Most see this move by Thailand as an effort to increase the lengths of stay and amount of money spent in the country, but few think it will pan out for the Land of Smiles. Under the old rules, loopholes were consistently exposed by travelers who simply went on visa runs – exiting and reentering the country without any intention of leaving – to reset their 30-day clock. Many think that the new rule will actually reduce the number of tourists in the country, as those who previously stayed for several months will now be forced to leave after 60 days.
Given that, the decision definitely strikes a chord between tourism and immigration policies, but regardless, the bottom line and end result is that if you want to stay more than a month in Thailand as a general tourist, you can now do so fairly easily. If you plan to work or stay longer than 60-days, you should apply for the proper extended-stay visa (note that the information on this government site has yet to be updated to reflect the change in policy).
[Photo: Thailand Tourism]