A new 6 Month Multiple Entry Tourist Visa (METV) has been confirmed by The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and will be launched on November 13th and will cost 5,000 baht (Approx. US$139). Thailand’s military government toughened visa rules following the May 2014 coup and this is seen as a complete change of direction with the introduction of the new visa which will allow holders to stay in the Kingdom longer but not exempt to having to cross the border every 60 days.
“Thailand will soon grant multiple-entry visas to visitors to facilitate the forthcoming ASEAN Community and to boost Thailand’s tourism industry.” The Thai MFA’s Facebook page said.
“It will grant travelers multiple entries during a 6-month period, for up to 60 days per entry. All foreign nationals are eligible to apply for METV,” the statement said.
The multiple entry tourist visa was initially announced in August and has been officially confirmed this week.
Current rules state that the longest the Tourist Visa is valid for is just 60 days, although holders can apply for an extension at a local immigration office for another 30 days for 1,900 baht.
The new visa will allow visitors to enter and leave the country as often as they want over the 6 month period. It also means tourists can stay in Thailand for six months on the visa, though they will have to leave the country every 60 days to keep the visa valid. In/out ‘border hops’ are a fact of life for many people residing in Thailand, even those with valid, long-term visas.
Thailand’s military government is looking to bolster the country’s multi-billion dollar tourism industry after a sharp drop in visitors after last year’s coup.