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Tourism fee to help insure foreigners visiting the kingdom

Tourism fee to help insure foreigners visiting the kingdom

THAILAND: The National Tourism Policy Committee has approved the proposed guidelines for the collection of a B300 tourism fee from each international visitor for the management of local tourist destinations.

By Bangkok Post

Friday 15 January 2021, 08:11AM

Phiphat: Sector needs to recover. Photo: Bangkok Post.

Phiphat: Sector needs to recover. Photo: Bangkok Post.

The money will also be used to provide insurance benefits to international tourists visiting the country.

Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said each foreign visitor will be charged US$10 (B300) per visit. The details of the fee collection will be announced in the Royal Gazette once the policy has taken effect.

According to Mr Phiphat, Thailand expects to receive some 10 million visitors this year.

He said the merit of the B300 tourism fee is that foreign tourists who fall sick or are injured will be taken care of and given adequate medical care.

The ministry will have to discuss the details with the Finance Ministry and the Office of Insurance Commission.

Of the B300 fee, B34 is expected to be used for the insurance coverage, Mr Phiphat said.

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The fee collection is in line with the revised National Tourism Policy Act, which authorises the ministry to impose a tourism fee for use in developing local destinations and providing insurance coverage to foreign tourists.

Tourism permanent secretary Chote Trachu yesterday (Jan 14) said the fee collection was initially due to begin last year, but it was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said the National Tourism Policy Committee has assessed the situation and agreed the tourism fee collection should go ahead this year.

According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the country had been forecast to close last year with merely 6.7 million international tourists - not much more than the number prior to last year’s outbreak of COVID-19 - despite government attempts to activate entry schemes for foreigners via Special Tourist Visas (STVs).

With a second wave of outbreaks gripping many countries around the world, particularly during the winter months, triggering new rounds of lockdowns, Thailand is expected to wait longer - until the second half of this year - to see more visitors file back into the kingdom and revive the ailing industry.

While the TAT previously predicted the domestic market would reach 100 million trips last year, the recent spike in local cases led the agency to revise down the target to 95 million trips, a result of the partial lockdowns in some provinces.

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LALALA | 18 January 2021 - 07:52:18

Nothing else than another attempt to scam tourists. LOS as we know it.

quinault11 | 17 January 2021 - 15:45:03


Dukkkman | 17 January 2021 - 09:55:14

Now, let me see,.   300 baht times no tourist=   0 baht.  Brilliant

JohnC | 17 January 2021 - 09:31:30

Amazing Thailand. Not only can they provide medical cover for their own people with the 30B health card now they can also provide cover to all foreigners for only 34B. I can't stop laughing. TIT.

Capricornball | 16 January 2021 - 18:32:51

for 34 baht, I'm guessing the insurance will cover a trip to Patong Hospital to get some bandages wrapped around your motorbike-related street rash, then get told to go see a doctor on your own dime.  Every step these "officials" take pushes Phuket/Thailand further away from getting back into the tourism business.

Kurt | 16 January 2021 - 10:08:32

Will be interesting to know what that B34 medical insurance is covering. Guess Government didn't work that out yet. Hehehe. How long it will take them to say that this B34 insurance is a misunderstanding only due to miscalculation ?

Kurt | 16 January 2021 - 09:56:36

The foreign tourist pays already, 1: Airport tax ( in ticket) 2: Accommodation/hotel tax. 3: 14 Days ASQ bill ( more than the B37,000 a Thai pays) 4: Fee for B100,000 Covid insurance. 5: Now a extra B300 contribution for Thai tourist 'management', of which is B34 for another insurance? Amazing tourist milking Thailand. Go on this way to keep the tourists away.

Sandbar | 16 January 2021 - 03:06:46

Just goes to show how shallow and in competent the stocks are on the Thai government. The tourism minister should be more concerned in changing the image of Thailand which is hemeoraging badly because of the bulluying and harrassment to forienngers endorsed by the government! Vietnam when it opens is the place to be!! By the way its called a tax not a fee!

Sammy o | 15 January 2021 - 23:16:40

Typical make the tourist pay out more for what will turn out to be destined for some official pocket.We already pay extra to come to Thailand and while here especially in Phuket get taken for a ride in shops restaurants and those dreadful tuc tuc/taxi drivers. Its about time the authorities sorted out these problems before doing even more damage to the tourist industry

CaptainJack69 | 15 January 2021 - 12:43:30

This is exactly why there shouldn't be a "permanent secretary" for anything. So that when one of these morons tries to pull some utter nonsense like this they can be replaced. We desperately need to attract visitors, not gouge them even more than Phuket was already famous for doing.

Kurt | 15 January 2021 - 11:59:57

I hope that mr Phipat reads the already more than 450 thumbs down in BP, and all the burning down comments.. International tourists must have already a 100,000 insurance, right? Completely diverted from of sense or any form of self respect.

Kurt | 15 January 2021 - 11:49:42

Mr Phiphat is plain lying when he says that the 'merit' of the B300 tourism fee is for foreign tourists who fall sick/accident is for adequate medical care. That is a lie! Only B34 will be 'planned' for that. Now, mr Phiphat, what is included in that 'adequate medical care' for that B34? Leave the 'merit' word out of it. Be honest specifically.

Pascale | 15 January 2021 - 11:32:15

@Kurt   Speechless ? I don't think so, given you commented further on the subject. For all those whinging about it : Just stop taking any inbound flight to Thailand in the future ! 555

Fascinated | 15 January 2021 - 11:12:47

Assemble these words in the right order- 'foot' 'shot' 'in'. All this on top of dual pricing. Do these people ever think about the consequences of their actions? I suspect a retraction on the grounds of 'proposal' or 'mis-understanding' will be forthcoming.

Kurt | 15 January 2021 - 09:52:49

Speechless! To dare to ask international visitor to pay for 'management' of local tourist destination. What 'management'? Tourist pay already tourist tax ( in ticket) and tax in hotel bills. And what will be covered by the B34 insurance?

Capricornball | 15 January 2021 - 09:16:08

Rubbish...while the insurance coverage is a good thing, the remaining 266 baht will go nowhere, and tourist destinations will continue to be poorly managed (Phuket beaches being a good example of BAD management).  This seems more like a measure to get more graft flowing into corrupt pockets.


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