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TAT deputy reveals tourist entry numbers

PHUKET: Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Deputy Governor Thapanee Kiatphaibool has confirmed that long-stay tourists are the most common of those who have entered Thailand since the lockdown restrictions started to be eased, with only 331 people issued the Special Tourist Visa (STV).

Thursday 12 November 2020, 03:03PM

Image: NBT world

Image: NBT world

The news came as state news agency NNT announced that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) had “relaxed criteria for issuing types of visa”.

Among the key measures to “relax” visa entry requirements, the ministry has allowed tourists to enter Thailand on a tourist visa, recognised officially as a TR visa, but only if they pass the COVID protection measures and prove they have the equivalent of B500,000 at their disposal before entering the country.

TAT Deputy Governor Thapanee explained that Thai tourism is currently ‘partly recovering’ after the government allowed more foreigners to come in, reported Bangkok Biz News.

“The MFA has relaxed criteria for issuing types of visa after they started issuing Special Tourist Visa (STV) for those who living in low-risk countries,” said the report.

“However, European and Scandinavian countries are ranked as moderate-risk and high-risk, Thai consulates in the countries will relax the criteria and consider issuing tourist visa (TR) visa for applicants, instead of STV,” it added.

The TR visa allows foreigners to stay in Thailand for 60 days, or up to a maximum 90 days if they file for extension.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, those who are interested in applying for a TR visa have to show their bank statement, which must have at least B500,000, and other documents as required by Thai consulate in each country,” Ms Thapanee explained.

“They still have to quarantine for 14 days to follow the CCSA’s [COVID-protection] measures,” she added. 

Ms Thepanee explained that as of Nov 5 the MFA had issued a certificate of entry (COE) for 1,495 people who had already entered the country.

Of those, 501 were issued to foreigners who had already entered the country on a long-stay visa (OA), while 331 were issued to people who had entered Thailand on the Special Tourist Visa (STV).

Ms Thepanee pointed out that a further 1,000 people had applied to enter Thailand on an STV.

The MFA had issued CoEs to 296 Elite card holders who entered the country under the  Privilege Entry Visa (PE). The Elite card is under the operation of Thailand Privilege Card Co Ltd (TPC), which operates under the management of the TAT, she added.

Only 113 foreigners had been issued CoEs in order to enter the country on Non-immigration B (Non-B) visas, Ms Thepanee noted.

The remaining CoEs issued were for 86 people who entered Thailand on a Tourist Visa (TR), 84 who entered Thailand as business operators who hold APEC cards, and 41 who entered the country in order to conduct filming, she added.

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Kurt | 15 November 2020 - 08:52:26

Types visa: TR, STV, OA, Non-B, PE, + CEO. All flying around the ears. Why considering issuing a TR instead a STV? With both you can enter, and can be a potential Covid-19 candidate during the first 60-90 days. And, people from low risk and high risk countries fly-in together on same flights, as there are not many flights yet. The more differentiations, the more complicated to restart tourism.

Kurt | 13 November 2020 - 09:39:02

"Relaxed visa criteria"?  Does a family of 4 need a 2 million THB at their disposal before entering Thailand?

JSombra | 13 November 2020 - 01:10:43

How about we let them eat just 331 gains of rice for next 9 months, we would be keeping them partially fed.

But overall these numbers seem very questionable, 1495 people in 8 months? when there are 100 ASQ hotels? More likely that per month


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