10 July 2009
Thailand visa fee waiver to continue
In an effort to help revive the country travel tourism industry the Royal Thai Government has agreed to extend the exemption of the Thailand visa fee for tourist visa applications until 4 March 2010.
The exemption will apply to all visitors who apply for a Thailand visa on arrival at international airports in Thailand, as well as those applying for a Thailand visa offshore for stays longer than the length of time for which they are normally eligible.
Thailand currently gives a visa on arrival for the citizens of 20 countries who are not intending to stay more than 15 days.
Citizens of another 42 countries are allowed a visa-free visit to Thailand if their stay is not over 30 days.
Visitors who wish to stay longer must apply for a Thailand visa before their arrival in the country.
Thailand tourism industry chairman, Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat said, “As a result of the global economic downturn, the worldwide travel and tourism sector has declined as people have become more cautious about spending on leisure and business travel.
"Hence, the government has implemented many measures to enhance Thailand’s competitive advantage and strengthen our country’s unique qualities.”
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