The Thai government is now allowing long-stay visitors from all over the globe to apply for the ‘Special Tourist Visa’ (STV). This was previously only available to travellers from low and medium-risk countries for the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest announcement was published in the Royal Thai Government Gazette recently, with immediate effect. Tourists, business travellers, investors, and all other kinds of travellers will be allowed into the country.
How do you qualify for the STV?
Visitors who intend to qualify for the STV must comply with Thailand’s COVID-19 control and preventive measures. This will include:
- Undergoing a 14-day quarantine upon arrival
- Having proof of their long-term accommodation or residence in the kingdom – such as a hotel reservation, rental contract or evidence of condominium ownership
- Holding the required medical and travel insurance, and a valid Fit To Fly medical certificate.
- Those arriving by foreign yachts must provide proof of advance payment for mooring fees and must strictly follow the rules and regulations set by the Marine Department.
This STV will allow tourists to stay at the destination for 90 days and can be extended twice for a further 90 days each time. This will be available until September 30,2021. The fee for the visa is 2,000 Baht and an additional 2,000 Baht per extension.