Thailand's New 60-Day Visa Exemption Is Delayed!

In June 2024, the Thai government announced a game-changer for tourists: visa-free entry for 93 countries, with stays extended from 30 to 60 days. Originally expected for late June or early July 2024, the new policy seems to be hitting a snag.

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There's been a delay with the highly anticipated 60-day visa exemption for Thailand. First, we expected to see it effect in late June or Early July but today is already July 3, 2024 and we received no further news.

Here's what we know so far

  • The official launch date is uncertain: The wait continues for the official announcement in the Royal Gazette, followed by a royal signature. Until then, it's best to plan for a 30-day visa-free stay.
  • Don't alter your travel plans (yet)While the 60-day exemption is delayed, you can still visit Thailand! Just be mindful of your visa duration and plan accordingly.
  • Need a longer stay? Tourist visas remain an option: If your Thai adventure requires more than 60 days, apply for a tourist visa before your trip and extend another 30 days inside Thailand. This ensures a smooth entry and avoids any last-minute hiccups.
  • New visa-exempt countries delayed: Travelers from the newly added countries will need to wait for the official announcement before enjoying visa-free entry. In the meantime, a tourist visa is your best bet.

How can you adjust your travel plans to Thailand with the current visa situation?

  • Double-check your visa duration: Before booking flights, confirm your visa exemption status and plan your trip accordingly. Travelers from previously visa-exempt countries will still receive a 30-day visa exemption. Those from the previous visa on arrival list can still obtain a 15-day visa upon arrival.
  • Consider a visa extension: If you fall in love with Thailand and need more time, visa extensions are available (with fees) for stays up to 30 additional days.
  • Apply for a tourist visa: If you want to stay in Thailand more than 60 days, apply for a tourist visa before your trip and can get a visa extension inside Thailand.
  • Explore border runs (if applicable): Depending on your nationality and visa type, border runs might be an option for extending your stay beyond 90 days.

Who can get visa exemption now?

  • 57 visa exemption countries can still enter Thailand with a 30-day visa exemption and can extend their stay inside Thailand for 30 days as usual.

How should the new added countries do?

  • If you are from a country that was previously on the visa on arrival list, you can still get a visa on arrival for 15 days.
  • If your country was not previously on the visa exemption or visa on arrival list, please apply for a tourist visa before coming to Thailand until this new rule is officially implemented.

Where to apply for a tourist visa?

Apply at a Thai consulate in your country in person or online, or contact Thai Kru for assistance.

How long can you stay in Thailand per entry with the current situation then?

You can stay for up to 90 days with a 60 days tourist visa and 30 days visa extension inside Thailand.

Remember, this is temporary! Stay tuned for updates, and we'll let you know as soon as the 60-day visa exemption is officially a go.

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