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CCSA should take into account extending Thailand visitor visa to 45 days

The majority of travelers planned to stay in Thailand for more than a month, according to TAT’s analysis of data from visa applications submitted at Thai embassies across the world. During a meeting on July 18, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Cha-o-cha stated that the plan needs more consideration and involvement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Immigration Office. TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn stated that the plan would be presented to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at the ensuing CCSA meeting on August 19. The information might motivate CCSA to accommodate tourist needs. Both arrival-based visa exemptions and arrival-based visas (VOA) would be prolonged to a 45-day period under the proposed extension. If the CCSA approves the proposal, the TAT predicts that the average visitor will stay an additional five days and spend an additional 4,000 to 5,000 baht each day, potentially increasing their spending by 20,000 baht each trip. A visa that allows travelers to stay in Thailand for a maximum of 45 days may soon be available. To abolish the price for tourist visas, a policy discussion is required. Yuthasak called attention to the fact that the TAT is also asking for the cost of the tourist visa to be waived.

The country now allows passport holders from some countries to enter without a visa and stay there for up to 30 days, while those from other countries can do the same with a visa but can only do so for 15 days. The governor of TAT, Yuthasak Supasorn, offered his thoughts on each proposition. “It is simpler to extend the validity of tourist and arrival-only visas than to waive the price for visitor visas.” We will therefore present the concept to the CCSA on August 19. It should be informed as soon as possible so that visitors and businesspeople from other countries can get ready. Every action that is now possible should be taken. According to the TAT, the new regulation would be in force from the time of approval until December 31, 2022.

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