Thailand’s New Multiple Entry Tourist Visa
There’s great news for those looking to visit Thailand, especially if on an extended motorcycle trip. On August 5th, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha approved a six-month multiple-entry visa for visitors from any country. Priced at $140, this visa will be accessible as early as October 2015. Currently, only visitors from forty countries are exempt from obtaining entry visas, excluding those from India and China. According to Tourism and Sports Minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, the changes are part of an effort to increase tourism to the country. Additionally, in a bid to increase tourism from neighboring countries, Thailand and four neighboring countries – Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia – plan to launch a “Five Countries One Destination” campaign. Each country will be responsible for one of seven spheres, including product linkage, tourist exchange, and tourism safety. As of last week, Thailand and Myanmar agreed to waive entry visas, at major airports, for citizens of both countries. With these changes, Thailand hopes to see 29 million tourists this year. For more information, click here.