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Thailand Extends Visa Fee Waiver Scheme for Tourists From 21 Countries

The Royal Thai Government has approved the extension of the Thailand visa fee waiver and reduction for visas on arrival for tourists from 21 countries. The original scheme, established on 30 November 2016 will now be extended until 31 August 2017.

The proposal was made by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, and approved at the weekly Cabinet Meeting earlier this month.

The new regulation will apply to passport holders from these 21 countries; Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

By continuing, this policy they believe it will help motivate visitors from these 21 countries to discover “Amazing stories in Amazing Thailand.” ultimately making Thailand to remain the top destination in the region. So said Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

The new period extended for a further six months, lasting until 31 August, will mean that travelers applying for tourist visas at Royal Thai Embassies or Thai Consulates abroad will not have to pay any fees for tourist visas. Those paying fees for visas on arrival (VoA) will see a reduction 2,000 Baht to 1,000 Baht per person.

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