The Special Tourist Visa In Thailand Will Continue

The Thai Cabinet Committee approved the extension of the Special Tourist Visa in Thailand. This plan, which has already been in place for one year, will continue until at least September 30, 2022, and is intended to attract well-fearing foreign travellers to come to Thailand and spend big money while they’re here.
The Special Tourist Visa allows these elite travellers to stay between 90 and 270 days, which the Tourism Authority of Thailand hopes will attract big spenders to boost the Thai economy that has been so crippled since the Covid-19 epidemic began.
The idea of extending the Thai Special Tourist Visa was announced recently, but yesterday the Thai Cabinet Committee officially approved the extension. It has been in place for one year already, and will continue until at least September 30, 2022, and is intended to attract well-heeled foreign tourists to Thailand to spend big money while they’re on the island.
The Special Tourist Visa allows these elite travellers to stay between 90 and 270 days – 3 to 9 months – which the Tourism Authority of Thailand has hoped would draw big spenders to pump tourism revenue into the Thai economy that has been so lacking since the Covid-19 pandemic began.
By encouraging long-staying foreigners to boost the tourism economy, it could also boost the domestic economy, potentially creating jobs and income for locals and facilitating economic growth. The plan was enacted at the beginning of the stages of regrowing international tourism that came to a halt after Covid-19.
The Tourism and Sports Ministry reports that only 5,609 people travelled to Thailand on a long-stay tourist visa last year. However, officials claim that it generated over 1.2 billion baht in revenue for Thailand’s tourism industry. That equates to about 222,000 baht per traveller.
While the visa and extensions allow a stay of up to 270 days, the average stay for STV holders is around 90 days, according to a government spokesperson. Therefore, those attracted by the Special Tourist Visa spend about 2,500 baht a day on average.
Most of the tourists who entered Thailand under the visa scheme came from China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, and Croatia. Most STV holders visited Bangkok, Surat Thani, Phuket, Udon Thani, Chon Buri, Chiang Mai, and Rayong after undergoing quarantine.

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