Thailand will allow foreign tourists to extend their stay in the country

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Thailand will allow foreign tourists to extend their stay between October and March, to support the recovery of its economy as Covid-19-induced pressure eases, Tavisilp Visanuyotin, a spokesman for the Covid-19 Situation Management Center (CCSA), said Friday.

Foreigners from 18 territories arriving in Thailand under the visa-on-arrival category will be allowed to double their stay for up to 30 days, Dr. Tawisilp said. The rest of the tourists from over 50 countries currently allowed to stay up to 30 days will be allowed to stay up to 45 days. The country will extend the visa-on-arrival period for citizens of India, China, and Saudi Arabia from 15 to 30 days starting in October.

According to a government decision made on August 19, the visa-free period entry from the current 30 days to 45 days is increased for the period from October 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023. As soon as the adopted decisions are published in the Royal Gazette, they can be considered officially entered into force.

According to the decision of the government, for tourists from countries that have the right to visa-free entry to the kingdom (Russia among them), the period of stay will be increased from 30 to 45 days, and for citizens of countries receiving visas for arrival (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, etc.) – from 15 to 30 days.

Thailand is hoping that an increase in tourist arrivals will help boost its economic growth this year, despite growth expected to be the slowest in the Southeast Asian region.

Since January 1, 7M 2022,  received 176.3 billion baht ($4.93 billion) in revenue from 3.78 million foreign tourists. Most of them were from Malaysia, India and Singapore. The number of tourists increased by 3214% compared to the same period last year.

“We are looking to extend their stay,” a CCSA spokesman said. “This will help increase tourism revenue, revive the economy and reduce the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this month, the government said the country expects to attract 10 million foreign tourists this year, compared to forecast in 6.1 million in April. Visitor numbers are expected to rise to 30 million next year, still short of the 40 million who visited the country the year before Covid.

Thailand will downgrade Covid-19 from “dangerous” » infectious disease to 'watch-to-watch' disease starting in September, a month ahead of schedule.

Last year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the number of foreigners dropped to 428,000 compared to with a record nearly 40 million in 2019, about 12% of GDP.

Southeast Asia's second-largest economy expects 8 to 10 million arrivals in this country, according to the Ministry of Finance. year, which is higher than the previous forecast of 7 million.

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