Thailand extends Special Tourist Visa (STV) to 2022

Special Tourist Visa (STV) scheme that allows long term travelers to stay up to 270 days in Thailand has been extended for one more year. This regulation came into force on 1 October 2021 and is valid until 30 September 2022.

General Information on Special Tourist Visa (STV)

The Special Tourist Visa (STV) program has been in effect since 29 September 2020 with the aim to attract international travelers from countries around the world to travel longer-term in Thailand. This type of Thailand Visa is issued for a single entry and the maximum length of stay is 90 days, with the possibility of double extension of up to 180 days, so a total of 270 days can be spent in Thailand. To obtain a Special Tourist Visa, you need to contact the Thailand Embassy or Consulate General in your home country.

According to the Thai Ministry of Tourism, 5,609 holidaymakers applied for STV last year, and most long-term tourists who entered Thailand under the STV scheme came from China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain and Croatia. After quarantine, most of the STV holders have visited popular destinations in Bangkok, Surat Thani (Koh Samui), Phuket, Udon Thani, Chonburi (Pattaya), Chiang Mai and Rayong.

An update on Extension of Special Tourist Visa (STV)

The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced additional update on Special Tourist Visa (STV) on 6 October 2021 as follows.

From 1 October 2021, foreign tourists can now stay in Thailand for up to 9 months without the need of traveling abroad to have their visas extended, 3 months on the initial visa with two extensions of three months each and are valid until 30 September 2022.

Foreign tourists will, however, have to meet certain requirements to qualify as long stayers:

  • First, they must agree to a period of quarantine, as part of the Public Health Ministry’s measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, and must show booking receipts from the hotels in which they will isolate.
  • Second, they must show evidence of payments for their lodgings during their stay, which can be a rented house, a rented condominium room or a title deed of a condominium room.
  • Third, they are required to have health insurance, with a minimum of 50,000 USD cover for COVID-19 treatment valid for the entire period of their stay in the country. They must also have health and accident insurance coverage of 40,000 THB for out-patient treatment and 400,000 THB for in-patient treatment.

Tourists will be granted a special tourist visa (STV) for single use that will allow them to stay in Thailand for 90 days. The visa can be extended twice by 90 days per extension.

STV Visa Extension

STV visa holders who wish to stay longer must submit an application for extension at the Immigration Bureau in Thailand. Each visa extension is subject to an additional fee.  If you are planning to use this type of visa, check details on how to extend your STV visa in Thailand.