Thai government unveils new long-term visa option for remote workers

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In response to the growing number of remote work opportunities and Thailand’s attractiveness as a destination for digital nomads, the Thai government has unveiled the Destination Thailand Visa (DTV) program, which will allow digital nomads to stay and work in the country for up to five years. This initiative is the government’s latest visa program designed to boost the economy and increase tourist arrivals into the country. Other visa initiatives include the new EEC visa and the easing of visa rules for foreign students and retirees.

Though the DTV program has not been finalized and is subject to change, the overall goal is to attract digital nomads, remote workers, freelancers, and individuals interested in living in Thailand but who have limited other visa options to stay in Thailand long-term.

Key features and requirements of the DTV

  • If successful, the applicant will have a five-year multiple-entry visa, which allows the holder to enter and leave Thailand without a re-entry permit.
  • Visa Holders stay for up to 180 days per visit, which can be extended for another 180 days.
  • Permission to bring dependents under 20 and their spouses.
  • The DTV costs THB 10,000, and renewal fees are THB 10,000.

Unlike similar Digital Nomad programs in places like Spain, Iceland, and some Southeast Asian countries, the DTV does not have a specific minimum income requirement. However, applicants must be able to show that they have at least THB 500,000 in their bank account to prove that they can support their stay in the country. Also working for a Thai company under this visa program is not allowed. It is likely that DTV holders will still be required to report their address to immigration every 90 days.

Applicants must be at least 20 years old and provide proof that they are working remotely or for a foreign company. However, as specific details of this visa program are still being finalized, and the final requirements may change.

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