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Mon. Jul 22nd, 2024

Thailand approves visa-free entry for visitors from Sri Lanka

By Vaseline May30,2024
Thailand approves visa-free entry for visitors from Sri Lanka

Thailand approves visa-free entry for visitors from Sri LankaThailand approves visa-free entry for visitors from Sri LankaThailand has approved visa-free entry for visitors from Sri Lanka.

Thailand’s cabinet approved a series of new visa promotions to attract more tourists, including visa waivers and visa-on-arrival schemes, longer stays for students and reduced mandatory health insurance for retirees.

Government spokesperson Chai Wacharonke said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs proposed these measures to attract as many visitors as possible as the national economy is highly dependent on tourism.

He stated that the number of countries eligible for visa-free access would increase from 57 to 93. The 36 new countries include Albania, Cambodia, China, India, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Laos, Mexico, Morocco, Panama, Romania, Sri Lanka , and Uzbekistan.

In addition, the stay of visitors under this scheme was extended to 60 days, Mr Chai announced.

The Cabinet also approved visas on arrival for 31 countries, up from 19 countries previously.

For those who want to work and visit tourist destinations, five-year visas will be available, allowing a stay of up to 180 days, extendable for a further 180 days. Previously, these visitors were only entitled to two stays of 30 days each.

“This measure is aimed at digital nomads, remote workers and freelancers, as well as those who want to learn Muay Thai and Thai cuisine. They can learn as well as travel,” said Mr Chai. He called it the ‘Destination Thailand Visa’.

Foreign students in higher education can stay for a year after graduating, instead of having to leave the country immediately after completing their studies.

“They can find work for the longer period, especially in the fields we need,” the spokesperson said, noting that there are about 40,000 such foreign students in the country.

These new visa measures will come into effect on Saturday, June 1 this year. (Globe/Colombo Gazette)

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