The government of Thailand has announced the opening of its borders to tourists from across the globe. Thailand is now allowing visitors to apply for a tourist visa (TRV) or a special tourist visa (STV) – both come with a mandatory 14-day quarantine at government-approved facility.
This is the end of an era but not a big suprise: visa runs are officially not possible anymore at Thai border. The Immigration Police at land border has stopped giving entry stamps to foreigners who exit and immediately return to Thailand to extend their stay in the country.
The Border Run There are a number of companies who offer this service. A typical border run would involve getting a ticket from a border run company and boarding a minivan early in the morning. You would then drive to the nearest border and stamp out of Thailand ( usually a 3-4 hour trip there and back).
If you entered Thailand and received a 30 day stamp in your passport (this is called a 30 day visa exemption) – you can also extend a 60 day tourist visa by 30 days to a total of 90 days for the same fee – you can extend this stamp a further 30 days at any Thailand immigration centre for a fee of 1900 Baht.
Don’t travel to the four most southern provinces of the Thailand -Malaysia border: Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Songkhla. These areas experience frequent violence and bombings. If you’re there , consider leaving. Sexual assault, assault, robbery and drink spiking can happen to tourists.
Exercise increased caution in Thailand due to COVID-19. Some areas have increased risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for Thailand due to COVID-19. Thailand’s borders are still closed for all foreign nationals with few exceptions.
Multiple Entry Tourist Visa (METV) aka “ 6 month multi entry visa ” Once you are given the visa , it’s valid for six months . You get a visa put in your passport, so when you arrive in Thailand , you will get a stamp on the visa , and you can then stay for 60 days.
The 1 – Year Multiple-Entry Non-Immigrant Thai visa is issued to foreigners who wish to obtain a long term visa stay to Thailand . This type of visa is valid for use within one year from the date of issue and can be extended to 3 months on or before the visa expiration date.
Generally, foreigners are not allowed to directly purchase land in Thailand . It is a commonly unknown fact that although a foreigner cannot own land in Thailand , he can own the house or structure built thereon. One only has to apply for a construction permit to build the house in his own name.
Visa Exempt Entry U.S. citizens carrying a tourist passport and in possession of an onward or return airline ticket do not require a visa to enter Thailand . The passport must have at least six months validity remaining to be allowed entry.
The price of the visa is 2000 THB (about $65,) and you need to pay it at the service counter at the immigration checkpoint. Even so, you just pay and receive the stamp.
Those who arrive at the airport without a prior visa will continue to receive a 30 – day stamp up to 6 times per calendar year. Extensions at Thai Immigration for the visa exemption stamps remain to be 30 days for a fee of 1,900 baht.
What are the penalties? The fine for overstaying is 500 Baht per day , reaching a maximum fine of 20,000 Baht ( when overstaying 40 or more days ). When overstaying for a significant amount of time (90 days or more days ), it is a serious offense that you could face deportation and ban from entering Thailand .
Tourist Visa with SINGLE ENTRY is valid for 3 months from date of issue and allows a single stay of up to 60 days. If exiting Thailand before the 60th day all remaining days of that entry are lost. It may be possible to extend the 60-day stay by a further 30 days by visiting a local Thai Immigration Office.
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.