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Tourist will have to pay to enter the country

The National Tourism Policy Committee has approved the Tourism and Sports Ministry’s proposal to collect a Bt300 fee from every tourist entering the country, said minister Phipat Ratchakitprakarn on Thursday.

The online fee will become effective once the measure is published in the Royal Gazette.

The money collected will go to the tourism promotion fund.

Phipat said the fee would help fund management and development of Thai tourism, as well as insurance for foreign tourists during their stay.

The next step is for state agencies to draw up details of the fee collection.

About 10 million foreign tourists are expected to visit Thailand this year.

Meanwhile the committee also viewed the status of the Special Tourist Visa (STV) scheme, which came into effect in September last year.

As of January 11, a total of 1,114 tourists had entered Thailand on STVs, with another 123 set to arrive this month.


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