According to a report by The Bangkok Post, Thailand is issuing a special visa that allows visitors to stay in the country for 90 days, for them to train Muay Thai.
The Prime Minister of Thailand, Srettha Thavisin, said in an announcement on X on 14 January that the government will be issuing the special visa.
Prior to the introduction of this 90-day visa, tourists participating in Muay Thai training were limited to a stay of up to 60 days.
To Boost The Thai Economy
This announcement from Prime Minister Srettha follows a decision by Thai authorities on January 12, 2024, to highlight the national sport as part of the country’s “soft power” strategy.
The objective of the Thai government is to showcase the country’s culture as a means of promoting itself, known as “soft power policies,” with the aim of revitalizing the economy amid challenges.
In his X post, Prime Minister Srettha stated, “The Thai government and I are committed to enhancing the ‘soft power’ of Thailand.”
“The issuance of a special 90-day visa (compared to the standard 60-day visa) for those interested in learning Muay Thai marks the initial step in the government’s overarching strategy to boost the Thai economy by leveraging the country’s cultural heritage on a global scale.”
Have To Undergo Training At Certified Gyms
Prime Minister Srettha hinted on X that a similar 90-day tourist visa might also be considered for Thai classical dance, music, or Thai cooking.
Travelers interested in the Non-immigrant Education Visa (ED) (Non-Ed Visas) can submit applications at their nearest Thai embassy.
During the 90-day period, participants are required to undergo training at gyms certified by the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) and stay with them.
To facilitate the process, tourists can explore and book Muay Thai classes and gyms in Thailand through the government-endorsed Now Muay Thai website.
However, specific details about the rollout date for the new special visa are yet to be disclosed.