Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Thailand's Ministry for Foreign Affairs has confirmed that it will be launching a new six month multiple entry tourist visa in November.
In a notice posted to the Thai MFA's Facebook page Monday, it said: "Thailand will soon grant multiple entry visas to visitors to facilitate the forthcoming ASEAN Community and to boost Thailand's tourism industry."
The introduction of the new visa represents something of a U-turn by Thailand's military government, which tightened visa rules across the board following the May 2014 coup.
The visa, costing 5,000 Thailand baht which is around $153 U.S. dollars, will be available starting November 13, 2015.
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.
In and out 'border hops' are a fact of life for many people residing in Thailand, even those with valid, long-term visas.
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