Thailand ‘special tourist visa’ for long-staying visitors effective until 30 September, 2021
is expected to become effective after the official announcement and will be
available until 30 September, 2021.
The Thai Cabinet has approved in principle a proposal
by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to grant a special tourist visa (STV)
for long-staying visitors.
Under the STV scheme, long-staying visitors can stay in
the country for 90 days, which can be extended twice, each for a further 90
days. The visa will cost 2,000 Baht per 90-day extension.
The special visa scheme is expected to become effective
after the official announcement and will be available until 30 September,
The STV will be granted to long-staying visitors who
comply with Thailand’s COVID-19 control and preventive measures. They will
be required to undergo a 14-day alternative local state quarantine (ALSQ)
upon their arrival. They must also have proof of their long-term residence
in Thailand; such as, hotel reservation, rental contract, or evidence of
ownership of a condominium.
Thailand resumes domestic tourism on extended holiday plans
found that people made 2.2 million domestic trips during the extended
holiday in lieu of the Songkran festival from Sept 4 to 7 and TAT estimated
that about 8.8 billion baht changed hands in the period.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) welcomes the
government’s plan to announce extended holidays to stimulate tourism late
this year as nearly 10 billion baht changed hands during the previous
four-day holiday in lieu of the Songkran festival.
TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn said he totally agreed
with the reported plan of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to announce
special holidays to stimulate tours, spending and business.
Whatever prompted people to go on vacation was good
when the country had to depend on domestic tourism and TAT had plans to
encourage Thai people to take vacations to let business survive as there
would be many holidays in the high season late this year, he said.
TAT has found that people made 2.2 million domestic
trips during the extended holiday in lieu of the Songkran festival from Sept
4 to 7 and TAT estimated that about 8.8 billion baht changed hands in the
At present most Thai people liked to take vacations on
weekends and long holidays, he said. (TNA)
Thailand drives forward promotion of domestic tourism among Thais and expats
reopen the country for foreign tourists is now under careful consideration
by all concerned sectors to ensure reentering of foreign visitors is safe
from the 2nd phase of COVID-19 disease spread.
Deputy Government Spokesperson Traisulee Traisoranakul
disclosed that during the COVID-19 situation when foreign tourists have not
yet been allowed to enter the country, Minister of Tourism and Sports
Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn has driven forward promotion of domestic tourism
among Thai people and the expats living in Thailand through Tourism
Authority of Thailand (TAT)’s various campaigns. The Government would like
to encourage the people to travel in a bid to stimulate national economy,
and called on entrepreneurs to beef up their COVID-19 preventive measures to
boost confidence of the tourists.
According to the Deputy Government Spokesperson, the
Government’s measure to reopen the country for foreign tourists is now under
careful consideration by all concerned sectors. The most important thing is
to ensure that reentering of foreign visitors would not engender the 2nd
phase of COVID-19 disease spread. Deputy Prime Minister and Public
Healthcare Minister Anutin Charnvirakul also affirmed that the country’s
disease preventive, screening and monitoring system is efficient enough to
handle the reentering of foreign tourists. With the spread of COVID-19
pandemic, both tourism and employment sectors, not only in Thailand but
throughout the world, have been badly affected. Ministry of Tourism and
Sports has hoped that once the disease situation eases, tourism would play a
key role in reviving national economy, and alleviating people’s plights.
Government Spokesperson Traisulee Traisoranakul.
Thailand projects 20.8 million international visitors in 2021
Under a best-case scenario,
if there are no more disruptions, TAT is projecting 20.8 million
international visitors in 2021, which would be about half the record
arrivals of 39.8 million arrivals in 2019.
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Mr.
Yuthasak Supasorn has appealed to the Thai tourism industry to be patient,
united, and confident in weathering the current crisis, which under a
best-case scenario will almost certainly be over by 2021.
Speaking to the Thai Hotels Association (THA), the
country’s largest travel trade grouping, the Governor said that although
this was the worst of the many crises that Thailand has experienced, it
would be overcome with the same spirit of solidarity and unity like in the
He said TAT would lead the country’s largest foreign
exchange earner and job-creating industry into a new future that would see
creative and innovative solutions being applied to building a more
sustainable and resilient industry.
The Governor said he did not want to focus on how much
pain the industry had suffered, but rather on how to prepare positively for
the time when a vaccine would be found and restrictions on international
He said that under a best-case scenario, if there are
no more disruptions, TAT is projecting 20.8 million international visitors
in 2021, which would be about half the record arrivals of 39.8 million
arrivals in 2019. The primary source markets would be Northeast Asia and the
ASEAN countries, with a customer target of people in good health and
The crisis had created an opportunity to deal with old
problems; such as, illegal hotels, tour operators and guides, waste problem
and tourist exploitation. “I would like to see these problems disappear
along with COVID-19. Let’s rebuild the industry. How can we learn to play a
new game? How do we create this new future together?”
Citing one positive outcome, he noted that national
parks had now set strict limitations on the number of visitors in line with
carrying capacity principles. He expressed hope this would remain in place
after the COVID-19 crisis recedes. Another positive outcome is the new focus
on improving the quality of hygiene and sanitation.
He said that TAT was working overtime to help hotel
businesses tap the potential of domestic tourism and maintain an occupancy
of at least 30%, not so much to enhance business profitability, but rather
to help maintain employment levels.
Mr. Yuthasak said he had formulated a three-dimensional
(3D) strategy for the transition to a new era.
1) Domestic tourism, which would now get more priority
than previously. “It is clear that we have to stimulate and open up more
opportunities to help each other, especially to tap the potential of the 12
million Thais who travelled abroad in 2019.”
2) Digitalization of business processes would open up
many new opportunities to find new customers, improve retention, cut costs,
create value and grow revenue. TAT is very active on this front, and had
many more projects in store for next year.
3) Dynamics: the industry as a whole has to create new
dynamics and seek a better balance between creating efficiency and managing
risk. “We don’t know what kind of crisis will happen next, but we have to be
better prepared to deal with it. If there is ever a situation where we have
to work from home, we will need a proper instruction manual on how to do
Mr. Yuthasak said that nothing will be the same again,
but that TAT is ready to help the industry adapt to new challenges and to
support, encourage, motivate, and lead it towards a more promising future.
“We are ready to be the wind beneath your wings. I believe we have to come
back stronger. Never give up. You are not alone. TAT will help you all
overcome the COVID- 19 crisis together.”
Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn.
helping hotel businesses tap the potential of domestic tourism and maintain
an occupancy of at least 30% to help maintain employment levels in absence
of foreign tourists.
Thailand’s tourism sector revenue shrinks by 70%, low cases countries ‘travel bubble’ decisive
Thailand’s tourism sector
revenue this year will shrink by 70 percent, with only 900 billion baht
revenue expected, much less than the figure before the COVID-19 pandemic,
which was 3 trillion baht.
Krungthai Bank’s research center has urged the tourism
sector to adapt to the New Normal for domestic tourism, in order to minimize
damage from COVID-19, as international tourism is not expected to recover in
even the coming year.
Krungthai COMPASS, a think tank of the Krungthai Bank,
has estimated Thailand’s tourism sector revenue this year will shrink by 70
percent, with only 900 billion baht revenue expected, much less than the
figure before the COVID-19 pandemic, which was 3 trillion baht.
The research unit expects the tourism sector to perform
slightly better in 2021, with 1.2 trillion baht in revenue expected, however
this figure is still 59 percent below the usual income before COVID-19.
With this prospect in mind, Thailand’s tourism sector
will have to rely heavily on domestic tourists, whose acceptance of New
Normal tourism focuses on closer destinations and safety, as reflected in
July’s tourism data where provinces with the highest accommodation occupancy
rate, were those located close to Bangkok, such as Petchaburi and
The center has highlighted that most Thai tourists
prefer visiting destinations hosting natural attractions, adventure
attractions, and cultural attractions that are less crowded. It has urged
related agencies to further develop facilities for tourists at these
Krungthai COMPASS’ projections on the tourism industry
next year, are based on a scenario in which a vaccine for COVID-19 starts
production in early 2021, with mass access expected in late 2021.
It has also commented on a further predicted drop in
the number of international tourists next year, ranging from only 900,000
persons or as many as 14 million based on government policy, saying the
uncertainty will make it difficult for the tourism sector to fully recover.
Several ways of enabling the country to reopen for
tourism have been discussed, such as a Travel Bubble arrangement between
countries with low cases, or the reopening of only tourist islands with
their own airports such as Phuket and Samui, or reopening only for certain
groups of visitors, such as those seeking medical tourism opportunities,
golf course enthusiasts, and long-term visitors who normally spend twice the
average tourists’ expenditure. (NNT)
Bubble arrangement between countries with low cases, or the reopening of
only tourist islands with their own airports such as Phuket and Samui are
suggested to enable the country to reopen for tourism.
Phuket Island reopening to foreign tourists plan underway
The welcoming of foreign
tourists to Phuket islandwill still depend on the readiness of many sectors,
such as tourism venues.
The Tourism and Sports Minister, Phiphat
Ratchakitprakarn, has traveled to Phuket to seek views and suggestions from
local residents concerning plans to reopen the province to foreign tourists.
Their input will be submitted to Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Gen.
Prayut Chan-o-cha, for consideration. In an effort to restore the confidence
of tourists, the government is organizing a trip to Phuket for a group of
foreigners who work or study in Thailand, as well as expatriates, and
Mr. Phipat visited the Patong subdistrict in Kathu
district, Phuket province, to meet local entrepreneurs and residents. He
listened to their difficulties during the COVID-19 outbreak, and explained
measures to be taken in Phuket, which is designated a pilot province to
welcome foreign tourists.
After meeting Phuket residents, the Tourism and Sports
Minister said they wanted a public hearing to take place because a number of
people disagreed with the plan to reopen the province to foreign tourists.
The Ministry of the Interior will take over this responsibility. The
reopening plan is set to start in October. Although the government has
introduced all necessary protocols, as recommended by the Center for
COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), the welcoming of foreign tourists
will still depend on the readiness of many sectors, such as tourism venues.
Meanwhile, the government is also organizing trips to
Phuket and other provinces for expats and diplomats. Recently, the
government arranged a tour for this group to visit Khung Bang Kachao in Phra
Pradaeng district, Samut Prakan province. The trip was well-received. The
Ministry of Tourism and Sports set up a working body to coordinate with all
expat groups and outbound tour agencies, urging them to organize trips
inside the country instead. They will create tour packages for tourists who
wish to travel from Bangkok to Phuket and other provinces. (NNT)
Tourism and Sports Minister, Phiphat
Pattaya and Eastern provinces tourism improved on long holiday
Tourists flocked to Pattaya
City and many provinces in the eastern Thailand and sought local home stay
services during the extended weekend.
Crowds of tourists flocked to Pattaya City and many
provinces in the eastern Thailand and sought local home stay services during
the extended weekend. Their arrival proved to stimulate local tourism and
The government made the long holiday from Sept 4 to 7
in lieu of the Songkran holiday in April that had been canceled due to
The government raised its 40% accommodation subsidy
period from five to ten nights per tourist and increased its daily meal
subsidy from 600 baht to 900 baht on weekdays. The government also gave a
refund of 2,000 baht per air ticket to stimulate domestic tours.
The expanded subsidies started on Sept 1. Besides, the
government allowed the government officials who use the subsidies to take
additional leaves of two days without recording the additional leaves in
their leave registration.
The measures prompted a large number of tourists to
visit eastern tourist destinations. Local hotels and home stay places were
mostly occupied during the long holiday.
Income was thus distributed there as visitors bought
products and food and used the services of tour guides, operators and
Local operators were asking the government to keep
issuing tourism promotion measures to increase the number of tourists. (TNA)
Pattaya and Eastern provinces are famous for
fresh and reasonable priced seafood.
The government raised its 40% accommodation
subsidy period from five to ten nights per tourist and increased its daily
meal subsidy from 600 baht to 900 baht on weekdays.
The government made the long holiday from Sept 4
to 7 in lieu of the Songkran holiday in April that had been canceled due to
Tourists flocked to Pattaya
City beaches on the long weekend.
Thai tourism is recovering, but not restored
that tourism-related data showed that domestic tourism was improving,
especially in provinces near Bangkok, however more urgent stimulus measures
The Thai tourism is recovering but has not been
restored to its normal level yet, according to the Economic Intelligence
Center of Siam Commercial Bank which urges for more stimulus measures.
EIC stated that tourism-related data showed that
domestic tourism was improving, especially in provinces near Bangkok.
However, the business is still far below its condition before business
lockdowns. The center also pointed out that tourism remained vulnerable
regarding the risk of the second COVID-19 spread.
EIC predicted that the tourism sector would continue to
be sluggish despite eased lockdowns. It explained that foreign tourists have
not returned. Besides, domestic tours by Thai people have not been
full-scale and they naturally spend much less than foreign tourists.
On average a Thai tourist spent 2,866 baht a day while
a foreign tourist did 6,039 baht a day, the center said.
The government and the private sector needed to
introduce effective stimulus measures and marketing campaigns to encourage
Thai tourists to go on vacation and it would be helpful to support the
tourism sector when it had to depend on local tourists, EIC said. (TNA)
Thailand tourism promotion with ‘Care, Clean and Clear’ to ensure good health for tourists
Amazing Thailand Safety&
Health Administration (SHA) is hygienic certification for restaurants,
hotels, conference centers, recreational locations, vehicles, tour firms,
beauty businesses, department stores, recreational sports facilities, event
venues, theaters and shops.
The Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of
Tourism and Sports are promoting tourism with the 3C principle of Care,
Clean and Clear to ensure good health for tourists.
Wacharapong Khuwijitsuwan, secretary to the minister of
public health, said after chairing a workshop on food hygiene at tourist
destinations that the two ministries were implementing the Care, Clean and
Clear principle to guarantee good health in the tourism sector.
Care means standard services at hospitals. Clean refers
to the cleanliness of premises including restaurants, food stalls and public
toilets. Clear focuses on the good ventilation of places and buildings, he
Meanwhile, Dr Bancha Khakhong, deputy director-general
of the Department of Health, said the department and the Tourism Authority
of Thailand introduced the Amazing Thailand Safety & Health Administration (SHA)
as hygienic certification for restaurants, hotels, conference centers,
recreational locations, vehicles, tour firms, beauty businesses, department
stores, recreational sports facilities, event venues, theaters and shops.
The hygienic initiatives were being applied as Thailand
logged a new case of the coronavirus disease 2019.
The British woman, 29, is a language teacher. She
arrived from the United Kingdom on Aug 15 with her husband and daughter. Her
infection was confirmed in her second test on Aug 27 while she had a fever
Total COVID-19 cases in the country rose to 3,412,
3,252 of whom recovered and 58 died. (TNA)
of Public Health and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports are promoting
tourism with the 3C principle of Care, Clean and Clear to ensure good health
Thailand's eastern coasts are blessed with marvelous islands
Koh Wai - a jewel Island of
Koh Chang Archipelago in Trat province.
Among them is the pristine Koh Wai - a jewel Island of
Koh Chang Archipelago in Trat province.
- Accessible with only one ferry a day, Koh Wai is a
perfect castaway spot. Those wishing for a true escapade can rent a
Beachfront bungalow, some primitive with limited electricity service. That
will make you feel like a world away from everything.
- Around Koh Wai is the coral reefs perfect for
Snorkeling; those staying on the island will have an all-day access. Those
staying on other islands can still hire a day-trip over.
- Laid-back to the max is the code of conduct on Koh
Wai. Beaching away, snorkeling around, and feasting on the freshest Seafood
on the island before settling for a nice spot at the gorgeous Sunset will
crowd your daily schedule.
- Koh Chang National Marine Park will reopen from July
1, 2020 onwards with limited visitors at 300 per day. Pre-booked snorkeling
tours to Koh Wai are now available.
- Bungalows on Koh Wai will reopen from October 1, 2020
onwards. Pre-booking is now available.
Get yourself ready for this perfect castaway!
Koh Wai is a
perfect castaway spot.
Wai is the coral reefs perfect for Snorkeling.
the max is the code of conduct on Koh Wai.
September the revival of lively tourism atmosphere in Thailand
Rayong, hub of seafood,
tropical fruits, islands tourism, and beach activities in Thailand.
It’s said that September is the month that signals the
end of the rainy season and the revival of the lively tourism atmosphere. If
you want to go to the sea in this month, we recommend that you go to the
Gulf of Thailand because the monsoon season still lingers in Andaman
Sea. You can also head north to indulge in the morning mist atmosphere
because the Northern region of Thailand has a lot more than mountains and
cold breeze to offer in September. One of the highlights is a long-lasting
the Salak Yorm Festival. Every year, in this tradition, unmarried young
women will offer a Salak Yom tree as an offering to the Buddha. It’s
believed that the young women's Salak Yom is a form of merit equivalent to a
man's ordination. There’s another great merit-making tradition in the
called Ting Kra Jard Festival. In this annual festival, you can donate money
or useful items for people living in poverty. It’s a brand-new experience
for you to discover.
After gaining new experiences from charming traditions,
it’s time to explore many other tourist
waiting for you during the rainy season: visit Lom Phu Kiew (Emerald Pool)
province, Ban Salak in
province, Mo Hin Khao in Chaiyaphum province and Sai Yok
province, or admire the sea of mist at Phu Thap Boek and Thung Salaeng Luang
province, Doi Kiew Lom Viewpoint in
Mae Hong Son
province, and PhuSoi Dao in
province, or visit the Pa Bong Piang Rice Terraces in
province and Rice Terraces of the Royal Initiative Discovery Project in
province, or you can also head to the Southern Sea; for example, Ko Tao,
KoSamui, Muk Ko
and Rajjaprabha Dam (the Guilin of Thailand) in
Are you hungry now? For the food of this month, we
recommend spicy food to warm your cold body and boost your immune system;
such as, Sweet Potato with Ginger Soup, Stir-fried Chinese Morning Glory
with Garlic, or hot tea. The most popular fruits are grapes, pineapple and
guava, all are high vitamin fruits with low calories.
The highlighted activity of this month is observing an
natural phenomenon: the shrimp parade at Kaeng Lamduan in Ubon Ratchathani
province. You’ll be fascinated by the sight of more than 100,000 shrimp
parading upstream. This phenomenon can’t be seen anywhere else in the world.
Another highlight is tasting excellent coffee at Kaeng Song and
along the Khek
coffee here is the local Arabica species, original, soft and fragrant. After
refreshing yourself with a cup of coffee, it’s time for a challenging
rafting on the Khek River, the top 5 most popular rafting places in
Although September is a month without any public
holidays like others, the fascinating cultures and traditions, including
that we recommend visiting in this month, are unrivalled.
September’s additional highlights
Grand traditions of
Ting Kra Jard Festival and Salak Yom Festival.
Explore the Gulf of Thailand: Paradise of the South
Be amazed by the shrimp parade phenomenon.
Thailand's eastern coasts
are blessed with marvelous islands.
Mae Hong Son - Pai in the Rain.
Pattaya City with
the sea, sand, sun and beach and the water activities on the east coast of
waterfalls and natural excursion in the rainy season in Thailand.
Tourism Authority of Thailand LINE chat application ‘TAT Contact Center’
For more information,
please contact the TAT Call Center 1672 (24 hours.)
Tourism Authority of
(TAT) has launched its LINE chat application ‘TAT Contact Center’ aiming to
provide another way for tourists to inquire about travel information in both
the Thai and English language. Tourists can select from the menu to find
recommended tourist attractions in Thailand, e brochures, and a list of
operators who have received the
Thailand Safety and Health Administration, "SHA, "certification.
select from the menu to find recommended tourist attractions in Thailand.
Thai Airways preps for welcoming back tourists from six countries to Phuket
THAI charter flights will
be arranged for travelers from Denmark, Germany, England, South Korea, Hong
Kong and Japan to Phuket.
Thai Airways International (THAI) is ready to arrange
special charter flights for tourists from six countries as the national
carrier welcomed the government’s plan to receive foreign tourists to the
resort island of Phuket.
The announcement came after the government’s policy to
ease travel restrictions to revive the country’s tourism hard hit by the
Chansin Treenuchagron, Acting President of THAI said
the charter flights will be arranged for travelers from Denmark, Germany,
England, South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan to Phuket, known as one of popular
destinations among the Andaman coastal provinces.
It will operate two flights a month for each route,
expected to begin in late November and will later consider increasing
frequency, depending on air travel demand.
The airline is also planning to resume direct flights
from China to Phuket.
Charnsin said THAI pays attention to health safety of
passengers and physical distancing will be adopted at all time during
check-in, boarding while in flight and getting of the plane.
In-flight crew members will wear protective suits,
masks and gloves. Aircraft deep cleaning and disinfection will be done in
cabins and cockpits.
He added the airline was the first one to receive
Amazing Thailand’s Safety & Health Administration (SHA), which means it
strictly complies with the Ministry of Public Health’s highest hygiene and
safety standards to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
To facilitate travellers, they will be able book the
hotels in Phuket designated as alternative state quarantine for tourists
with the airline.
Thailand on Thursday reported one more coronavirus
infection, making a total of 3,404 confirmed cases.
The new case returned from India and was found infected
in state quarantine. (TNA)
announcement came after the government’s policy to ease travel restrictions
to revive the country’s tourism hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic such as in
Treenuchagron, Acting President of Thai Airways International (THAI).
known as one of popular destinations among the Andaman coastal provinces of
Thailand prepares to receive foreign tourists in October
The return of tourists
is necessary for revival of the economy, all premises will be shut down
and employees will be laid off if the government does nothing.
Thai government plans to ease travel restrictions
to welcome foreign tourists from low- risk countries in a bid to revive
the local economy.
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut
Chan-ocha said the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA)
would discuss which areas will be suitable to receive foreign tourists
as well as related disease control measures.
It will begin with the limited number of arrivals.
They will be screened from the origins to the destinations and will stay
only in tourist zones, he said. To help the most economically affected
tourist destinations, the government is looking at allowing foreign
tourists to stay in those prepared areas as a ‘sand box’ model.
Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha.
The return of tourists is necessary for revival of
the economy. If the government does nothing, all premises will be shut
down and employees will be laid off. The government needs to relax
restrictions and implement suitable measures to handle it, he added.
Meanwhile, Public Health Ministry’s Division for
Communicable Diseases, Sophon Iamsirithawon said Thai has had zero local
transmissions for more than 90 days since May 25.
Easing restrictions to allow resumption of business
activities went smoothly but strict disease control measures must remain
in place, he said.
Tourism will be also resumed under restricted
It is expected to start receive foreign tourists in
October. Initially, it targets to allow tourists from low-risk countries
who come to Thailand for medical purposes and tourism, he added. (TNA)
the most economically affected tourist destinations, the government is
looking at allowing foreign tourists to stay in those prepared areas as
a ‘sand box’ model.