Thailand open for visitors from all countries now: Here are the rules

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New Delhi (NVI): The year is almost coming to an end and people across the world, who spent days and months at their homes due to the Covid-19 pandemic, are now planning to travel.

If you are also planning a trip to a beautiful destination to beat the pandemic blues, than you should consider Thailand, which has now eased restrictions. As per the country’s latest visa policies, they are now letting travellers enter the borders.

Thailand is also India’s favourite go-to destination because of its scenic beaches and exotic cuisines. The travel industry has been badly hit in the pandemic and the lockdown that followed also had its impact on Thailand’s economy which is dependent on tourism.

Like all other countries, Thailand also didn’t let any foreign tourists enter its borders in the wake of the pandemic. However, to attract tourists now, the country has come up with a Special Tourist Visa (STV).

Under this scheme, travellers can now stay in Thailand for up to 90 days, which is the initial validity of the visa. This can be extended for up to 9 months. STV is also available to those coming from ‘low-risk’ countries like China, Australia, and Vietnam.

The visitors will be required to self-isolate for 14 days at an ‘alternative state quarantine hotel’ on arrival, as per reports. They will have to undergo a PCR test and mandatory quarantine-on-arrival, and will also have to apply for a travel visa.

So, in case you are planning to travel to the country, you will need to provide a negative test report done not more than 72 hours before arrival, along with a second test once you land.

In case a traveller tests positive, they will have to stay in quarantine for 14 days in a state hospital. You will also need to carry travel and medical insurances that will cover COVID-19 for the length of your stay.

Thailand’s decision to welcome tourists after a long gap will help revive the country’s economy and it has also taken every possible care of the safety of foreigners and the locals in the wake of the pandemic.