In a significant development for Thailand's tourism industry, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is considering granting visa exemptions to travelers from Taiwan and India.

This came as Prime Minister Shretha Thavisin proposed the possibility of making visa-free entry a permanent facility for mainland Chinese tourists after the temporary visa exemption expires on February 29.

Prime Minister's proposal for Chinese travelers

Prime Minister Shretha Thavisin made the important announcement during the signing of a letter of intent between TAT and eight leading Chinese companies in Beijing. The occasion marked the participation of the Thai delegation in the Belt and Road Forum.

The temporary visa waiver for Chinese travelers has been a great success and officials are exploring the possibility of making it permanent.

Proposed visa exemptions and relaxation in travel restrictions

As part of plans to accelerate tourism development, TAT is considering visa waivers for travelers from Taiwan and India. Additionally, efforts are underway to ease travel restrictions for Malaysian tourists arriving via land borders.

The proposal includes removing the requirement for TM6 immigration forms during weekends to streamline the influx of tourists.

Reciprocating Visa Waiver Agreement

Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, TAT's deputy governor for Asia and the South Pacific, emphasized that if Thailand and China mutually agree to waive visa requirements for visitors, this will increase seat capacity and There will be more flights to meet the increasing demand.

Business operators in Taiwan have already urged Thailand to consider visa waivers for visitors to the island, and the Foreign Ministry is actively reviewing the request.

Thailand Visa Waiver Program

Thailand visa waiver is a permit that allows eligible citizens of certain countries to enter Thailand without a visa for a limited period of time. The current visa waiver program allows citizens of 64 countries to stay in Thailand for up to 30 days.

To qualify for the Thailand visa waiver, you must:

  • Be a citizen of one of the eligible countries.
  • Hold a valid passport that is valid for at least 6 months after your intended date of departure from Thailand.
  • You must have a confirmed return ticket or onward journey ticket.
  • You have enough money to live in Thailand.

How does a visa waiver work?

If you meet all the above requirements, you can enter Thailand without a visa and stay for up to 30 days. On arrival you will be required to present your passport and onward journey ticket at the immigration counter.


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