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Thailand’s tourism industry continues to recover as the year draws to a close. The borders are now open to international arrivals, with two kinds of visa available: Special Tourist Visa (STV) and a 60-day Tourist Visa. Acquiring one of the two visas has been made easier recently, with some of the initial fees being waived. Nationwide, the emergency decree has been extended into next year, as Thailand continues to navigate a slow and steady return to normal tourism operations.
In a bid to prevent Covid-19 infections during the peak New Year’s travel period, Thailand is expected to extend its nationwide Emergency Decree until at least 15th January 2021, according to a recent statement by the Prime Minister. Once approved, this will become the 8th extension to the Emergency Decree since its first inception in March 2020. As reported last month, a new 60-day Tourism Visa is now available. This is in addition to the more long-term Special Tourism Visa (STV). Visa requirements for both visas include medical insurance amounting to US$ 100,000 that covers Covid-19, proof of alternative state quarantine reservation (ASQ) and proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR swab test taken within 72 hours of departure.
In addition to the above requirements, both visas initially stipulated that applicants provide bank statements as proof of income covering six months and equivalent to THB 500,000 (US$ 17,000). However, it appears the Thai government is now walking back this criterion for entry, out of concern that it could severely limit the number of arrivals. A number of Thai embassies worldwide (Los Angeles and London being two prominent examples) have either dramatically reduced the amount required, or dropped it from their visa requirements altogether.
The update in fees and entry requirements is the latest in a line of concessions from the government, which has been progressively walking back its controls on entry over the past few weeks. For example, eligibility for the STV visa has been expanded to include mid-risk countries in Europe and Scandinavia, while the mandatory quarantine period has also been cut from 14 to 10 days for citizens of low-risk countries.
Panorama Destination is working to ensure the safety of Panorama Destination clients returning to Thailand, and has introduced a set of health and safety protocols based on a dedicated Covid-19 policy. The business has also achieved safety certification from a range of internationally recognised organizations, including the following:
1. Thailand Hygiene Plus Initiative (THPI)
2. World Travel & Tourism Council ‘Safe Travels’ campaign
3. “Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration” certification (SHA) by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)
We continue to work alongside the Government and with other DMCs in Thailand, to ensure safe and standardised services for all returning visitors; and will continue to provide the latest breaking news regarding Covid-19 and its impact on tourism via our social media channels:
We also understand that our clients, agents and partners have many concerns and questions regarding the current situation in Thailand with regards to Covid-19. To help address some of these issues, we’ve put together a series of frequently asked questions and provided a response according to the most current information.
(Please note that the Covid-19 situation in Thailand continues to develop on an almost daily basis. All information above and below is accurate at the time of writing – for the latest updates, please refer to our social media channels, or get in touch directly)
How serious is the Covid-19 situation in Thailand?
Covid-19 is currently under control in Thailand; officials in the Kingdom have been quick to isolate and contain any clusters of the virus over the last few months, and on-going safety protocols are ensuring the number of new cases is relatively low and manageable. Visas are now available and international tourists are slowly and safely returning.
What is the current tourism situation?
A slow but steady influx of arrivals is already underway – under the STV programme, Thailand plans to welcome 100-300 visitors a week, or up to 1,200 people a month. Yachts and foreign vessels are now also permitted to dock in Thai ports. A new 60-day visa has just been announced, meaning that Thailand is officially open to foreign tourists once more!
What is the new tourism visa?
The new 60-day visa, which can be extended to a 90 days, allows all foreign nationals to apply for entry into Thailand. To be approved for entry, applicants must provide medical insurance that covers Covid-19, with at least US$ 100,000 in coverage for the entire duration of stay; proof of alternative state quarantine reservation (ASQ); and proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR swab test taken within 72 hours of departure. Some embassies may still require proof of income for the last 6 months.
What is the STV visa?
The 90-day STV is aimed at long-term, high-spending tourists. It costs 2,000 baht and can be extended twice, to give the visitor an overall stay of 270 days. A 10-day quarantine period (reduced from 14 days) is mandatory, along with a range of additional requirements.
Can I travel to Thailand for Medical Tourism?
Foreign medical tourists are now permitted to come to Thailand for medical treatment, subject to strict disease control measures. Thailand’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) says Thailand’s medical and wellness tourism programme has been resumed with the hope of attracting medical tourists back into the country. However, for obvious reasons, those seeking Covid-19 treatment will not be allowed to enter. Medical tourists will need to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 diagnosis, along with an appointment letter from a doctor in Thailand and an entry certificate issued by their local Thai embassy.
Where can I find more information?
As always, check our website and social media channels for all the latest updates: