Thailand is making a push to encourage more people to come to the kingdom for medical treatment.
And they want people to stay longer. So they are making it easier for certain country’s nationals to visit and plan to introduce a “Medical Visa” (Non-MT) so visitors can stay for a year. The countries that will benefit are wealthy first world nations that a deputy prime minister feels will not threaten Thailand’s systems and infrastructure. The proposals were announced yesterday at the health ministry by DPM and health minister Anutin Charnvirakul and tourism and sports minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn.
Two countries are likely to be added to those that can get a 90 day visa exemption for medical tourism – these are the USA and Japan. At present this applies to six Arab nations and Asean nations Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Vietnam as well as China. The sick person and three others can enter on such visas. Plans for a new Medical Visa (Non-MT) are also in the offing. Such a visa would encourage medical tourists to stay longer for treatment. They would be able to stay for a whole year with as many ins and outs as they want. This seems to be aimed at allowing those on such visas easier access to facilities for convalescence in Thailand. Four countries are being proposed to add to those that can apply for ten year visas – these are South Korea, Belgium, Austria and New Zealand. DPM Anutin said that the countries that would be able to take advantage of the new visa would mostly be those from the first world that do not represent a threat to Thailand’s national security or infrastructure. Daily News said that 3.42 million tourists visited Thailand last year for medical reasons spending 28,000 million baht up around 6% on the previous year. The aim of the new proposals is to make Thailand figure in the top ten of countries worldwide for medical tourism.Facebook.
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