Thailand Reopens to Tourists in October

But with plenty of conditions.

Ancient City or Muangboran in Bangkok, Thailand
PHOTO BY Christa I. De La Cruz

( Pre-pandemic, Thailand has been a go-to destination among Filipino travelers because of its cultural landmarks, foodie destinations, and shopping hotspots. Plus, it's visa-free, which makes it all the more accessible for Philippine passport holders. Hoping to jumpstart tourism, Thailand is looking at reopening its borders to international tourists in October following seven months of shuttered doors. But this comes with a lot of conditions, of course.

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Bangkok Post reported that the cabinet in a meeting on September 15 approved a special tourist visa scheme, which is expected to become effective from October to November 2021. Aimed at long-term travel, the special tourist visa (STV) allows international travelers to stay in the country for 90 days and can be extended to 270 days.

The three-month allowance may be exciting, but 14 days of those will be spent in quarantine in a hospital or certified alternative state quarantine hotel. Entering tourists are also required to show proof of long-term stay booking in a hotel, lease of a condominium, or proof of residence of relatives or friends you'll be staying with. Other required documents are a certificate to prove that you are COVID-19-free, as well as travel and health insurance. The STV costs 2,000 baht (roughly P3,075), and can be obtained though the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Only limited STVs will be issued, starting with a rate of 1,200 per month. This new scheme is expected to generate up to 12 billion baht a year.


As of September 23, Thailand has 110 active cases. They have reported 3,514 confirmed cases since the outbreak, with 3,345 recoveries and 59 deaths.

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