The cabinet recently approved a proposal to extend the quality of certain visas, including the Visa on Arrival, aimed at attracting more international people to Thailand and enhancing tourism.
Drafted by the Ministry of Interior, the changes are because of take effect through Oct 1 till March 31 the coming year, said deputy federal government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul yesterday.
The announcement comes after guidance issued upon Aug 19 by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) allowing such extensions in order to help increase the economy, she said.
Under the new rules, those who are automatically eligible for the visa upon arrival will be allowed to remain in the kingdom as much as 30 days, rather than the 15 days allowed at present, she said.
Those emerging from countries using a bilateral agreement with Thailand on the Permission of Visa Specifications, who had been allowed to stay for at most 30 days, will now be able to lengthen their stays to 45 days per visit, she mentioned.
Furthermore, those foreigners given a Phor 30 Exemption associated with Visa Requirements by kingdom of Asia, which allowed 30 days, will enjoy the same new 45-day limit, the girl said.
The cabinet also approved an connected draft ministerial statement removing Covid-19 from Thailand’s official list of communicable diseases of public health importance that prohibit admittance to the kingdom, said deputy government spokeswoman Rachada Dhnadirek.