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Special Tourist Visa 2.0 – This is what should happen on September 26

Tim Newton

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So here’s an idea. If Thailand truly wants to attract tourists why not offer FREE QUARANTINE for the first 10,000 people who contact their Royal Thai Embassy and register to come as tourists under the new Special Tourist Visa. The Thai government or TAT could pay the hotels directly (I bet it will be a lot less than the extortionate price currently being asked by participating hotels). Some other countries are paying for tourist quarantine expenses. Thailand, with a big reliance, directly and indirectly, on tourist dollars, should consider the same.

Provide a valid incentive rather than just spewing out clear attempts at price-gouging people who genuinely want to visit Thailand. Stop this veneer of acting as ‘generous hosts’ and actually be properly and sincerely generous. Long term, attracting a handful of wealthy tourists, with time and money in plentiful supply, is not going to fill the country’s hotels, tour boats or street-side restaurants.

Whatever the cost to the Thai Government, it would be easily repaid in increased revenue to the country from the foreigners’ 90 days+ stays in the Kingdom. Given the bad PR Thailand is receiving at the moment, related to its numerous unworkable visa “plans” and “models”, turn travellers’ frowns upside down and revel in the power of positive PR instead of trying to ‘spin’ a travel plan into profit for a selected few.

And allow the current tourists, or people stuck here with lapsed visas, to “roll over” onto the Special Tourist Visa on September 26. Yes, they should report to their nearest Immigration office and report where they are and pay the 2,000 baht application fee. But just stamp them in for another 90 days and save yourself additional paperwork. Let them, instead, spend any cash they have left on restaurants, travel and bar girls… whatever. Those remaining foreigners are your best best to revive international tourism with their stories about Thailand’s ‘good will’ and the posts about their adventures around the Kingdom.

Even better, for the foreigners who want to come to Thailand, dust off one of your grounded Thai Airways planes and fly them here for free as well, or at least at highly discounted fares (given the 100s of thousands of un-refunded fares you have sitting in the bank). With a handful of airlines currently flying into Bangkok, the sight of a Thai Airways plane at international airports would be another attractive reminder about Thailand and its many alluring natural and cultural assets. Heaven knows, the beleagured airline needs some good PR too and would be the best gift to the patient airline staff and pilots as they bite their nails awaiting the outcome of the current restructure and bankruptcy proceedings.

We won’t even mention the whole Covid-19 insurance ‘scam’, provided magically by Thai companies. Or the reception they’ll get at Suvarnabhumi which is more like the set of the Andromeda Strain than a welcoming airport. Or the many reports of foreigners footing up to embassies around the world to be told they know nothing about the new Special Tourist Visa.

Be real hosts and put the smile back into the Land of Smiles.

Of course we realise none of this will happen but simply express the frustration of many in the form of ‘wishful thinking’.

We posted something similar on Facebook yesterday and received the following responses…

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    Svcoquette

    Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 10:37 am

    Keep the foreign tourists you have. It’s much easier and SAFER. What’s the negative? We’ve been coming here on our yacht from Malaysia for several years to get boat work done. We usualy spend over 1 million baht each time during the 2.5 months we stay, Feb thru mid April when the fine NE monsoon is in affect. Many other yachts come here as well.
    We would like to return to Malaysia but cannot as Malaysia (like Thailand) has closed its ports to arriving and departing foreign yachts.
    We used to feel welcomed here but no longer as we are being forced to leave 26 Sept but cannot as there is no place to go. Our boat is our only home, we no longer have a home in the USA.
    We would not think of getting on an airplane for the 30 our travel time (with several stops) to the USA, especially at our age (67).
    We are here, feel safe here and continue to spend money.

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    Gary

    Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 10:48 am

    Sorry, no new tourists until Long stay visa holders, ie retirees, especially those who own property and therefore have proven their interest in Thailand, are allowed back into country.

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    EdwardV

    Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 10:51 am

    What makes you think Thailand is serious about opening for tourism? I see nothing in the current plan that would lead anyone to believe that. Ever single obstacle is designed to weed out those without large sums of disposable cash and time. Leaving them with a very small pool of desired people. It’s the same reason behind the new requirement to provide a bank statement with the visa application. The writing on the wall is pretty clear.

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      Ron

      Monday, September 21, 2020 at 2:22 pm

      That is my view too. If the Thai officials really wanted to have a solution, they would have. All the complicate measures are made to hold people outside the country or at least to delay the arrivals. The actual quarantine works and the demand is still high. It just needs to expand the offers of flights and ASQ possibilities. And on this side they would do more business.

      But that is obviously not wanted.

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    DK

    Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 11:46 am

    Your ideas are great and worth a great deal of merit. However, Thai bureaucrats are simply interested in money making. Evident in all analysis is a billion baht figure tied to a number of tourists (100 etc.per day or week) allowed in with 20 obstacles to enter Thailand. My sense is your opinion piece will fall on deaf ears. Still I hope for the best for those already here wanting visa extensions.

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    Rinky Stingpiece

    Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    It seems like all these schemes, coupled with the overt friendliness towards China that is beholden to appeasing a minority hostile to large numbers of white people entering Thailand. The hostility may be due to fear of losing economic status and political control if the farang community becomes larger and brings cultural as well as economic competition rather than fear of anything else.
    The world seems to be on the cusp of a clash of civilisations with several countries on the front line, with their people favouring one side, and their governments favouring another side.

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    Mel Burn

    Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    We are leaving on by September 26 and many people in Thailand will lose part of their income. All those proposals do not make any sense. Thai visa structure and permanent residency rules must be reworked similar to Mexico or Panama. Until then – good bye.

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      Rusty Gore

      Monday, September 21, 2020 at 12:42 pm

      Very workable plan that could keep most of the reported aprox. 140,000 foriegn tourists in Thailand. Everyday they are here they buy about 400,000 meals, 75,000 accomodations and lots of other stuff from Thais all over the country. Why not offer a free roll over into the new long stay tourists visa to the first 5,000 who go to their local Immigration office and apply. Make the only documents needed a valid passport and an expired Thailand visa of any type. Let the foreign students here also go to school on that same visa until regular flights resume. The good PR would do way more for the entire counyry than another half backed fear of horrible foreigner, piles of nearly impossible to obtain paperwork, government visa plan.

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    Tyler

    Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    I don’t think free flights and quarantine are the answer.
    I don’t know the answer, but I do know the type of people they are targeting, those that can afford to charter flights etc. are not the type of people who will inject the much needed cash in to the local economies.
    Those people will stay in their global conglomerate resorts, eat in the attached restaurants, resort provided activities etc. with no real money trickling down to the local cafe, street vendor, or tour operator.

    I wonder how much thought they’ve given to pitching the millions of foreign online workers, freelancers, “influencers” and the like? The type of person desperate to alleviate their home countries’ induced cabin fever and approaching winter blues and can afford (with adequate internet) to spend 2 weeks in quarantine and then continue to work and be paid in their respective countries whilst travelling with and staying, eating and drinking in local establishments to help revive the industry and start lining the everyman’s coffers.

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    Stefan Svensson

    Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    I think it would be better to let them get rid of all the dirty tourists with low incomes this year, then it would be interesting to have a debate about how they see and think about their behavior. I myself stay at home, for the first time in 24 years. Do not want to expose me to all the nonsense, insecure information that squirts out of the cradle of corruption. Then they can shine those who choose to remain in the center of panic. Do the only thing right and stay home for a season.

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      Stephen Westrip

      Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 4:56 pm

      Surely the bottom line is this – if a person has a negative test within 72 hours of departure, a negative test on arrival, endures ASQ and tests negative at the end then what does it matter which country they come from, how long for, which flight they took, whether they have long-term accommodation booked? Some of those items are standard visa requirements but none of them make any difference in the spread of COVID-19.

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    Jason

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    30% of something is better than 100% of nothing. Keep the tourists you have! Let the expats back! Don’t stop the boats! (It’s not hard to test the boat people and let them come ashore 14 days later). To the Government, no other tourists are coming under the various plans touted by TAT or other Government Agencies. I know because I’m one of them.

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    Khun Ken

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Lol No money no honey/This is Thailand baby .Country for rich. Please clean our country from yourself as soon as possible

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    Roger

    Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    Authorities should honor valid retirement visas (why not?) and allow entry on scheduled airlines. I am all for doing 14 days quarantine on entry to Thailand but in my condo (trust me)…they can tag me if they want. So Covid test 72 hour prior to coming to Thailand. Scheduled flights, covid insurance cover, 14 days quarantine in hotel or your property and honour existing retirement visas. What they are proposing will never work….Well not for me I am afraid!

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    LEE

    Friday, September 25, 2020 at 12:15 am

    Tourism countries do not want frugal or begging backpackers. Google begging packpacker.

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Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2012. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 41 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented over 10,000 radio news bulletins, 3,900 in Thailand alone, hosted 650 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. As founder of The Thaiger, Tim now acts as the Content Manager and head-writer, whilst supervising the growth of the YouTube channel. He's reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand.

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