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The Special Tourist Visa is now official and allows tourists in from October 1

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The Thai Government Gazette has officially recorded that long-stay tourists would now be allowed to come back to Thailand. The Cabinet approved the measure based on CCSA recommendation on September 15. Some people have already made early enquiries for the new Special Tourist Visa, or STV, which can be officially processed.

Whilst the official announcement is the start of Thailand’s tourism reboot, the government has announced they are only expecting some 1,200 tourist per month under the new scheme, a tiny fraction of the tourist numbers that used to flock to Thailand pre-Covid

Foreigners applying for a Special Tourist Visa should…

• Be a foreigner from a low-risk country wishing to stay for months in the kingdom under Public Health Ministry regulations.
• Accept compliance of preventive measures as prescribed by the government, including submitting to alternative state quarantine in appointed hospitals/hotels for not less than 14 days.
• Provide evidence of a place to stay during the long visit.
• Show proof of payment for hotel accommodation or admittance to hospitals chosen as alternative state quarantine facilities.

At this stage the definition of ‘low risk’ country remains open for interpretation and will change over time. As in the past, we’d urge anyone wishing to apply for the STV to enquire at the Royal Thai Embassy or a consulate in your home country before making any bookings or paying money for agents or other services.

People applying for the STV will need to provide ONE of the following as evidence…

• Proof of payment for hotel or accommodation to be used after discharge from quarantine.
• Copy of a condominium title deed owned by the visitor or a family member.
• Evidence of renting accommodation – condominium or house.
• Evidence of payment for the purchase or lease of a condominium-type residence that foreigners can legally buy or lease.

“Proof of health and accident insurance policy, which should cover the entire period of stay in Thailand, with insurance for medical expenses in case of outpatient treatment of not less than 40,000 baht and in case of inpatient treatment of not less than 400,000 baht.”

Foreigners with the evidence needed above will be eligible to apply for a one-time STV from Thai embassies or consulates in selected countries.

Eligible visitors will be charged a visa fee of 2,000 baht to stay in the kingdom for 90 days. After this period expires, immigration officers will be able to renew the holder’s visa twice, each for another 90 days at a time. Foreigners must submit an application and pay a fee in accordance with the rules.

The Special Tourist Visa policy is now effective for arrivals October 1 until September 30, 2021.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Fred glue

    Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    And before you leave the airport go down too level 2 , pick up your 25 kilo ball & chain and put it on your left ankle. And proceed on your holiday.

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      Davidnicholls

      Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 4:43 pm

      Thailand is finished many people I know will not go back to much bull shit to get in to the country money for nothing 14 days in prison it’s a joke fill sorry for the thai people not the government god bless the common people

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        Issan John

        Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 6:42 pm

        Have you spoken to “the common people” outside Pattaya or Phuket?

        Thais are far happier not taking the risk – it’s one of the few government policies that the vast majority of “the common people” want and support.

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        Rinky Stingpiece

        Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 7:27 pm

        There’s a lot of plastic in the sand on the beach, it’s a big shame, and some of the food isn’t really that good, and a bit overpriced. It used to be charming, but it seems to have become just very low quality with not very good service being the norm.

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    michael

    Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    Does anyone know if this STV can be converted to a Non-O retirement visa once we are inside Thailand?

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    Jim

    Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    So they got rid of the $100,000 medical insurance. Everyday there are changes. This is an evolving story.

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    Ali

    Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Where can we get the stv visa ?
    At bangkok airport or we should apply from Thai embassy before traveling !

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    Chris

    Friday, October 2, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    I called the Thai embassy in my country today. They are aware of the new STV but they have had no directions whatsoever to collect applications or to advice people in any matter regarding the visa. It is indeed somewhat suspicious on how the Chinese people managed to apply, get accepted, arrange all the paperwork and be ready to be anounced as the first group entering the country. I would say that with any other nation, I have nothing against the Chinese. I just feel bad because as soon as I heard the news on STV, I am reading all the news I can find, I apply to travel agencies “leaked” from the press, I am anticipating and hoping that I will be one of the people accepted into this, and in the end I realize that “perhaps” it is all staged and the first few thousands tourists will be pre-selected behind closed doors.

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