You Might Have To Pay Extra Tourist Fee To Visit Thailand From April

by Shrestha Purkayastha
by Shrestha Purkayastha 132

Thailand plans to begin collecting a 300 baht (about Dh33, $9) tax from foreign tourists in April to fund the development of attractions. And accident insurance for foreigners who are unable to pay the bills themselves, according to top authorities. Thailand, one of Asia’s most popular tourist destinations, has been severely impacted by a pandemic-related tourism downturn. With only around 200,000 visitors last year compared to roughly 40 million in 2019.

The Charge Comes On Top Of A List Of Criteria For International Visitors Seeking Access To Thailand

The fast global increase of the Omicron version of Covid-19 has hindered recent efforts to rejuvenate the market. “A portion of the money will be utilised to take care of tourists,” said Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of Thailand’s Tourism Authority. According to the Khaleej Times. “We’ve had instances when insurance didn’t cover visitors… and it became our responsibility to look after them,” he said. Adding that monies will also be used to improve tourism infrastructure.

 The Charge Includes The Charge Of COVID-19 Testing In Advance

The charge comes on top of a list of criteria for international visitors seeking access to Thailand. It includes paying for Covid-19 testing in advance, staying in a hotel or being quarantined and having insurance that covers Covid-19 treatment for at least $50,000. Thailand stopped its severe quarantine procedures in November in favour of a ‘Test & Go’ programme for vaccinated travellers, But it was reinstated late last month due to fears about the Omicron variant’s spread.

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The New Tax Would Be Included In The Price Of Plane Tickets

According to government spokeswoman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, the new tax would be included in the price of plane tickets. And is part of the government’s long-term tourism goals. According to Thanakorn, Thailand anticipates between 5 and 15 million international visitors this year. Depending on policies in place in its key tourism areas. He estimates that foreign tourists would bring in 800 billion Thai baht ($23.97 billion) this year. Thailand’s main business organisation forecasted 5 to 6 million international visitor arrivals this year on Wednesday.

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