Thailand to double visa-on-arrival fees next month


VISITORS to Thailand will need to pay increased visa-on-arrival fees starting September 27.

The fee currently costs 1,000 baht (US$28.8) and will be doubled to 2,000 baht. Arrivals from 19 countries will be affected, including those from Thailand’s largest source market China.

Other nations affected include Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, Cyprus, Ethiopia, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

Authorities said the 15-day visa is seeing a fee hike in hopes to ease congestion at immigration checkpoints, but the timing for the increase couldn’t have come at a worse time.

Thailand faced a series of bomb attacks less than two weeks ago at various tourist resort locations throughout the Kingdom.

The tourism ministry, while anticipating significant cancellations as a result, is still striving to achieve its target of 2.4 trillion baht of tourism revenue in 2016.

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