The Cabinet on 8 December 2020 approved the amendments to two announcements of the Ministry of Interior, relaxing criteria for persons who can be allowed to enter the Kingdom of Thailand.
The first announcement on the Permission for Certain Groups of Aliens to Remain in the Kingdom in a Special Case, dated 29 September 2020, involves the special tourist visa (STV) for long-stay tourists from countries considered a low risk for spreading COVID-19.
The second announcement on Permission for Certain Groups of Aliens to Remain in the Kingdom in a Special Case, dated 30 October 2020, involves foreign tourists and crew members from countries at low-to-moderate risk for COVID-19, wishing to travel to Thailand on yachts.
In the first amended announcement, long-stay visitors from various countries will be allowed to enter Thailand, instead of only those from countries considered a low risk. In the second amended announcement, the Cabinet also approved an extension of another 30-day period for visitors on yachts to seek the special tourist visa. Tourists of the two groups must agree to stay in quarantine for 14 days.
The Ministry of Interior reported that the restriction on the granting of STV imposed earlier brought in fewer visitors. Statistics on 2 December 2020 show that 825 visitors from 29 countries and only six yachts entered the Kingdom since the announcements took effect.
The ministry sought Cabinet approval for the amendments to the two announcements in response to the Government’s policy to stimulate the economy. It was also certain that Thailand was able to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department