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Thailand targets 40 million tourists with extended visa-free entry and long-stay options

AI by Dall-E

Thailand has implemented a new set of visa rules aimed at boosting tourism and ensuring long-term economic stability.

Effective June 1, the number of countries eligible for visa-free entry to Thailand has increased from 57 to 93, with tourists now permitted an extended stay of up to 60 days, up from 30 days.

The Thai cabinet has also approved visa-on-arrival for 31 countries, an increase from the previous 19. The country aims to reach a record 40 million foreign arrivals for the year, with expected revenue of over $95.73 billion, up from 39.9 million arrivals and $63 billion in revenue in 2019.

According to reports, the new initiatives benefit students, digital nomads, and retirees. Postgraduate students can now stay in Thailand for an additional year after graduation, while digital nomads will benefit from the “Destination Thailand Visa” valid for five years, allowing a 180-day maximum stay per visit. For retirees aged 50 and above, the health insurance requirement for long-stay visas has been reduced from $82,000 to $12,000.

The Southeast Asian nation aims to solidify its position as a top tourist destination by attracting visitors from key markets such as China and India through visa waivers, Channel News Asia reported.

India's visa-free entry to Thailand, granted last year has been extended for another six months.

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