Foreign tourists will once again be required to pay an entry fee entering Thailand after the country’s cabinet agreed to the proposal on Tuesday, Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn told reporters.
Visitors entering the Southeast Asian country by plane will be charged 300 baht ($8.9), while those coming via land borders or sea ports will be charged 150 baht ($4.9).
Diplomatic, consular, and official passport holders, as well as those with valid work permits in Thailand, are exempt from the collection of fees. Those in transit and toddlers under the age of two are also exempt.
Such fees will be collected and utilized to administer tourism development as well as to arrange insurance for foreign tourists vacationing in Thailand.
The new entry fees are expected to come into effect from next June.