Thailand launches special visa for travellers from Bahrain

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand has announced that it will gradually reopen Thailand to travellers from Bahrain with the introduction of the ‘Special Tourist Visa’ (STV) scheme for long-stay visitors, including tourists and business travellers. 

The new long-stay visa enables long-stay travellers from low-risk countries to visit Thailand for at least 30 days and up to 90 days, with the option to extend for a maximum of 270 days. 

The new Special Tourist Visa is available to tourists from low-risk countries, including Bahrain. To qualify for the STV, visitors must comply with Thailand’s Covid-19 control and preventive measures. This includes undergoing a 14-day quarantine upon arrival, having proof of their long-term accommodation or residence in Thailand – such as a hotel reservation, rental contract or evidence of condominium ownership, holding the required medical and travel insurance and a valid Fit To Fly medical certificate.

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An initial quota of 1,200 STV tourists per month – up to three international flights per week, with each flight carrying 100 STV tourists – is currently in place. A medical insurance policy with a coverage of at least $100,000 for possible Covid-19 treatment is among the official documents required from foreign visitors planning to visit Thailand.

After completing the 14-day quarantine and testing negative for Covid-19, STV holders are free to travel anywhere around Thailand. 

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