The government of Thailand revealed that it now allows longer stay periods for individuals with a digital nomad visa.

Effective June 2024, travelers who are self-employed and work remote can have a visa that is valid for five years and allows them to stay in the country up to 180 days at a time. They can also apply for a possible extension of their stay for an additional 180 days. Previously, the digital nomad visa only allowed holders to stay for up to 60 days.

According to a government spokesperson, freelancers and remote workers are not the only individuals who can apply for the digital nomad visa. Anyone interested in partaking in cultural activities in the country—such as enrolling in Thai cooking courses, training in Thai boxing and other sports, and attending seminars—may also apply.

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These changes, aimed at boosting the tourism sector and contributing to the economic rebound of Thailand, also include the expansion of eligible travelers from 36 more countries, on top of the previous 57 countries, bringing the total to 93 countries. Among the newly eligible countries are Albania, Kosovo, and Morocco.

Other types of visas also have longer stay periods. On-arrival visas now have a stay period of 60 days, up from the previous 30 days. Foreign students will be allowed to stay for one more year upon graduation to give them time to consider and search for employment, and the insurance requirements for foreigners applying for retirement visas are now more relaxed.

As of May 26, Thailand has already welcomed 14.3 million visitors since the start of 2024. The country is aiming for approximately 40 million tourists by the end of the year.

Source: Reuters

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