As Thailand begins to see out from behind the Covid curtain, many expats and potential travellers are questioning if much will change after 2 years of lockdowns, closures re-openings and re-entry ‘plans’. Will we see changes in visas, property possession, entry necessities and business laws? One of our YouTube commenters wrote in together with his present ‘wish list’ (below).
As the Thai government shall be scrambling to attract travellers this year (along with most tourism-dependent countries), the fixed narrative from senior ministers is to draw “high wealth individuals” to the Kingdom, for investment, common travel, retirement and medical tourism. But when the rubber hits the street, the present laws still make it tough, or at least complex, for foreigners to reside and conduct enterprise in Thailand.
In regards to the current entry into Thailand, the Thailand Pass, and significantly aspects of the Test & Go program, make any major reboot of tourism unpredictable, no much less than within the short term. The first ten days of the Test & Go Version 2, since February 1, have fallen below expectations.
Property ownership has always been considerably opaque for foreigners. There are plenty of historical ‘work arounds’ in place but few concrete methods for foreigners to ‘own’ land outright. (In this regard The Thaiger would all the time recommend you do loads of homework and consult with a good agent and lawyer before buying property in Thailand)
When it comes to working in Thailand the system remains paperwork-heavy and restrictive. The progress of the world’s digital nomads has been almost fully ignored by immigration authorities. There is plenty of scope for visa updates that reflect a post-Covid working world.
So let’s hear what you need to see change in Thailand so it turns into a extra attractive location for investment, tourism, dwelling and retirement. Here’s the want listing from considered one of The Thaiger’s YouTube commenters (republished with permission)…
Things that may help somewhat..
1. Scrap Test and Go, proof of accommodation and onward flights.
2. Scrap the 60 day Tourist visa + 30 day extension and simply give a ninety day, 6 month or 1 12 months Tourist visa. (More visa options normally can be nice. Bringing back the volunteer visa would be beneficial to many people)
3. Allow foreigners to buy land and houses Even if it’s solely a certain amount per individual. (If it’s for business use it will create native jobs and extra tax for the federal government. This would additionally appeal to more retirees who don’t like the concept of dwelling in a apartment or renting)
four. Allow foreigners to own a enterprise outright. (They are reducing the quantity of potential investors and people who could develop a big enterprise over time. Which would once more result in extra jobs and more tax for the federal government.)
5. More job options for foreigners. (More people, more tax, more demand, extra progress etc)
All these things would make a shed load of cash for the government, however they refuse to acknowledge any of them and just appear to keep tightening the noose, simply focusing on the tremendous wealthy to unravel the problem “quickly”. Fully refundable tells ya.
Adam Stainer (The Thaiger YouTube Channel commenter)