In a bid to boost tourism in Phuket and Thailand, a task force of government agencies is working towards viable suggestions for changes that will have a positive effect on the superyacht industry – one of which is crew visas.

“We are working together to come up with suggestions for changes to visas and other regulations that would be best for the country. This includes changes that will boost the chartering of foreign-flagged superyachts in Thai waters,” tourism minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul recently told

"A 90-day crew visa on arrival is one of the changes currently being considered."

Since the announcement, The Crew Report has spoken to Gordon Fernandes of Asia Pacific Superyachts about the crew-specific changes that the region hopes to see.

The current crew visa available allows crew to receive a 30-day crew visa upon arrival and, with no option for extension, after 30 days the crew must leave.

“The government is considering many different changes and nothing has been confirmed, but a 90-day crew visa on arrival is one of the changes currently being considered,” Fernandes reveals to The Crew Report.

Other considerations are that of the possibility of creating a yard facility at the Deep Sea Port at Ao Makham harbour, with the option of hauling out large superyachts. For information on the other changes being discussed, please visit

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