Following discussions on Friday 19 June, the Thai government have announced details of a new 12-month charter permit in a bid to boost the Thailand's status as a 'superyacht hub.'
The charter licenses will be available for superyachts measuring over 30 metres that accommodate a maximum of 12 guests, have a full hull and third-party liability insurance. To be issued by the Ministry of Transport (MOT), they will take around 30 days to be processed.
Speaking on the change, Chula Sukmanop, Director-General of the Thailand Marine Department said, "The licence will be multiple-entry, so the superyacht can come and go from Thai waters as it pleases." He added that it was a top priority of the government and all stakeholders involved to ensure licenses can be obtained as soon as next month.
This will allow superyacht charter vacations to take place in South East Asia's prime season, from November to April later this year.
The local yachting industry has welcomed the move, with hopes also high for an update to immigration rules to follow, as captains and crew can currently only stay for up to 30 days.
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superyachts can come and go from Thai waters as it pleases.