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The Thai government publishes a foreigners’ online survey

The Thai government has published a poll with the snappy title “Foreigners’ Awareness, Confidence in Important Government Policies, and Perceived Image of Thailand.” The Kingdom does not allow visitors, expats, or foreign visitors to rant and rave about their personal pet peeves in written comments. The poll was designed by the Thai government’s public relations department with a clear title in order to gather opinions and suggestions from foreigners on a variety of current Thai-related concerns. The question concerning Thailand indicates that all responses are completely private, with the exception of the fact that it’s a Google form that requires you to sign in with your email. It was specifically asked in one query whether Thailand supported democracy. Another person questioned whether there was a free market that promoted ethical competition. Don’t get too excited, though, as the questionnaire only provides multiple-choice answers for topics the government has considered to…

August 24th is now the Last day for Covid Visa Extensions

One thing to note is that this is the first time they have reduced the order of the extension to only 1 month instead of 2 months. For the past two years the covid extensions have been following the emergency decree extensions, and this divergence may be signaling that this could be the last opportunity to obtain this type of extension. (note the actual visa extension remains 60 days) Those who are unable to return home because of the continuing Covid-19 crisis are eligible for a visa extension. Required Documents for Extension ฿1,900 extension fee TM.7 Application TM.30 Notification (signed) Passport Formal passport photo of yourself 4×6 cm A copy of your passport info page, and any pages pertaining to your current visa A embassy letter from home country’s embassy in Thailand depending on reason of extension Under Consideration Stamp Will it be extended again?

The July Full Moon Party kickstarts Koh Pha Ngan’s momentum

It is estimated that up to 20,000 individuals traveled to the island to take part in the festivities, which were the first since the full relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions and mask requirements. Locals will probably prolong the August Full Moon Party to two days as a result of the confusion. Attendance at the party considerably grew after the event’s climax in April, which coincided with the Songkran celebration and the Christian Easter vacation and attracted over 10,000 people. May and June saw slightly reduced attendance. Because the two days prior to the festival were Buddha Days, when drinking and partying are illegal, there were clear conflicts between foreigners who came to celebrate and local drink stands and bars trying to preserve the law. The August Full Moon Party was originally scheduled for August 12 due to the Queen Mother’s Birthday holiday, however since it is NOT a Buddha Day and…

Thailand Long Term Resident Visa (LTR) – Starting September 1st

Thailand will start to offer a 10 year Long Term Resident Visa (LTR) starting September 1st which will be targeting the following categories: Wealthy Global Citizen Wealthy individuals holding at least USD 1 million in assets Wealthy Pensioner Retirees aged 50 years and older who have an annual pension or stable income Work From Thailand Professional / Nomad Remote workers working for well-established overseas companies Highly Skilled Professional Professionals or experts in targeted industries working for business entities or higher education institutes or research centers or specialized training institutions in Thailand or Thai government agencies Dependents Spouse and children under 20 years old of LTR visa holders (Maximum 4 dependents in total per one LTR visa holder) Long Term Resident Visa Privileges There will be many privileges for LTR visa holders that will make living in Thailand long term easier and less bureaucratic. These privileges include: discounted personal income tax…

July 25 is now the Last day for Covid Visa Extensions

Those who are unable to return home because of the continuing Covid-19 crisis are eligible for a visa extension. Required Documents for Extension ฿1,900 extension fee TM.7 Application TM.30 Notification (signed) Passport Formal passport photo of yourself 4×6 cm A copy of your passport info page, and any pages pertaining to your current visa A embassy letter from home country’s embassy in Thailand depending on reason of extension Under Consideration Stamp Will it be extended again?

Thailand Pass no longer required for Thais starting June 1st

An update from the Thai government regarding Thailand’s #COVID19 situation, reporting from the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) Highlights; News of relaxed measures As COVID-19 is now entering its endemic phase in Thailand, The Ministry of Public Health has issued a new set of recommendations on public health measures for “high-risk contacts” to self-monitor for 10 days without having to quarantine. The endemic designation does not mean the disease is no longer dangerous. The government will continue to ensure the healthcare system remains capable of handling emergency situation. The reopening of nightclubs, bars, and karaoke venues has been approved. The use of the emergency Decree on Public Administration in Emergency Situation will be extended for another two months from 1 June to 31 July with all the necessary public health measures to stem the spread of COVID-19 remaining in place until such time that COVID enters into endemic phase…