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Are Thai Special Tourist Visas Now Available Worldwide?

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing the Special Tourist Visa.

For those who are unaware, during the response to COVID-19, we have seen a number of changes with respect to the Immigration system here. One change that has come about has been the creation of this so-called Special Tourist Visa sometimes referred to as an STB. During this time period there has kind of been back and forth about "Is it available? Where is it available?" There seems to be some issues regarding geographic regions where it might be available or countries where it might not be available. We are now hearing information and reports; I am not going to cite anything specifically because this has gone out in various locations. It is pretty easy to find stuff that is talking about this, in multiple newspapers, news sources where they are talking about "oh it looks like the Special Tourist Visa is being expanded. So it is going global”. It is basically supposedly going to be available from what we are hearing, in every country.

As of the time of this video and checking at the Royal Thai Embassy website in Washington DC as well as the Royal Thai Embassy in London and we have looked at some other things but a lot of our audience is English speaking from UK and the United States, it currently appears that it is not possible yet. Well I am not seeing anything on their website I should say that states that a Special Tourist Visa will be available. Now it does note for example on the Thai Embassy website in the United States that there are not only single but multiple entries Tourist Visas possibly available. So again, what exactly that means it is going to be an issue for the specific circumstances of a given case depending on the criteria if you meet them or not. 

Long story short, at least as at the time of this video, in the two main Embassies we assist folks out of, that is Thai Embassies in UK and the United States, we are not currently seeing any information regarding the Special Tourist Visa. That doesn't mean it might not go up relatively soon and we will certainly keep you updated on this channel as the situation progresses.