As we all know, the tourism was badly affected because of the coronavirus pandemic as countries all across the world closed their borders. But Thailand is now fully open to visitors from all countries.
And there is also a perk on Indian passport – Indian passport holders can travel to Thailand with a Special Tourist Visa! But, there are a few rules. We will talk about them later in this post.
According to the reports, tourists will have to undergo PCR test and mandatory quarantine on arrival, and will also have to apply for a travel visa.
Moreover, reportedly, Thailand had already reopened its borders to travelers with work permits, residents, or family members.
And now the government has announced that travelers from all countries can apply for new “tourist visas” which are valid for up to 60 days.
According to this scheme, international visitors from all countries must stay for up to 60 days. However, upon arrival, they must self-isolate for 14 days in a hotel with “alternative state quarantine”.
Those wishing to stay longer in Thailand can apply for a “special tourist visa,” which is also available for those from low-risk countries such as China, Australia and Vietnam.
According to this special tourist visa, the tourists are allowed to stay up to 90 days, which can be extended twice, i.e. for a maximum of 9 months.
RULES TO KEEP IN MIND
This special visa is unlike other tourist visas.
- In this scheme, people will be able to stay up to 90 days in Thailand, and they can extend their stay twice, effectively up to 9 months.
- If you want to apply for the Special Tourist Visa, it will cost you about THB 2,000 (Rs 4,896). However, to qualify for a visit, you would need to provide proof of substantial funds.
- Proof of medical and travel insurance with a minimum 100,000 USD (Rs 73,56,140) coverage for Covid-19 medical treatment and minimum coverage of 400,000 THB (Rs 9,79,430) for other medical and accident expenses.
- The insurance must cover the expenses for at least 90 days which is the initial validity of the visa.
- Additionally, one would also need to provide need to submit proof of their long-term residence in Thailand, such as hotel reservations, rental contract or condominium ownership documents. Also, short trips are not possible, as you will have to stay at a state quarantine hotel for 14 days upon arrival.
- Also, the country is now following a standard entry protocol, which includes a negative PCR test result taken 72 hours before arrival, followed by another Covid-19 test on landing.
- The Thailand Special Tourist Visa holders can enter Thailand until September 30, 2021.