Thai Covid Center approves visa period extensions for foreign tourists to boost tourism economy, effective this October

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Bangkok –

The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has approved the visa exemption period extension for foreign tourists from 30 days to 45 days from October 2022 to March 2023 to potentially boost the tourism industry.

The Visa on Arrival (VOA) will also be extended from a maximum of 15 days to 30 days, CCSA spokesperson Taweesilp Visanuyothin stated after the general meeting on Friday, August 19th.

In layman’s terms, if your country’s visa was previously for fifteen days, it will extend to thirty. If it was for thirty, it will extend to 45, effective October 1st.

Both extensions will be effective from October 1st, 2022, to March 31st, 2023, in order to attract more international arrivals to revive the domestic economy after the Covid-19 financial hardship as well as generate income from tourists’ expenses.

The Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Immigration office, and related agencies were ordered to abide by the announcement and proceed with the CCSA resolution in the further step.

TPN notes that it is not finalized until it is ratified in the Royal Gazette, without a set date for this given.


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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.