Now Travellers From 93 Countries, Including India, Can Stay Longer In Thailand

Thailand's warm hospitality and diverse attractions make it a captivating destination for travellers worldwide
Travellers to Thailand get visa extension
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In an effort to invigorate its vital tourism industry amid economic challenges, Thailand's government has approved several changes to visa policies for tourists, postgraduate students, remote workers, and retirees.

Commencing on June 1, 2024, travellers from 93 countries, including India, can stay in Thailand for up to 60 days, a significant increase from the current list of 57 nations, according to reports. In addition, 17 new countries will qualify for visas on arrival and be allowed for two months, as per the new rule.

A new provision will allow postgraduate students to remain in the country for an extra year after completing their studies. Retirees' insurance requirements will be eased, making it simpler for them to live in Thailand.

The new policies aim to attract more visitors, particularly from rapidly growing markets, by extending on-arrival visa stays from 30 to 60 days.

Reports also suggest that "digital nomad" visas for self-employed and remote workers will now be valid for five years, compared to the current 60 days, with each stay capped at 180 days. These measures are designed to draw more long-term visitors and support economic growth.

Pattaya, Thailand
Pattaya, ThailandShutterstock

About Thailand

Thailand is a top-tier tourist destination offering a mix of experiences. From bustling cities to balmy beaches, it caters to a diverse range of travellers. Bangkok, the capital, is a dynamic metropolis where ancient temples like Wat Arun and Wat Pho stand alongside modern skyscrapers. The Grand Palace, a historical and architectural marvel, is a must-visit.

Thailand boasts some of the world's most picturesque beaches for those seeking natural beauty. Phuket, Koh Samui, and Krabi offer pristine sands, and water activities like snorkelling and diving. The Phi Phi Islands, popularised by the film "The Beach," are renowned for their dramatic cliffs and marine life.

Northern Thailand, with its mountains and cultural richness, presents a different charm. Chiang Mai, known for its night bazaars and elephant sanctuaries, provides a peaceful retreat. The ancient city of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site, offers a glimpse into Thailand's historical grandeur.

(With inputs from multiple reports)

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