When the new visa-free policy is put into effect the next week, the Immigration Bureau (IB) will boost the number of officers at Suvarnabhumi International Airport to prepare for an anticipated rise in tourist arrivals from China and Kazakhstan.
Easier admission for citizens of both nations will take effect on Monday and last until February 29 of next year. This was approved on September 13 and published in the Royal Gazette on Tuesday.
Deputy Police Commissioner Pol Lt Gen Thatchai Pitaneelaboot met with officers from Immigration Division 2 on Tuesday at the airport to discuss and assess the officers’ readiness to welcome the influx of visitors during the peak tourist season. This was done to prepare for the growing number of tourists.
After the program is implemented, more travelers will be welcomed at the airport, according to Pol Lt Gen Thatchai. According to him, there will be a huge increase in Chinese visitors, who will go from 300,000 to 500,000 per month.
When the visa-free policy is implemented, around 150 immigration police officers are ready to staff all 119 immigration counters at the airport at busy times to ensure prompt service. Flights from China and Kazakhstan are most popular just before dawn and just after noon. According to him, each traveler should spend no more than 20 minutes in the visa line.
He added that additional special immigration checkpoints for tour groups would be opened. at the event that visitors require assistance, officers with advanced language abilities will be stationed at immigration areas.
When asked if the visa-free program would make it easier for Chinese nationals employed by dubious companies to enter Thailand, Pol Lt Gen Thatchai responded that the Immigration Bureau has screening and background-checking procedures in place to reduce the likelihood of people working for dodgy companies entering Thailand.
According to the Tourism and Sports Ministry, Thailand welcomed 19,000,988 foreign visitors from January 1 to September 18 of this year, bringing in nearly 795 billion baht.
The nation received 470,708 foreign visitors just last week.
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