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The Thai Cabinet’s decision to extend the stay period for Russian tourists under the visa extension to 90 days, from the previous 30 days, has sparked mixed reactions. While some tourism operators fear an increase in illegal work activity, others in the south see potential for a boost in spending. The new policy, announced on … …

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the measure to extend the visa with a validity of three months has already been operational for years in Malaysia, and can certainly help tourism, but it must be checked so as not to generate abuse or anything else. However, it is not clear to me  why the extension of the visa does not also apply to other Western countries, France, Germany, the United States and other European nations that created the initial tourism in Thailand.

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26 minutes ago, traveller said:

the measure to extend the visa with a validity of three months has already been operational for years in Malaysia, and can certainly help tourism, but it must be checked so as not to generate abuse or anything else. However, it is not clear to me  why the extension of the visa does not also apply to other Western countries, France, Germany, the United States and other European nations that created the initial tourism in Thailand.

I paid an agent 4,000 for a 30 day extension last December,could have done it myself for 1900.Nice little earners all round.

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1 hour ago, traveller said:

the measure to extend the visa with a validity of three months has already been operational for years in Malaysia, and can certainly help tourism, but it must be checked so as not to generate abuse or anything else. However, it is not clear to me  why the extension of the visa does not also apply to other Western countries, France, Germany, the United States and other European nations that created the initial tourism in Thailand.

It's about reciprocity 

 

They don't give Thai's visas easily so Thailand isn't going to give those countries extended visas easy 

 

Canada just opened up visas for Thais more easily 

Well they aren't even visas for qualified Thais(visited Canada in the prior 10 years)

 

So it's now easier for a lot of Thais to gi to Canada for extended visits than it is for Canadians to Thailand

 

I will be curious to see if Thailand extends the courtesy to Canadians

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The Thai's should hang their heads in shame in relation to the Russian cowards,  who use this place as a sanctuary from the genocidal  actions of their criminal government, who rule in their name. disgraceful making it easier for Russians to stay here.  

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