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BANGKOK 11 December 2018 07:36
Jonathan Fairfield

Thailand announces huge changes to tourist visas in bid to boost tourism

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hardly seems like numbers are decreasing;

 

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Thailand visitor arrivals in Jan-Jul 2018 up 11% to 22.6 million

Thailand welcomed visitor arrivals of 22,657,730 in January-July 2018, up by 11% over the same period of 2017, according to preliminary figures tabulated by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.

 

http://www.thaitravelblogs.com/2018/08/thailand-visitor-arrivals-in-jan-jul-2018-up-11-to-22-6-million/

 

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1 hour ago, jackdd said:

Of course, what did you expect? 😛

 

Everybody pay attention: These changes are only for the next two months, 15.11.2018 to 15.01.2019, this is not permanent!

And if it really starts tomorrow is not even sure

 

And I have to wonder if all IO's know about the change, as they do about the provision of funds for the Retirement Visa, such as haveing a monthly income of 65/40K per month in to your Thai Bank.  Don't hold your breath folks!

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Guys, please help a fella out because I really don't get it. 

 

Let's say I'm on a SE Tourist Visa and regurarly exists the country every 89 days (by plan) to secure a new SE TV in a neighbouring country, and then flying back in to stay another 89 days (60 + 30). Any changes to "me" ? 🙂

 

I'm sorry if its straight in my face and I can't see it. 

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I agreed they should have made it harder for people living here on a TV, but they also made it harder for genuine tourists

How so? for many countries you get a FREE 30 day visa exempt,

Not same for Laos, Cambodia or Myanmar where u pay for the same thing and u can extend at any immigration for another 30 for 1,900

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2 minutes ago, robertson468 said:

And I have to wonder if all IO's know about the change, as they do about the provision of funds for the Retirement Visa, such as haveing a monthly income of 65/40K per month in to your Thai Bank.  Don't hold your breath folks!

It does not change tomorrow - the period and details have not been decided yet

You missed my post on page 3.

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I can just see all the good tourists with money rushing down to their travel agents to change their holiday to Thailand now   ??????

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Do they realise that by introducing the 're-entry permit' for tourist visa holders, to enable them to return without the need for a new visa, that instead of having another 60 days in Thailand, they will only have whatever remains on their existing visa:

 

Say I enter 10/12, depart 20/12 to Laos. Arrive back Thailand 25/12, permitted to stay only 45 days... A new visa would give another 60.

 

Also, if a tourist visa is now a 'double entry' does that require people to leave the country once the initial 60 days is passed?

 

Finally, will they get rid of the dumb 30 day extension and the associated queues?

Edited by ParadiseLost
Poor maths...

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Perhaps partially in response to the embassy's no longer giving letters to confirm income. There's going to be a lot of folks needing some other options for a while.

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Haha! What a joke.  By time tourists plan and book their travel, the spoils will not be there. How to be positive about these numpties?

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2 hours ago, Samui Bodoh said:

Wow!

 

Tourism numbers and revenues must be taking one hell of a hit to do this; it is a refutation of everything the Junta has been doing or saying for years.

 

There is a great deal more to this story; I am looking forward to finding it out.

 

 

 

I keep saying this, because my Thai gf works in tourism here, yet when I bring it up I get donks linking me to government online statistics that paint a picture that everything is hunky-dory 

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Waiting for the fine print and actual implementation should keep us entertained for weeks, if not months. 😉

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Kind of resembles what happened in 1997, when they changed visa rules to boost visitor numbers.

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