Sunday, 14, July, 2024

The Thai cabinet approved several new visa promotions to attract more tourists on Tuesday, including visa-free and visa-on-arrival schemes and longer stays for students, and a reduced level of compulsory health insurance for retirees.

The Thai Foreign Ministry proposed the measures to attract as many visitors as possible, government spokesman Chai Wacharonke said.

He said the number of countries eligible for visa-free entry would increase from 57 to 93. The 36 new countries included Cambodia, China, India, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Laos, Mexico, Morocco and Uzbekistan.

Visitors' stays under this scheme were also extended to 60 days, the government spokesman said.

The cabinet also approved visa-on-arrival for 31 countries, up from 19 countries previously.

Visitors who want to work and also visit tourist destinations will be able to get five-year visas valid for stays up to 180 days, extendable for another 180 days. They were previously entitled to only two stays of 30 days each.

"This measure targets digital nomads, remote workers and freelancers, as well as those who want to learn Muay Thai and Thai cuisine," Mr Chai said. He called it Destination Thailand Visa.

Foreign students of higher education could stay for one year after graduation, instead of being required to leave the country immediately finishing their course.

The measures will take effect on Saturday, June 1.

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