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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Thai govt approves 90-day visa-free stay period for Russians


 Russian tourists will now be able to stay for up to 90 days in Thailand without a visa from November 1 until April 30, 2024, the Thai cabinet said on Tuesday.

Russia was included in the list of the countries whose citizens “are released from the need to get a visa or a permission to stay in the Kingdom for up to 90 days” if they arrive for tourism, the cabinet protocol said. The measure was taken “in the best interests of economic and foreign policy interaction with the Russian Federation, especially in the sphere of people-to-people ties, which are the basis of international relations,” the document added.

The government instructed several departments, including the interior ministry and immigration to amend the relevant decrees, laws and regulations. The national security service is also tasked with monitoring the impact of the measure on Thailand’s national security and national interests.

Under an intergovernmental agreement, Russian and Thai tourists enjoyed visa-free entry to each others’ countries for 30 days. In August, Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said that the government was planning to increase the period of visa-free stay for Russian tourists in the country from 30 to 90 days.

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