For Malaysians, Thailand has always been a favoured neighbour, brimming with cultural richness, delicious cuisine, and sights to be seen. Now, with the extended 60-day-visa-free travel policy, Malaysians have even more reason to explore the Land of Smiles.

With so many options for quick trips as well as longer stays, this travel-friendly initiative enables travellers to experience all that Thailand has to offer. Here are some things to take note of.

As per Thailand government spokesman Chai Wacharonke, the Thai cabinet has recently implemented several measures to boost tourism, including visa exemptions, expanding the visa-on-arrival lists, and introducing a new visa category. Previously, Malaysians were granted a 30-day visa-free stay in Thailand.

Now, the number of countries whose citizens can enter Thailand without a visa for up to 60 days has increased from 57 to 93, including Malaysia. The list of visa-on-arrival eligible countries has also expanded from 19 to 31, offering more opportunities for international travel.

The Thai government has also made significant changes to visa policies for specific groups. For digital nomads seeking to work remotely in Thailand, the visa validity has been extended from 60 days to five years, with a maximum stay of 180 days per visit. The government has also reduced insurance requirements for long-stay foreign retirees, making it easier for them to enjoy their retirement in Thailand.

Additionally, international university students are now allowed to stay for a year following their graduation, providing them with more time to explore the country and its culture.

For more information, visit the Royal Thai Embassy’s website.