The Cabinet has approved a proposal of issuing long-stay visas for foreigners visiting Thailand.
Deputy government spokesperson Traisuree Taisaranakul said on Tuesday (September 15) that the Cabinet has agreed to allow foreigners to live in Thailand for up to nine months per trip, provided they can prove they have spent 14 days in quarantine.
The first visit will allow 90 days of stay, which can then be extended twice totalling nine months.
This measure will start from next month, and up to 1,200 tourists per month will be granted this extended visa.
Qualifications for the visa will be based on:
• Tourist’s compliance with measures put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19 and agreement to spend 14 days in an alternative local state quarantine site;
• Evidence of long-term residence in Thailand such as hotel reservation, rental contract in the traveller’s name or that of family members residing in Thailand or title deed of a purchased unit.
This special tourist visa will cost 2,000 THB per 90-day extension and will be available until September 2021.
The deputy spokesperson added that this visa will be applicable to visitors from countries that have been able to control the Covid-19 outbreak.
Related state agencies will draw up the final regulations and the Interior Ministry will announce official details soon.