Tourist visas good for up to 9 months approved by cabinet

Photo: Arut Thongsombut
Photo: Arut Thongsombut

A new type of tourist visa was approved by the cabinet today for visitors to stay in Thailand for up to nine months.

The new Special Tourist Visas proposed by the Tourism and Sports Ministry will initially be good for 90 days but be extendable twice for an equal period, making them valid for up to 270 days – or nine months.

Travel restrictions could be limited as soon as next month, with up to 300 travelers per week allowed in to limited destinations under the so-called Phuket Model, which has since been expanded to Bangkok, Chonburi and, of course, Buriram.

Arriving tourists would be required to quarantine two weeks at a hotel or hospital, according to spokesperson Traisulee Traisornranakul of the Prime Minister’s Office. Each extension of the long-stay visa would cost THB2,000 (US$64).

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