Tourists from 21 countries including India will continue to benefit from an extension to the Thailand visa fee waiver introduced in November last year. The Thailand Government recently approved the extension of the Thailand visa on-arrival waiver for tourists from 21 countries. The original scheme established on 30th Nov 2019 will now be extended until 30 April 2019.
The extension of the visa incentives for tourists for a further three months was proposed by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and was approved at the weekly Cabinet Meeting earlier this month, after seeing the positive results of the visa waiver. As per the cabinet, the extension will benefit foreign tourists and draw them to Thailand during the Chinese New Year early next month and the Songkran festival in the middle of April. The waiver was set to end on Sunday, January 13, 2019, but will now continue through these festivals. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, “Thailand’s tourism sector is thriving but with extra government support; such as, this visa waiver means we can remain the top destination in the region. By continuing, this policy will help motivate visitors from these countries to discover Amazing stories in Amazing Thailand.”
The new regulation will be effective for passport holders from 21 countries and territories including Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
The Thailand visa on arrival fee normally costs THB2000 (approx. INR 4500) per individual. So, saving this amount is definitely a big bonus for travelers. They can think of different ways to spend it. I did not have plans to visit Thailand this winter. But saving around INR 4,500 a person brings down travel costs considerably,” said one of our customers.