Thailand has finally decided to extend the period of stay for those entering Thailand on Visa on Arrival or visa-free. The extended stay will be offered for international tourists between October 2022 and March 2023, according to Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokesman Tawisilp Wisanuyothin.

The decision to extend the length of stay of foreign tourists comes as Covid-19 eases pressure to support its economic recovery.

Visa on Arrival and Visa Waiver Period

Foreign tourists from 18 regions entering Thailand under the Visa on Arrival category will be able to extend their stay by 30 days. People from over 50 countries who currently get 30 days will be able to stay for 45 days.

From October, Thailand will also extend the duration of its visa on arrival programme, which applies to citizens of India, China and Saudi Arabia, from 15 to 30 days.

“We are looking to extending their stay, This will help boost tourist spending, revive the economy and reduce impact from the coronavirus pandemic.”

Previously, entry tickets were given an additional 15 days for the two-week quarantine or "sandbox" time that guests had to obtain before they could travel freely across the state.

Similarly, most Western passports eligible for visa waiver are stamped with 30-day entry stamps, which can be extended once at a local immigration office for an additional 30-day period.

Thailand plans to launch a new 10-year visa program in September to attract skilled workers and investors. The new long-term visa is designed to enhance competitiveness in key industries such as automobile, electronics and biotechnology.


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