Everything you need to know when Thailand reopening for visitors

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From now, travellers are allowed to visit Thailand but undergo a 14-days quarantine on arrival.

Last months, Thailand had already reopened its borders to foreigners with work permits, residency, or family there. Currently, the country’s government has announced that travellers of all nationalities can apply for new ‘tourist visas’ lasting up to 60 days.

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Under the scheme, international visitors from all countries will be able to stay for up to 60 days – as long as they self-isolate for 14 days at an ‘alternative state quarantine’ hotel on arrival. If they are looking to stay longer, a ‘special tourist visa’ will also be available to those coming from ‘low-risk’ countries including Australia, China, and Vietnam. It will allow stays of up to 90 days and can be extended twice, to a maximum of just under nine months.
All travellers must provide a negative test result within 72 hours of arrival, then take a second test once they land. If they test positive, they will have to quarantine for 14 days in a state hospital (rather than a state-approved hotel, if the result is negative). You must also provide evidence of medical and travel insurance that will cover Covid-19 for at least the length of your stay.

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Both of the new visa plans are aimed at reviving Thailand’s tourism industry, which contributes 20 percent of the country’s GDP, employing more than four million people in regular years.

So if you’re looking for your fix of street food and tropical islands, Thailand could be back on the agenda – as long as you’re in it for the long haul. Here are seven reasons why Thailand should be on your 2021 travel list.

Remember, many countries are still warning against all non-essential travel and some are quarantining all overseas arrivals, including their own returning citizens. Check all the relevant restrictions before you think about travelling.

A Quick Guide to Apply visa to Thailand
  1. Tourist Visas (TR Visa)

To apply for the certificate of entry travelers must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Approved Visa
  • Approved COE
  • Copy of recent bank statement ($700 per person and $1,500 per family). The name of the applicant must be indicated clearly), In case of submitting a family bank statement, proof of relationship (i.e. birth certificate, marriage certificate)
  • Must be provided 14-day‘ state quarantine’ upon arrival
  • All countries may apply for Medical insurance that covers COVID-19 with at least $100,000 USD in coverage for the entire duration of your stay.
  • Proof of alternative state quarantine reservation (ASQ)
    How to Apply:

1. Travelers must apply for a visa at the Thai embassy/consulate in their home country

2. Travelers then can apply for the COE on the official Thai Government website.

2. Long Stay Tourists: STV Visa (Special Tourist Visa)
Thailand announced a 90-day visa for long-stay tourists on September 15th, 2020. The visa is called the ‘Special Tourist Visa’ (STV). Once approved, then travelers can apply for the certificate of entry (COE).

Entry Requirements:

  • Approved Visa
  • Approved COE
  • Proof of payment for 90-day accommodation booking
  • Copy of recent bank statement ($700 per person and $1,500 per family). The name of the applicant must be indicated clearly), In case of submitting a family bank statement, proof of relationship (i.e. birth certificate, marriage certificate) must be provided.
  • 14-day‘ state quarantine’ upon arrival
  • All countries may apply for Medical insurance that covers COVID-19 with at least $100,000 USD in coverage for the entire duration of your stay.
  • Proof of alternative state quarantine reservation (ASQ)
    How to Apply:

1. Travelers must apply for a visa at the Thai embassy/consulate in their home country

2. Travelers then can apply for the COE on the official Thai Government website.

A General Guide to Thailand Luxury Travel & HolidaysLength of Stay and Renewals

The Special Tourist Visa will allow approved travelers to stay in Thailand for 90 days. It can be renewed twice, for 90 days each time.

3. Travelers that fall into the above categories must also follow Thailand’s health protocols including:
  • Travel health insurance that also covers covid
  • All travelers arriving in Thailand must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR swab test taken within 72 hours prior to the flight
  • A pre-screening health declaration card filled out before the departure
  • The wearing of masks mandatory on in-bound flights and in the airport
  • Thermal scans and temperature checks upon arrival

 

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