According to reports from Bangkok Business News and Bangkok Post, Thai Minister of Tourism and Sports Willasa announced after
the Cabinet meeting on January 8 that in order to stimulate Thai tourism, the Thai Cabinet adopted a proposal to extend the policy of exempting Thailan
d from landing visa fees for three months to April 30, 2019, and said that the extension of the p
olicy of landing signature free of charge would promote the Spring Festival and Thai Water Spring Festival.
The number of visitors to Thailand increased during the period. At present,
the bill needs to be announced in the Royal Gazette of Thailand before it can come into force.
In November 2018, the Thai government announced that from November 15, 2018 to January 13, 2019, Thailand will temporarily exempt
visitors from landing visa fees of 2,000 baht (about 427 yuan) in 21 countries and
regions, including mainland China and Taiwan, China.
On December 16, 2018, Vicky, President of the Thai Tourism Association (ATTA),
said that the Thai Tourism Association had proposed to the
Thai Minister of Tourism and Sports and the Thai Tourism Bureau to extend the
landing signing free policy for three months in order to promote the
extension of the policy until the first quarter of 2019. It is estimated that a
response will be received by the end of December.
According to Thai sources, since November 15, 2018, the number of foreign visitors entering
the airport has increased by nearly 70% compared with the same period of last
year, and by 1-2 times compared with
October before the implementation of the policy: the number of foreign visitors entering Suvarap
airport has increased by 173%; Langman airport has increased by 143%; Phuket In
ternational Airport has increased by 128%; Chiang Mai airport has the largest
increase, reaching 246%. 。 According to Thai media reports, Natapun, a consulta
nt to the Minister of Prime Minister’s Affairs of Thailand, confirmed the news of the extension of the
free landing policy at the Information Office of the Prime Minister’s Office on
January 8 and said that although the extension of the policy
would reduce revenue by 2.14 billion baht, it would further stimulate the
market and increase the consumption of about 6.42 billion baht by foreign tourists in Thailand.
Previously, due to the impact of the July Phuket shipwreck and other accidents, the enthusiasm of Chinese tourists to Thailand has coole
d since late July. Thailand subsequently borrowed the policy of exemption of landing visa fees to pr
omote the growth of China’s tourism market to Thailand. In addition to exemption from land
ing visa fees, on November 21, 2018, the Thai Immigration Bureau announced that the electronic landing visa system in Thailand was officiall
y launched. Visitors from 21 countries and regions, including mainland China and Taiwan, China,
can apply for the Thai landing visa online in advance. From February 15, 2019, Thailand will also
start to apply for an electronic visa. The Thai Embassy in China will be the first embassy to open the application for an electronic visa in the first phase.