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Welcome to Five Star Visa Runs your best choice for tourist, 1 year retirement, marriage, education and business visa's. Five Star Visa Runs has been helping expats and tourists with visa applications, extensions and queries in Pattaya for over 6 years.

We work closely with the Immigration Department of Thailand and bordering countries to ensure that our customers receive their visas and extensions legally and with as little hassle as possible. We concentrate mainly on border runs and visa trips to Malaysia and Laos our staff have vast experience in all aspects of visas available and required in Thailand and are on hand to help with all your visa



🇹🇭 PRESS RELEASE: The Tourism Authority of Thailand is pleased to provide the general information on the reopening of Thailand, starting from Phuket as the pilot destination from 1 July, 2021, followed by Surat Thani’s Ko Samui, Ko Phangan and Ko Tao from 15 July, 2021. We will be adding more destinations on this page as and when they are announced. So please check back later https://www.tatnews.org/2021/07/general-information-thailand-reopening/ #TravelNews #ThaiTravelNews #AmazingThailand #Thailand


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List of countries classified by low, medium and high risk by Thailand’s Department of Disease Control

Low-risk countries
Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Australia, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Brunei, Cambodia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominica, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Luxembourg, Macao, Malta, Monaco, Morocco, Mauritius, New Zealand, Norway, Qatar, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Taiwan, Vietnam

Medium-risk countries
Afghanistan, Armenia, Algeria, Angola, Bahamas, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Belize, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Cabo Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo Brazzaville, Botswana, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Eswatini, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Ireland, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Mali, Maldives, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, North Macedonia, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Portugal, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sudan, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, UAE, Uganda, UK, USA, Uzbekistan, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

High-risk countries
Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Costa Rica, Comoros, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malawi, Mauritania, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Leste, Tunisia, Venezuela, Ukraine, Uruguay

**The DDC updates the list on the 1st and 16th of every month.

Updated on June 16th, 2021

FAQ | Phuket Sandbox 09/06/2021

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FAQ | Phuket Sandbox There will be no quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travelers who are tested negative seventy-two hours before arrival in Phuket.


Thailand COVID-19 vaccine procurement plan

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Photos from NNT- National News Bureau of Thailand's post 24/05/2021

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Bangkok Post Infographic: The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has tightened its controls, especially in six maximum- and strict-control provinces (dark red zones), to deal with the latest wave of Covid-19 infections.

📌 If I may, I would like to add a few notes to the restrictions mentioned here. In the declaration published in the Royal Gazette last night, it didn’t mention the word 100% for work from home. It’s a request to reduce the number of people coming in to work. Up to the company how they do that. For example, work on alternate days, was one of the suggestions.

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We have confirmed reports of checkpoints going up today in the Chonburi area checking people for traveling. The overall message right now from officials is simple...Stay home unless your trip is absolutely critical and essential. What they deem critical may not be what you do as we have reports of people being turned around. You will need to get permission to leave Chonburi at local jurisdictions or city hall.

People don't need permission to come to Chonburi but are being discouraged from doing so and can also be interviewed on why they wish to come. If it is deemed non essential once again you could be refused. Officials have warned people hiding their reasons or trying to skirt checkpoints could face draconian emergency decree laws.

The overall message right now is do not travel and stay home. To be clear, there is not concern with traveling within Chonburi province but primarily inter provincial, however, you may still have to go through Checkpoints and as they are "requesting" people to stay home you may be asked why your trip is essential.



The Ministry of Public Health will open registration for COVID-19 vaccination for citizens over 60 years of age and with seven chronic illnesses via the Mor Prom LINE account this May 1, estimating 16 million people will be eligible.

Hospitals across the nation have uploaded their lists of senior citizens and patients with chronic illnesses to the Mor Prom system in preparation for registration starting this May 1. Registrants will be able to do so using the LINE application and will have to input their 13-digit identification number and their preferred vaccination time before selecting their preferred hospital or department store.

The system will allow for registration on behalf of family members or individuals may register in person at their nearest hospital, with their area health volunteer or by phone.

The registration system has been prepped to handle five times the estimated number of users of 20,000 per second and has been streamlined to speed up the process.

Hospitals have uploaded 16 targeted names. Those who do not find their names in the system will not be able to register.

The Ministry of Public Health has prepared over 1,000 locations nationwide to carry out vaccination including areas outside of hospitals such as public pavilions and sports arena. Fourteen locations outside of hospital have been provided by the private sector in Bankgok, including at SCG Bang Sue, Central Ladprao, The Mall Bangkapi, Robinson Ladkrabang, Lotus Minburi, Siam Mid Town, True Digital Park Thanya Park, Central Pinklao, ICONSIAM, PTT Station Rama 2, The Mall Bangkae and Big C Bang Bon.

Astra-Zeneca vaccines will begin being administered in June to 11.7 million senior citizens above the age of 60 and to 4.3 million people with seven chronic illnesses.

The groups were chosen to reduce the fatality rate and severe illness rate of infections.

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Timeline Photos 23/02/2021

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🔴 พื้นที่ควบคุมสูงสุดและเข้มงวด 1 จังหวัด หรือพื้นที่สีแดง (จากเดิม 5 จังหวัด)
🟠 พื้นที่ควบคุม 8 จังหวัด หรือพื้นที่สีส้ม (จากเดิม 20 จังหวัด)
🟡 พื้นที่เฝ้าระวังสูง 14 จังหวัด หรือพื้นที่สีเหลือง (จากเดิม 17 จังหวัด)
🟢 พื้นที่เฝ้าระวัง 54 จังหวัด หรือ พื้นที่สีเขียว (จากเดิม 35 จังหวัด)



The Chonburi Governor will be holding a press conference at 12:30 PM today. We will provide information from the conference at this time including any new announcements, measures etc.


The Thai Embassy in Abu Dhabi has just posted on Facebook a list of countries from where citizens can enter #Thailand without a visa.

💥 PLEASE NOTE: You must still apply for a Certificate of Entry & do quarantine. Contact your local embassy for details.

In related news, the cabinet will be asked tomorrow to increase visa exemption by 15 days to cover time spent in quarantine. It is possible they may also add 15 days to the 60 day tourist visa.

Photos from 5 Star Visa Runs's post 30/11/2020

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Philippines Suspends SRRV Retirement Visa Program 18/11/2020

Philippines Suspends SRRV Retirement Visa Program

Philippines Suspends SRRV Retirement Visa Program https://nomadcapitalist.com/second-residence/ If you've been interested in getting a residence permit and living in Southeast Asia you now have even fewer op...

Immigration Bureau reminds foreigners to apply for visa extension before Oct 31 27/10/2020

Immigration Bureau reminds foreigners to apply for visa extension before Oct 31

Immigration Bureau reminds foreigners to apply for visa extension before Oct 31 Immigration Bureau reminds foreigners to apply for visa extension before Oct 31 By The Nation The Immigration Bureau on Tuesday reminded foreigners whose visas are expiring to submit their applications for extension of temporary stay before October 31. Late applicants will be dealt with as prescr...

Thailand now open to long-stay tourists 01/10/2020

Thailand now open to long-stay tourists

Thailand now open to long-stay tourists Thailand now open to long-stay tourists By The Nation The Government Gazette website announced that long-stay tourists would now be allowed to enter Thailand, after the Cabinet approved the measure on September 15. According to the gazette announcement, foreigners who intend to apply for a Specia...


The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Monday approved in principle the entry of foreign nationals to the kingdom including business visitors and tourists to help the country recover from the blows inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It also agreed to extend the state of emergency for another month until Oct 31 as the global health crisis was not resolved and the virus outbreak in Myanmar was worsening.

CCSA spokesman Taweesilp Visanuyothin said on Monday the easing of travel restrictions was necessary to help many businesses fight the economic downturn and the CCSA meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, endorsed a proposal to welcome in foreign visitors.

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The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced that the government has extended the visa amnesty for foreigners stranded in Thailand to October 31 after it expired on September 26. Stranded foreigners who wish to stay in Thailand after October 31 must submit an application to an Immigration office by October 31.

youtube.com 22/09/2020

VTR Special Tourist VISA


youtube.com The Thai Cabinet has approved in principle a proposal by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to grant a special tourist visa (STV) for long-staying visitors. ...


Tat is back on the Visa desk 8 am to 2pm Monday to Friday if you have concerns about the upcoming amnesty ending or need to arrange an extension of your current visa


NNT- National News Bureau of Thailand

A Cabinet meeting next week will consider approving a special tourist visa for foreigners who wish to enter Thailand, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor Yuthasak Supasorn said.

Plans to allow foreign tourists in must take into account the balance between public health safety, consent from local residents and income by the tourism sector, which accounts for 20 per cent of gross domestic product, he said.

The Association of Thai Travel Agents previously suggested allowing in tourists from cities or countries at low risk of COVID-19 without any quarantine. Most recently, TAT drafted guidelines, waiting for Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul to discuss the matter with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Foreign tourists are expected to return to Thailand in the second quarter of 2021 (April-June) due to the likely development of a COVID-19 vaccine, Yuthasak added.TAT expects a rebound in tourist numbers from Northeast Asia and Asean in the near term. It hopes to attract approximately 16.7 million visitors from the Asia-Pacific region and 3.8 million visitors from Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa.

#TAT #Tourists #Openborders #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #Thailand


Regarding a news article that's been going around about "unlimited 30 day extensions":

There are rumors that tourists can get "unlimited 30 day extensions". This started from a newspaper article that's being shared on social media.

*IF* you entered on a tourist visa, transit visa, or a visa on arrival, you *CAN* get unlimited 30 day extension on the amnesty based on medical treatment, for as long as your medical treatment is valid. This requires proof that you *CAN NOT* travel. You need to go through the process to get a 30 day extension of amnesty every 30 days. Getting this extension of the amnesty is not easy.

*IF* you entered on a tourist visa, transit visa, or a visa on arrival, you *CAN* get unlimited 30 day extension on the amnesty based on a COVID-19 outbreak, or because of the lack of flights back to your home country. This requires a letter from your embassy, which then must be approved by the immigration office. AS OF RIGHT NOW, I received *NO* reports that ANYONE got this extension.

Both types of extensions will cost 1,900THB for each 30 days.

thaiembdc.org 03/08/2020

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thaiembdc.org Before fill out the “Online Application”, please make sure that you have read the “Thailand Visa and Certificate of Entry (COE) page More information can be found here


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An Extension of the current Visa Amnesty is UNLIKELY, according to top staff and Thai mainstream media.. PLEASE LISTEN






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