Thailand to Waive Visa Fees to Boost Tourism

Thailand is reportedly considering a temporary fee exemption scheme for Visa on Arrival (VoA) and Tourist Visas throughout 2022 in order to revitalize the tourism industry after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Under the campaign, the THB2,000 Visa on Arrival fee and the THB1,000 Tourist Visa fee will be waived till the end of the year. In the meantime, the duration of a tourist visa will be extended from 30 days to 45 days, and international tourists with a valid visa on arrival will be allowed to stay in Thailand for up to 45 days, according to Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand on Thursday.

The campaign will be submitted to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) for consideration tomorrow. 

Since the Thailand Pass was removed on July 1, the daily number of foreign tourists entering Thailand has risen to 38,000 – 40,000 from 25,000 – 30,000 recorded in the first six months (January – June).