Thailand is Introducing a Special Tourist Visa

Written and Published September 25, 2020


Following the news and updates around the COVID-19 pandemic, many airlines were forced to suspend or reduce their daily operations, and countries were forced to introduce travel restrictions. With the pandemic slowing down around the world, many countries have started to ease border restrictions and reopen for international tourists. The Thai Government announced a decision to introduce start opening up the countries tourism sector again following the approval of special tourist visas.

Thailand is Introducing a Special Tourist Visa

Thailand is Introducing a Special Tourist Visa


Thailand is launching a new tourist visa for long-term stays of up to 270 days. The Special Tourist Visa or STV will be valid for 90 days and you will be able to extend it twice. The application procedure for the Special Tourist Visa is rather complicated. The Tourism Authority of Thailand decided that the STV program will be run by an individual company called Thailand Longstay Company.

From the official website:
STV Visa (Special Tourist Visa) is a special visa created during the Covid-19 Pandemic for long stay tourists who would like to travel in Thailand or at least 30 days. Foreigners will be able to apply for this visa until 30 September 2021.

Thailand is Introducing a Special Tourist Visa

Application Procedure for Special Tourist Visa


A foreign applicant will be required to e-mail Thailand Longstay Company at [email protected] and submit the intention for applying for the Special Tourist Visa. In the e-mail applicants will be required to provide the following information:

  • Photo of the passport that the applicant will use for entry into Thailand

  • Current Location/Residence (City & Country)

  • Nearest Thai Embassy/Consulate to the Applicant


After the first step is taken, the Thailand Longstay Company will first forward the photo of the passport to the Thai Immigration Bureau to check the applicant’s criminal record. After receiving approval from the Thai Immigration Bureau all applicants will be required to pay an application fee and the company will correspond with the applicant of the visa about the following:

  • 15 days ASQ/ALSQ quarantine accommodation options

  • Accommodation options and requirements after the 15 days quarantine. The minimum stay requirement is 15 days after the 15-day quarantine

  • Options for chartered flights

  • Medical and Travel Insurance options with a minimum 100,000 USD coverage for COVID-19 medical treatment and minimum coverage of 400,000 THB which equals to 12,650 USD, for other medical and accident expenses. The insurance must cover for at least 90 days


Once all payments have been made for all the above items and the applicant must send all of the documents to [email protected] After the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made the approval, the company will inform the applicant to pick up the certificate of entry and the STV Visa at the designated Thai embassy or consulate. The STV program will have no benefits for people currently in Thailand since you have to apply from abroad. Overall, this is a quite complicated procedure and unfortunately might be the only option for a while. You can visit the official website here.