Medical tourists seeking treatment in Thailand can now stay longer. By doing so, Thailand wants to attract more medical travelers, become a world class medical hub, and continue to be a top medical and wellness tourist destination. The change is meant to increase convenience and access to medical care in the country.
The new measures have three parts:
- Medical tourists from China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar can stay 90 days in Thailand without a visa.
- Medical tourists from 14 other counties who are over 50 years of age can apply for a ‘long-stay’ visa that lasts up to 10 years. The first visa is for 5 years which can then be extended for another 5 years.
- The 90 day measure applies to up to four people traveling with the medical tourist (such as family). For the long-stay visa, it applies to spouses and children under age 20 as well.
The 14 countries included in the long-stay visa include: USA, Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, France, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Italy, Finland, Denmark, and Canada.
Be sure to check with the local Thai embassy or consulate to confirm your eligibility for the new immigration policies for medical travelers before embarking on your visit.