Thailand’s new 6-month visas start on November 13

Thailand’s new six-month, multiple-entry tourist visas will become available November 13, but will limit stays to 60 days at a time reported Bangkok Post.

The Thai Foreign Ministry has told all embassies, consulate-generals and honorary consuls worldwide to begin preparing for the visas, regulations for which were approved by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

The six-month multiple-entry visa will allow unlimited border crossings during the validity period.

The new multiple-entry visa will cost 5,000 baht, versus 1,000 baht for a single-entry, 60-day visa, which can be extended in-country for up to 30 days for an additional fee.

Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said earlier that officials hope the new visa "will promote Thailand as a destination for weekend vacations and business travel.

Tourism accounts for about 12% of the country's gross domestic product. Thailand has set a target of 28.8 million tourists this year.

The fallout from Erawan shrine bombing is estimated to have reduced the number of expected tourists by 1.33 million and cost the country 64 million baht in tourism revenue.

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