Thailand visa update as Foreign Office guidance changes for UK travellers

The Foreign Office has changed its advice for anyone planning to travel to Thailand from the UK.

The government department regularly updates its advice for travel to any of 226 nations and territories in a bid to help people make informed decisions and stay safe, and on Thursday afternoon, May 30, the FCDO issued a new alert to anyone with plans to visit Thailand.

Hundreds of thousands of people travel from the UK to the south-east Asian nation each year.

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Anyone arriving by air or land, with a British passport, can currently stay for 30 days without a visa exemption, as long as their trip is for tourism and/or short-term business engagement purposes. But from Saturday, June 1, this period will double - to 60 days. guidance adds: "If you intend to stay longer (for work, study or other reasons) you need a visa before you travel. For more information on visas or entry requirements, contact the Royal Thai Embassy or local Immigration Office.

"If you stay beyond the period of your visa, you will be fined 500 Thai baht a day up to a maximum of 20,000 baht. You [also] risk being: held in detention, deported at your own expense, banned from re-entering Thailand for up to 10 years".

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