In a bid to woo more tourists, Thailand has temporarily halved the visa-on-arrival fees for tourists from 19 countries, reports The Indian Express. The visa on arrival fee will now be THB1,000.
Thailand currently offers visa-on-arrival for citizens of Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
The Cabinet also extended to 10 years the long-stay visa for foreigners aged 50 or more. However, they must report to immigration police every 90 days, have a minimum income or bank balance, and hold a minimum level of health insurance coverage.
The visa, which incurs a fee of THB10,000, will be valid for five years and renewable for another five. The target groups for the visa are long-stay visitors from Australia, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Taiwan and the United States.
Meanwhile, Bangkok Post reports that Siam Commercial Bank expects Thailand’s tourism industry to grow 11% in 2017, slightly up from this year.