Thailand: Visa rules likely to ease up for Indians and Chinese


Thailand considers scrapping the visa application fee would be ideal than giving visa exemptions to tourists from China and India.

Thailand is taking steps to revitalize its tourism industry with an ambitious goal of reaching nearly USD 100 billion in revenue next year. To achieve this, the country is considering relaxing its visa regulations for travelers from India and China, while also planning to extend the duration of stays for visitors from all nations. Currently, Thailand stands as one of the world’s top tourist destinations.

Reports suggest that China currently faces a cumbersome and costly visa application process, despite being one of the largest groups of visitors. Meanwhile, Indian travelers are required to pay USD 57 for a 15-day visa on arrival.

Thailand’s new Prime Minister, Srettha Thavisin, has shown keen interest in expanding the list of visa-exempt countries and increasing the maximum length of stays for international travelers, potentially extending the current caps of 15 or 30 days.

However, Thaneth Tantipiriyakij, President of the Phuket Tourism Association, has advocated for a more effective approach by eliminating visa application fees altogether, citing the positive impact of visa fee exemptions on tourism.

Additionally, discussions are underway to increase flight capacities by 20% and explore ways to streamline and expedite immigration clearance procedures.

What draws tourists to Thailand? The country’s allure lies in its rich cultural heritage, stunning natural landscapes, vibrant cities, diverse culinary offerings, and tranquil countryside, making it a favorite destination for travelers worldwide. Iconic attractions such as the Grand Palace and the ancient city of Ayutthaya attract hordes of visitors interested in heritage and culture.

Thailand’s breathtaking beaches and islands, including popular destinations like Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui, and Phi Phi Islands, are particularly sought after for romantic getaways. For those seeking a deeper connection with the country’s ethnic side, places like Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai offer enriching experiences.

Furthermore, Thailand caters to budget-conscious travelers with affordable options for accommodation, dining, transportation, and local sightseeing, making it an ideal destination for those looking to explore without breaking the bank.

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