Thailand Approves Visa Facilitation Measures

The Thai government has approved a number of visa and travel facilitation measures aimed at stimulating Thailand’s economy and promoting tourism.

The measures are divided into three stages.

Five short-term measures expected to take effect in late June or early July 2024 include the following:

  • Extending visa exemption for tourists and short-term business visitors for a period of up to 60 days (from the period of 30 days) for passport holders from 93 countries/regions;
  • Increasing the number of countries/regions whose passport holders qualify for Visa on Arrival (VOA) from 19 to 31;
  • Introducing the new Destination Thailand Visa (DTV) for long-term travel, “digital nomads,” and participants in certain cultural activities, with a period of stay up to 180 days per visit, on a multiple-entry basis within 5 years;
  • Improving the non-immigration visa to facilitate the travel of international students and those nearing graduation in Thailand;
  • Establishing a “Visa Policy Committee” to develop Thailand’s entry processes and improve the efficiency of immigration procedures.

Three medium-term measures are as follows:

  • Grouping and streamlining non-immigrant visas into seven categories;
  • Lowering health insurance requirements and expanding the list of countries eligible for long-term non-immigrant visa applications;
  • Implementing the e-Visa system at all embassies and consulates by December 2024.

One long-term measure is the introduction of the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) system, which will be implemented in line with the e-Visa system.

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