Citizens from 93 countries can visit Thailand without needing a visa

31 May 2024

So, Thailand's opened its doors wider for visitors. They used to let folks from 57 countries in without a visa, but now it's up to 93! This started on June 1st.

The Thai government, through spokesperson Chai Wacharonke, says they're trying to attract more tourists because Thailand's economy really relies on tourism. So, they've come up with these new relaxed visa rules, approved on May 28th.

Now, instead of 57 countries, 93 countries can visit Thailand without a visa. The new additions include places like Albania, Cambodia, India, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Laos, Mexico, Panama, Romania, and Sri Lanka. And you can stay for up to 60 days. These new rules kick in from June 1st.

Also, they've doubled the number of countries where you can get a visa on arrival, from 19 to 31.

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Now, if you're one of those digital nomads who wants to work and travel in Thailand, you might be able to get a visa for 5 years! You could stay for up to 180 days at a time, and you can extend it for another 180 days. Before, with the old visa program, you could only stay twice, for 30 days each time.

This plan is also for people who want to learn Muay Thai or experience Thai cuisine. "They can learn and explore at the same time," says Wacharonke.

For students, after they graduate, they can stay in Thailand for an extra year to travel around. They can even look for jobs in Thailand thanks to these new policies. The government hopes these will attract high-quality workers, especially in areas where Thailand needs them. Right now, there are about 40,000 international students who meet the requirements.

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If you're over 50 and want a long-term visa, you'll need health insurance that covers up to 3 million baht (around 2.1 billion dong). But with the new resolution, you only need insurance worth 400,000 to 440,000 baht (around 300 million dong) for inpatient treatment and 40,000 baht (28 million dong) for outpatient treatment. This policy starts from September to December this year.

The spokesperson also said that the government has approved expanding the e-visa service to 94 locations, up from 47, starting from September.

As of May 26th, more than 14 million international visitors have come to Thailand, which is almost 40% more than last year. Thailand is hoping to welcome 28-30 million visitors in 2024.

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