BANGKOK – Thailand’s push to attract more and more tourists from across the world was exemplified recently as the prime minister sought the assistance of Germany to allow its citizens to travel visa-free to the countries in the European Union.
During the official visit of the German Premier to Thailand, Thai Premier Srettha Thavisin sought German assistance in establishing a visa-free travel agreement with the European Union.
The discussions were held at the Santi Maitree Building in the Government House compound in which both the dignitaries discussed various issues with a notable focus on collaborative efforts for Thailand’s sustainable development.
Thavisin urged German President Steinmeier to support exempting Thai nationals from Schengen visa requirements, emphasizing potential benefits for tourism and increased foreign visitors.
While highlighting Thailand’s existing 30-day visa-free regime for German and other Schengen citizens, Thavisin pointed out that over 700,000 German tourists entered Thailand without visa procedures in the last year.
Though there has been no response – cold or warm – from the German President on the matter, Thai government spokesperson Chai Wacharonke emphasized that the German side expressed support for sustainable development initiatives, particularly carbon emissions reduction and renewable energy projects in Thailand.
Though the official response on the matter is awaited, the visa relaxation might not be that easy as citizens applying for a Schengen visa must fulfill various requirements, including proof of accommodation, sufficient funds, and a round-trip itinerary.
The government of Thailand is exploring new markets for promoting its tourism industry as has also signed a visa-free agreement with China permanently from March this year.
The passport of Thailand is not that strong but is ranked 63rd spot as per the Henley Passport Index 2024. The visa-free destinations available to its citizens are 82.
Thailand, known for its rich cultural heritage and vibrant landscapes, has a population of approximately 69 million people. As a key player in Southeast Asia, Thailand boasts a diverse economy driven by tourism, manufacturing, agriculture, and contributes to its status as one of the region’s economic powerhouses.