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Thailand Extends Visa-Free Stay for Indians to 60 Days

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In an exciting development for travel enthusiasts, Thailand has extended visa-free entry for Indian passport holders to 60 days. This initiative, effective from June 1, 2024, aims to attract more visitors and rejuvenate the tourism industry after the Covid-19 downturn.

What’s New for Indian Travellers?

Previously, Indian tourists needed a visa-on-arrival for a maximum stay of 15 days. In November 2023, Thailand introduced a 30-day visa-free entry policy, which facilitated travel and encouraged longer stays.

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Now, the latest policy extends this period even further, allowing up to 60 days of visa-free travel for Indian and Taiwanese passport holders. This makes it simpler for travellers to plan extended visits to explore Thailand’s rich culture, stunning landscapes, and vibrant cities.

Timeline: From 15 Days to 60 Days

Before Nov. 2023 Indians required a visa-on-arrival for a maximum stay of 15 days.
Nov. 2023 – May 2024 Visa-free entry was introduced, allowing a 30-day stay.
June 2024 – Onwards The new policy extends the visa-free stay to 60 days.

Visa-Free Entry Extended Until Nov 2024

In a further move to boost tourism, Thailand has extended the visa-free entry period for Indian and Taiwanese tourists until November 11, 2024. Under this provision, visitors from these countries can enjoy longer stays of up to 60 days visa-free, significantly simplifying travel planning and encouraging more extended visits.

Also Read: Thailand: Proposal to Extend Visa-Free Stays for Tourists to 90 Days

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Exploring Thailand Visa Options

In addition to extending visa-free stays, Thailand introduced the Destination Thailand Visa (DTV) in May 2024. This visa caters to digital nomads, remote workers, freelancers, and those interested in cultural immersion through activities like Muay Thai and Thai cuisine. This initiative reflects Thailand’s commitment to adapting to the evolving needs of global travellers.

Expanded Visa-Free List

The policy adjustment isn’t exclusive to India; it extends to passport holders from 93 countries, up from 57. This includes various nations across Asia, Europe, Oceania, and the Americas. Notable additions include;

  1. Kazakhstan
  2. Uzbekistan
  3. Taiwan
  4. Bhutan
  5. Cyprus
  6. Malta
  7. Romania
  8. Bulgaria
  9. Georgia
  10. Papua New Guinea
  11. Fiji
  12. Mexico

Also Read: Thailand Eases VAT Refunds For Tourists: Higher Thresholds, More Eligible Items

Easy Steps for a Seamless Visit

For those eager to visit Thailand, the process is now simpler than ever. Indian passport holders can enjoy up to two months of visa-free travel, eliminating the hassle of obtaining a visa for short to medium-term stays.

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For further information and detailed guidelines, travellers should consult the official Thai Tourism website or contact their local Thai Embassy or Consulate.

A Perfect Summer Destination

With this new regulation, Thailand has become an even more attractive destination for Indian travellers. From exploring the serene beaches of Koh Lanta to indulging in the luxurious amenities of high-end hotels and savouring Thailand’s renowned street food, there’s never been a better time to visit. Make the most of your summer getaway with this hassle-free travel opportunity to Thailand.

Also Read: Thailand Unveils Long-Term Visas to Lure Tourists, Remote Workers, Retirees

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