New visa promotions, retiree insurance reduced

Visitors queue at immigration at Suvarnabhumi airport. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)
Visitors queue at immigration at Suvarnabhumi airport. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)

The 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 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.

Visitors aged 50 years or more who want long-stay visas are currently required to have health insurance coverage worth 3 million baht.

The new level of coverage is 440,000 baht.

This is effective for long-stay applicants from September to December, Mr Chai said.

The cabinet also approved the expansion of e-visa application services at Thai consulates and embassies from 47 to 94 locations, starting in September, the spokesman said.


  • coverage (noun): protection or insurance against risks or dangerous things happening; insurance coverage - ความคุ้มครอง , ขอบเขตคุ้มครองในการประกันภัย
  • cuisine: a style of cooking - ประเภทอาหาร
  • eligible: allowed by rules or laws to do something or to receive something - มีสิทธิ
  • embassy: a building where a group of officials work who represent their government in a foreign country - สถานทูต
  • entitled: having the right to have or do something - มีสิทธิโดยชอบ
  • extend: to add more time - ยืดออกไป
  • insurance: an arrangement in which you regularly pay an insurance company an amount of money so that they will give you money if something you own is damaged, lost, or stolen, or if you die or are ill or injured - การประกัน
  • measures: actions that are intended to achieve or deal with something - มาตราการ
  • nomad: a member of a community that moves with its animals from place to place - ชนเผ่าเร่ร่อน, คนร่อนเร่
  • previously: before -
  • promotion: activities done in order to increase the attendance at an event or sales of a product or service - การส่งเสริม
  • propose: to suggest an idea for a group to consider - เสนอ
  • retiree: a person who has stopped working because of their age - ผู้ที่หยุดทำงานแล้ว, ผู้ที่เกษียณแล้ว
  • scheme: a plan for achieving something, especially something illegal or dishonest - แผนการ (ที่มีท่าว่าจะผิดกฎหมาย)
  • spokesman: a person who speaks on behalf of a group or an organization - โฆษก
  • take effect: to begin to be used or required - ส่งผล
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