Tourism was badly affected because of the novel coronavirus pandemic as countries all across the world closed their borders to stop the spread of the virus. However, now that lockdowns have finally lifted in some places and restrictions are being lifted, while following all health guidelines, countries are opening up for tourists. And Thailand is one of them.
India’s favourite tourist destination, Thailand, is now welcoming visitors from all over the world but with necessary precautions. In a move to boost tourism, the government recently opened the Special Tourist Visa scheme through which travellers from all the countries can visit Thailand now.
However, this special visa is unlike other tourist visas. In this scheme, people will be able to stay up to 90 days in Thailand, and they can extend their stay twice, effectively up to 9 months.
If you want to apply for the Special Tourist Visa, it will cost you about THB 2,000 (Rs 4,896). However, to qualify for a visit, you would need to provide proof of substantial funds. A proof of medical and travel insurance with a minimum 100,000 USD (Rs 73,56,140) coverage for Covid-19 medical treatment and a minimum coverage of 400,000 THB (Rs 9,79,430) for other medical and accident expenses. The insurance must cover the expenses for at least 90 days which is the initial validity of the visa.
Additionally, one would also need to provide need to submit proof of their long-term residence in Thailand, such as hotel reservations, rental contract or condominium ownership documents. Also, short trips are not possible, as you will have to stay at a state quarantine hotel for 14 days upon arrival.
The Thailand Special Tourist Visa holders can enter Thailand until September 30, 2021.