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Thailand Considers Visa Rule Overhaul to Lure Investment, Tourists

  • Task force seeks ways to attract more foreigners, investors
  • Team to present recommendations to government within a month
Nightlife in Bangkok Travel Hub Khaosan Road as Thailand Pushes to End Tourist Quarantines
Photographer: Nicolas Axelrod/Bloomberg

Thailand’s government could revamp immigration rules this year to make it easier for expats and long-term tourists to stay in the country, part of a strategy to boost investment and tourism revenue once the pandemic eases.

“Immigration rules are the key pain point” for foreigners working in Thailand, Chayotid Kridakorn, 54, a former head of JPMorgan Securities (Thailand) who’s leading a government task force to smooth investment into Thailand, said in a phone interview from Bangkok. “We want to make it easier for foreigners to live and work in Thailand.”