Stay Longer In Thailand
Foreign tourists can stay longer in Thailand, for up to nine months, without having to exit the country to extend their visas as was previously the case. From 1st October, tourist visas of three months can now receive two extensions of three months each.
Thailand’s Ministry of Interior says the new rules came into effect on 1st October and are valid until 30th September 2022, in a bid to boost the tourism industry.
Foreign tourists will, however, have to meet certain requirements to qualify as long stayers.
First of all, they must agree to a period of quarantine, as part of the Public Health Ministry’s measures to contain the spread of Covid-19, and must show booking receipts from the hotels in which they will isolate.
Then, they must show evidence of payments for their lodgings during their stay in the kingdom, which can be a rented house, a rented condominium room or a title deed of a condominium room. They are also required to have health insurance, with a minimum of US$100,000 cover for Covid-19 treatment valid for the entire period of their stay in the country. Furthermore, they must hold valid health and accident insurance coverage of Bt40,000 for out-patient treatment and Bt400,000 for in-patient treatment.
Having met the requirements, tourists will be granted a special tourist visa (STV), which is for single use only but will allow them to stay in Thailand for 90 days, which can extended twice by 90 days per extension. The visa extension fee is set at Bt2,000.
Source: Thai PBS World.