Thailand will now start permitting extended stays for foreign tourists between October and March.
This move comes in the wake of supporting its economic recovery where the country is highly dependent on tourism for its economy.
Foreigners from 18 territories visiting Thailand under the category of visa-on-arrival (VOA) will now be allowed to double their length of stay for up to 30 days.
Also, those from 50 places that are allowed to stay current for 30 days, will now be able to stay for up to 45 days.
Thailand is hopeful that a rise in tourist arrivals will further help boost its economic growth this year although the pace will likely be the lowest in the Southeast Asia region.
Earlier this month, a government spokesman elaborated that the nation expects to attract 10 million international tourists this year, as compared to the 6.1 million forecasted in April.
Reports state that Thailand will further downgrade COVID-19 from a ‘dangerous’ communicable disease to one that ‘needs monitoring’ from September, which will be a month earlier than scheduled.