On January 12th, 2024, Asst. Prof. Pimol Srivikorn, the Advisor to the Prime Minister and the president of the Taekwondo Association of Thailand, publicly revealed after the 1st meeting of the Sport Industry Subcommittee regarding an extension visa for foreigners studying Muay Thai to stay in Thailand from 60 to 90 days.
“The meeting concluded that the Thai government would build standards for Muay Thai by instituting training and granting official certificates to be a Muay Thai instructor overseas. It is considered to create value for Muay Thai personnel in Thailand,” said Asst. Prof. Pimol.
Furthermore, the Thai government would grant a special visa for foreigners who are interested in and desire to study Muay Thai who could stay for an extended period from 60 to 90 days, stated Asst. Prof. Pimol.
The Thai government also publicized an official Muay Thai website, Now Muay Thai, as a channel for foreigners to freely choose their Muay Thai gym anywhere in Thailand.
To be an international Muay Thai instructor, one must be granted an official certificate and pass an examination from the Thai Department of Skill Development, remarked the Advisor to the Prime Minister.
TPN media notes that the exact date for the extended visa starting was not given immediately and will depend on the Thai Cabinet and then a formal statement in the Royal Gazette but is expected to be in the very near future.