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How Many Special Tourist Visa (STV) Holders Are Coming To Thailand?

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

This is a topic we have been talking about a lot lately. A recent article came to my attention from Thai Visa, that is, the article is titled: Retirement Visa Holders Largest Group of Foreigners to Enter Thailand in October. The main thrust of this article is not what we are talking about in this video. I urge those who are watching this video who want to get some more depth or this some nuance, go ahead and check out that article directly. An article or an excerpt here that I thought was very noteworthy: Quoting directly: "Just 331 Tourists entered Thailand using the Special Tourist Visa although a further thousand people have applied for the STV, that is the Special Tourist Visa, Miss Thapanee said." Again, go check out the rest of that article. Again, it is titled: Retirement Visa Holders Largest Group of Foreigners to Enter Thailand in October, that is

What to take away from this is and I have said this along lines and maybe I haven't gotten the point across on this, Special Tourist Visas are at least for now relatively rare and depending on your country of origin, it may not even be applicable to you. You may not be able to even get one and the thing to understand about them at least for now is not a lot of them are being processed. Although they say there are more coming through that remains to be seen. 

So, the way that we are looking at Special Tourist Visas is depending on nationality they may not even be available and then at the same time if you are applying for one again, it is going to be country specific, it is going to be situation specific. It is going to vary from person to person, country to country how exactly you apply for these type of visas. Now notably, the Tourist Visa category has opened up for folks from for example the United States, UK, Australia, Canada, places in Europe, it is our understanding, so more broadly the Tourist Visa is now available. Now there are more stringent requirements compared to times past. We made a number of videos both contemporaneously with this one and previously but long story short there are Tourist Visa options now open for traveling to Thailand. They are certainly more truncated than under normal circumstances. Hopefully that will change and if they do, we will keep you updated on this channel as the situation progresses.