Thailand extends visa-on-arrival stays

21st Sep 2022

Suvarnabhumi Busy

Visitors visiting Thailand will be able to remain longer in the country. Today, Government Spokesperson Traisulee Traisornkul said that the Cabinet of Thailand has granted a temporary extension of both visa-free and visa-on-arrival stays.

The administration expects that the extensions will improve tourism and the economy, which is still recovering from the pandemic.

Between October 1 2022, and March 31, 2023, international visitors visiting Thailand are eligible for the following stays:

  • Visa on Arrival stays will increase from 15 to 30 days. Visa on arrival is available to passport holders from 19 countries.
  • The number of days that people from 64 countries with bilateral agreements with Thailand can stay without a visa will go up from 30 to 45.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) anticipates that the expansions would extend the typical tourist's stay in the country by five days. The TAT estimates that if tourists spend between 4,000 and 5,000 baht per day on average, they would inject an additional 20,000 baht into the economy.

The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration of Thailand met with the Thai government yesterday and agreed to the renewal of visa on arrival and visa exemptions, according to a representative.