Thailand opens its borders to digital nomads looking to take a three month or more sojourn to the Land of Smiles. With wall-to-wall sunshine, unique culture, delicious food and escapist beaches all on offer, a long-stay winter in Thailand is more attractive than ever. There are, of course, a list of stringent terms and conditions to safeguard local residents, that we think is just a small inconvenience for the opportunity. We are considering it, would you?
It’s no secret that we just adore Thailand. From leading the way in sustainable travel in Asia, to a dedicated focus on diversity and inclusion (the country is especially welcoming to OutThere travellers), there are so many great, socially-positive reasons why Thailand is a firm favourite among the Experientialists here at OutThere. But there’s also the fabulous – gorgeous beaches, culinary mastery and sublime luxury hotels, so it’s no wonder that our research is telling us that it remains high on the list of places to visit after the scourge of COVID has passed.
But new is, you don’t actually need to wait, because a break this winter in Thailand is at hand. The country’s government has set out its first phase of reopening its border, and are now issuing a Special Tourist Visa (STV) for 90-day plus, long-stay guests. It is aimed at digital nomads and those who are blessed with being able to work from anywhere, looking to spend three months or more, discovering this amazing country. For those with little ties, allowing them carry on working remotely from anywhere, this presents a great opportunity to experience life in one of South East Asia’s most exciting destinations. Moreover, you get to support a country that has suffered drastically from the tourism downturn of the past few months.
The visa costs just GBP£50 or USD$65 and can be extended up to two times (in case you fall in love with – or in, even – the country). Successful applicants will have to undergo quarantine for 14 days at a government-approved Bangkok hotel (which include some fab, luxury boltholes) and hold COVID-claimable health insurance to the tune of $100,000. Rumour has it though, that this quarantine measure could soon be replaced by effective and rapid testing, making it all the more appealing. Alongside some standard background checks (that includes means testing) and proof of booked accommodation for the duration (there are so many amazing OutThere properties all over the country), you’re good to go and explore the entire country.
You’ll be spoilt for choice we’re sure, with great safety measures introduced across Bangkok – the city remains open and exciting, and with a low number of visitors, you’ll experience a distinctly Thai capital city vibe. Otherwise, you can jet off to its Northern reaches to experience ancient Lanna culture in its jungle Kingdoms, or take to one of its thousands of paradise beaches. Some sunshine and culture this winter sounds good, doesn’t it?
Photography by Ragnar Vorel, Denys Nevo, Alin Meceanu and Colton Duke / Unsplash