The Thai authorities are planning to levy an entry fee for foreign visitors from April 2022. The funds received will go not only to the development of tourism in the kingdom, but also to insurance of the vacationers themselves, reports the Bangkok Post with reference to the representative of the government of the country Thanakon Bunkongwanchan.
According to him, this entry fee will be automatically included in the cost of air tickets and will amount to 300 baht per passenger (about 260 UAH). He will also give the right to receive insurance benefits in the event of an accident or death of a tourist. The maximum amount will be 500 thousand baht for medical expenses and 1 million for the repatriation of the deceased’s body.
Thanakon Bunkongwanchan noted that this year the Thai authorities expect a significant increase in inbound tourist traffic. The kingdom continues to develop a plan to gradually open its borders, preparing to receive up to 15 million foreigners and receive at least 1.3 trillion baht in tourism revenue.
As for tourists arriving in the country by land, the government has not yet approved a requirement for additional contributions. This issue is still pending.
We will remind, in the spring of last year, Thailand announced its intention to introduce a tax of 300 baht from all arriving passengers from January 2022. Then the country’s authorities explained that the funds will go to support the tourism industry in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.