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Six-month, multiple-entry Thai visa from this month for Indians

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Thailand will be launching a new six-month multiple-entry tourist visa (METV) on November 13.

“The visa, costing Rs 10,000 (5,000 baht) will grant travelers multiple entries during a 6-month period, for up to 60 days per entry. All foreign nationals are eligible to apply for METV,” said a release issued by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) on Thursday.

There has been speculation about the METV since August this year with travelers and travel trade in India excited about the prospective added convenience. Soraya Homchuen, director, TAT Mumbai office said: “I expect that frequent travelers from India as well as Indian travel agents, will be very happy with the news of the METV. Of late, Thailand has gained popularity for weekend getaways, especially on long weekends, in addition to already being India’s favorite for family vacations and annual holidays. I am certain that the convenience of already having a visa in-hand will encourage more impromptu trips to Thailand.”

Under the current rules, tourist visas are valid for just 60 days, after which visitors must leave the country or apply to a local immigration office for an extension. The new visa will allow visitors to enter and leave the country as often as they want over the six-month period; provide they leave the country every 60 days.


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