Thailand is set to re-open to tourists for the first time since it closed its borders to international visitors during the coronavirus pandemic.
The country is looking to introduce a new tourist visa, which would allow visitors to stay for up to nine months.
The Special Tourist Visa STV, will see potential tourists asked to fill out an application form, and then if approved, quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
However, it’s not quite as simple as it sounds.
According to the Bangkok Post, the application process could include a number of hoops visitors will need to jump through in order to be approved – such as proof of medical insurance that covers up to $100,000, and an address of where you plan to stay.
One of the factors could even include chartering your own flight to reach the country, where commercial flights are currently suspended due to the pandemic.
The new policy is expected to launch next month. It’s believed that Thailand authorities would look to initially open the applications to countries deemed low-risk in regards to coronavirus.
It’s not clear yet whether the new long-term visas would be opened to Brits when they launch.
The Foreign Office changed its advice for Thailand last week, and no longer advises Brits against travel, and no longer requires you to quarantine when you return to the UK.
However, the country still isn’t accepting tourists – so although the UK government says Brits can go, Brits currently can’t actually go.
There are ‘certain categories of foreign nationals’ allowed to enter or travel through Thailand, for example those with work permits, spouse/children of a Thai national, or international students. However, even in these scenarios, there are strict entry requirements.
You can find out more about the criteria that needs to be met in order to enter Thailand in the FCDO’s latest Thailand travel advice.