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How Long Will the Thai Special Tourist Visa Program Last?

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing the "Special Tourist Visa" yet again. I have had some folks that have asked me "how long is this thing going to last?"  

A recent article from the Nation, that is, and I urge those who are watching this video check out that article. There is a lot of information in there. Quoting directly: "This "special tourist visa" will be available until September 2021." I am paraphrasing that a little bit; that is a direct quote, so September 2021. So this is a temporary sort of exigency that is being brought online in order to provide something of a pressure release valve thereby allowing folks to be able to get into Thailand. 

As I have noted in other videos on this channel, as of the time of the filming this video, I don't think we are going to see actual issuance of these visas in the particularly near future and by that I mean probably 6 weeks. We are probably 6 weeks out of actually seeing this framework coming online and then the practical issuance of the actual Visas. So, I am thinking sometime early to maybe mid-November will actually see one of these "special tourist visas" issued. 

As noted in other videos, there is a quota apparently of 1,200 of these visas that are going to be issued per month. So, it appears that that is the maximum number of these were going to see. Again, this is rather fluid so this may evolve as time goes on. That stated, it should be noted it appears that this program is going to be in effect until 2021.