Cabinet approves longer stays for some visitors

Cabinet approves longer stays for some visitors

Tourists fill the arrival hall at Suvarnabhumi airport. (File photo)
Tourists fill the arrival hall at Suvarnabhumi airport. (File photo)

The cabinet has approved an announcement extending the length of stay of visa-on-arrival and visa-exempt visitors, effective from Oct 1 until March 31, to aid the recovery of the tourism sector with the waning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Deputy government spokeswoman Traisulee Taisaranakul said Tuesday's cabinet meeting approved a  ministerial announcement drafted by the Interior Ministry.

The announcement will extend the stay period for some foreign visitors.

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.

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