The Thai cabinet extended a policy that allows Japanese tourists to enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa including for business visits.

Key Points:

  • The extended policy will be in effect from Jan. 1, 2024, to Dec. 31, 2026.
  • The current visa-free entry policy only applies to Japanese tourists.
  • Immigration officials stated the measure will ensure additional convenience for business representatives who represent Thailand’s top investor and third largest trade partner.

Additional Information: Immigration officials stated that visa holders are allowed an extension for an additional 30 days and can convert to a nonimmigrant B visa for work authorization if desired.

BAL Analysis: The visa exemption policy is part of a wider government strategy to facilitate entry and boost investment from Japanese business interests. BAL will continue following this matter and will provide more information as it becomes available.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice Group.

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