Free Thailand Visa on Arrival for Tourists from 21 Countries

Bangkok Airport Visa on Arrival Counter
Bangkok Airport Visa on Arrival Counter

In a bid to boost tourist arrivals from China and other countries during the 2018-19 peak tourist season, Thailand has decided to waive visa on arrival fees for tourists from 21 countries between December 1, 2018 and January 31, 2019.

Also read: Thailand Visa on Arrival Guide

Tourists from Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and Ukraine will not have to pay any visa on arrival fee for arrival into Thailand during these two months. The waiver will result in a per person saving of 2000 THB for tourists while the Thai government hopes to be able to attract more tourists from China and other countries during this period.

Declining tourist arrivals from China have been a matter of concern for Thailand’s tourism industry. The decline set in after the Phuket boat tragedy in July 2018 in which several Chinese tourists died. Tourism contributes nearly 12% to the Thai economy and Chinese tourists account for nearly a third of all tourist arrivals in Thailand. However, after the Phuket boat tragedy, Chinese tourist arrivals had declined by 15%.

This 100% waiver of visa on arrival fee may or may not succeed in bringing more Chinese tourists to Thailand but the development is certainly a bonanza for tourists from the affected countries who were already planning to visit Thailand during this period.

Also read: Thailand Visa on Arrival Guide

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