Thailand to Charge US$9 Visitor Fee Starting April

Thai government officials said the country would charge a US$9 entry fee for foreign visitors from April, even as Thailand seeks to lure travelers back and repair its COVID-19 battered tourism industry.

“Revenues will be used for foreign tourists’ insurance coverage and infrastructure improvement for sustainable tourism,” Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn said.

Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said the government plans to incorporate the US$9 charge into airfares.

Thailand’s anti-COVID-19 restrictions to curb the pandemic hurt the country’s tourism industry last year, contributing to the economy’s worst performance in more than 20 years.

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports said that tourism revenues are forecast at US$39 billion to US$54 billion this year, around US$24 billion of which is from foreign travelers.

The ministry also said that an estimated five million foreign tourists would visit Thailand in 2022 if current travel patterns remain the same, which is way lower than the 40 million a year before the pandemic.

However, the ministry added that the number could still increase to 15 million visitors if arrivals from China, India, and neighboring countries improve.

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