The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) approved longer visas for foreign travelers entering the country from October 1 this year to March 31 next year.
Starting on 1 October, tourists with a regular visa will be allowed to stay in Thailand for 45 days from the normal 30 days, CCSA spokesperson Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin announced Friday.
Moreover, citizens from 18 countries entering Thailand under the visa-on-arrival scheme will be allowed to stay in the country for 30 days from the original 15 days.
The Tourism and Sports Ministry proposed the move to help boost the tourism industry as the Covid-19 situation is improving locally and internationally.
According to Dr. Taweesin, the Interior and Foreign ministries, the Immigration Bureau, and other related agencies have been informed of the new procedure.
The government plans to declare Covid-19 endemic in October once CCSA has been dissolved, Dr. Taweesin said, adding that the decision to downgrade the disease was based on the relatively lower number of new confirmed cases and fatalities.
Source: The Nation
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