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New Visa Schemes: Destination Thailand Visa (DTV), TR-60, and TR-15 Announced

New Visa Schemes: Destination Thailand Visa (DTV), TR-60, and TR-15 Announced

Thailand has announced new and updated visa schemes aimed at attracting remote workers, digital nomads, freelancers, and participants in various cultural and recreational activities. Effective from June 1, 2024, the Destination Thailand Visa (DTV) offers an extended stay option with multiple benefits. Additionally, the Visa Exemption (TR-60) and Visa on Arrival (TR-15) policies have been revised to accommodate a broader range of travelers.

Key Highlights of the Destination Thailand Visa (DTV):

Who Can Apply:

  • Remote Workers/Digital Nomads/Freelancers: Individuals who work remotely and wish to experience living in Thailand.
  • Participants in Specific Activities: Those engaging in activities such as:
    • Muay Thai courses
    • Thai cooking classes
    • Sports training
    • Medical treatment
    • Seminars
    • Music festivals

Period of Stay:

  • The initial period of stay is 180 days.
  • Applicants can extend their stay once, for an additional 180 days, by applying at the Immigration Bureau.

Validity and Fee:

  • The DTV is valid for 5 years and allows multiple entries into Thailand during this period.
  • The visa fee is set at 10,000 Baht (THB).

This new visa scheme is part of Thailand’s ongoing efforts to boost its tourism and attract a diverse group of visitors. By providing a long-term stay option, the government aims to support the growing trend of remote work and the increasing interest in Thailand’s cultural and recreational offerings.

Visa Exemption (TR-60)

Who Can Apply:

  • Nationals from 93 specified countries and territories are eligible for visa exemption for tourism and short-term business engagements.

Period of Stay:

  • The period of stay is up to 60 days.

Eligible Countries Include:

  • Albania, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, USA, UK, and many others.

Visa on Arrival (VOA) (TR-15)

Who Can Apply:

  • Nationals from 31 specified countries and territories may apply for a visa on arrival at immigration checkpoints.

Period of Stay:

  • The period of stay is up to 15 days.

Eligible Countries Include:

  • Armenia, Belarus, China, India, Kazakhstan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and others.

Requirements for Visa-on-Arrival:

  1. Application Form: Fully completed.
  2. Photo: One recent photograph.
  3. Proof of Funds: 10,000 Baht per person or 20,000 Baht per family.
  4. Passport: Must have at least 1 month of validity and at least 2 blank pages.
  5. Travel Tickets: Fully paid onward travel tickets that are usable within 30 days.
  6. Fee: 2,000 Baht (cash only, non-refundable).

Note: Visitors entering Thailand with a Visa on Arrival generally cannot extend their stay, except in special cases such as illness, which requires an application to be submitted at the Office of Immigration Bureau.

Benefits for Remote Workers and Activity Enthusiasts

The DTV is designed to cater to the needs of modern travelers who seek a blend of work and leisure. With the flexibility to stay for up to a year, remote workers can enjoy Thailand’s vibrant culture, beautiful landscapes, and affordable cost of living while maintaining their professional commitments.

For those interested in Thai culture and activities, the DTV offers the perfect opportunity to immerse themselves in unique experiences such as learning Muay Thai, mastering Thai cuisine, or participating in various sports and wellness programs. Additionally, the visa supports those seeking medical treatments in Thailand, known for its high-quality healthcare services.

Application Process

Applicants for the DTV must submit the following:

  • A fully completed application form.
  • A recent photograph.
  • Proof of financial means, such as bank statements.
  • A passport with at least 6 months validity and blank pages.
  • Relevant documents related to their purpose of stay (e.g., enrollment in a course or medical treatment confirmation).

The fee for the DTV is 10,000 Baht, payable in Thai Baht. The application can be made at Thai embassies and consulates or online through the official visa application portal.

Thailand’s Vision for Tourism and Economic Growth

The introduction of the Destination Thailand Visa, along with the updated TR-60 and TR-15 policies, aligns with Thailand’s strategic vision to enhance its appeal as a prime destination for both tourists and professionals. By offering versatile visa options, the government hopes to attract a steady influx of international visitors who contribute to the local economy and promote cross-cultural exchange.

For more information on the Destination Thailand Visa, Visa Exemption (TR-60), Visa on Arrival (TR-15), and application guidelines, visit the official website of the Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand.

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