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More than 100,000 foreigners staying illegally in Thailand


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Quality tourists? What demographic group do they come from?

I understand the need to cover health costs to tourists/non-immigrants, I can understand the need for increased revenue to provide other services.

I see no problem in increasing the departure tax, which is included in airline tickets.

If there is a need to have a fee of 500 Baht at the border, I see no problem in that either. With the exception of Malaysia, most bordering and neighboring countries charge for visas.

How many other countries have free visa on arrival?

How many countries have visa application fees that are not refundable if the visa is refused.

If you can't afford to live in Thailand, maybe it's time you moved to Cambodia?

Agree.

Bali has a 750 baht ($25 US) fee on arrival , and a $15 ( 500 baht) Departure Tax.

The Thai proposal is nothing new - in fact I believe my country ( Aus ) has the dubious distinction of being a ground breaker many years ago with a $20 Departure Tax.

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So the 500 Baht fee will deter those illegal foreign property developers (Money launderers) driving around in their Lambo's and Bentley's then?

It will on the other hand encourage families who have been saving up for years for the "dream holiday" and will now have to save even more so they can be ripped off?

Bullshit

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Quality tourists? What demographic group do they come from?

I understand the need to cover health costs to tourists/non-immigrants, I can understand the need for increased revenue to provide other services.

I see no problem in increasing the departure tax, which is included in airline tickets.

If there is a need to have a fee of 500 Baht at the border, I see no problem in that either. With the exception of Malaysia, most bordering and neighboring countries charge for visas.

How many other countries have free visa on arrival?

How many countries have visa application fees that are not refundable if the visa is refused.

If you can't afford to live in Thailand, maybe it's time you moved to Cambodia?

Agree.

Bali has a 750 baht ($25 US) fee on arrival , and a $15 ( 500 baht) Departure Tax.

The Thai proposal is nothing new - in fact I believe my country ( Aus ) has the dubious distinction of being a ground breaker many years ago with a $20 Departure Tax.

Thailand already has a departure tax it is just included in the tickets.. years ago it was 500bt not sure how much it is now. I have no problems with the tax but don't come up with BS reasons for it.

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Seem to recall there was an airport departure tax in Thailand around 10 years ago ?

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There still is!

When departing a few years ago I asked where I pay the departure tax at the new airport.

I was told that it was now included in the price of your ticket and had already been paid.

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Quality tourists? What demographic group do they come from?

I understand the need to cover health costs to tourists/non-immigrants, I can understand the need for increased revenue to provide other services.

I see no problem in increasing the departure tax, which is included in airline tickets.

If there is a need to have a fee of 500 Baht at the border, I see no problem in that either. With the exception of Malaysia, most bordering and neighboring countries charge for visas.

How many other countries have free visa on arrival?

How many countries have visa application fees that are not refundable if the visa is refused.

If you can't afford to live in Thailand, maybe it's time you moved to Cambodia?

Agree.

Bali has a 750 baht ($25 US) fee on arrival , and a $15 ( 500 baht) Departure Tax.

The Thai proposal is nothing new - in fact I believe my country ( Aus ) has the dubious distinction of being a ground breaker many years ago with a $20 Departure Tax.

Thailand already has a departure tax it is just included in the tickets.. years ago it was 500bt not sure how much it is now. I have no problems with the tax but don't come up with BS reasons for it.

As I was raised to B700 and included in the tickets due to the corruption that was rife with the old system of collecting cash on departure.

They should include the new tax in the ticket price, however they are unlikely to do this as they would no longer have an "incentive".

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You gots to love the way problems are dealt with here. All of the Kingdom's challenges dealt with thus and other countries should take note;

Want your country to be the business hub of Asia? Easy. Change driving to the right hand side of the road

Want "quality" tourists in your country? Easy. Charge a 500 baht or equivalent fee (should that read "fine"?) and job done.

Want to change nature and prevent flooding? Even easier. Tell everybody the floods won't effect anybody this year!

Want to stop prositution? Simply say that prostitution doesn't exist (because it's illegal!)

I think this is why I love living here!

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Has anyone in the Thai Govt department of silly thoughts done a study to see how many of these 100K are involved in the foreigners buying up (illegally) 30% of the land / property in Thailand?

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Just wonder where did they get those figures .. 100,000 foreigners illegal ... and how many illegals in European countries ? in the US ? this 500 baht will only be used to fill up some pockets of greedy politicians ... they call is government funding ! cheesy.gif

"...this 500 baht will only be used to fill up some pockets of greedy politicians ..."

Well, it also has the added attraction of getting the moaners' knickers in a knot on TV. Think of it as an entertainment tax.

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All the numbers presented by these twits are random figures they dream up to make a case for their next 'innovative' idea about how to extract more cash from visitors to this country.

They not looking for "quality" tourists by adding a another charge on top of visa fees. They are looking for STUPID tourists.

They've certainly been successful in that regard. The country is awash with them, including the "tourists" and "students" who stay here year after year continuously.

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Thai Government want more money from the tourist apart from the already hidden airport departure tax included if your flight ticket they now want another 500 THB fee to fund a scheme to help attract ‘quality’ tourists to Thailand. So everybody coming to Thailand now has to pay an extra cost of 1,000 THB just for the privilege of being aloud into Thailand. But now you can only come in if you are a quality tourist.

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in fact I believe my country ( Aus ) has the dubious distinction of being a ground breaker many years ago with a $20 Departure Tax.

That's great value, I'd pay a lot me to leave Australia

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