Thai Government considers free tourist visa’s to boost tourism following the floods.


The public and private sectors need urgent government assistance to help rebuild the tourism industry, and Tourism and Sports Minister Chumpol Silapa-archa is planning to ask the Cabinet to consider waiving visa fees and aircraft parking charges at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Last year’s visa-fee waiver – introduced to help tourism operators recoup their losses after the airport closure and political crisis – came to an end this March. A corporate-tax deduction for travel and meetings is also being considered.

Reduced flight costs.

THAI will accommodate a total of 5,039 passengers daily on flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Southern provinces, and will add more flights and change aircraft if necessary. Under the promotion, flights from Bangkok to Surat Thani will be reduced from Bt4,290 to Bt1,820; Bangkok-Krabi from Bt4,490 to Bt1,920; Bangkok-Phuket from Bt4,675 to Bt2,015; Bangkok-Hat Yai from Bt5,155 to Bt2,255; and Bangkok-Samui from Bt6,360 to Bt2,930.

These are good ideas and should certainly help foreign and domestic tourism going forward. They just have to do something about the high value of the Thai Baht to give an added incentive.

The Thai’s are resilient people and I am sure that they will soon recover from this disaster. I wish them luck (Chock dee Khrap)

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2 Responses to “Thai Government considers free tourist visa’s to boost tourism following the floods.”

  1. jenniferp1234 Says:

    Waiving visa fees is a good idea to rebuild the tourist population in Thailand. However, what exactly does this mean? I will be leaving Thailand soon and returning in four weeks time. If the government approves this idea, will I be able to apply for a 60 day tourist visa or 90 day Non-B visa for free from the United States? That would be wonderful! I hope they make a decision about this soon and publicize their decision properly. People who ended up with overstayed Thailand visas because of the floods also need some answers from Thai Immigration. The Government Complex in Bangkok was temporarily closed when Chaeng Wattana Road was inundated with water. Additionally, some people could not leave their area to get to the Complex while it was open during the floods. Does Immigration plan to overlook people who overstayed during the height of the flooding?

  2. rab1957 Says:

    Hi Jennifer,
    The visa fee waiver is a good idea but I think that the TAT will have to come up with a few more ideas to entice the tourists back to LOS. Again in the usual fashion these press releases are made and then we hear nothing further on the subject. I will post here if I get an update with more details regarding the visa fee.

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