It was made clear by the Royal Thai Embassy to Yangon that any visa applicants who use false certification would be blacklisted and permanently banned. Despite such serious warning, according to an official at Thai embassy, visa applications to the embassy using false documents are still being processed by a number of Myanmar brokers. With the cheaper packages in recent years, it is not a surprise for the Myanmar people to develop an interest in travelling to Thailand compared to their own country.
Due to the extra charge and risk bore by application via broker, the embassy suggested that visa applicants should apply for the Thailand visa themselves. Not only will there be a permanent ban of visa applicants who use false statements to apply for their visa, there will also be legal action against the brokers by the Embassy. Approximately 300 to 400 entry visas are issued by the embassy on a daily basis. The Thai embassy had also urged the people to report any irregularities to them.
Thailand has also relaxed the requirements for citizens from six Gulf countries who want to receive medical treatment in Thailand. Since February 2013, tourists from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will be allowed to stay in Thailand without a visa for up to 90 days if they seek receive medical treatment in Thailand. They only need to present documents showing that they have appointment with medical institutes along with other financial certificates and related documents to be granted the visa exemption. This measure is part of the Thai kingdom’s campaign to become a regional medical hub.