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Cabinet extends free visa on arrival, but says no to visa exemption for Chinese and Indians

Aug 20. 2019
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By The Nation

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After attending a Cabinet meeting on August 20, Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said the Cabinet had agreed to extend the waiver on visa-on-arrival fees in order to boost tourism, but chose not to grant visa exemption to Indian and Chinese travellers, saying the issue had to be studied from all dimensions first.

“Free visa-on-arrival has been extended to April 30 in a move to attract foreign tourists planning to visit Thailand,” he said. The current fee waiver, which is granted to visitors from 18 countries and one economic zone including India and China, is set to expire at the end of October.

Separately, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor Yuthasak Supasorn said the agency is studying the possibility of extending the opening hours of some entertainment venues to 4am.

“We visited areas that have a high volume of tourists such as Pattaya and Bangkok’s Khao San Road to talk to business owners,” he said. “TAT will hold a formal meeting with them again on Saturday [August 24] before submitting the result to Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn.”

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