The Cabinet has approved in principle a new Medical Treatment Visa (Non-MT visa) aimed at attracting high spending foreigners seeking medical services in Thailand.
The one year multiple entry visa will be available to people who wish to undergo medical treatment in Thailand.
Up to three family members or supporters can be included on the visa.
To be eligible, applicants will need to show a bank statement with a balance of at least 800,000 baht and show proof of a medical appointment in Thailand at least 30 days in advance.
The applicant also needs to have insurance coverage for accidents, emergencies and COVID-19 no less than US$100,000. The Non-MT visa costs 6,000 baht.
The visa is in line with the government’s policy to make Thailand a global medical hub, said government spokesperson Rachada Dhnadirek.
Ms Rachada said that currently patients seeking treatment in Thailand do so using tourist visas, which can cause unnecessary inconvenience for the patient as the visa needs to be renewed.
Ms Rachada said the Non-MT visa is aimed at patients seeking medical services in Thailand including plastic surgery, dentistry, cancer and cardiovascular treatment, health rehabilitation and anti-aging medicine.