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Thailand’s cabinet approves extension of special tourist visa for one more year


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At yesterday’s cabinet meeting, the extension of special tourist visas (STV) for another year or until September 30, 2022 was approved, the deputy chief executive said. government spokesman, Khun Traisulee Traisoranakul.

The measure was proposed by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to attract foreign tourists with high purchasing power who can now stay in Thailand for up to 270 days instead of 90. The proposal was tabled in an effort to revitalize the tourism industry, which has been ravaged by the Covid19 crisis.

The ministry reported that 5,609 foreign tourists applied for the STV in the past year, bringing in an estimated 1.24 billion baht for the economy. Most of the long-stay tourists come from China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain and Croatia.

The average visiting period of STV holders is 90 days, while the most visited provinces after quarantine are Bangkok, Surat Thani, Phuket, Udon Thani, Chonburi, Chiang Mai and Rayong.

The Special Tourist Visa was first approved on October 1, 2020. Applicants must be from a country with a low Covid-19 risk and must be quarantined in alternative state for at least 14 days in hospitals or hotels before entering. travel in Thailand.

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