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Thailand waives Tourist Visa fee for ALL nationalities


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Thailand waives Tourist Visa fee for ALL nationalities

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BANGKOK:-- Thailand is waiving the 1,000 baht fee for a single entry tourist visa for all nationalities from Dec 1st 2016 to 28 February 2017.

 

Earlier this month Thailand’s Ministry of Interior had announced it was waiving visa fees for applicants from 19 countries.

 

However, notices posted outside the Royal Thai Embassies in Vientiane and Washington DC and at the Royal Thai Consulate in Penang suggests that ALL applicants will now be exempt from paying the 1,000 baht fee.

 

The notice also states that during the same period, the Visa on Arrival (VoA) fee will be decreased from 2,000 baht to 1,000 baht for those who are entitled to apply for the VoA.

 

A report from Vientiane that the single entry tourist visa fee was being waived was first posted on Thaivisa on Thursday, with further reports from other Thai embassies and consulates around the world seemed to confirm that Thailand had extended its offer of waiving the tourist visa fee from 19 nations to all applicants.

 

It will be hoped that by offering free single entry tourist visas will help to boost tourism during the high season.

 

Earlier this week, the Tourism Authority of Thailand revealed a sudden drop in arrivals from China, following the recent crackdown on ‘zero dollar tours’.

 

Figures released on Wednesday from Thailand’s Central Bank said that Thailand saw a 10 percent drop in tourist arrivals in the month of October.

 

 
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This initiative speaks for itself and confirms the numbers are not what they are claimed to be. 

Next move could be 1000 baht down to zero baht and as desperation creeps in they may even pay Chinese "quality" tourists 1000 baht to come to Thailand. 

Nothing would surprise with TAT.

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One thing is for sure, who's ever is in charge on those visa fees sure is having hard

time deciding, tossing and turning and moving the goal posts every couple of

days when it comes to those fees, yes, no, some yes, some no, cheaper and

dearer fees... make your head spin already....

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