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Thailand officially launches Special Tourist Visa (SVT) for long-staying visitors

This is a single-entry visa to Thailand, valid for 90 days and can be extended twice, each for a further 90 days at a cost of 2,000 Baht per 90-day period.

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This special tourist visa scheme comes into effect from today (30 September, 2020) and will be available for one year, until 30 September, 2021.

Thailand’s Ministry of Interior has officially announced the special tourist visa scheme for long-staying visitors, as part of the plans to revive the country’s tourism industry while maintaining effective COVID-19 control and prevention measures. 

This special tourist visa scheme comes into effect from today (30 September, 2020) and will be available for one year, until 30 September, 2021. 

The policy will be granted to long-staying visitors from countries with lower COVID-19 infection rates, as advised by the Ministry of Public Health. 

This is a single-entry visa to Thailand, valid for 90 days and can be extended twice, each for a further 90 days. 

The visa costs 2,000 Baht per 90-day period. 

Visitors to comply with quarantine for a minimum of 14 days

These visitors are required to comply with Thailand’s COVID-19 control measures and undergo a quarantine in alternative local state or hospital quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.

They must also have proof of their long-term residence in Thailand; such as, payment for alternative local state or hospital quarantine, and either of the following: hotel reservation for long-stay purposes, evidence of ownership of a condominium, or house or condominium rental contract. 

Health and accident insurance required up to 400,000 baht

In addition, they must have a health and accident insurance coverage that covers the period of their stay in Thailand, with a minimum 40,000 Baht coverage for outpatient treatment and a minimum 400,000 Baht coverage for inpatient hospital and physician services.

Long-staying visitors as qualified in accordance with the measures by the Ministry of Public Health and relevant government agencies can apply for this special tourist visa from Thai embassies and consulates worldwide. 

The special tourist visa cannot be changed to other types of visa, and the permission as well as the extension will be considered in accordance with the rules and regulations by the Immigration Bureau.

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The Bachelor Japan Season 4 showcases Thailand

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Bangkok, 2 December, 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to report that Thailand features as the main location in the Japanese reality TV show ‘The Bachelor Japan Season 4’, of which the first episode aired on 25 November, 2021.

In cooperation with the TAT Tokyo Office, a film crew from Amazon Prime Japan and YD Creation Japan comprising 65 actors, production staff, technicians and others travelled to Thailand to shoot for the show in the spectacular Southern provinces of Phuket, Phang-Nga, and Krabi between April and June 2021.

A total of six out of the 10 60-minute episodes of ‘The Bachelor Japan Season 4’ were filmed in Thailand.

 Aside from the valuable promotional exposure the destination will receive in Japan, a key source market for visitors from the Asian region, the foreign production also generated much-needed income and employment opportunities in the local tourism and film-related sectors of the three chosen locations.

Phuket, Phang-Nga’ and Krabi were among the first destinations in Thailand to reopen to tourism under the Sandbox programme, and the TAT Tokyo Office has capitalised on the interest of foreign filmmaking to promote the world-class tourist appeal and public health safety standards of these destinations.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said “Popular TV shows like ‘The Bachelor’ are an effective way to deliver promotional messages directly to international markets, in this case Japan, which is among the 63 countries and territories from which fully vaccinated visitors can enter Thailand through the Exemption from Quarantine (TEST & GO) programme. With Thailand featuring so significantly in ‘The Bachelor Japan Season 4’, this helps us to promote travel to Thailand now that entry rules are being relaxed and tourists are once again welcomed.”

Fully vaccinated visitors from every country around the world can also visit Thailand via the Living in the “Blue Zone” Sandbox destinations programme. Meanwhile, partially or unvaccinated visitors are also much welcomed via the Happy Quarantine programme. However, to prevent and control the spread of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant, Thailand currently imposes travel restrictions on arrivals from Africa.

Photo Credit: Instagram: @BachelorJapan外部リンク, @bachelorjap外部リンク

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COVID-19 vaccine guide for travellers to Thailand

International travellers, including returning Thais and foreign residents, who are above 18 years of age should get fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) or the World Health Organisation (WHO) no less than 14 days before their travel date.

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Bangkok, Updated on 29 November, 2021.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide an update to our guide to COVID-19 vaccines for international travellers to Thailand effective from 16 December 2021.

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