The Thai government has recently proposed a new visa, a 12-month multi-entry “Medical Visa” which could be known as the Non-MT visa. The visa is designed for those people who visit Thailand for medical tourism reasons.
The visa was suggested by the Thai deputy PM and health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, and the tourism and sports minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn. Thailand currently ranks in the top ten countries in the world when it comes to medical tourism. The industry is growing year on year, with an estimated 3.42 million tourists coming to Thailand partly or solely for medical reasons.
Which Countries Already Qualify for a 90-day Medical Visa?
Currently, 13 countries qualify for a 90-day visa exemption for medical tourism. The visa applies to the patient and three companions to travel on this type of visa. The qualifying countries are:
- Japan (proposed)
- USA (proposed)
- 6 Arab countries
Other Proposed Visa Changes
It is anticipated that South Korea, Belgium, Austria and New Zealand will be added to the list of countries whose citizens can apply for a ten-year visa. The countries are viewed as being from the “first world” according to Deputy PM Anutin and do not represent a threat to Thailand’s security.
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