Thailand visa-on-arrival fee waiver to trigger tourism boom during Chinese, Thai New Year

Published on : Monday, January 28, 2019

The Thai government has approved the extension of the visa-on-arrival fee waiver for citizens of 20 countries and regions until Apr 30. This is expected to spur the arrival of more foreign tourists to the country during the celebration of Chinese New Year and Thai New Year Songkran water-splashing festival.


TAT quoted the decision announced in the Thai government Gazette on Jan 11 as saying that, it’s a measure to stimulate and promote tourism, as well as, to enhance the kingdom’s attractiveness among foreign visitors during the peak travel season.


Until Apr 30, citizens from the countries and regions, including Bulgaria, China and India, will be exempted from the 2,000 Baht visa-on-arrival fee for not more than 15 days.


Chinese New Year celebrations are vital to Thailand and this year’s date falls on Feb 5. This year will mark the 15th anniversary of cooperation between Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Chinese Ministry of Culture, and the Chinese Embassy in organising the annual Lunar New Year festivities in Thailand.


For the Thai New Year (Songkran), TAT will continue its strategy to promote Thai traditions and cultural values, TAT Governor, Yuthasak Supasorn, said.


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