Deputy government spokeswoman Traisulee Taisaranakul said yesterday’s (Sept 20) Cabinet meeting approved a ministerial announcement drafted by the Interior Ministry.
The announcement will extend the stay period for some foreign visitors, reports the Bangkok Post.
Foreign visitors with visa-on-arrival will be able to stay for up to 30 days, up from 15 days. Passport holders from visa-exempt countries will be allowed to stay in the kingdom for up to 45 days, up from 30 days at present.
Ms Traisulee said approval of the ministerial announcement followed up on a meeting of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Aug 19 which approved extended visas to boost tourist arrivals and spending, help revive the economy and reduce the impact of the pandemic.
“The government is working on a plan to come up with measures to promote tourism to accommodate more tourists during the [upcoming] peak season,” she said, adding the CCSA will hold a meeting on the matter on Friday.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet approved a ministerial regulation yesterday to exclude COVID-19 from the list of illnesses that prevent entry to Thailand, deputy government spokeswoman Rachada Dhnadirek said.
The regulation will become effective after it is published in the Royal Gazette, and its publication is expected soon, Ms Rachada said.
COVID-19 would no longer be on the list of diseases forbidden when entering or taking up residence in the country, she said.
Prohibited conditions and diseases that will remain on the list include leprosy, tuberculosis in its dangerous stage, elephantiasis, drug addiction, chronic alcoholism and stage 3 syphilis, she added.