the economy was destroyed over this ridiculous fear.

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