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Thailand offers online visa applications from February

Chinese first in line for new system as junta hopes to draw more tourists

Beijingers will be the first to be able to apply for Thai visas online from Feb. 15. 

BANGKOK -- Thailand will start accepting visa applications online in February, first from China, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Monday, as the government tries to boost tourist numbers.

The Department of Consular Affairs said online visa application will be made available to all countries with which Thailand has diplomatic relations within three years. For now, tourists will still have to go to the embassy or consulate to get their passports stamped after the online applications but the government hopes to make the entire process electronic soon.

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