Thailand Grants 45 Days of Visa-Free Access to Travellers


In a bid by the Thai government to boost tourism, travellers from more than 50 countries now have up to 45 days of visa-free access in Thailand.

Prior to October 2022, tourists were permitted up to 30 days of visa-free access in Thailand. Now, travellers from across the globe can explore this unique and magnificent country for an extra 15 days without having to present a visa on arrival.

The extension (in place until 31 March 2023) is set to boost Thailand’s tourism industry through longer stays, increased spending, and greater tourist numbers.

Despite being hit hard by the pandemic, Thailand’s tourism sector has been recovering quickly. By August this year, it was already welcoming over a million people per month after reopening to the world in May.

In addition, the country is also expanding the Suvarnabhumi Airport which is set to increase passenger capacity from 45 million to 85 million by the end of Phase 3.

With more tourists in Thailand, investors can expect higher occupancy rates and greater demand for short-stay rentals. This is great news for those with rental properties in the country, particularly in prime tourism spots such as Bangkok and Phuket.

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Who qualifies for visa-free access in Thailand?

To be eligible for the visa exemption rule, you must be from one of the 64 approved countries; this list includes the United States, Canada, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, France, and Greece, among others.

You must be visiting the country strictly for tourism purposes, and be able to provide both a valid address and a confirmed return ticket for within 30 days of your entry. Travellers must enter Thailand through an international airport or land border checkpoint. Upon exit, travelling overland by train or bus to a neighbouring country won’t qualify you for the visa exemption.

If you are planning to enter Thailand by land or sea, you will only be eligible for visa-free access twice a year. But, if you’re travelling by plane, there is no limit on how many times you can enter the country without a visa.

Finally, you must be able to provide proof of funds of at least 10,000 THB for single travellers, or 20,000 THB per family to support you during your stay.

Thailand tourism is already on the rise

Thailand has finally entered a post-pandemic state, having dropped all of its international travel restrictions. Events and festivals will be going ahead once again, including this month’s famous Loi Krathong annual festival which will take place across the nation. This will no doubt bring an even greater influx of visitors, keen to celebrate Thailand’s unique and fascinating culture.

It has already been reported that tourist numbers leaped 43% in October compared to the previous month, with a total of 3.1 million foreign tourists visiting the country. On 10 November, just shy of 50,000 foreign tourists arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport, with 20 – 25 flights landing every hour.

Only a month in to Thailand’s new “no-visa” rules, we are bound to see even greater tourist numbers in the months ahead as people jump at the chance for an almost-four-week, visa-free stay in this extraordinary country.

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In a bid by the Thai government to boost tourism, travellers from more than 50 countries now have up to 45 days of visa-free access in Thailand. Article by @benoitproperty

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