Thailand extends visa-free entry for Japanese business visitors

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Thailand’s Cabinet has given the green light to extend the 30-day visa-free entry privilege for Japanese visitors. The update, effective from January 1 next year, now includes Japanese business travellers.

The Cabinet, convening today, December 12, waved the magic wand on a proposal brought forth by the Foreign Affairs Ministry. Deputy government spokesman Kharom Polpornklang spilt the beans, sharing that this move was geared towards fostering investment opportunities.

“From January 1 onwards, Japanese passport holders can not only explore the enchanting landscapes but also conduct business seamlessly in Thailand.”

This game-changing provision is not a fleeting affair. Kharom confirmed that the business exemption would dance its way through the calendar pages, ensuring a hassle-free entry for Japanese business visitors until December 31, 2026, reported Bangkok Post.

Senior spokesman Chai Watcharong emphasised the indispensable role played by Japanese business representatives in Thailand’s economic landscape.

“Our friends from the Land of the Rising Sun have consistently held the title of Thailand’s top investors and stand tall as the third largest trade partners.”

Highlighting the pragmatic significance of the visa exemption, the spokesman shared insights into the frequent visits by Japanese entrepreneurs.

“They often fly in for crucial business and investment deliberations, not to mention sealing the deal with signed contracts. This visa-free extension is our way of rolling out the red carpet for our esteemed Japanese counterparts.”

In related news, fans mourned the death of a Japanese actress who died because of poor health at just 31 years old. The tragic news was announced by her agency, ENA Entertainment, which disclosed her death on Twitter. The agency confirmed that a funeral ceremony had been held exclusively for close family members. Read more about this story HERE.

In other news, economic experts are voicing apprehension over the slowing Chinese economy, citing that the mainland’s deceleration and escalating tensions with the US could potentially affect Thailand in terms of exports, tourism, direct investment, and property. Read more about this story HERE.

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Mitch Connor

Mitch is a Bangkok resident, having relocated from Southern California, via Florida in 2022. He studied journalism before dropping out of college to teach English in South America. After returning to the US, he spent 4 years working for various online publishers before moving to Thailand.

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