Are you planning a trip to Thailand in the near future? If so, good news: the country has finally decided to extend the stay period for those who enter Thailand on a Visa On Arrival (VOA) or Visa-Free.
According to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin, the extended stay will be offered for international tourists between October 2022 and March 2023.
The decision to extend the length of stay for foreign tourists comes in a bid to support its economic recovery as pressures from Covid-19 ease.
Stay Period For Visa On Arrival And Visa Exempt
Foreign tourists from 18 territories who enter Thailand under the visa-on-arrival category will be able to extend their stay by up to 30 days. Those from over 50 countries who currently receive 30 days will be able to stay for up to 45 days.
Beginning in October, Thailand will also increase the duration of its visa-on-arrival programme, which applies to nationals of India, China, and Saudi Arabia, from 15 to 30 days.
“We are looking to extending their stay, This will help boost tourist spending, revive the economy and reduce impact from the coronavirus pandemic.”the CCSA official said.
Earlier, the entry stamp was given an extra 15 days back then to make up for the two weeks of quarantine or “Sandbox” time that guests had to get through before they could travel freely throughout the kingdom.
Similar, the majority of western passports eligible for visa waivers are stamped with 30-day entry stamps that can be extended once for an additional 30-day period at a local immigration office.
Thailand Visa On Arrival
Thailand’s Visa on Arrival is currently available for travellers from 18 countries. It should be noted that the applicant must have lived in one of the eligible countries for at least 21 days in a row.
- Papua New Guinea
- Saudi Arabia
Thailand Visa Exemption
The Visa Exemption Rule allows tourists from 64 countries to enter the country without a visa. They are permitted to stay for a maximum of 30 days if they enter Thailand through an international airport or a land border checkpoint from a neighbouring country.
Thailand Visa Exemption Countries
The following is a list of the 64 countries that are permitted to enter Thailand under the Visa Exemption rule.
|S. No||Country||S. No||Country|
|2||Argentina (90 days)||34||Macau|
|6||Belgium||38||Myanmar (14 days only)|
|7||Brazil (30 days and 90 days)||39||Monaco|
|9||Cambodia (14 days only)||41||Netherlands|
|11||Chile (90 days)||43||Norway|
|13||Denmark||45||Peru (30 days and 90 days)|
|19||Hong Kong||51||San Marino|
|27||Korea (30 days and 90 days)||59||Turkey|
|29||Laos||61||United Arab Emirates|
According to recent media reports, Thailand plans to launch a new 10-year visa programme in September to attract skilled workers and investors. The new long-term visa is designed to increase competition in key industries such as automobiles, electronics, and biotechnology.