Thailand waives visa-on-arrival fees to boost tourism

Planning to visit Thailand? If yes, your trip is going to be cheaper than before as the Southeast Asian tourist hotspot has announced a waiver on the visa-on-arrival (VoA) fee from December 1 to January 31, for visitors from 21 countries. The said move comes in the wake of boosting tourism in the region.

Referring to this development, a Thai Government spokesperson stated that visitors from the said 21 countries will get to avail this option only if they stay in the country for less than 15 days.

Thailand has announced this waiver for two months as it has been witnessing a fall in inbound tourists from its biggest source of tourism, such as India and China. Indians have always preferred Thailand as their favourite vacationing spot, but with other destinations competing for the top spot, Thailand has been struggling to maintain its spot in the list of tourist hotspot.

The government spokesperson further stated that the other countries exempted from paying the VoA fees during the period of December 1, 2018, to January 31, 2019 are Bulgaria, Cyprus, Mauritius, Andora, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Fiji, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, San Marino, Lativa, Kazakhstan, China, Bhutan, Ethiopia, Lithuania, India, Malta, Papua New Guinea, and China.

Thus, if you are planning a trip to Thailand during this time, you have the option to save approximately $60 on VoA fees, and your duration of stay should remain fixed for 15 days.

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