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  1. Thailand Introduces New Visa Measures to Boost Tourism and Economic Growth

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    Thailand is set to rejuvenate its tourism sector and stimulate economic growth with a comprehensive set of new visa measures introduced by the Thai cabinet. These amendments aim to make the country more accessible and attractive to various groups, thereby bolstering its economy. Here’s a detailed look at the new initiatives:

    New Visa Category

    A key highlight of the new measures is the introduction of the Destination Thailand Visa (DTV). This new visa category is designed to attract skilled foreigners and remote workers, commonly known as digital nomads, who wish to work and travel in Thailand. It targets individuals involved in cultural activities and those seeking medical services. The DTV offers extended stays of up to 180 days, with the possibility of further extensions, facilitating a longer, more enriching experience in Thailand.

    Changes in Student Visa

    The Thai government has enhanced visa regulations for international students pursuing undergraduate degrees or higher. The improvements to the Non-Immigrant Visa code ED are intended to attract skilled individuals to Thailand’s workforce. Importantly, graduates will now have the option to extend their stays in Thailand for one-year post-graduation. This change provides graduates with ample time to explore career prospects and contribute to the local economy, making Thailand a more appealing destination for higher education.

    Amendments to Retirement Visa

    Recognizing the needs of older individuals seeking long-term stays, the cabinet has approved revisions to the criteria and conditions for temporary and long-term visas. The health insurance requirements for retirees aged 50 and above have been significantly reduced from 3 million baht to 440,000 baht. This substantial reduction aims to ease the financial burden on retirees, making it more feasible for them to obtain long-stay visas and enjoy their retirement in Thailand.

    Expansion of E-Visa and Visa on Arrival

    To further streamline the visa application process, the expansion of e-visa application services at Thai consulates and embassies from 47 to 94 locations is set to commence in September. This expansion is expected to enhance accessibility for travelers worldwide, making it easier to apply for visas. Additionally, the cabinet has approved the granting of Visa on Arrival (VOA) rights, a measure that considers reciprocity principles, political and international relations, security, tourism, and economic factors. This measure will benefit travelers from countries without a Thai embassy or consulate.

    Economic Impact

    The policy of listing countries whose passport holders are granted visa exemptions for short-term stays (up to 60 days) is projected to result in a revenue loss of about 12.3 billion baht per year, based on the number of tourists from 93 nationalities in 2023. This includes waivers for 4.5 million Visa on Arrival (VOA) fees, amounting to 4 billion baht, and 3.3 billion baht in tourist visa (TR) fees. Additionally, facilitating foreign students by canceling the re-entry permit requirement is expected to result in a revenue loss of about 152 million baht, considering the approximately 40,000 foreign students in higher education in Thailand in 2023.

    Conclusion

    These new visa measures are crucial for bolstering Thailand’s economy, which heavily relies on tourism. By diversifying visa options and simplifying procedures, the government seeks to attract a larger number of visitors and support the country’s recovery from the economic fallout of the global pandemic. While the detailed implementation of these new visas remains to be seen, the anticipated benefits highlight Thailand’s proactive approach to revitalizing its tourism sector and economy.

    If you would like to have support with all your Visa and Work permit matters in Thailand, please contact us at [email protected].

    Andreas Seela

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    Andreas, Associate at FRANK Legal & Tax, is a licensed German lawyer with expertise in corporate/commercial, real estate, and tax law, and has been living and working in Thailand since 2023.

  2. Legal Support for Immigration & Work Permits During COVID-19

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    Do you need a work permit to do business in Thailand? Or are you making a visa application or renewal to ensure you can continue to work in Thailand? Can you enter Thailand now during COVID-19? Despite travel restrictions, it is still possible to obtain a visa. The Immigration and Work Permits team here at FRANK Legal & Tax is ready to help. We always recommend contacting us as far in advance of making your move as you can; this is particularly the case during the covid crisis. We will advise you on what is needed to apply for the required document or what you have to prepare before travelling to Thailand.

    Immigration Law is probably only second to tax law in terms of complexity. Yet often, Thailand work permits and visas are needed in a hurry. Let our swift service take the hassle off your desk. Our experience means we can quickly deal with legal issues associated with work permits and visas for entering Thailand and process applications quickly, in line with Thai immigration laws.

    We pride ourselves on offering swift and effective immigration services in the following areas:

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    Business Visa Applications

    We know how vital it is for you to move key personnel across international borders to keep your business flourishing. The Immigration team here at FRANK Legal & Tax will help you get your people where they need to be by handling the legal side of things to secure business visas to work in Thailand or other international territories.

    Business Visa Renewals

    Sometimes projects can over-run or get extended. When they do, you’re likely to need your business visa renewed. If so, contact the FRANK Legal & Tax, immigration team. We will see that all the necessary forms are processed to extend your stay in Thailand.

    Other Visa Applications and Renewals

    If you need a visa for Thailand for reasons other than business, the FRANK Legal & Tax team is here to help. Our immigration team knows Thai immigration law, so we can swiftly and cost-effectively process the following:

    Permanent Residency Permit Applications

    So, you want to live in the Land of Smiles permanently? Let us guide you through the permanent residence in Thailand application process.

    Converting Visas to Non-Immigrant Visas

    If you want or need to be in Thailand long-term, converting your visa to a non-immigrant visa could be the best way forward. We will familiarize ourselves with your circumstances and help you secure a non-immigrant visa for Thailand.

    Marriage Visa

    Even if you’re legally married to a Thai citizen, to qualify for a marriage visa in Thailand, you’re going to need to prove you’re financially able to support yourself and your spouse. We can help.

    Retirement Visa

    Are you thinking about retiring to Thailand? Let us help your dream become a reality by dealing with all the paperwork for your Thailand retirement visa application.

    Education Visa

    Are you planning to study in Thailand? You will need an Education Visa, which the FRANK Legal & Tax Immigration team can help you secure.

    Tourist Visa

    If you’re visiting Thailand for pleasure, and need a tourist visa, let us help you. Tourist visas allow you to stay in the Kingdom of Thailand for up to 90 days, with the possibility of a 30-day extension. If you require assistance in applying for or renewing your Thailand Tourist Visa, we are ready to help.

    Work Permit Applications

    If business is bringing you to Thailand, you will need a work permit. As with all work permit applications, experience speeds up the whole process. The work permit lawyers at FRANK Legal & Tax have experience helping people from all over the world secure work permits for Thailand.

    Work Permit Renewals

    When a project overruns or your time in Thailand needs to be extended, we can help get your work permit renewed so you’re able to continue working in Thailand.

    For work permit applications and renewals in Thailand, and visas of all kinds, contact the FRANK Legal & Tax team by calling +66 (0)2 117 9131 or emailing [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you.