Thailand is now fully open to visitors from all countries. As per the reports, visitors will have to undergo PCR test and mandatory quarantine on arrival, and will also have to apply for a travel visa.

Reportedly, Thailand had already reopened its borders to travellers with work permits, residents, or those with family there. Now, the government has announced that travellers from all countries can visit, and can apply for new ‘tourist visas’ lasting for up to 60 days.

As per this scheme, international visitors from all countries will be required to stay for up to 60 days; however, they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days at an ‘alternative state quarantine’ hotel on arrival.

Those wanting to stay longer in Thailand can apply for a ‘special tourist visa’ that will also be available to those coming from ‘low-risk’ countries, such as China, Australia, and Vietnam. As per this special tourist visa, the tourists will be allowed to stay for up to 90 days, which can be extended twice, i.e., to a maximum of nine months.

All travelling to the country will be required to provide a negative test result from within 72 hours of arrival, along with a second test once they land. In case, any traveller tests positive, they will have to undergo quarantine for 14 days in a state hospital. One must also be required to provide evidence of travel and medical insurance that will cover COVID-19 for at least the length of your stay.

Reportedly, both these visa plans are aimed at reviving Thailand’s tourism industry, which contributes to around 20 percent of the country’s GDP.
Source :TOI
December 14, 2020 — Gaurav Khanna