Thailand is likely going to be a popular Indian destination for this December. To attract more Indian tourists this year, Thailand waived its visa-on-arrival fees for. This visa free-travel will be valid from December 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019.
Thailand took this step in a bid to improve the inflow of travellers in the tropical island and as well as to boost tourism. So to bring it to full effect, the government of Thailand waived two months fees that were usually paid for visas on arrival.
The country which used to experience a large inflow of tourists no longer attracted them as before — especially tourists from China.
This new rule allows tourists from the enlisted 21 countries enjoy their stay in the tropical island from December 1 to January 31 without paying the usual 2,000 baht in visa fees. This amount is equivalent to about 60 USD.
Apart from India, the other 21 countries that will enjoy this waiver include China, Saudi Arabia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Fiji, Latvia, Maldives, Mauritius, Romania, Ukraine, Taiwan, Andorra, Bhutan, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Malta, Papua New Guinea, San Marino, and Uzbekistan.
According to a government spokesperson, it is worthy of note that the approved period of stay is only 15 days. By this, the visa-free stay is valid for only 15 for each tourist.
With this move, the government of Thailand expects to record a tourism boost of nothing less than 30%.
Cause of Thailand tourist-drop
The drastic drop in the tourism sector of the beautiful tropical island which was also one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Southeast Asia was engendered by an incident in Phuket where a boat carrying more than 40 Chinese tourists had an accident, and all 40 of them died.
The country also suffered an ecological imbalance due to the overwhelming number of tourists pouring into it each year. Now it looks like that country is keen on getting its tourists back.
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