Thailand the Land of Smile Opening its borders for foreign tourist via Special Tourist Visa

Thailand the Land of Smile Opening its borders for foreign tourist via Special Tourist Visa

Thailand, best known as the Land of Smile has ease travel restrictions to let foreign tourists enter the country.

In a recent development, starting from October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021, it has been confirmed that foreign travelers from any country wishing to visit Thailand can now do so by applying for the Special Tourist Visa.

The Thailand Special Tourist Visa (STV) is for long-stay tourists who would like to travel to Thailand. Under the STV scheme, long-staying visitors can stay in the country for 90 days, which can be extended twice, each for an additional 90 days. The visa will cost 2,000 Baht per 90-day extension.

Special Tourist Visa Qualifications

Foreigners applying for a Special Tourist Visa must be:

  • Foreigner from a low-risk country according to the Public Health Ministry regulations.
  • Accept compliance of preventive measures as prescribed by the government, including submitting to alternative state quarantine (ASQ) in accredited hospitals/hotels for not less than 14 days upon arrival.
  • Provide evidence of a place to stay or accommodation during the long stay visit.
  • Show proof of payment for hotel accommodation or admittance to hospitals chosen as alternative state quarantine (ASQ) facilities.

What to expect and prepare upon arrival

What to Prepare:

Before going to Thailand, make sure you provide proof of an insurance policy that covers treatment for Covid-19 and a negative PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of departure.

Reservation in the Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) Hotel is a must for all international travelers entering Thailand.

Don't forget to bring masks since it's mandated in public, both indoors and out.

Upon Arrival:

A PCR test must be taken upon arrival. After the test, all travelers must quarantine for 14 days at government-approved quarantine facilities or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facilities this also includes luxury hotels, some of which have developed quarantine packages.

Temperature checks are the norm. Most beaches and national parks remain open, some have implemented restrictions.

If you wish to visit Phuket, an archipelago off the coast of southern Thailand, so well known for its white-sand beaches, luxurious resorts, and island-hopping activities, its planning to reopen on October 1 to tourists who have received the vaccine against COVID-19.

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