Thailand has decided to impose a new rule for foreign tourists starting April 2022. According to the latest regulations, Thailand is set to charge $9, equivalent to 300 Baht for foreign tourists. Being the biggest tourists attraction in Asia, the tourist entry fee will go towards the recovery of the travel industry, which has been hit hard by the pandemic.
One of the countries largely dependent on tourism had been hit hard due to pandemics. The country has received around 2 lakh arrival compared to 40 million in 2019.
“We’ve encountered times when insurance didn’t have coverage for tourists … which became our burden to take care of them.” Said Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor, the Tourism Authority of Thailand. He noted that this fee would be used to take care of the tourists.
These latest fees payable by tourists also include Covid related payments such as the covid tests, hotel accommodation or quarantine, and insurance for covid treatment costing at least $50,000.
The country has recently suspended its quarantine-free visa for tourists to protect itself from the spread of new variants. The discussion of imposing the fee has been in talks for a long time.
The additional fee of $9 will be added to the cost of an air ticket as a part of the Thai government’s sustainable tourism plans. Thailand hopes to get somewhere between 5 to 15 million foreign arrivals this year.