Thailand extends visa fee waivers for another six months

Tourists enjoying the view at the recently-opened King Power Mahanakhon Tower

The Thailand government has approved the extension of the waiver of visa-on-arrival (VoA) fees for visitors hailing from 21 nations for another half year more, reported The Bangkok Post.

Initially scheduled to expire on April 30, the 2,000 baht (US$63) fee exemption will now be extended until October 31.

Tourists enjoying the view at the recently-opened King Power Mahanakhon Tower

While this move is estimated to cost the Thai government 2.9 billion baht in lost revenue, it is hoped that it will draw more foreign visitors and generate 104.6 billion baht in tourism income, according to The Bangkok Post.

The government first waived the VoA fee for visitors from 21 countries at the tail end of 2018. This measure was then extended to April 30.

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