LifestyleNew five-year Visa in Thailand: A digital nomad's dream

New five-year Visa in Thailand: A digital nomad's dream

Thailand entices digital nomads
Thailand entices digital nomads
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10:41 AM EDT, June 11, 2024

Great news for digital nomads and those who combine work with sightseeing, performing their duties remotely from various parts of the world. This increasingly prominent group is being lured by Thailand, which is introducing a new vision.

U.S. citizens who travel to Thailand for tourism purposes for up to 30 days do not need a visa, so most tourists don't have to worry about this formality. Those who plan to stay in this Asian country longer must carefully read the regulations.

Entry rules to Thailand

Visa-free entry is only allowed twice a year when crossing the Thai border via land. Theoretically, there are no restrictions on air travel, but frequent use of visa-free travel may raise concerns among airport authorities, potentially resulting in additional questioning or permission to stay for less than 30 days. There have also been instances of entry denial for foreigners.

Additionally, upon entry, you may be required to show a return ticket, proof of having funds amounting to 290 USD per person, and other documents confirming the nature of your visit (hotel reservation, travel itinerary, invitation, etc.). In the absence of these documents, authorities may refuse entry.

It's worth noting that exceeding the permitted stay period can result in a fine of 14 USD per day, up to a maximum of 580 USD. In extreme cases, it may also lead to arrest, deportation, or a 10-year ban on entering Thailand.

Visa to Thailand

A visa is required for stays longer than 30 days, with a maximum stay of up to 60. To apply, you need to present return tickets, among other documents.

Thailand tempts with paradise beaches.
Thailand tempts with paradise beaches.© Adobe Stock

Thailand is a true tourist paradise, so two months is not enough to see it all, especially if you work during the week. Therefore, the authorities are catering to digital nomads by introducing a new type of Visa. It will be valid for five years, during which time you can stay in this incredible country for 180 days, possibly extending it once for another 180 days. During this time, you can enter and exit the country as often as you like, exploring other parts of Asia.

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