The tourism sector, which is in a shambles due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is taking baby steps on the path to recovery across the globe. With the easing of travel restrictions, the borders have been thrown open and people are hitting the road again. Many avid travellers were on cloud nine when Thailand, which has hundreds of sought-after tourist centres, decided to welcome guests to its shores.
Moreover, Thailand is one of the favourite travel destinations of Indians, and now people can visit this Southeast Asian country after following certain COVID-19-related directives.
In a bid to revive the tourism industry, Thailand has introduced a special tourist visa scheme whereby tourists can enjoy hassle-free visits to the country. Under the new scheme, Thailand provides opportunities to travellers to stay in the country for up to 90 days, unlike tourist visas of other countries. The visitors also have the option to extend the visa twice and can stay in the country to a maximum of nine months.
The applicants have to submit specific financial documents to be eligible for visa, and the cost of a special tourist visa is nearly Rs 4,896. Papers relating to medical insurance with a minimum coverage of Rs 73, 56, 140 and travel insurance should also be attached with the application. The COVID treatment coverage should be to the tune of Rs 9, 79, 430 in the medical insurance, and the expenses for 90 days should also be included in the insurance scheme. The travellers should also furnish details relating to hotel reservations and place of stay in the country.
Fourteen-day quarantine is mandatory and one should self-isolate in a hotel with special arrangements. Currently, Thailand has a standard entry protocol under which the tourists should produce a negative result of a PCR test taken 72 hours before reaching Thailand. The travellers should also undergo another COVID-19 test on arrival. The special tourist visa holders can travel to Thailand until September 30, 2021.