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Bangkok Reopening in October
The government’s proposal to reopen Bangkok to vaccinated foreign tourists will be postponed from October 1 to October 15 due to the low number of vaccinated residents in Bangkok. The reopening can only go ahead if 70 percent of Bangkok’s population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The standard operating procedures and guidelines should be finalized before the end of the month and we will let you know as soon as it is available.
Thailand’s New 10-Year Visa
This week the Thai cabinet greenlighted an economic stimulus and investment promotion package aimed at attracting wealthy foreigners and highly skilled professionals from overseas to help revive the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a brief summary of this package:
Reminder: Visa Exemption Program and COVID-19 Extension
This is a reminder that all countries entering Thailand under the Visa Exemption Program, the 45-day permit to stay shall only be given until September 30, 2021. Starting October 1, 2021, you will be permitted to stay in Thailand for 30 days under this Visa Exemption Scheme. For foreigners who are currently in Thailand, you are still allowed to request the 60-day COVID extension on or before September 27, 2021. Should there be any changes or extensions in one of these programs, our firm will inform you in our next weekly updates.
Buying a Property in Thailand?
If you are a foreigner wanting to buy a property in Thailand, whether a villa, condo or land but not certain as to how this is done. In this video, you will find our property lawyer Mr. Sirichot as he answers the frequently asked questions and basic breakdown of what needs to be done in buying property or any real estate in Thailand.
Phuket Sandbox Hotel of the Week
With hundreds of hotels and resorts to choose from, we feature one of the best SHA+ Hotels in Phuket for your Phuket Sandbox stay. The Andamantra Resort & Villa is a 5-star resort located in the prime area of the famous North Patong and Kalim beach. The resort faces the west side of Andaman sea, commands panoramic seaview from its elevated hillside location. Guests may enjoy stunning sunset views from their balcony and most areas of the resort. It features a spa, fitness centre and 3 outdoor pools. The resort is a 15-minute walk to Patong Beach and a 15-minute drive to Jungceylon Shopping Centre and Bangla Road. To book this hotel, please check:
Samui Sandbox Hotel of the Week
This week, we feature one of the Samui Extra Plus Hotels for your Sandbox application. Situated on beautiful Chaweng Beach, The Briza Beach Resort offers spacious and luxurious villas with private pools and free WiFi. It enjoys convenient access to Koh Samui’s entertainment spots as well as restaurants and bars. The Briza Beach Resort is a 5-minute stroll to various shopping and dining options along Chaweng Beach. It only takes 15 minutes by car from the resort to Samui International Airport. To book this hotel, please check:
What is the Best COVID Insurance for Thailand
Based on experience, the common problem for COE applications being rejected is that some insurance policies are not properly worded. Your COVID 19 insurance must expressly state that it covers up to 100,000 USD medical expenses including the COVID-19. We recommend purchasing the AXA Insurance Plan 2 as it offers not only the normal coverage on medical expenses (including COVID 19), loss of life, or accident, it also features additional coverage on a flight delay, baggage delay, and loss or damage of personal effects. To purchase the most reliable, based on our experience, insurance that has never had any problem with the Thai Embassy or Consulate, please click the link below:
COE Application Service by Siam Legal
Application for the COE is free of charge and you do not need any assistance to apply for the COE. However, there may be instances where some individuals voluntarily choose a paid service provider such as a law firm to assist them to prepare their documents and submitting them on their behalf. Individuals may encounter problems with their documents that are not being uploaded properly or some information or documents that are deemed unacceptable to the Thai embassy or consulate that may cause delay or rejection of your COE application, so it may be helpful to retain a service provider to assist you with the application. These paid services offered by Siam Legal are listed below.
Siam Legal Visa and COE Application Assistance
Sandbox Package 1: 200 USD
- Unlimited Online Visa Consultation
- Extensive checklist of required documents
- Assistance in visa application (non-immigrant O marriage visa and tourist visa)
- Assistance in COE application
- 3 to 4 weeks process
- Available in the US, UK, and Canada visa applications only
Sandbox Package 2: 100 USD
- Consultation with our Immigration Specialist
- Extensive checklist of required documents
- Assistance in COE application (including Visa holders and Visa Exemption)
- 5 to 10 days process
- Available in eligible countries only
- Available for Thai and foreign nationals
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