Statement of General Tanasak Padimaprakorn, Deputy Prime Minister as part of the Press Conference on "Extended stay in the Kingdom of Thailand for 90 days for patients and accompanying persons, in the event of travel for clinical care from CLMV countries and the People's Republic of China, and extension of stay in the Kingdom of Thailand for a longer period (Long Stay Visa)". Wednesday, July 12, 2017 News

Statement of General Tanasak Padimaprakorn, Deputy Prime Minister as part of the Press Conference on "Extended stay in the Kingdom of Thailand for 90 days for patients and accompanying persons, in the event of travel for clinical care from CLMV countries and the People's Republic of China, and extension of stay in the Kingdom of Thailand for a longer period (Long Stay Visa)". Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Statement

General Tanasak Padimaprakorn, Deputy Prime Minister

As part of the Press Conference on

“Extended stay in the Kingdom of Thailand for 90 days for patients and accompanying persons, in the event of travel for clinical care from CLMV countries and the People’s Republic of China, and extension of stay in the Kingdom of Thailand for a long period (Long-stay Visa)”

Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Press Conference Room, Narisamosorn Building, Government House

 

To:        Deputy Prime Minister (General Narong Pipatanasai)

                Minister(s)

                Commissioner General, Royal Thai Police

                Ambassador(s)

                Secretary General, Office of the Insurance Commission

                President of the Private Hospital Associatiion Thailand

                Representatives of the mass media

                Honorable Participants

 

                On behalf  of the Thai Government, I am most pleased to serve as chairpersons of this press conference on “Extended stay in the Kingdom of Thailand for 90 days for patients and accompanying persons, in the event of travel for clinical care from CLMV countries and the People’s Republic of China, and extension of stay in the Kingdom of Thailand for a long period (Long-stay Visa)”

                Thailand is promoting a policy of health tourism, with the goal of improving and supporting the country to become a center for Medical & Wellness Tourism and a world-class Medical Hub. The strategy includes capacity building of health outlets at all levels so that they meet quality standards, especially for clinical care, spa treatments, and health massage. This is necessary so generate an international preference for Thai services in this sector. The results of advocacy of the Medical Hub policy is already increasing the number of foreign tourists to Thailand, and this trend is expected to steadily increase, especially for visitors from CLMV countries and the People’s Republic of China. Accordingly, as per the Cabinet resolution, the duration of the permission-to-stay in the Kingdom is increased to 90 days for the patient and, up to, four accompanying persons for citizens of the CLMV countries and the People’s Republic of China. Travel for clinical care to Thailand will also be facilitated for citizens of 14 additional countries who seek long-term stay in the Kingdom. That measure will further strengthen Thailand as an international Medical Hub, with global recognition for its quality services.

                Finally, I would like to thank the Prime Minister, the Minister of Health, the Minister of Tourism and Sports, ministers of all relevant ministries, and honorable participants from the public and private sector agencies for participating in this heartfelt endeavor to advance this policy so that it achieves full success. I would like to extend my blessing for this advocacy effort, and wish it full achievement of all its objectives.

Thank you.