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Visa-on-arrival fee doubles

BANGKOK: Foreign visitors from 19 countries and territories will be required to pay an increased fee for visas on arrival from next month.

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Bangkok Post

Saturday 20 August 2016, 09:43AM


Travellers wait at Phuket International Airport. Photo: Eakkapopo Thongtub
Travellers wait at Phuket International Airport. Photo: Eakkapopo Thongtub

The fee is to be raised to 2,000 baht, up from 1,000 baht.

The new requirement will come to effect on Sept 27, the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of Consular Affairs announced yesterday.

The 19 countries and territories are Andorra, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

The Cabinet approved the increase in the visa-on-arrival fee in January.

Foreigners from the 19 countries and territories are allowed to stay in Thailand for up to 15 days.

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The hike in the fee is aimed at reducing the long queues at immigration checkpoints.

There are 42 immigration checkpoints, including at Suvarnabhumi airport and Don Muang international airport, where foreigners can apply for visas on arrival.

 

Read original story here.

 

 

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Kurt | 20 August 2016 - 11:44:08

.."The hike in the fee is aimed at reducing the long queues at immigration checkpoints"...
Does that mean Thailand wants lesser tourists coming in from these 19 countries?

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