The Thai Cabinet on Tuesday approved a tourism promotion package aimed at attracting more foreign tourists to Thailand to meet the government’s ambitious goal of earning two trillion baht in tourism revenue from 38 million tourists.
The package includes double-entry visa for six months for tourists who apply for tourist visa at Thai embassies or consular offices abroad with visa fee remaining at 1,000 baht and re-entry permit for tourists to visit neighbouring countries and then return to Thailand without the need to apply for entry visa and can stay on in Thailand within the period specified in the visa.
Also, tourists who visit Thailand and then visit neighbouring countries and return to Thailand will not be required to have their visas stamped at the ports of entry within a period of 30 days since they first leave the country.
On top of that, Tourism and Sports Minister Veerasak Kowsurat said that the Cabinet also endorsed special discounts at malls under the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale ‘Passport Privileges‘ campaign running from November 15 to January 15 in cooperation with product producers, shopping malls, community malls and credit card firms to lure tourists to spend more in Thailand.
Last but not least, more VAT refund facilities will be opened up at shopping malls and international airports for tourists.
Earlier last week, the Cabinet waived the 2,000 baht visa fee for tourists applying for visas on arrival for tourists from 21 countries, the following countries to benefit from this measure to boost tourism during the New Year’s holiday season are: Andora, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, India, Kasakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Moritius, Papua New Guinea, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, for a two-month period. Usually, tourists are charged 2,000 baht fee for single use visa upon arrival at the port of entry for 15 days stay in Thailand. Government spokesman Putthipong Punnakan said tourist arrivals applying for visa on arrival since January 2016 has steadily dropped, prompting the Cabinet to waive the visa fee in a bid to attract the return of tourists to the country. He said the visa fee waiver was expected to raise tourist arrivals by about 30 percent.
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