Thailand has decided to implement a new rule for foreign tourists beginning in April 2022. Thailand is set to charge foreign tourists 300 baht, or $9, beginning in April, according to the latest rules. Thailand is without a doubt one of Asia’s most popular tourist destinations, and the foreign tourist entry fee will go toward reviving the pandemic-ravaged travel industry.
Thailand, which is heavily reliant on tourism, had only 200000 visitors last year, compared to 40 million in 2019.
According to Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of Thailand’s Tourism Authority, a portion of this fee will be used to care for tourists.”We’ve encountered times when insurance didn’t have coverage for tourists … which became our burden to take care of them,” he said.
The most recent fees that foreign tourists must pay are now included in a list of COVID-related payments, such as for COVID tests, hotel accommodations, or quarantine, as well as insurance for COVID treatment of at least $50000.
Thailand recently suspended its quarantine-free visas in order to combat the spread of the new variant, Omicron. It is now implementing this fee, which has been discussed for a long time, beginning in April of this year.
The $9 fee will be added to the cost of the airline ticket as part of the Thai government’s long-term tourism plans. After two years of poor inbound tourism, the country anticipates an increase in tourism this year. Thailand anticipates between 5 and 15 million foreign visitors this year.