Whether you’re an Expat living in Thailand or a Tourist just passing through, Thai Visas are always a concern. In recent years, Tourists from many countries around the globe have had to pay around 1,000 baht to get a single-entry 30 day visa, in order to visit the Land of Smiles. Around 30 to 40 countries worldwide are exempt from these visa charges but time limitations for how long visitors can stay in Thailand are still imposed for travelers receiving free Visas upon arrival.
All this is about to change however, as new Visa options will soon be available to Tourists. In an effort to boost Tourism in the Country, as well as improve the Nation’s economy, a new proposal has been approved whereby multiple-entry Visas to all visitors, regardless of their country of origin, will be made available upon arrival.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has approved this new proposal and according to Tourism Minister Kobharn Wattanavrangkul, the new Visa option will become available within 60 days. The cost of the new visa will be 5,000 baht and it will enable tourists to stay in the Country for a six month period and will also grant them the chance to leave and re-enter the country more than once during that time period.
Presently, multiple entry tourist visas are available at Thai embassies in other Countries, but with this new Visa option, things are going to be made a lot easier for tourists wishing to stay for longer periods of time, as well as for ex-pats who are in the unfortunate position of having to do border-crossing Visa runs.