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by Noonsite 30 Mar 02:31 PDT
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This month it's Thailand up against Egypt. The Thai Government have extended the length of stay for visiting yachts from a possible 12 months to 2.5 years - great news for those heading to SE Asia in the future.

Plus, the Thai Special Tourist Visa (STV) has been re-introduced until September, meaning yachts arriving in Phuket can get a visa on arrival (albeit at a high price tag).

The Red Sea Port Authority, however, have once again raised sailing permit (Port Clearance) fees this month from $60 to an incredible $930. Yachts currently waiting to transit the Suez Canal have no choice but to pay, although transits have been put on hold since March 23rd as a mega ship has been blocking the canal with its stern and bow stuck on opposite shores. Latest news is that a successful tow to Great Bitter Lakes is under way.

A similar fee increase happened in 2019 and after 12 months fees were brought down to a more reasonable level. It is hoped the same thing will happen this time. For now though, fees to transit Suez are on a par with those for the Panama Canal.

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