Category: Thailand Travel News
Thailand is one of the countries who have been very careful in reopening its borders for international tourists as the global epidemic is still running.
Recently, Thailand has decided to open for selected international tourists under strict protocols with an intention to prevent the importation of SARS-CoV-2 infection cases.
Being a world leader towards controlling the coronavirus within its own borders, this Thailand is reopening gradually, and very carefully to make sure it stays that way.
Following are the latest updates in regard to Thailand that is going to reopen for tourism. So, to know everything to the end before moving towards it, read the following guide.
Travellers allowed to visit Thailand
Long Stay Tourists: ‘Special Tourist Visa' (STV)
A 90-day visa is announced by Thailand in favour of long-stay tourists on September 15th, 2020. The visa is named as ‘Special Tourist Visa' (STV).
Entry requirements for STV
- 14-day‘ state quarantine' upon arrival
- Proof of payment for 90-day accommodation booking
- Travelling proof along with medical insurance that covers COVID-19 which should also have at least $100,000 USD in coverage for the whole duration of your stay.
- Preference will be given to low-risk countries as per Public Health Ministry regulations (the list of countries are not defined)
How to apply for a special tourist visa?
Passengers have to apply at a Thai Consulate or Embassy in your home country. Moreover, once got the visa, the traveller has to pay 2000 BAHT along with providing proof of paid accommodation. Also, proof of flight information and travel insurance should be shown as well.
Length of stay and renewals for STV
The STV will permit approved passengers to reside in Thailand for 90 days. Additionally, it can be renewed twice for 90 days every time.
Other travellers allowed to enter Thailand
All passengers belong to the below categories will have to face a compulsory 14- days isolation once arrived in Thailand;
Medical Tourists: Travelers seeking medical and wellness services may enter Thailand upon receiving an ‘International Flight Permit' from the Thai Embassy/Consulate in their home country. A letter from a Thai doctor must be presented when applying.
- Foreign film crews coming for filming in Thailand
- Foreigners participating in trade fairs in Thailand
- Foreign workers belong to Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos for food and construction industries
- Non-Thai nationals having a valid work permit and their children or spouse
- Non-Thai nationals who are a parent, children or spouse of a Thai national
- Non-Thai nationals having a valid certificate of residence, or allowance to take up residence in the Kingdom.
Additionally, passengers coming into the above categories must have to follow health protocols of Thailand including:
- The wearing of face masks is compulsory on in-bound flights and in the airport.
- Temperature checks and thermal scans once arrived.
- Travel health insurance that must have COVID-19 coverage.
- A pre-screening health declaration card must be filled out before departure.
Phuket ready to open for tourism plans
Phuket was originally scheduled to resume its working for international tourism on October 1, 2020, but unfortunately, the reopening has been delayed after the first case was deduced in 30 months of COVID-19 at the end of September.
Yuthasak Supasorn, the governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand originally asserted that Phuket reopening for overseas tourists would act as a pilot program for the rest of the country.
Furthermore, the intention was to test if Thailand could successfully reopen without a resurgence in COVID-19 cases. Regrettably, as of COVID-19 case within its own borders and a second wave of the coronavirus happening worldwide, the government of Th