Thailand Special Tourist Visa


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Special Visa to Enter Thailand

The Thailand Special Tourist Visa (STV) is a special visa introduced by the Tourism Authority of Thailand for long-stay tourists who would like to travel to Thailand. It is one of the economic measures by the Thai government to restore the local tourism industry that has been affected heavily by COVID-19.

Update: The Thai Embassies and Consulates are currently issuing the normal 60-day tourist visa (SETV) and the special tourist visa (STV). Kindly contact your local Thai embassy for more information.

Thailand Special Tourist Visa Qualifications

Foreigners applying for a Special Tourist Visa must be:

  • Foreigner from a low-risk country according to the Public Health Ministry regulations.
  • Accept compliance of preventive measures as prescribed by the government, including submitting to alternative state quarantine (ASQ) in accredited hospitals/hotels for not less than 14 days upon arrival.
  • Provide evidence of a place to stay or accommodation during the long stay visit.
  • Show proof of payment for hotel accommodation or admittance to hospitals chosen as alternative state quarantine (ASQ) facilities.

At this stage, the definition of ‘low risk’ country remains open for interpretation and will change over time. It is highly recommended for those who are wishing to apply for the STV they must enquire at the Royal Thai Embassy or a consulate in their home country before making any bookings or paying money for agents or other services.

Requirements for Thailand STV

Foreigners applying for the STV will need to provide the following:

  1. Proof of accommodation after the 14-day quarantine, which could be any of the following:
    • Proof of payment for hotel or accommodation to be used after discharge from quarantine.
    • Copy of a condominium title deed owned by the visitor or a family member.
    • Evidence of renting accommodation – condominium or house.
    • Evidence of payment for the purchase or lease of a condominium-type residence that foreigners can legally buy or lease.
  2. Proof of medical and travel insurance policy
    Medical and Travel Insurance with a minimum 100,000 USD coverage for COVID-19 medical treatment and a minimum coverage of 400,000 THB for other medical and accident expenses. The insurance must cover for at least 90 days which is the initial validity of the visa.

NOTE: Some embassies will reject your COE application if you do not have the correct format for Health Insurance.

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Foreigners with the evidence needed above will be eligible to apply for an STV from Thai embassies or consulates in selected countries.

STV Application Process

The interested applicant must get in touch with the Thai Embassy or Consulate or local office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand in their country or an accredited travel agency. An initial application will be submitted to the Bureau of Immigration for a background check.

After receiving the approval from the Immigration Bureau, the applicant or the agency will be requested to submit the visa application form, pay the visa fee, provide proof of ASQ accommodation, proposed chartered flight to Thailand, and copy of the health insurance policy. The application will be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

After the visa application has been approved by the MFA, the applicant will collect the STV visa and the Certificate of Entry (COE) which will be issued by the Thai Embassy or Consulate in his/her current location. The applicant will also provide the Fit to Fly Medical Certificate which must state that the applicant does not have COVID-19 and this certificate must be issued within 72 hours before the flight departure.

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Visa Fee and Validity

Eligible applicants will have to pay a visa fee of 2,000 baht and the visa holder will be allowed to stay in the country for 90 days. After this period expires, immigration officers will be able to renew the holder’s visa twice, each for another 90 days at a time. Foreigners must submit an application and pay a fee in accordance with the rules.

Upon Arrival in Thailand

Upon arriving in Thailand, visitors must undergo health screening from the Ministry of Public Health. The STV holder will be issued a permit to stay for 90 days in Thailand if the tourists pass all screening measures. They will immediately depart the airport to begin the strict state quarantine at their paid ASQ/ALSQ.

Once they are tested negative for Covid-19 after the 14-day quarantine, long-stay tourists will have the freedom to travel as they please around the country with a mobile application that will track their destination.

The Thailand Special Tourist Visa (STV) holders can enter Thailand starting on October 1, 2020 until September 30, 2021.

Thailand STV Application

The images above were taken from the video footage of TAT VTR Special Tourist Visa.

Update:

The Thailand Special Tourist Visa or STV cannot be changed or converted into any other type of visa in the duration of your stay in Thailand. If the STV holder is found to be in breach of the conditions for entry into Thailand, the stay permit will be revoked immediately and the visa holder will be banned from returning to Thailand in the future. The STV project is only valid until September 30, 2021.

 

 

 

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584 Comments

  1. Lisa
    October 27, 2020
    Reply

    Hi.

    My friend is a british national who works in Taiwan. Would he be able to apply for the special tourist visa at the thai embassy in taiwan to come to Thailand?

    • October 27, 2020

      Dear Lisa,
      Good day.
      At the moment there is no indication that the TTEO in Taiwan is issuing the STV or Special Tourist Visa. However, your friend may contact the office at [email protected]

      Thank you.

    • Brian Berry
      October 28, 2020

      Hi Lisa,
      I am a USA citizen, but had signed a contract to built a villa in Phuket, its now complete and have been trying to get a visa so I can close on my villa in Phuket, could I apply for the STV and if so when would they start to accept applications

    • October 28, 2020

      Dear Brian,
      Good day.
      If you are in the US right now, unfortunately, it is not possible to apply for the STV or Special Tourist Visa. However, as a property owner, you can apply for the non immigrant visa and COE. Please check this page:
      https://thaiembdc.org/2020/09/12/typebspecial/
      It would be good to check with the Thai Embassy in DC. Where are you located in the US?
      Thank you.

  2. Lyndon Phillips
    October 27, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    I live and work in Phuket with a work permit and 12-month visa.
    My question is, can my 20 yrs old daughter who is currently in the UK able to apply for an STV and stay with me after the quarantine period in BKK?

    I get the feeling that the UK is NOT on the “low risk” list. If so, is there now a low-risk list that is updated and available for the public to view, or is this top secret?

    • October 27, 2020

      Dear Lyndon,
      Good day.
      The STV or Special Tourist Visa is not available in the UK. Please check other visa options for your daughter. You may check this page:
      https://bit.ly/3jvlWjf
      Thank you.

  3. Joe Williams
    October 27, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Rex,

    I own a condominium in Chiang Mai but live in the United States.

    Can I fly from the US to Singapore and stay within Changi Airport until I can take a flight to Bangkok and proceed to an ASQ facility?

    I cannot determine if US citizens are eligible or not if they would be entering Thailand from a country that is not considered high risk (like Singapore for example).

    • October 27, 2020

      Dear Joe,
      Good day.
      This could be 2 scenarios:
      1. You get a proper visa (not STV) in the US and the COE from the Thai embassy and travel to Thailand through a transit in Singapore. That is acceptable.
      2. If you are a permanence resident of Singapore, you can apply for the STV and COE from the Thai embassy in Singapore.
      Thank you.

  4. Karine
    October 26, 2020
    Reply

    Good morning

    Is Portugal low risk for Thai entry with STV?

    I have contacted the required embassy contacts, but have no response.

    Thank you

    • October 26, 2020

      Dear Karine,
      Good day.
      The problem right now is that there is no list. You need to get in touch with the local Thai Embassy if they are issuing it. All we know that countries in Europe and USA does not qualify for the STV or the Special Tourist Visa.
      Thank you.

  5. G.M.
    October 26, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    I am Australian with Non-B and work permit working in Thailand
    My husband whom I bought the property in Turkey with (with certificate) and I got married with in Thailand with Islamic Institution of Thailand but we haven’t been married in Turkey yet because of the islamic law in Turkey (He is Islam and I am Australian, I already converted to Muslim) I am working in Thailand as I said and I have been separated with my husband for almost a year – could you please advise how could he enter to Thailand with STV?
    We are ready to buy insurance and prepare all required documents and stay in ASQ for both of us –> we need only the approval of STV from Turkey to Thailand and from the news Turkey is not listed in Top10 of COVID-19 so please, please help me, help him, help us –> any possible visa for him to enter to Thailand please, or do you need any guarantee or endorsement from my Thai company or Thai citizen? please advise

    • November 4, 2020

      Dear GM,
      Good day.
      The STV is not available in Turkey. To check the updates, please call: Phone: +90 312 437 43 18.
      Thank you.

  6. Jan De hornois
    October 26, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,
    I have booked for a 24 day stay during January from Belgium. I own a condo but as it seems I only can go for a long term stay? So not possible to come to Thailand for me?
    Thanks 🙏 for your answer.

    • October 28, 2020

      Dear Jan,
      Good day.
      At the moment, you cannot get STV or Special Tourist Visa. But you may qualify for another visa. You may qualify for the non immigrant O visa as property owner. For this visa, please contact Thai Embassy in Brussels for more information.
      Thank you.

  7. Audrey
    October 26, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, my fiance is in the Philippines and I just gave birth alone in Thailand. Wondering if we provide birth certificate and other documents, can he be given/processed a Special Tourist Visa.

    • October 26, 2020

      Dear Audrey,
      Good day.
      The Thailand Special Tourist Visa or STV is not available in the Philippines because Philippines is not a low risk country for COVID-19.
      Thank you.

  8. Johnny
    October 26, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Rex. I am american. I need to get back to thailand to be with my fiancee. I have already been gone 8 months. Can I travel to a low risk country. Self quarantine there. Then get a special visa. I read a comment earlier. You said the visa was not based on nationality. And can you please share a link. That has the list of low risk countries. Thank you

    • October 28, 2020

      Dear Johnny,
      Good day.
      Yes, that seems like a good plan, however the Thai embassy of these low risk countries may require that you are a resident of that country before you can apply for the STV or Special Tourist Visa.
      Thank you.

  9. Lucas Echegoyen
    October 25, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, im from Argentina. Living in UK, i have both argentinian/italian passports. Can i apply for a Visa? Im planning to stay 90 days in Thailand. Can afford hotels

  10. Regner Jensen
    October 25, 2020
    Reply

    Normally travelling to Thailand many times per year. Living in Denmark which for now is on the possible list for STV-visa.But how to get the medical insurance for 400.000 Baht/4000 Baht, when I am 77 years old?
    I can fullfill everything else – but problem with the mentioned insurance!

    • October 28, 2020

      Dear Regner,
      Good day.
      The travel insurance for COVID19 is a requirement for entry to Thailand, if you are unable to get this, all you can do for now is to wait until next year. Hopefully next year, the travel restrictions and insurance requirements will be removed.
      Thank you.

  11. Steven Scott
    October 25, 2020
    Reply

    สวัสดีเร็กซ์,

    i am just wondering how the Thai Ministry of Health determines a countries risk level for ” Covid19 “, as certain area’s in a country may have very low to no local transmissions say in Australia’s case, Victoria is a still a mess, but Queensland has had no local transmission for over 30 days . So if i wanted to apply for the STV or maybe a Thai Elite visa how would that work ? .

    Sincerely yours,
    Steven

  12. Joe Williams
    October 25, 2020
    Reply

    Can I obtain a visa if I fly from the United States to Singapore and stay within Changi airport until I can take a flight to Bangkok and proceed to an ASQ facility for the required d14-dauy quarantine? After the quarantine then fly to Chiang Mai where I own a condominium?

    Or are US Citizens currently in the United States disqualified from entering Thailand via any route/airline?

    Thank you

    • October 29, 2020

      Dear Joe,
      Good day.
      If you have permanent residency in Singapore, you can apply for the STV.
      Thank you.

  13. Barbara Beets
    October 24, 2020
    Reply

    I’m getting confused about some of the information online about this new ‘Special Tourist Visa’. I have some very specific questions. I’ve been stranded in Tokyo for 7 months.
    1) Can I get this visa from an consulate in Tokyo or only in my home country?
    2) Japan is potentially on the ‘safe country list’. Would they look that I’ve been in Japan continuously for the last 7 months, or would they just look at my nationality (USA).
    3) I think if I understand correctly, I need: a T8 Health questionnaire, a ‘fit-to-fly’ form, and a negative COVID certificate. Do I need all three?
    4) Is there a minimum amount on a bank statement I need to show to get this visa?
    5) Am i required to show a bank statement or cash when I enter Thailand?

    • October 27, 2020

      Dear Barbara,
      Good day.
      For the application requirements and procedure for the STV, may I request that you contact directly the accredited agency for the visa application. Please email: [email protected]
      Thank you.

  14. Janz
    October 23, 2020
    Reply

    Hi I am from Malaysia, is it possible for us Malaysian to apply for the STV visa?
    If yes, at the moment there are limited flights to Thailand, in so can we go by road?

    Please advise.

    Thank you.

    • October 29, 2020

      Dear Janz,
      Good day.
      For the visa application and COE application in KL, please check this link: https://bit.ly/35KJSdJ
      Thank you.

  15. Gael
    October 23, 2020
    Reply

    I would like to apply for this visa is it applicable to tourist coming from the United States?

    • October 29, 2020

      Dear Gael,
      Good day.
      Due to a high number of infection rate, the applicants who are currently in the USA and wish to obtain Special Tourist Visa (STV) do not fall under the categories that could enter Thailand at the moment, please check back regularly for any updates.
      Thank you.

  16. Jody
    October 23, 2020
    Reply

    Hallo rex

    Wij hebben een vliegticket naar Thailand op 25 december
    Is het mogelijk om vanuit Nederland z’n visum dan te krijgen wij gaan 3,5 week

    Groetjes jody

    • October 29, 2020

      Dear Jody,
      Thank you for your email.
      At the moment we are unsure if the Thai Embassy in the Netherlands will issue the STV or Special Tourist Visa. Please send an email to [email protected]
      Thank you.

  17. kim
    October 22, 2020
    Reply

    sawatdeeka, thank you for your clear and quick answers. i am an american in japan (since march 2020). the japanese ministry of foreign affairs site says all nationalities can apply for STV at the thai embassy. but the thai embassy site says only japanese nationals or residents. which one is correct? the thai embassy has been slow in responding and my current japanese tourist visa expires 10/27. any help you can give would be very appreciated, kap kun ka!

    • November 1, 2020

      Dear Kim,
      The Thai MFA did not state that. It stated that Thai embassies from low risk countries may issue the visa. Now, it is in the discretion of the Thai embassy if they will issue it to their citizens only, permanent residents also. I can understand if the Thai Embassy in Tokyo will only issue to Japanese nationals or Japanese permanent residents. If you are only a tourist in Japan, I recommend for you to fly back to your home country and explore other visa options for you to return to Thailand.
      Thank you.

    • kim
      November 2, 2020

      thank you rex for your reply, but i’m still confused. are you saying that the decision to grant an STV to non japanese nationals is up to each individual embassy? but the thai MFA says there is a possibility for me to get one? i am an american and it is not safe for me to go back, due to high risk of covid and political unsafety. japan is considered low risk and im sure thailand would rather me enter thailand from japan than from the usa. i have emailed the fukuoka office and as a foreigner in japan, they said i could get a regular tourist visa but required japanese bank statements (which you need to be a japanese resident/national to have a bank account). emailing kyoto and tokyo have not been responsive. i’d appreciate any help you can give. thank you!

    • November 8, 2020

      Dear Kim,
      Good day.
      The STV or special tourist visa is not available in Japan as per the Thai Embassy in Tokyo. Should you wish to travel to Thailand from Japan and if you have permanent residence card or visa in Japan, you can qualify for the 60-day tourist visa to Thailand. Please check this page for more information:
      http://site.thaiembassy.jp/en/visa/type/9571/
      Please be advised that the same TRV is also being issued in your home country if that would be easier for you to do the application.
      Thank you.

  18. Diego
    October 22, 2020
    Reply

    Hi.
    Brazil is a “low risk” country?
    Brazilian Is possible apply for STV?
    Thank you

    • October 22, 2020

      Dear Diego,
      I regret to inform you that the Thailand Special Tourist Visa or STV is not available in Brazil. In order for Brazil to qualify for STV, there should be close to zero or no new local transmission of COVID 19 in Brazil for 28 days.
      Thank you.

    • Megan
      October 24, 2020

      Hi, my husband and I are british and live in England. We want to apply for an STV visa and spend some time with friends and looking into a potential business prospect in Thailand. Can we get an STV visa from the UK?
      If not, can we travel to another low risk country, quarantine in that country and apply then apply for the visa?
      How long does the visa application take?

    • October 29, 2020

      Dear Megan,
      Good day.
      The Thailand Special Tourist Visa or STV is not available in the UK. Your plan to go to another country will not work because you need to have PR in that country.
      Thank you.

  19. William Fretillere
    October 22, 2020
    Reply

    Hello ,

    We are French citizen currently in Malaysia Langkawi since January, We would like to go to Thailand with our yacht, We are interested to apply for a STV and would like to know conditions and SOP.

    Thànk you , regàrds
    William

    • October 22, 2020

      Dear William,
      Good day.
      The STV has been designed for tourists arriving by air with quarantine on accredited hotels or resorts. Please contact the Thai Embassy in KL for more about the Thailand Special Tourist Visa or STV.

      Thank you.

  20. Lulu Ge
    October 22, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,

    I live in China and plan to apply for an STV. I was wondering if I could apply for the visa directly at the Thai consulate and book a flight all by myself? Because the price is so high if I apply through a tourist agent. In other words, can I travel to Thailand alone instead of joining a tour group with an STV now?

    Thank you!

    • October 22, 2020

      Dear Lulu,
      The target for the STV or Special Tourist Visa is the group tourists. It is easier tog et the visa if you book with an agent unless you can arrange more than 20 people to join your flight.
      Thank you.

    • Jesse
      October 28, 2020

      Hi, I live in South Africa and would like to travel to Thailand. Are we allowed to and what’s the procedure?

    • October 28, 2020

      Dear Jesse,
      Good day.
      At the moment the STV or Thailand Special Tourist Visa is being issued for now by Thai Embassies in Asia Pacific.
      Thank you.

  21. Thomas
    October 22, 2020
    Reply

    Is Sweden a lon risk country?
    If I have valid retirement visa to 29 April will it be cancelled if I apply for STV ?

    • October 29, 2020

      Dear Thomas,
      Yes, Sweden is not qualified for the STV or Special Tourist Visa.
      I recommend that you use your retirement to apply for the COE. If this is not acceptable, please change your Non O retirement visa into Non OA retirement visa so that you can enter Thailand now.
      Thank you.

  22. Erkan
    October 22, 2020
    Reply

    Hello… i am german citizien living in switzerland and want to travel to thailand for 60days.. is it allowed on the STV?

  23. Tran
    October 22, 2020
    Reply

    Is Vietnam in the list yet?

    • October 29, 2020

      Dear Tran,
      Good day.
      For the updated information about the STV or Thailand Special Tourist Visa, please call Phone: +84 24 3823 5092
      Thank you.

  24. Tookta
    October 22, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, can a Czech person from Czech Republic apply for STV?

    • October 29, 2020

      Dear Tookta,
      Good day.
      For the information about Thailand Special Tourist Visa (STV) in Czechia, please email [email protected]
      Thank you.

  25. Rene
    October 22, 2020
    Reply

    Hey! Could I ask you? Where can I find a list of the low risk countries from which I can fly to Thailand?
    I will really appreciate your answer!

    • October 29, 2020

      Dear Rene,
      Good day.
      There is no list that is given the government because they are focusing now on tourists from Guangzhou, China, but you can contact your local Thai Embassy if they will issue it or not.
      Thank you.

  26. Rene
    October 22, 2020
    Reply

    Hey! I want ask you.. is it possible to travel from Mexico? And then I want to ask you also if is it possible to travel from Kenya.. thanks for answer!

  27. Baipu
    October 21, 2020
    Reply

    Can I go into thailand in STV , then change to elite visa?
    thailand elite visa is also a tourist visa.

    • October 22, 2020

      Dear Baipu,
      The Thailand Special Tourist Visa is a special visa for COVID 19 tourists. It cannot be changed to any visa inside Thailand. That is why the government is prioritising the Chinese people, because they travel in a group and they will not change into other visas (such as the visa you plan to change into) because they will go back to China.
      Maybe that will explain why some embassies do not know about this STV.
      Thank you.

  28. Ori
    October 21, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,

    Can you please advise if ISrael is considered a low risk country and If i will be elligible for the STV. if so, can i do my 14 days strict state quarantine at paid ASQ/ALSQ. in the islandד

    • October 22, 2020

      Dear Ori,
      At the moment the Thai Embassy in Tel Aviv is not issuing the Thailand Special Tourist Visa or STV. You can updated by checking the website of Thai embassy there or you may email [email protected]
      Yes, there are ASQ hotels in Phuket but I do not think that there are flights from Israel to Phuket. if you flight lands in Bangkok, you must do the ASQ in Bangkok also.
      Thank you.

  29. Rolland D'souza
    October 21, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    Can Indian apply for STV visa from India

    • October 21, 2020

      Dear Rolland,
      Good day.
      I believe that India is not listed as a “low risk” country for COVID 19, it may not be possible to apply for the Thailand Special Tourist Visa at this time.
      Thank you.

  30. Rolland D'souza
    October 21, 2020
    Reply

    I am an Indian Currently in Dubai come for tourism, Can I apply at Dubai Thai Consulate for STV visa and travel from Dubai to Bangkok. Please advice.

    • October 21, 2020

      Dear Rolland,
      Are you in India or Dubai? Please contact the Thai consulate in Dubai if you are now located in Dubai.
      Thank you.

  31. Phun Siew Wee
    October 21, 2020
    Reply

    Hi
    My uncle was married with Thai for more than 20 years. His wife is staying at Chiang Mai. He is at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, East Malaysia. He want to go back to Thailand and we had apply for him for few time throught email, but not sucessful every time.

    Recently, we had apply for him on “Application for Certificate of Entry (COE) for non-Thai nationals who are spouses, parents/children of Thai nationals” dated 17 October 2020 by email, but no reply until today.

    He is 60 years old, and looking forward to meet his wife and families.

    We would be much appreciated if you can look in to this case. Thank you

    • October 31, 2020

      Dear Siew,
      Good day.
      Before applying for the COE, I believe he has to apply for the Non Immigrant O visa first. However, if the Non Immigrant O visa is already issued, then he can apply for the COE. To book an application for COE, please check this page:
      https://my.linistry.com/Customer/ServiceMenu?b=127&parentId=1383
      Thank you.

  32. PPWL
    October 21, 2020
    Reply

    how long for the process of the STV pls

    • October 21, 2020

      That would depend on the Thai Embassy in your location. Please check with the Thai Embassy if they are going to issuing the STV or Special Tourist Visa.
      Thank you.

    • Clint
      October 25, 2020

      Are Canadians available to apply for STV?

    • October 27, 2020

      Dear Clint,
      Good day.
      Based on the Thai Embassy in Ottawa, the STV is not listed as one of the visas they issue during this time. Please check here:
      https://ottawa.thaiembassy.org/en/content/119628-thailand-visa-and-coe?cate=5f069ee272a783584326eaf5
      Thank you.

  33. David Brown
    October 21, 2020
    Reply

    I am married to a Thailand national and have a child living in Sankrat Surin Provence, i’m from the UK. Can you guide me on what type of visa to apply for and what documents are required ?

    • October 29, 2020

      Dear David,
      Good day.
      You may apply for the Non Immigrant O visa and the COE from the Thai Embassy in London. You cannot apply for the Special Tourist Visa because it is not available in the UK right now.
      We have sent you an email about the visa.
      Thank you.

  34. Kotchapon
    October 20, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I have a question about this special tourist visa. My boyfriend is French but currently living in Romania. I wonder if he would like to come to Thailand on December or January, what documents are required in order to get the Visa and how much will it cost? Does he has to book his own flight or accomadation during quarantine or else ?
    Moreover; Is Romania considered as a low risk country ?

    Thank you very much

    • October 20, 2020

      Dear Kotchapon,
      Good day.
      The application for the Thailand Special Tourist Visa is done through an accredited agency. He may contact the TAT in Czech Republic to know the list of travel agency he can contact in that part of Europe.
      Thank you.

  35. Harleigh
    October 20, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,

    Can you please advise if Australia is considered a low risk country and If i will be elligible for the STV. I want to do a Muay Thai Training camp in thailand for 30-90 days?

  36. KASPARS
    October 20, 2020
    Reply

    Hello!
    STV for Latvian & Spanish passport holders?

    • October 20, 2020

      Dear Kaspars,
      Good day.
      The issuance of the Thailand Special Tourist Visa or STV will not be based on the nationality. It will be based on the place of application. If you will do the application in Spain or Latvia, the STV may not be available there at this time.
      Thank you.

  37. Abel
    October 20, 2020
    Reply

    If I’m in Turkey but a US Citizen would I qualify for the STV Visa ?

    • October 20, 2020

      Dear Abel,
      Good day.
      I believe that turkey is not listed as a “low risk” country there, it may not be possible to apply for the Thailand Special Tourist Visa through the Thai Embassy in Ankara or consulate in Istanbul.
      Thank you.

  38. ian McLean
    October 20, 2020
    Reply

    I have a uk passport but have lived in Cyprus for 20 tears and have a resident permit. Can I apply for a stv visa. If so, since there are no direct flights from Cyprus to Thailand do I have to fly via another country which is also on the list of countries allowed entry

  39. Grant Brown
    October 20, 2020
    Reply

    Hi there,

    I am from New Zealand, I just spoke to someone at https://www.thailongstay.co.th/stv_visa.html and he said that they are not letting anyone in from New Zealand at the moment, its only China?? From my understanding we can apply as New Zealand is a safe country, can someone confirm what is actually correct. I sent my New Zealand Passport to them 10 days ago to start the process. Is there any company that can help me get this STV Visa?

  40. Richee Timoll
    October 20, 2020
    Reply

    Am I allowed to visit Vietnam for a few days while being on a STV

    • October 20, 2020

      Dear Richee,
      Good day.
      No, the STV is single entry visa. If you leave the country, the visa will not be valid anymore.
      Thank you.

  41. Jake Allenburg
    October 20, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex

    I saw articles that Chinese are coming today and next week via STV but they seem to stay for only 30days.

    I thought the minimum stay should be 90days to get STV.

    Can you pls check which one is true?

    • October 20, 2020

      Dear Jake,
      Good day.
      The minimum stay is actually 15 days. That is for the quarantine. After the quarantine stage, the tourist may stay for 30 to 90 days on his preferred accommodation. In case of the Chinese, these are a group tour so after they leave Thailand for 30 days, the STV that they have will not be used for another entry unless they would apply for a new one and join another tour group.
      Thank you.

    • Justin
      October 24, 2020

      Are us citizens allowed to apply for the STV?

    • October 29, 2020

      Dear Justin,
      Good day.
      Due to a high number of infection rate, the applicants who are currently in the USA and wish to obtain Special Tourist Visa (STV) do not fall under the categories that could enter Thailand at the moment, please check back regularly for any updates.
      Thank you.

  42. John
    October 20, 2020
    Reply

    Hi. Is the stv visa available for Irish citizens . We don’t have a Thai embassy here in Ireland. I’ve been asking via British embassy but no word back yet. Appreciate any info .thanks for your time.

    • October 20, 2020

      Dear John,
      Good day.
      I believe for Ireland, you have to apply for the Thai Embassy in London. At this time, the Thai Embassy in London is not issuing the Thailand Special Tourist Visa.
      Thank you.

  43. Jeremy Tucker
    October 20, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    I want to stay in Thailand on an stv I don’t plan on going anywhere else do I need to apply for a single or multiple entry visa if I want to stay the full 9 month duration

    • October 20, 2020

      Dear Jeremy,
      Good day.
      The Thailand Special tourist Visa or STV is single entry. It is valid for 90 days permit to stay and it can be extended for another 90 days inside Thailand twice. Depending on your location, the STV may not be available to some countries.
      Thank you.

  44. Jürgen
    October 20, 2020
    Reply

    Hallo Rex, i am german. It is possible to travel to Thailand now?

    • October 20, 2020

      Dear Juergen,
      Good day.
      At this time, Thailand still impose travel ban on travelers. However, there are qualified foreigners who are permitted to enter Thailand during this time. You may see the list on this page:
      https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel/can-you-enter-thailand-now-during-the-covid-19-crisis.php
      As for the news on the Thailand Special Tourist Visa, at this time it is only issued to countries that are “low risk” of COVID-19.
      Thank you.

  45. Alessandro
    October 19, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, where can I see the updated list of the countries allowed to enter to Thailand with the STV? Thanks

    • October 20, 2020

      Dear Alessandro,
      Good day.
      There is no list of the low risk countries but you will know if your country is on the low risk if the Thai embassy in your country announces that they will be issuing the Thailand Special Tourist Visa. For Italy, you may have to wait until the Thai Embassy in Rome will announce about issuing the Thailand Special Tourist Visa.
      Thank you.

    • Anand
      October 22, 2020

      Hi I am from India. It is now possible thailand stv visa

    • October 22, 2020

      Dear Anand,
      I regret to inform you that the Thailand Special Tourist Visa or STV is not available in India. In order for India to qualify, there should be no new COVID 19 case in India for 28 days.
      Thank you.

  46. Shaitan Singh Bhati
    October 19, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,
    This visa is for India

    • October 19, 2020

      Dear Shaitan,
      Good day.
      I regret to inform you that Thailand Special Tourist Visa or STV is not available in India due to high infection rate of COVID-19.
      Thank you.

  47. Chris
    October 19, 2020
    Reply

    Hello!
    Cann I apply for the STV? I can´t find any informations about my country. I´m from Austria.
    greetings
    Chris

    • October 20, 2020

      Dear Chris,
      Good day.
      At this time, Thailand still impose travel ban on travelers. However, there are qualified foreigners who are permitted to enter Thailand during this time. As for the news on the Thailand Special Tourist Visa or STV, at this time it is only issued to countries that are “low risk” of COVID-19.
      Thank you.

  48. Kat
    October 19, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    It states that you are not allowed to convert the STV into another visa. Would that mean that after the 3×90 days (if you extend the visa) you have to leave Thailand again?
    Despite having the possibility to convert into Non-B or ED-visa?

    Thanks,
    Kat

    • October 20, 2020

      Dear Kat,
      Good day.
      When you enter Thailand under the Thailand Special Tourist Visa or STV, you agree that the purpose of the visit is for tourism only. Therefore, you are not permitted to change your visa. You can stay for 90 days and extend it for another 90 days twice. The total of 9 months would be enough for a genuine tourist to stay in Thailand. If you wish to obtain a Non immigrant B or ED visa, you need to apply for the visa at a Thai Embassy outside Thailand and use the new visa to enter Thailand.
      Thank you.

  49. Goldberg
    October 19, 2020
    Reply

    Many articles imply Chinese STV travellers will stay in Thai only for 30days,
    but I thought minimum stay should be 90days to get STV in Thiland.

    Can you pls clarify what is true, So can we apply STV to stay only 30days in Thai?

    • October 20, 2020

      Dear Goldberg,
      Good day.
      The minimum stay is 15 days which will be spent in quarantine. After quarantine, you can spend the rest of your stay in a hotel or rented condominium. You have an option to stay less than 90 days if you prefer too.
      Thank you.

  50. Joy
    October 19, 2020
    Reply

    Dear who may concerned.

    Appreciate if you could have a reply on this since Im very confused.

    For STV visa, as you also replied in above comment,
    it seems people need to stay in Thailand for at least minimum 90 days with only case they can leave when there’s an emergency situation.

    However, many articles say Chinese who are incoming via STV tmr, and next week will stay only 30 days in Thailand.

    So is this meaning that only Chinese are available to stay at least 30days while others need to stay at least 90 days?, Can you pls explain on this ?

    Thank You

    • November 1, 2020

      Dear Joy,
      Yes, I understand your concern. For the STV, you can stay for 30 days or 60 days or 90 days. Once you are in Thailand, nobody will stop you from going home to your country. However, for the visa application procedure, I recommend for you to follow the requirement first. You can show a proof of long stay accommodation. Once you are in Thailand and you do not wish to stay for 3 months, you are allowed to return home.
      Thank you.

  51. Ori
    October 18, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, does Israeli citizens can apply for STV? if so, there are only direct flights from Israel to Bangkok. does it mean I need to do the 14 days quarantine only on ASQ hotel in Bangkok?

    • November 1, 2020

      Dear Ori,
      Good day. The Thai Special Tourist Visa or STV is not available in your country. The Thai government is accepting the tourists from Asia Pacific first. I recommend for you to keep checking with the Thai Embassy or Consulate in Tel Aviv for updates.
      Thank you.

  52. Ang
    October 17, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,
    I’m currently in china and I’m trying to get more information and help on entering Thailand to see my girlfriend who is a Thai citizen using the STV visa.
    I’ve been calling the Thai embassy in Beijing ( because that is the nearest embassy near me) and also have been trying to email them. I still haven’t gotten a response.
    Is there another number where I can contact?

    • October 22, 2020

      Dear Ang,
      Good day.
      Today, there are around 40 tourist from China who arrived using the STV or Special Tourist Visa so it is now being issued in the Thai Embassy In China. Unfortunately we do not have any information how to get this visa in China. Maybe you must contact a travel agent there and arrange the special group for you to join.
      Thank you.

  53. Sajan shah
    October 17, 2020
    Reply

    I m from india can I get this viza can u pls guide me for this

    • October 19, 2020

      Dear Sajan Shan,
      Good day.
      I regret to inform you that Thailand Special Tourist Visa or STV is not available in India due to high infection rate of COVID-19.
      Thank you.

  54. Willy
    October 16, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, I am in Canada and want to apply for a STV. Is Canada one of the low risk countries? I have sent an email to Ottawa for instructions and have not heard back yet.

  55. Eddy Dee
    October 16, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, asking for a friend from Germany.

    Is there any possibility for Germans to enter Thailand with a STV from a 3rd Country ( for example : Taiwan, South Korea or Macau etc. )

    As I understand that STV are not restricted for certrain passport holders, but from where they planing to enter Thailand from.

    Thank you

    • October 21, 2020

      Dear Eddy,
      Yes, you are correct. They can apply for the STV or Special Tourist Visa if they are permanent residents of the countries where they are located. I believe they might be required to submit a copy of residence card.
      Thank you.

  56. Greg
    October 16, 2020
    Reply

    Is there any way to convert this visa a the end of the time to another type of visa?

    • October 21, 2020

      Dear Greg,
      Good day.
      As per the update on this blog post, the STV or Thailand Special Tourist Visa cannot be changed or converted into another type of visa inside Thailand.
      Thank you.

  57. Greg
    October 16, 2020
    Reply

    So this Visa cannot be changed into another type of visa at the end to allow you to stay longer ? is this correct ? Is there any way at all to change this visa into a 12month tourist visa ?

    • October 21, 2020

      Dear Greg,
      Yes that is correct. From the name itself, it is a “special” tourist visa. This is not the same as the normal 60-day TRV (tourist visa) that you can change or convert into Non B or O visas. It is called STV, so it will remain STV for 90 days stay only or maximum 270 days.
      Thank you.

  58. Michael Peter S. Salac
    October 16, 2020
    Reply

    Where in macau can i apply for special visa tourist?

  59. Johnny
    October 16, 2020
    Reply

    I am a US passport holder and residing in NY now. I understand that our country is not listed as a low risk country to apply for the STV, but is Thailand issuing out visa for Non Immigrant B visa?

  60. Bernadette Lynch
    October 15, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, my husband and I are living in the UK but I am Canadian (he is British). Before Christmas, we are planning to spend six weeks in western Canada (including two weeks quarantining there) with my family, and then fly from there to Thailand to where our daughter and grandchildren live. We plan to stay in Thailand for an extended period.

    Can we apply for a STV in Canada while we’re there?
    Thank you

    • November 1, 2020

      Dear Bernadette,
      Good day. The Thai Special Tourist Visa or STV is not available in the UK and Canada at this time. The Thai government is accepting the tourists from Asia Pacific first. I recommend for you to keep checking with the Thai Embassy in Ottawa for updates.
      Thank you.

  61. Rebecca
    October 15, 2020
    Reply

    Hi there,
    My partner and I were due to come to Bangkok pre Covid and have postponed our trip until mid January. We would like to apply for STV from UK, how do we go about obtaining these documents?
    If UK are not eligible for entry, are we able to fly in from a neighbouring country that is eligible after quarantine with a UK passport?

    • November 1, 2020

      Dear Rebecca,
      Good day. The Thai Special Tourist Visa or STV is not available in the UK due to COVID 19 infection rate is high in your country. The Thai government is accepting the tourists from Asia Pacific first. I recommend for you to keep checking with the Thai Embassy or Consulate in London for updates.
      If you are permanent residents of Hong Kong and you have a Hong Kong ID, you may apply for this visa there.
      Thank you.

  62. LEE
    October 15, 2020
    Reply

    I know that Korea belongs to a low risk country
    but, the embassy has yet to announce anything.
    when can Korea apply for stv visa?

    • November 1, 2020

      Dear Lee,
      Good day.
      To be honest, we do not have the information when will the embassy start issuing the visas. I recommend for you to keep checking with the Thai Embassy in Seoul for updates. You may email  [email protected]
      Thank you.

  63. Jason
    October 15, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    I´m from US and holding tourist visa in Hong Kong, i don´t have HKID´s and i´m stuck in Hong Kong for a few months now. How can i apply the Thai special tourist visa in Hong Kong? I tried to contacted the consulate in Hong Kong, they asked me fly back to US to apply the visa and hang off my call….. -__-

  64. Ada
    October 15, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex,

    I’d like to apply for the STV from Shanghai China. I have been trying to contact the Thai Embassy in Shanghai via email and phone call, but unfortunately, I failed. No one responds yet.

    Just wondering if the individual is eligible to apply for STV or only the agent can access the application system. And I would appreciate if you could advise me any other way to get in touch with the Thai Embassy or Consulate in China. Thank you.

    • October 15, 2020

      Dear Ada,
      Thank you for your message. The Thailand Special Tourist Visa or STV was spearheaded by the Tourism Authority of Thailand therefore it is through a travel agency, or TAT office that you can apply for the visa. Please call (+86 21) 33 66 3409 or you can email: [email protected]
      Have a good day.

    • Lee
      October 16, 2020

      Hello?
      You said to others.
      Dear Toon,
      Good day.
      The government has not issued the list of countries, however, the travellers from following countries MAY be allowed to enter Thailand on the STV: New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, China, and Hong Kong.
      Thank you.
      when does korea start STV visa?

    • October 21, 2020

      Dear Lee,
      Good day.
      You can check this announcement by Thai Embassy in Seoul:
      https://seoul.thaiembassy.org/en/content/announcement-on-the-entry-procedures-for-non-thai?cate=5d661cd515e39c3018004936
      Thank you.

    • Karine
      October 19, 2020

      Good day,

      Can I enter thailand with STV coming from Ireland or Portugal?

      Thank you

    • October 20, 2020

      Dear Karine,
      Good day.
      Good day.
      At this time, Thailand still impose travel ban on travelers. However, there are qualified foreigners who are permitted to enter Thailand during this time. As for the Thailand Special Tourist Visa or STV, at this time it is only issued to countries that are “low risk” of COVID-19. To learn more if Ireland or Portugal are on the “low risk” countries, please get in touch with the Thai Embassy or consulate in your country.
      Thank you.

  65. cho cho aiadsai
    October 15, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,

    I saw your note that the embassy in UK is currently offering non immigrant B Business visa

    Is the Thai Embassy in the United States doing the same visa for people flying from US ?

    I have someone coming to stay with me who already purchased flight tickets from New York,
    but I do not know what she is eligible for.

    thank you very much
    cho

  66. cho cho aiadsai
    October 15, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Sir,

    thank you for all your prompt replies

    Under the QUALIFICATIONS FOR SPECIAL TOURIST VISA
    and
    REQUIREMENTS sections ,

    there is no indication that a “special charter flight on plane ” is needed.

    I do see it in on smaller writing later on under
    APPLICATION PROCESS

    1. Is a special chartered flight necessary for all STV applicants,

    even the people coming from China or Japan,
    countries are your preferred list ?
    I saw that there are regular flights coming from those countries, like Eva Air

    .
    2. NON IMMIGRANT B
    Business visa :

    a. Are these people required to come on special charter flights ?

    b. Are you accepting applicants for Business Visa from United Kingdom or the United States?

    I would address these questions to THAILAND LONGSTAY,
    but they are very busy now,
    I have not been able to get through.

    Thank you once again,

    best regards,

    cho

    • October 15, 2020

      Dear Cho,
      Good day,
      I highly recommend that you contact the Thai Embassy in the city or country where your passengers are coming from.
      Currently, the following types of visas are NOT permitted to enter Thailand: Tourists visa holders (TR), Transit passengers (TS), Sports visa holders (S), Monks and other religious visa holders (R) and their spouses or children, Volunteers (O), and non-formal students visa holders (such as language schools, diving schools, boxing schools). Due to a high number of infection rate, the APEC card holders and the applicants who are currently in the USA and wish to obtain Special Tourist Visa (STV) do not fall under the categories that could enter Thailand at the moment, please check back regularly for any updates.
      Thank you.

  67. Rennie Craggs
    October 14, 2020
    Reply

    Good afternoon
    I am trying to get into Thailand on the STV
    Is there a minimum ?

    • November 1, 2020

      Dear Rennie,
      Good day.
      There is no minimum but it is only possible for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.
      Thank you.

  68. Jeremy
    October 14, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,

    I would like to apply for a special tourist visa but I’m abit confused on the New Zealand Thai embassy website it has written one of the requirements as

    “Health insurance from a THAI INSURANCE COMPANY with minimum coverage of 40,000 THB/year for outpatients and 400,000 THB/year for inpatients which covers the entire duration of the applicant’s stay in Thailand”

    However I don’t see that written here am I able to just purchase a COVID coverage 100,000 usd package or would My health insurance package have to include coverage for all medical needs
    As I have found a cheap package for only 15,000 baht from a Thai company covering up to 100,000usd for COVID protection only

    • October 14, 2020

      Dear Jeremy,
      Thank you for your message. Yes, you just need to buy 1 insurance policy.
      Have a good day.

  69. Pauline
    October 14, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Rex,

    My husband and our son they don’t have HKID´s. But in your message “maybe the consulate will consider the application” means Thai consulate doesn’t have the certain rules and terms of this in Hong Kong? We tried to contacted the consulate and sent a tons of emails to many different ways without any response. We called the Thai cousulate in Hong Kong, the guy keep saying that they allowed HK resident apply ONLY and hang up my call. We really want to go and need to have a clear message. Thank you so much!

    Dear Pauline,
    Good day.
    I believe that if they have Hong Kong IDs they can also apply for the Thailand Special Tourist Visa or STV at the Thai consulate in Hong Kong. If you have Hong Kong passport and you can present proof of marriage and copy of birth certificate, maybe the consulate will consider the application.
    Thank you.

    • November 1, 2020

      Dear Pauline,
      Good day.
      You may email the Thai consulate at [email protected] or you may visit them in person.
      Thank you.

    • Pauline
      November 2, 2020

      Thanks! I visited them in person and they only allowed HK citizen or resident to apply the STV no matter what document I proof. My husband and my son they don’t have HKID´s and they are holding tourist visa in Hong Kong. The person at Thai consulate in Hong Kong told me that my husband and our son should go bank to US to apply this STV.

    • November 3, 2020

      Dear Pauline,
      Since the purpose of the travel is only for tourism, perhaps you can wait a bit longer until next year when the situation improves or the pandemic is over.
      Thank you.

  70. Peter Larsson
    October 14, 2020
    Reply

    Hey! Can tourists from Sweden travel to Thailand with an SVT visa?

    • November 1, 2020

      Dear Peter,
      Good day.
      The Thai Special Tourist Visa or STV is not available in Sweden. I recommend for you to keep checking with the Thai Embassy in Stockholm for updates.
      Thank you.

  71. Chris
    October 13, 2020
    Reply

    Hello!
    I tried to get some informations about the STV so I called the Thai embassy in my country (Austria, Vienna). But nobody picked up for the last 2 days. Also some pages on the thai embassy homepage in Austria are “under construction”, means not available. So maybe you can help me?
    Can I apply this STV from Austria?
    Thank you 🙂

    • November 1, 2020

      Dear Chris,
      Good day.
      The Thai Special Tourist Visa or STV is not available in Europe. I recommend for you to keep checking with the Thai Embassy in Vienna for updates once Austria will have no new COVID 19 cases for 28 days.
      Thank you.

  72. Pauline
    October 13, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Rex,

    I´m from Hong kong and we are stuck in Hong Kong for a few months now, our son and my husband are holding US passports and we want to apply the STV from Hong Kong, but the Thai consulate in Hong Kong says that ONLY allowed Hong Kong citizen to apply the STV. So how can my husband and our son can apply?

    • October 13, 2020

      Dear Pauline,
      Good day.
      I believe that if they have Hong Kong IDs they can also apply for the Thailand Special Tourist Visa or STV at the Thai consulate in Hong Kong. If you have Hong Kong passport and you can present proof of marriage and copy of birth certificate, maybe the consulate will consider the application.
      Thank you.

  73. Am
    October 13, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,

    Will Thai Embassy in Singapore be issuing STV Visa as well once guideline is announced officially?

    My partner is holding US passport but now based in Singapore.
    We will contact TAT office there for more info on timeline.

    Thank you

    • October 13, 2020

      Dear Am,
      Good day.
      Thank you for your message. All we know is that Thai Embassy in Singapore is not issuing the Thailand Special Tourist Visa or STV in this month of October since it is not listed on the qualified applicants for the visa and COE. Please refer to this page: https://www.thaiembassy.sg/sites/default/files/COE%20in%20Oct.jpg
      The application for the STV may be open in November, since Singapore is a low risk country, so we have to wait for further announcement.
      Thank you.

  74. Ken
    October 13, 2020
    Reply

    Can Hong Kong residence apply STV ??

    • October 13, 2020

      Dear Ken,
      Good day.
      Thank you for your message. Regarding your inquiry, the Thai consulate in Hong Kong is issuing a Thailand Special Tourist Visa or STV to Hong Kong and Macau residence. You need to have an ID to be able to apply for the visa.
      You may check this page: http://www.thai-consulate.org.hk/web/3015.php?s=4300
      Thank you.

  75. Danielle Rowbottom
    October 13, 2020
    Reply

    Hi, I’m currently in Malaysia with a UK passport. Can provide funds etc… do you think I would be able to get a STV?
    Thanks
    Danielle

    • October 13, 2020

      Dear Danielle,
      Good day.
      Thank you for your message. Malaysia has been listed as a “low risk” country therefore the Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur is issuing the Special Tourist Visa or STV.
      You may check this page for more information: https://bit.ly/3dm9lgU
      Thank you.

  76. Peter
    October 13, 2020
    Reply

    Hello, we live in New Zealand and would like to visit Thailand end of this year using STV , however one of the requirements is a Covid 19 health insurance which we can not get in New Zealand due to the government’s DO NOT TRAVEL Advise”
    How should we go about this ? Thanks

    • October 13, 2020

      Dear Peter,
      Good day.
      Regarding your inquiry, you may purchase a COVID-19 insurance from a Thai Insurance company such as Pacific Cross.
      Thank you.

  77. Joanalyn
    October 12, 2020
    Reply

    If the person is from Bangladesh or India, how about their tourist visa process if they want to go to Bangkok. How much for their visas? I hope to hear from you soon.

    • October 12, 2020

      Dear Joanalyn,
      Good day.
      The Thailand Special Tourist Visa or STV is currently not available to travellers or tourists from India and Bangladesh due to high COVID-19 infection rate in these countries. The STV is only available to “low risk” countries.
      Thank you.

  78. cho cho
    October 12, 2020
    Reply

    Hello again Rex,
    Is Thailand accepting tourists from Turkiye ( Turkey )

    through THAILAND LONGSTAY agency ?

    thanks,
    Cho

    • October 12, 2020

      Dear Cho,
      Thank you for your message. The STV or Thailand Special Tourist Visa was spearheaded by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, I would recommend for you to contact the agencies authorised by TAT for more information. I believe TAT would like to attract the tourists from Asia Pacific first.
      Have a good day.

  79. Barry Crews
    October 12, 2020
    Reply

    Dear Rex,

    Thank you for your advice.

    I was informed by my daughter in Phitsanulok that a member of Immigration Police told her today that retirement visas are still being accepted. Can you confirm if that is still the case, as I have received information that flights can be arranged at very short notice from either Brisbane or Sydney.

    Given that I have permanent accommodation in Phitsanulok with my partner (and surrounding extended family), if that is the case, I would like to submit an application, even if it means attending your Embassy in Canberra.

    Could you please advise further?
    Regards,
    Barry Crews

    0407 554 882
    On 12-Oct-20 17:13, ThaiEmbassy.com wrote:
    > Hello Barry Crews,
    >
    > Rex replied to your comment on Thailand Special Tourist Visa:
    >
    > Dear Barry,
    > Good day.
    > Last Thursday, the government has announced that the Thailand Special Tourist Visa or STV cannot be changed or converted into any other type of visa in the duration of your stay in Thailand. If the STV holder is found to be in breach of the conditions for entry into Thailand, the stay permit will be revoked immediately and the visa holder will be banned from returning to Thailand in the future.
    > Thank you.
    >

    • October 12, 2020

      Dear Barry,
      You are correct the Non-Immigrant OA and OX visas holders can apply for the certificate of entry from the Thai Embassy in Canberra and Consulate in Sydney. I recommend that you apply for that visa and not the STV. The STV is somewhat unreliable right now due to the fact that the first arrival was a failure.
      Thank you.

  80. Jake Wright
    October 12, 2020
    Reply

    Hi i currently have an education visa in Chiang mai that expires Dec 5th. I’m a Canadian citzen and hold a Candian passport.

    Can I switch to the STV in Chiang mai from my education visa?

    • October 12, 2020

      Dear Jake,
      Good day.
      The purpose of the STV or Thailand Special Tourist Visa is to attract new tourists to stay in Thailand and not for tourists who are already in Thailand. You will apply for the STV at Thai Embassy in Ottawa. In which case, you need to return to Canada and then apply for the visa to re-enter Thailand.
      If you are now on a non-immigrant ED visa, I recommend that you extend your visa as it is.
      Thank you.

    • cho cho aiadsai
      October 15, 2020

      iSpeak, school in Phuket, offers possibility of education visa, without leaving the country. i have a neighbor who got a visa through them recently. you may not be in phuket, but they maybe able to help or offer recommendations.

  81. cho cho aiadsai
    October 12, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Rex,
    do you have recommendations for tourist agencies that can aide a chinese national in Phnom Penh ? there are no TAT offices there.

    thanks,
    Cho

    • October 12, 2020

      Dear Cho,
      Thank you for your message. if there is no TAT office in Cambodia, you may get in touch with an agency through this email: [email protected]
      Have a good day.

  82. JL
    October 12, 2020
    Reply

    Hello Sir,

    1) Can we enter to Bangkok directly if holding the STV?
    2) Is the 90 days minimum days staying in Thailand?

    Thank you!

    • October 12, 2020

      Dear JL,
      Thank you for your message. Regarding your inquiry, yes, you can enter Thailand if you are holding the STV. You will adhere to the mandatory 14-day quarantine in an ASQ hotel. if you are able to to get the STV, usually the flight you will take is the flight arranged by the accredited travel agency. Yes, you are expected to stay in Thailand for 90 days but you may be able to leave Thailand in case that you have an emergency travel abroad. If you left and wishes to re-enter, you need to apply for the new STV and follow the process as the first one.
      Have a good day.

    • JL
      October 12, 2020

      Thank you for your prompt reply Rex! Can we fly directly to Bangkok or need to go Phuket for quarantine 14 days first?

    • October 12, 2020

      Dear JL,
      You will do the ASQ or quarantine in Bangkok if your flight lands in Bangkok.
      Thank you.

  83. Karina
    October 12, 2020
    Reply

    Reading Thai Consulate website,

    “Medical Insurance:
    6.1 The insured period must cover the period of stay
    Coverage Requirement: A. Out Patient 40,000 Baht B. In Patient 400,000 Baht
    (Thai Company only, for more information please visit: longstay.tgia.org)

    6.2 Health insurance with a minimum coverage of 100,000 USD and coverage of Covid-19 (English only)”

    Can I confirm if 6.1 & 6.2 have to be in one policy? Or can I have 6.1 from Thailand insurance company and 6.2 is current Hong Kong Medical Insurance which does not exclude COVID (covering Asia, including Thailand) ?

    • October 12, 2020

      Dear Karina,
      Good day.
      Thank you for your message. If you are applying for the STV or Special Tourist Visa, yes, it is the same insurance policy. To make sure that the health insurance company is acceptable, may I recommend that you contact the Thai Consulate in Hong Kong.
      If the application is for a Non immigrant OA visa, you need two separate policy. Insurance police for the visa and insurance police for the certificate of entry.
      Thank you.

  84. Barry Crews
    October 11, 2020
    Reply

    I want to enter Thailand – presumably under an STV – and then convert to long – term retirement visa. I already have accommodation under my Thai partner’s name. Would my STV application be cancelled by trying to convert status once in-country?

    • October 12, 2020

      Dear Barry,
      Good day.
      Last Thursday, the government has announced that the Thailand Special Tourist Visa or STV cannot be changed or converted into any other type of visa in the duration of your stay in Thailand. If the STV holder is found to be in breach of the conditions for entry into Thailand, the stay permit will be revoked immediately and the visa holder will be banned from returning to Thailand in the future.
      Thank you.

  85. cho cho aiadsai
    October 11, 2020
    Reply

    STV application process says applicant must show ” proposed charter flight”.

    This is usually very expensive, especially for people flying long distances.

    Is this a requirement for STV

    or have I read incorrectly ?

    • October 12, 2020

      Dear Cho,
      Good day.
      Yes, this is correct, that is why you cannot apply as an individual. You need contact an accredited travel agent that would arrange a group of tourists from Cambodia to Thailand.
      Thank you.

  86. cho cho aiadsai
    October 11, 2020
    Reply

    Hello,
    Can a chinese citizen staying in Cambodia apply for STV?

    is there an agent in Cambodia?

    Does he have to fly in on a chartered plane as i read in your guidelines ?

    • October 13, 2020

      Dear Cho,
      Thank you for your message. Yes, it has to be a special or chartered flight from Cambodia to Thailand. I checked the website of the Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh and I believe they are issuing the Thailand Special Tourist Visa or STV and also the Non Immigrant B business visa.
      Have a good day.

  87. cho cho aiadsai
    October 11, 2020
    Reply

    i have guests coming from a chinese person coming from cambodia and other guests coming from the united states..
    you say that STV is not available to people coming from U.S.

    what kind of visas are possible

    ?

    student visa ,?

    regular tourist ?

    i have the impression that no one can get a visa,
    as wealthy people on vacation do not want to pay quarantine

    and people who want to stay a long time in thailand, can not afford chartered flights

    • October 13, 2020

      Dear Cho,
      If you are a travel agent, I recommend that you assemble a group of tourists who are in Cambodia and you make arrange for the Thailand Special Tourist visa application and chartered flight from phnom Penh to Bangkok.
      Thank you.

  88. Jim
    October 10, 2020
    Reply

    Good day!
    How long does the application process typically take? We are currently in Taiwan and want to go to Thailand,

    • October 10, 2020

      Dear Jim,
      Good day.
      To know which travel agent can assist you with the visa application, please contact Thailand Tourism Office in Taipei:
      +886 2 2502 1600
      [email protected]
      [email protected]
      Thank you.

  89. Bernard Maurel
    October 10, 2020
    Reply

    I’m french citizen living in Portugal for holidays from 1 month. Can I get STV visa ? Thank you for your next reply.Regards

    • November 1, 2020

      Dear Bernard,
      Good day.
      The Thai Special Tourist Visa or STV is not available in Europe. I recommend for you to keep checking with the Thai Embassy in Lisbon for updates.
      Thank you.

  90. Kan
    October 9, 2020
    Reply

    Hi,
    If a person holds a US passport but she is currently on an education visa for an extended period in Taiwan, can she be eligible to apply for the STV?

    • October 9, 2020

      Dear Kan,
      Good day.
      If the traveler has resided in Taiwan, yes, the traveler can apply for the STV. To know which travel agent can assist you with the visa application, please contact Thailand Tourism Office in Taipei:
      +886 2 2502 1600
      [email protected]
      [email protected]
      Thank you.

  91. Pawinee
    October 9, 2020
    Reply

    Can my boyfriend apply? Because he is not holding PR. He’s Malaysian but currently in Singapore now. Thank you

    • October 9, 2020

      Dear Pawinee,
      Good day.
      If your boyfriend is now staying in Singapore, he may call the TAT office in Singapore at +65 6235 7901 or email: [email protected] and [email protected]
      Thank you.

  92. Jantzen
    October 9, 2020
    Reply

    Can I apply for the STV ?
    I am from Malaysia

    • October 9, 2020

      Dear Jantzen,
      Good day.
      I believe there has been report that the Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur will issue the special tourist visa as soon as they have the guidelines from the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You may also contact the TAT office in Malaysia on these numbers and emails: +60 3 2162 3480
      [email protected]
      [email protected]
      Thank you.

  93. Tony
    October 8, 2020
    Reply

    Hi Rex
    I have a GF in Thailand and a House in Phuket but am Having a lot of trouble trying to get to Thailand at the moment.

    I can’t get a STV Visa because UK is not on the list currently so firstly do you have any idea when UK will be on the list to get the STV Visa??

    Secondly if I’m trying to buy a business in Phuket either a Gym or a Travel/Tour Shop what are my options in the month of November for Getting a Non-B Visa As a Potential Investor? Is it possible for me to get a Non B Visa from the UK?

    The Embassy in London are very hard to deal with and don’t have the right answers. They DON’T know themselves what is really going on, and I can’t book an appointment to see them so they won’t even see me. So it’s very frustrating! In fact it’s an almost impossible situation without the help of a Good Embassy.

    Thx for your help and advice Rex.

    • October 9, 2020

      Dear Tony,
      Good day.
      The Thai Embassy in London is now issuing the Non Immigrant B visa under the purpose of conducting business. You need the following documents:
      -Sponsorship Letter from your Thai business partner
      -Company registration documents of your Thai business partner
      -Letter of Approval from the DBD or BOI confirming that you have a legitimate business meeting with your Thai business partner (this requirement is absurd).
      Thank you.

  94. Svetlana Sutowski
    October 8, 2020
    Reply

    What about people who hold a Russian passport but currently living in US? Also, when STV will be allowed will your company be considered an official company that can coordinate these types of visa with TAT? According to the information I can get people are not able to apply directly for this visa. It will have to be done through authorized agents.

    • October 9, 2020

      Dear Svetlana,
      Good day.
      Yes, that is correct. There are agencies who are able to accept your interest for the visa. If you are closer to the east coast, please contact:
      +1 212 432 0433
      [email protected]
      [email protected]
      If you are closer to the west coast, please call the number below:
      +1 323 461 9814
      [email protected]
      [email protected]
      Thank you.

  95. Svetlana Sutowski
    October 8, 2020
    Reply

    What about the holders of Russian passports? Are they allowed to apply for STV visa living in the US?

    • October 9, 2020

      Dear Svetlana,
      Good day.
      According to the website of the Thai Embassy in Washington DC, they will not be issuing a special tourist visa or STV in all Thai consulates and the embassy in the USA. Therefore, this visa application in the whole of USA will be on hold until the COVID-19 situation will improve.
      Thank you.

  96. Svetlana Sutowski
    October 7, 2020
    Reply

    Can I apply for an STV visa from US – State of NJ

    • October 7, 2020

      Dear Svetlana,
      Good day.
      Due to a high number of infection rate, the applicants who are currently in the USA who wish to obtain Special Tourist Visa (STV) do not fall under the categories that could enter Thailand at the moment, please check back regularly for any updates.
      Thank you.

    • Lee
      October 16, 2020

      Hello?
      You said to others.
      Dear Toon,
      Good day.
      The government has not issued the list of countries, however, the travellers from following countries MAY be allowed to enter Thailand on the STV: New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, China, and Hong Kong.
      Thank you.
      when does korea start STV visa?

    • October 21, 2020

      Dear Lee,
      Good day.
      You can check this announcement by Thai Embassy in Seoul:
      https://seoul.thaiembassy.org/en/content/announcement-on-the-entry-procedures-for-non-thai?cate=5d661cd515e39c3018004936
      Thank you.

  97. toon
    October 7, 2020
    Reply

    were do you find the list to see if i can apply for the special visa i dont find a list with country can or cannot do it

    • October 7, 2020

      Dear Toon,
      Good day.
      The government has not issued the list of countries, however, the travellers from following countries MAY be allowed to enter Thailand on the STV: New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, China, and Hong Kong.
      Thank you.

  98. Ayu Tunjung
    October 7, 2020
    Reply

    Can I apply this STV from Indonesia. And if I cant can Do apply visa for short term visa with 500 bath account bank.

    • October 7, 2020

      Dear Ayu,
      Good day.
      Due to a high number of infection rate in Indonesia, the applicants who wish to obtain Special Tourist Visa (STV) do not fall under the categories that could enter Thailand at the moment, please check back regularly for any updates.
      Thank you.

    • Thomas Aregger
      October 13, 2020

      Dear Rex

      I am a swiss citizen residing in indonesia atm. Im planning to go to Thailand next month.
      Is it possible to apply for a special tourist visa from here?

      Thank you

    • November 1, 2020

      Dear Thomas,
      Good day.
      The Thai Special Tourist Visa or STV is not available in Indonesia. I recommend for you to keep checking with the Thai Embassy Jakarta for updates.
      Thank you.

  99. Fred
    October 6, 2020
    Reply

    Can I apply for the STV in the UK?

    • October 7, 2020

      Dear Fred,
      Good day.
      According to the latest communication with the visa section of the Thai Embassy in London, the embassy is not issuing the STV to travelers from the UK due to the fact that the UK is not listed on the “low risk” countries at this time. However, the embassy has stated that you may check with them on a weekly basis in case there will be changes on the COVID-19 situation in the UK.
      Thank you and have a good day.

    • Chris
      October 11, 2020

      I am a U.S.A Citizen. I am looking to stay in bangkok, thailand for few months and work remotely. Can I apply for the special tourist visa? Do I have to book my flight and my airbnb first to apply for visa? Also during the 14 days, am I staying at designated quarantine in bangkok? Also is there a price for the 14 day period? Thank you very much

    • October 12, 2020

      Dear Chris,
      Good day.
      According to the official website of the Thai Embassy in Washington DC, they will not be issuing a special tourist visa or STV in all Thai consulates and the embassy in the USA. Therefore, this visa application in the whole of USA will be on hold until the COVID-19 situation will improve.
      For reference, you may check this page for the list of quarantine hotels: https://www.thaiembassy.com/travel/alternative-state-quarantine-asq-in-thailand.php
      Thank you.

  100. Phong
    October 6, 2020
    Reply

    So until now i have found taiwan, swiss and malaysia’s thai embassy open for stv. How about others?

    • October 7, 2020

      Dear Phong,
      The government has not issued the list of countries, however, the travellers from following countries MAY be allowed to enter Thailand on the STV: New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, China, and Hong Kong. Some countries in Europe may be allowed also.
      Thank you.