Secretary-General of the Board of Investment of Thailand Duangchai Atsawachintachit and representatives of relevant units on Thursday attended a news conference on Smart Visas. The official said foreigners who are qualified for the visas must be highly-skilled experts, investors, high-level executives and startup entrepreneurs. The visas’ privileges include 4-year stays. However, startup entrepreneurs will receive an initial 1-year visa which will be later extended to two years after they have established their business for one year in Thailand. Applications for Smart Visas will open on 1 February 2018.