A government minister has been quoted as saying that the medical tourism visa for Asian nationals was being expanded.
People from Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam and China will be able to stay for up to 90 days as opposed to the previous 15-30 days that’s currently allowed.
Thanasak Patimaprakorn, deputy government minister said by extending the duration of the visa it would bring more money in to the country in what is being called the ‘Medical Wellness Tourism” sector.
They also touched on the plans for the new 10 year visa for nationals from 14 nations including the United Kingdom, United States and Japan.
For people to be eligible they must be over 50 years of age, have 3 million baht in the bank or earning 100,000 baht a month and have adequate health insurance.
They will first be able to apply for a permit to remain in Thailand for 5 years, which can then be extended for a further 5 years.
It will also cover spouses and children up to the age of 20.
The new medical visa has come after the number of foreign nationals coming to Thailand for treatment over the last few years has steadily risen as medical services and treatments now meet International standards with modern equipment and skilled medical practitioners.
They hope that by extending the visa it will encourage more people to come to Thailand to receive medical treatment and allow them to continue improving on the medical services and facilities throughout the Kingdom.
Source : VoiceTV
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