Foreigners visiting Thailand on single-entry tourist visas would be given an extra two weeks under a proposal from the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
The visas, valid for 60 days, can be extended in-country for 30 more days. Under the MFA plan to be proposed to the Prime Minister’s Office, that extension would be lengthened to 45 days.
National Security Council Secretary-General Gen. Nattapon Nakpanich, who heads the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration’s disease-control committee, met Dec. 7 with Public Health and Foreign Affairs ministry officials to consider further relaxing Covid-19 control measures.
In the meeting, Consular Affairs Department Deputy Director-General Chaturon Chaiyakham said 6,700 foreigners have been issued Certificates of Entry, most of them businesspersons, family members of Thai nationals and persons visiting for medical treatment.
Chaturon said the ministry will be proposing further relaxation of the current regulations by allowing visitors an extended stay in the kingdom.
Previously, under the special visit circumstances due to Covid-19, nationals of 56 countries including Russia were allowed to visit Thailand provided they met certain requirements. They were initially allowed to stay in the kingdom for 60 days, with an opportunity to file for a 30-day extension.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is proposing a new regulation to allow the extension to be increased from 30 days to 45 days, which will help compensate for visitors’ days in quarantine.
The Department of Consular Affairs deputy chief said today that Thailand is capable of welcoming around 1,000 arrivals per day, based on the availability of some 15,000 hotel rooms in Bangkok, while the Emergency Decree currently in place will ensure compliance with disease-control measures, arrival protocols and quarantine requirements affecting all visitors, including visitors from countries that do not require a visa.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been working to improve the level of convenience for visitors applying for the Certificate of Entry with an online portal for a COE request available from today.
Thailand is currently open to a limited number of foreign visitors, with some 45,000 international arrivals at an average of 10,000 persons per month recorded since the lifting of the international arrivals ban.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs now anticipates a further relaxation of entry measures will help increase the number of international visitors to more than 20,000 persons per month.