Special Tourist Visa (STV)

Eligibility and Procedures to Apply for Special Tourist Visa (STV)

  1. Eligible Applicants for STV

This type of visa is issued to eligible applicants who are Australian Nationals or Citizens OR Permanent Residents currently residing in Australia and their spouse, child or children (age under 20 years old) for the sole purpose of tourism only.

  1. STV Conditions

2.1 STV is valid for a single entry into Thailand for a long-term stay for tourism purpose only.

2.2 Applications for STV can be submitted by those residing in the country with a low-rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases as determined fortnightly and officially by Announcement of the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand. However, the Royal Thai Embassy in Canberra and the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Sydney reserve the right to put all applications on hold as deemed necessary until further notice.

2.3 The validity of STV is 3 months from the date of its issuance.

2.4 Upon entering into Thailand, a stay permit will be granted to the visitor for a maximum period of 90 days. This permit may be extended while the visitor is in Thailand for a maximum of 2 times (twice only) with a maximum validity of 90 days for each extension.

2.5 STV cannot be changed to any other type of visa during the duration of stay in Thailand.

2.6 If the STV holder is found to be in breach of the conditions for entry into Thailand, the stay permit will be revoked immediately and he/she will be prohibited from entering Thailand.

  1. STV Application Procedures

3.1 Each applicant must submit a complete visa application form together with the required documents via https://bit.ly/2I7I32m Dependent(s) of the main applicant must each submit a separate application.

No. Required documents
1. Copy of passport with minimum validity of no less than 12 months prior to departure
2. Photograph of the applicant
3. For permanent resident, proof of an Australian Electronic Visa (VEVO)
4. Proof of residential address in Australia
5. Permission to travel from Australia issued by the Australian Border Force

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form

6. “Police name check certificate” issued less than 3 months prior to submitting the visa application
7. A complete “Medical Certificate Form” with a valid/legal rubber stamp of medical doctor to confirm its authenticity (this Form can be downloaded from the Embassy’s or Consulate-General’s website)
8. Health insurance*

A certificate of health insurance issued by Thai insurance companies covering the entire period of stay in Thailand containing the details of coverage as follows: In-house patients of not less than THB400,000/policy year, as for out-patients, not less than THB40,000/policy year. Please check http://longstay.tgia.org for more information regarding participating Thai insurance companies.

9. The applicant is required to provide a copy of bank statement showing bank contact details and a deposit account with a minimum fund of AUD 25,000 in the past six months plus one of the following evidence of payment:

9.1 A fully paid hotel reservation for your stay in Thailand issued by the hotel showing the duration of stay, and hotel’s contact details and tax ID number;

9.2 A fully paid residential lease in Thailand issued by the lessor showing the duration of stay, and the lessor’s contact details and tax ID number; or

9.3 A hire-purchase or mortgage agreement of immovable property (if the payment has been paid less than 2 installments)

OR

The applicant is not required to provide a bank statement if the applicant can provide one of the following evidence:

9.4 Condominium title deed; or

9.5 Agreement of hire-purchase or mortgage of immovable property with the minimum payment at least 2 installments

10. Proof of relationship (for dependent of the main applicant)

For the spouse: Marriage certificate

For the child/children whose age under 20 years old: Birth certificate

* In addition to this health insurance, the applicant is required to obtain COVID-19 health insurance covering medical treatment expenditures of COVID-19, worth at least USD 100,000 during the entire stay in Thailand as part of the application to obtain the Certificate of Entry (COE). The insurance policy must clearly state that it includes expenditures occurring from COVID-19 treatments. List of recommended health insurance: Pacific Cross Health Insurance / Regency Health Insurance / April International / Luma Thailand

3.2

  • If the application is approved, the Royal Thai Embassy in Canberra or the Royal Thai Consulate General in Sydney will advise the applicant of the visa issuance and method of payment for the visa fee (AUD120)

4. Flights to Thailand

Option 1 Semi-commercial flights to Thailand

Certain airlines are now permitted to operate semi-commercial flights to Thailand, namely, Emirates (EK384), Etihad (EY406), EVA (BR211), Qatar Airways (QR 826, QR830, QR832, QR834, QR836, QR980), Singapore Airline (SQ976), Cathay Pacific (CX653), Lufthansa  (LH772), Austrian Airlines (OS25), Swiss Air (LX180), KLM (KL873, KL875, KL887, KL847, KL811, KL843, KL815, KL803) and Air France (AF253, AF168).

Option 2 Special chartered flights organised by the Royal Thai Embassy in Canberra and the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Sydney

Due to the limit of quota of allowable passengers to enter Thailand by special chartered flights, please contact the Royal Thai Embassy in Canberra or the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Sydney for information on the availability of seats.

5. Application for the Certificate of Entry (COE)

Once the STV is issued, the visitors will have to apply for the COE via https://canberra.thaiembassy.org/application-for-certificate-of-entry-coe-for-non-thai-nationals/

An evidence of reservation for Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) for a minimum period of 14 days from the date of the arrival in Thailand will be required for COE application.**

6. At the Departure Airport and upon Entry into Thailand

All visitors with approved STVs will be required to present the following documents to the airline check-in staff at the departure airport and concerned authorities upon arrival in Thailand:

 

No. Required documents
1. Certificate of Entry (COE)
2. Completed Declaration Form
3. A Fit-to-Fly Health Certificate issued no more than 72 hours before departure
4. A COVID-Free medical certificate with RT-PCR laboratory result, issued no more than 72 hours before departure
5. Valid visa

 

Remarks: 

  • The Royal Thai Embassy in Canberra and the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Sydney reserve the right to request additional documents as deemed necessary as well as reject any application without prejudice.
  • The applicants must provide genuine documents and information. If the applicants are found to provide false documents or give false information, their applications will be rejected and be reported for further determination of appropriate action and future prohibition to enter the Kingdom of Thailand.
  • Visa processing time may vary depending on the demand. Applicants are advised to submit the applications with no less than 20 days prior to the intended departure date.
  • **Upon entering into the Kingdom of Thailand, all visitors are required to undergo 14-day Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ). For more information, please visit http://hsscovid.com/

Updated as of 15 October 2020

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