30-day visa? Try 45 days, Thailand tempts eligible travelers

With a wave of the administrative wand, Thailand’s 30-day visas are now 45-day visas.

The cabinet yesterday approved the addition of another 15 days to the usual month-long visas – two weeks of quarantine still required – for those coming to travel or do business, government spokesperson Traisulee Traisornranakul announced.

The change applies to passport-holders from countries or territories with bilateral visa-exempt agreements such as Canada, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, the United States and Hong Kong. The change will be in effect until November 2021.

Still, a lot of boxes need to be checked before flying in. Travelers need to obtain certificates of entry in advance from their Thai embassy or consulate, book quarantine hotel stays and acquire at least US$100,000 in health insurance. They must also test negative for COVID-19 and get a fit-to-fly certificate 72 hours before departure.


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