Following on from the launch of the Special Tourist Visa (STV) aimed at attracting long-stay tourists to Thailand, embassies and consulates around the world have slowly been updating their websites over the past three weeks with details for Single Entry Tourist Visa applications.
The Royal Thai Embassy in Helsinki were the first online with the news that embassies were now accepting applications for a 60-day Single Entry Tourist Visa.
Under the STV scheme, visitors can stay in Thailand for 90 days, which can then be extended twice, each for a further 90 days. That is, the maximum period of stay in the country will be 270 days. After the first stay period has ended, visitors may apply for the extension at any local immigration office
The Special Tourist Visa costs 2,000 THB.
Only travellers from low-risk countries may apply for the long-stay STV and the requirements for a succesful application are lengthy.
The list of low-risk countries are:
I skipped the requirements for the STV as I very much doubt readers of Stickboy will want to jump through 20 hoops before having to jump through another 20 so I decided to focus on what’s needed to obtain a Single Entry 60-day Tourist Visa.
Visa And Certificate Of Entry Procedures
Applicants who wish to apply for a Single Entry Tourist Visa will need to follow all the steps outlined below.
Applying For A 60-Day Tourist Visa
When applying you must submit the following with your application form.
- Two passport-size photographs (2″x 2″)
- Visa application form
- Declaration form
- Medical insurance guaranteeing that the insurer will cover a minimum of 100,000 USD (or equivalent in other currencies) of medical costs incurred by the applicant in Thailand, including medical costs in the event that the applicant contracts COVID-19 (The insurance must cover the whole duration of stay in Thailand)
- A confirmation of booking of Alternative State Quarantine (Please check the list of the alternative state quarantine hotels at www.hsscovid.com or www.thaiembdc.org/asq)
- Visa fee
- A copy of the bank statement for the last 6 months (the balance of each month must have no less than 500,000 baht)
You will need to present the following at check-in.
- A “Certificate of Entry” issued by The Royal Thai Embassy or the Royal Thai Consulates-General;
- A “Health Certificate”, Fit to Fly, issued no more than 72 hours before departure.
- Medical insurance guaranteeing that the insurance company will cover a minimum of 100,000 US dollars (or equivalent in other currencies) of medical costs incurred by the applicant in Thailand, including medical costs in the event that applicant contracts COVID-19 (The insurance must cover the whole duration of stay in Thailand); and
- A Medical certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID -19 is not detected, issued no more than 72 hours before departure
Upon Arrival In Thailand
Travellers arriving in Thailand must present the following documents to be granted entry:
- COE and Declaration Form
- Medical certificate with a laboratory result indicating that COVID -19 is not detected, using RT-PCR test, issued no more than 72 hours before departure
- Fit-to-fly/Fit-to-travel Health Certificate issued no more than 72 hours before departure
- Medical insurance or letter from employer guaranteeing that the insurance company or employer will cover a minimum of 100,000 US dollars (or equivalent in other currencies) of medical costs incurred by the applicant in Thailand, including medical costs in the event that applicant contracts COVID-19 (The insurance must cover the whole duration of stay in Thailand)
If granted entry, the traveller mus undergo a second COVID-19 PCR test then go through 14 days of Alternative State Quarantine.
Tourists are free to travel without restriction but must follow all health and safety protocols such as wearing a mask and social distancing.
The steps for a Single Entry Tourist Visa seem straight forward enough, however, the trip is costly with insurance, flights, tests, certificates, expensive ASQ and that 6 months of having 500,000 baht in the bank is going to be the hurdle most will fall at.
To apply for a Single Entry Tourist Visa visit the Thai Embassy website closest to your location.
The Royal Thai Consulate in Hamburg, Germany has stated as of 13th November 2020 no financial proof is required when applying for a Single Entry Tourist Visa (TR).
Bank statements showing a balance of 500k for 6 months is no longer a requirement at this Consulate.
The Royal Thai Consulate in Hamburg, Germany have as of today, Nov 13, stated no financial proof is required when applying for a Single Entry Tourist Visa (TR).
— Stickboy Bangkok (@StickboyBangkok) November 14, 2020
12 Essential Items For A Field Hospital Stay
The Facebook page Ratchasee Jitasa has recommended 12 essential items that people should take with them if they test positive for Covid-19 and sent to a field hospital.
The essentials recommended are as follows:
1. Power strip
2. Personal items, such as toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, towel and hairdryer.
3. Power bank
4. Wet wipes
5. Items to help relieve loneliness
6. Pillow, blanket and mattress
8. Food supplements, such as Vitamin C
9. Thermos bottle
11. One set of clothes to be worn before returning home
12. Underwear for 14 days
I can think of a few more…
14. Notebook / tablet
15. Books / mags
19. A few tinnies
Confused About Bars Closing & Booze Bans In Bangkok? Don’t Worry, We All Are
Confusion reigns down on Bangkok business owners and patrons regarding what can open when following the news the CCSA will meet this week to discuss a Ministry Of Health proposal to recategorise the capital to category red, a highly controlled area, due to the cluster of new Covid cases from nightlife spots in Thonglor.
Following this news on Monday information started spreading online that bars and restaurants would be allowed to open until 9pm but no sales of alcohol would be permitted.
Later on Monday the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration ordered closed 196 entertainment venues across 3 districts – Khlong Toei, Wattana, Bang Khae – for 2 weeks starting today (April 6).
The official order did not state the number 196, nor did it list the entertainment venues they had ordered shut until April 19. Only that pubs, bars, karaoke, and massage parlours were to close.
Also of note was the use of the words “similar to” when referring to pubs, bars, etc.
Today we were supposed to have an announcement at 10.30am from the governor to clarify the situation but so far not a peep.
Now what we are left with is a complete mish-mash of inaccurate information with the CCSA proposal and the confusing BMA order being snowballed into not one but dozens of different scenarios – none of which are correct.
Dozens of bars have already been informed by local police they must sell only soft drinks and close at 9pm – under orders from who or where? There is currently no such order in place from either the BMA or the CCSA.
Right now if you are allowed to open, you can legally close at 11pm and sell alcoholic drinks until an official order is announced stating otherwise.
As always, I will update the Stickboy Twitter and Facebook pages with the latest info as it is announced.
Thailand Quarantine Measures: April 2021
Here’s an update on Thailand’s quarantine measures from 1st April 2021 onwards.
– Quarantine period will be reduced from 14 days to no less than 10 days for travellers from countries with no cases of COVID-19 variant strains for travellers unable to present a valid vaccine certificate.
– Travellers from countries with cases of COVID-19 variant strains are subjected to a full 14-day quarantine.
– For travellers with vaccine certificate and travelling from countries with no cases of COVID-19 variant strains are eligible to no less than 7-day quarantine. This condition will only apply to those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand with inoculation no less than 14 days before the travelling date.
– Travellers must present a vaccine certificate (an original paper or a print out of an online vaccine certificate) to International Port Health Control at the port of arrival, otherwise, travellers may be quarantined for no less than 10 days.
The list of countries with COVID-19 variant strains will be determined and updated by the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand every month.
At the time of publishing the 11 excluded countries are: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Rwanda, Cameroon, DR Congo, Tanzania and Ghana.