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Old Sep 14, 20, 9:09 am
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It all depends on the government's next move:

https://www.bangkokpost.com/business...ninvited-guest

"In 2021 Thailand may have only 900,000 foreign tourists, or as many as 14.9 million, depending on the government's approach to accepting foreign tourists," said Mr Kittipong.
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Old Sep 15, 20, 9:14 am
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BREAKING: Cabinet approves long-term tourist visas called Special Tourist Visa which will cost ฿2,000 for the first 90 days. Can be extended twice more for ฿2,000 each time. Maximum stay 9 months. Foreigners must agree to do 14-day quarantine in a hotel or hospital first.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1985839

Source: https://www.facebook.com/richardbarrowthailand/posts/4994022987278195
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Old Sep 15, 20, 9:55 am
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That's interesting, and makes me want to ask a couple of things:
  • Will they allow people on those visas to work remotely
  • Will they accept Covid antibody test results as quarantine waivers.

Probably a nope for point number 2, but that's fine if point 1 is allowed. A 15 day detention at the Shangri-La doesn't sound too bad at all!
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Old Sep 15, 20, 12:38 pm
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Originally Posted by Kalboz View Post
BREAKING: Cabinet approves long-term tourist visas called Special Tourist Visa which will cost ฿2,000 for the first 90 days. Can be extended twice more for ฿2,000 each time. Maximum stay 9 months. Foreigners must agree to do 14-day quarantine in a hotel or hospital first.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1985839

Source: https://www.facebook.com/richardbarrowthailand/posts/4994022987278195
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Light on the details.

The article indicates the tourist must show a reservation in a hotel or condo for at least 90 days, the intent being that these tourists stay a minimum of 90 days.
What if I only stay 40 or 50 days and leave? Am I stopped at immigration and fined the balance (i.e. a hefty early departure fee)

I guess I could obligated to enter into some type of "contract" as a condition of applying for this new Visa

Guess more information is on the way.
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Old Sep 15, 20, 1:32 pm
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Originally Posted by Maestro Ramen View Post
That's interesting, and makes me want to ask a couple of things:
  • Will they allow people on those visas to work remotely
  • Will they accept Covid antibody test results as quarantine waivers.
Probably a nope for point number 2, but that's fine if point 1 is allowed. A 15 day detention at the Shangri-La doesn't sound too bad at all!
AFAIK, the 15 night/16 days detention at the Shangri-La is inclusive of "High Speed Internet Connection"! But the $4,000 price tag is very steep!

And, no, I don't think thus far that the Thai government would waive the quarantine based on Covid antibody test results!

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The article indicates the tourist must show a reservation in a hotel or condo for at least 90 days, the intent being that these tourists stay a minimum of 90 days.
What if I only stay 40 or 50 days and leave? Am I stopped at immigration and fined the balance (i.e. a hefty early departure fee)

I guess I could obligated to enter into some type of "contract" as a condition of applying for this new Visa.

This is just one of the hundred or so details that need to be worked out, hence this will be a lengthy process before the new STV is "available".

My guess on your scenario: you must state and adhere to travel plans as part of your visa application. So you'd need a flight ticket, probably forced to TG (saw a statement preferring "direct" flights") or one of the existing repatriation flights, and a room contract, maybe with a hefty deposit for the duration of your ticketed stay.

Haven't seen mention of an insurance requirement but would expect that to be an absolute requirement. Saw some quasi-official mention of existing CoE requirements must be fulfilled, so that means mandatory $100,000 insurance.

https://www.ttrweekly.com/site/2020/...eed-insurance/

Nor have I seen proof of funds requirement, which is part of the METV process. Seen some reports this may be required. METV just requires you to show a minimum bank balance in your home country account.

And while you can extend the stay twice for 90 days each time (having to deal with Immigration and paperwork), I do not think you'd be able to convert this visa in-country.

And people need to ask what happens if there is an increase in local cases? Quarantine, lockdown, no way to leave? We've still got ~ 100,000 "tourists" stuck here from March.

There are quite a few categories of people who are desperate to return, in addition to all the Thais patiently waiting months to repatriate, so for them, this offers a bit of hope.

There are a lot of ASQ videos out there, make sure you can deal with that for ~ 15 nights. A decent property seems like 70,000-ish THB. Could I survive in a 35,000 THB option? Yeah, as long as it is on the ground floor.

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Old Sep 15, 20, 9:36 pm
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Originally Posted by Maestro Ramen View Post
Will they allow people on those visas to work remotely
They are tourist visas so no work permit, but then again that doesn't stop lots from doing it.
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There are a lot of ASQ videos out there, make sure you can deal with that for ~ 15 nights. A decent property seems like 70,000-ish THB. Could I survive in a 35,000 THB option? Yeah, as long as it is on the ground floor.
Ground floor?
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Old Sep 16, 20, 8:19 pm
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Ground floor?
To avoid a leading cause of death here for foreigners: Gravity Overdose/Concrete Poisoning.

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More info from Richard Barrow ...

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I predict they will not get 1200 applicants for such visas. They will be lucky to get 12.
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Old Sep 17, 20, 2:10 am
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I predict they will not get 1200 applicants for such visas. They will be lucky to get 12.
Shades of the SMART visa.

https://smart-visa.boi.go.th/home_de...nformation.php

In the first eight months it was available, 28 of 37 applicants managed to obtain the Visa according to the Board of Investment.
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Old Sep 17, 20, 10:34 am
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Still too many hoops to jump through just to get there and then more requirements and costly 15 days detention ... will wait for something more reasonable!
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Might not even be an option for those from higher-risk countries? Although there are people qualifying for CoE entry from these same countries, even the U.S.

Seems like they have some target audience in mind? China, Taiwan, Korea, Europe?

Also saw mention that maybe you have to agree to stay for a minimum of 90 days. Not sure that's enforceable though?
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Either way, it's a start, which is better than most countries. I think a 14 day quarantine with tests at the bookends is sufficient enough for keeping the general population safe. Definitely it appears to be catered for long term snowbirds right now, but I can see that as being a way to limit incoming travelers at first. My opinion is that targeting higher spend travelers makes sense, with the ASQ pumping some immediate money into hotels. Thai Airlines could control the Phuket flights for some cash infusion there. Hopefully they open up for more tourists, the 14 day ASQ basically eliminates the bulk of low spending travelers anyway.
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