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45 Day Thai Visa Exemption Stamps?

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing Thai Visa Exemptions.

For those who are unaware, a Thai Visa Exemption Stamp is what the vast majority of people before the COVID response came about, is what the vast majority of people used to enter Thailand. They would basically just come to Thailand and they would be stamped in for 30 days depending on the country. Certain countries have bilateral relationships with Thailand that allow them 90 days etc. For example, a US passport holder, a UK passport holder, most of the countries in the EU, if you came to Thailand you basically got on the plane, you came to Thailand and BOOM they would stamp you in for 30 days. It is a Visa exemption upon arrival.

Right now, as of the time of this video, there are no exemption stamps currently available. Those wishing to come to Thailand need to go ahead and obtain a Visa before they come but that may soon change and we may actually see some changes to that regime in the aftermath of this COVID response. We may actually see some changes with respect to the regime in general which dictates the policy on Visa Exemption Stamps. 

In a recent article from the Bangkok Post, that is, the article is titled: Freer Visa Rules to Cabinet. Quoting directly: "The Interior Ministry will seek cabinet approval for a proposal to extend Visa exemption for foreign tourists for 56 countries from 30 to 45 days in a bid to attract more tourist arrivals to revive the economy battered by COVID-19." That is certainly good news I think. I definitely think it will be welcome news to the tourism industry. Interestingly enough, that extra 2 weeks, that extra 15 days would also coincide with the current 14-day required quarantine period. I don't know if they are planning to bring the exemption regime back online while still requiring quarantine or if this is a more long-term measures to try to encourage longer staying tourists in the Kingdom.

Again all of that remains to be seen. We will certainly keep you updated on this channel as the situation progresses.