BANGKOK – The Government of Thailand has introduced a new six-month multiple-entry visa for visitors from any country. The new multiple-entry visa will cost slightly more than US$140, compared to a single-entry visa.
Currently, citizens of 30-40 countries can enter the Kingdom without a visa, but some other nationals are required pay about Bt1,000 to get a single-entry, 30-day visa.
The new visa would allow holders to come into the country more than once, which is similar to what is applied by many other countries. The government plans to charge Bt5,000 for the six-month visa.
Visitors can look forward to the new visa as early as October, following the approval by Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha earlier in the week.
The Tourism and Sport Minister said the new measure is aimed at increasing the number of tourists to the country. While foreigners from about 40 countries do not require a visa to enter Thailand, visitors from some countries in the region, such as China and India, still do.
The president of the Association of Thai Travel Agents said the new visa may help increase the number of holidaymakers from these Asian neighbours. Charoen Wongananont also added that the six-month period offers a short enough timeframe to assess the effectiveness of multiple-entry visas.
The Thai Tourism and Sports Ministry has also planned to expand the regional tourism market by improving links with countries along the Mekong River, including Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.
Most recently, Myanmar and Thailand agreed to waive entry visas at major airports, which would allow its citizens to travel between the two countries without an entry visa.