Thailand permits reopening to tourists, yacht crews

Published on : Friday, October 30, 2020

The Thai cabinet on Wednesday approved in principle a guideline to reopen the country for foreign tourists and crews of foreign yachts under a special tourist visa (STV) scheme, which was recently presented by the cabinet to restart the pandemic-battered tourism industry.

According to deputy government spokespersonTraisuleeTraisoranakul, the new guideline will become effective within 30 days after an announcement in theRoyal Gazette.It will remain in force until Sept 30, next year.

Ms Traisulee said foreign tourists and crew members of foreign yachts who entered Thailand’s territorial waters before the declaration of the state emergency decree on March 25 are allowed to apply for the STV scheme at immigration checkpoints within 30 days after the announcement in theRoyal Gazette.

They will be allowed to stay in the Kingdom for 90 days, with 2,000 baht worth of visa fees.The extension will be allowed two times at 90 days each.
Foreign tourists and crew members of foreign yachts are required to stay in quarantine for 14 days on their yachts before travelling.

They are also required to come up with a health insurance policy that covers Covid-19 treatment, with a minimum coverage of US$100,000 throughout the duration of their stay in Thailand.

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