Thailand launches special visa for travellers from Bahrain

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.

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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