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Thailand Reopening for Long Stay Tourists New 90 Day Visa
In cabinet meeting on September 15 Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has just announced that new 90 days visa for Thailand which has now long stay tourist.
This new visa process will be allowing long-stay tourists who want to spend more time in Thailand at least 90 days. This is the first phase of general tourism that will reopen in Thailand, And there will be a new boom in the industry.
For getting the visa applicant will have to book a hotel or private accommodation for the full 90 days in order to qualify. And they need to quarantine themselves after arrival completely for 14 days in full. the tourist will be allowed free movement. Not yet still no any test procedure has been mentioned. But they can also come into play as visas are issued.
Most of the concerned for PM Prayag Chan-o-cha about new cases of virus, how to keep out of the community as tourists start coming in-bound.
“ It will have the most imoprtant condition for a 14 day quarantine. Whose as travellers will come to for tourism or health services then they can get alternative state quarantine facilities. And these facilities would have function in specific areas or at hospitals. Our public health system is the best in the world and people can trust it.”
While this news is just breaking right now, here's everything we know about Thailand's new long-term visa so far.
Eligible Countries Apply 90 days visa:
Applicants under this visa category are citizens or permanent residents of the countries listed below:
- Other European countries
Please note that other countries listed above may still not apply for 90-day non-immigrant visas under many circumstances. You can contact our 24/7 customer support or email us to find out how you qualify under this type of visa.
Quarantine Rules: All applicants who obtain an approved STV visa must agree to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. It is unknown whether this will only be at state facilities, or if this list of approved hotels will be valid for hosting arrivals.
Proof of stay: To qualify for a visa, tourists must show proof of stay for a full 90 days or longer. This will include a contract of apartment rent, confirmation of hotel booking, lease of a condo, copy of ownership of accommodation belonging to family / friends where the applicants will reside.
Areas of Thailand where visa will be valid:
The government's public relations site states, "The government will begin opening up to long-stay tourists in areas where the spread of COVID-19 is prevented and controlled."
This is the first news of general tourism resuming in Thailand. Many expats, long-term visitors in general, companions of Thai nationals and frequent travelers to Thailand await any indication that Thailand will once again allow them to return.
Since July, Thailand has been allowing very select categories of foreigners to enter the country, including only a select few foreign tourists, direct family members of Thai citizens, business investors and skilled foreign workers.
Prior to this recent announcement of STV visas, the only other signal that Thailand tourists wanted to accept soon was the Phuket pilot project. Yuthasak Supsorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, made a statement on 21 August confirming the government's plan to open Phuket for international tourism on 1 October.
The reopening of Phuket for foreign visitors was planned to act as a sort of pilot program for the rest of the country, testing how successful restarting the tourism sector in this current environment can be.
The Phuket reopening is planned with a minimum 30-day stay, many PCR tests, and a strict 14-day quarantine. While the program isn’t expected to launch until October 1st, the new STV Visa might be a more attractive option for visitors, pending on its actual start date.
The long stay visa is intended to help Thailand's tourism industry, which has been greatly affected by the epidemic. Thailand earned at least two trillion a year from international tourist arrivals before the outbreak of COVID-19.