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Thailand’s new tourist visa is ready for applicants from all countries. Here’s what you need to know to apply for it.
Been dreaming of eating Thai pad kra prao, drinking fresh passionfruit juice, swimming in Thailand’s crystal clear waters, or saying “sawasdee khaa/khrup” to a Thai elephant? Well, Thailand misses you too and now has a new visa to help travelers come to Thailand safely and stay for up to 60 days. Travelers from low-risk countries can apply to stay even longer.
Thailand’s new 60-day tourist visa
Unlike pre-pandemic, when you could get a 30-day tourist visa on arrival in Thailand, you need to apply in advance for this new visa. There are a number of requirements to fulfil in order to secure the visa, and you should apply for it at least 15 days prior to the date you plan to travel.
For Americans, here’s the link for the requirements listed by the Thai embassy in Washington, D.C. and the visa application form. Specifically, you’ll need:
- your passport;
- two 2”x2” (passport-sized) photos;
- bank statement showing, for each month over the past six months, a balance of the equivalent of at least 500,000 Baht (about $17,000);
- health insurance that covers Covid-19 valid for your entire length of stay, with coverage of a minimum of $100,000 in medical treatment;
Once approved for your visa, you then apply for a Certificate of Entry online.
To board your flight to Thailand
Thailand wants to make sure that travel is as safe as possible. So, before getting the green light to board your flight, your airline will check:
- your visa;
- your Certificate of Entry;
- your certificate of a negative PCR test taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure;
- your “Fit to Fly” health certificate, issued maximum 72 hours prior to departure;
- proof of health insurance.
Upon arrival in Thailand
Upon arrival, officials will again check that all your documents are in order. Then you’ll receive another PCR test.
You then can relax for two weeks in an Alternative State Quarantine hotel — and your hotel will even arrange to pick you up at the airport, so there’s no need to worry about a taxi or public transportation. The approved hotel list has some gorgeous properties, including Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort, and the Anantara Phuket Suites & Villas.
Thailand’s 14-day quarantine makes sure everyone is absolutely free of Covid-19. Your arrival day counts as day zero. After you’ve received confirmation that your airport test is negative on day four, you will be able to leave your room for up to 1.5 hours per day to enjoy the fresh air.
After you’ve successfully completed your quarantine period, you’re free to enjoy the rest of the time on your visa in Thailand. Even though Thailand is the Land of Smiles, until the pandemic is over, everyone needs to cover their smile with a mask in public areas.