Indians to benefit from Thailand’s visa fee waiver extension

Thailand has extended its e-visa on arrival fee waiver until October 31 for 20 countries including India. Citizens of Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Taiwan, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan will be exempted from the Thai Baht 2,000 visa-on-arrival fee for the purpose of touring in Thailand for not more than 15 days. The Royal Thai Government has approved the extension of the visa-on-arrival fee waiver for citizens of 20 countries, including India, for another six months until October 31, 2019.

The Royal Thai Government Gazette released on April 30 stated that it was a measure to stimulate and promote tourism as well as to enhance the kingdom’s attractiveness among foreign visitors. The government first approved the visa-on-arrival fee waiver from November 15, 2018, to 14 January, 2019, and further extended the measure to April 30. The move has yielded excellent results in inbound leisure and MICE arrivals, especially from other short haul source markets as often travel decisions to Thailand are taken close to the travel date.