What Is a Medical Tourist Visa (MT) for Thailand?
It’s no secret that Thailand has been working hard to position itself as a medical tourism destination for years. Medical procedures include every kind of cosmetic surgery, like face lifts, breast implants, liposuction, and nose jobs. Other procedures attracting medical tourists offered in Thailand include dental, infertility, eye surgery, gender reassignments, and even hip replacements. With each type of procedure comes special considerations and concerns – not least of which is securing a Medical Tourist Visa (MT) long enough to cover the length of the procedure and required recovery time.
How to Get a Medical Tourist Visa for Chiang Mai?
Once you’ve done your research and decided which Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited hospital to arrange your procedure, it’s time to start considering your Thai visa options. Without a doubt, the simplest choice is to hire a local Chiang Mai visa service to take care of everything for you. If you prefer the DIY approach or have a tight budget, consider the following steps as a guide.
- Obtain confirmation letter & affidavit of support for procedure from MOPH accredited Thai hospital
- Send confirmation letter, affidavit of support & a summary of vehicles, and other supporting info. to HHS
- Apply online for Thai visa (follow these instructions)
After you have completed the above steps, it is time to apply for the actual MT Visa. Your above request to HHS will be evaluated and forwarded to the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From there, if all goes well, MFA will send notice to the Thai Embassy altering them of your status and to await your application.
Additional Documents Required to Get Your MT Visa to Stay in Chiang Mai
In addition to your standard visa application and supporting documents, you will need the following for an MT Visa for Thailand.
- Copy of MOPH confirmation letter & stamp
- Affidavit of support letter from MOPH & stamp (max. three family members)
PRO TIP: Additional documentation for an MT Visa may be required depending on nationality and country of origin. Be sure to visit the Royal Thai Embassy website specific to your country for exact requirements.
Can SANS Chiang Mai Get Your Medical Tourism Visa?
With a bit of effort and research, it is possible to get an MT Visa to stay in Thailand yourself. For some people, this option may sound like an appealing and cheaper way to go. Alternatively, if your time and energy are valuable, it’s can be even easier to use a reputable visa service agency.
If you would like to learn more about how SANS Chiang Mai Visa Services can assist you with your MT Visa, contact us, and we will have one of our visa agents fill in the details.
Other Ways SANS Can Assist You
SANS is a fully staffed business services company in Chiang Mai, Thailand. We focus on company registration, accounting, HR, BOI, work permits, and visas. The following are just a few of the visa services we can assist you with.
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