I’m sure many of you have seen the recent reports regarding tourist numbers coming into Thailand. Supposedly, records are being broken this year, with more tourists coming here than ever before.
Following this great news, we then get the report coming from the Royal Thai Embassies that the 1,000 baht fee for a single entry tourist visa for all nationalities from Dec 1st 2016 to 28 February 2017, will be waived. Furthermore, 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.
Again, great news, but if tourist numbers were really up as has been reported, why would Visa fees be reduced? Surely the logical explanation is that due to poor tourist numbers, visa fees are being reduced in order to encourage people to come here.
Don’t’ get me wrong here, I’m not complaining. Reducing visa fees has benefits for everyone, just seems a little strange, that’s all.
Let us know your thoughts…..