Published on : Tuesday, November 24, 2020
For Middle Eastern travelers, the Tourism Authority of Thailand has declared about a new tourism visa. The ‘TR’ tourist visa permits the holders to visit Thailand for up to 60 days, with the department expecting the visa will help in reviving the international tourism market of the country.
To quote Pichaya Saisaengchan, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand for Dubai and the Middle East, “After taking all the necessary precautions to mitigate the pandemic, we are finally ready to welcome back visitors from the Middle East. With the unwavering support from our public and private sector partners in Thailand, we believe we have elevated the Kingdom’s tourism standards, taking into consideration the health and safety of our visitors from the region.”
Keeping the precautionary measure at the front, the visa still makes self-quarantine for 14-days for travelers upon arrival as mandatory, where they must also be able to produce medical and travel insurance covering at least US$100,000. Also, proof of income, Middle Eastern travelers will be asked to provide a bank statement of the last six months of at least $16,336.
In their home country, travelers keen to explore Thailand from the Middle East can reach out to the Thai Embassy or Consulate with the required documents. Travelers can then apply for a Certificate of Entry (CoE) on the official Thai Government website once approved.
Arrivals to Thailand from the Middle East have been rising and going down for the last few years. In 2018, data from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports has revealed arrivals from the region were down 4.56 percent to 432,054 in that year.
Before the pandemic, the Tourism Authority had hoped 2020 would the year when maximum Middle Eastern travelers will visit the country, even taking Expo 2020 Dubai into account when developing marketing strategies.