Thailand waives visa on arrival fees for these countries

It is trying to recover from the sharp dip in tourist arrivals. Source: Shutterstock.

GOOD NEWS for Indian passport holders as the Thai government has decided to waive off its visa on arrival fees.

Tourists from India, as well as 21 other countries, can travel to Thailand for 15 days over a time period between Dec 1, 2018, and Jan 31, 2019, without needing to pay the THB2,000 (US$60.66) fees upon entering the country.

This move was decided as part of Thailand’s efforts to boost the tourism inflow after a slight slump last year.

Known for its tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins, and ornate temples, Thailand offers an intoxicating blend of culture and nature.

The capital city of Bangkok is home to a buzzing ultramodern cityscape while the nearby Pattaya and Koh Samui resorts boast beautiful white sand beaches and stunning, clear blue seas.

However, the shutting down of Koh Phi Phi Leh’s Maya Bay and the July capsizing and sinking of a tourist ship resulted in a sharp dip in visitors, particularly in Chinese arrivals.

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Previously, Indian passport holders who are visiting Thailand and plan to stay no more than 15 days in the country have to go through the visa on arrival process at any of the 32 designated channels of immigration checkpoints.

The application requires a bunch of documents including a boarding pass, a valid passport, a completed visa application form, one recent photography not older than 6 months, a confirmed departure ticket, and proof of means of living expenses, among others.

Depending on passenger traffic, the process can take anywhere between 10 minutes to an hour.

Other countries which will enjoy this waiver include China, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Andora, Bulgaria, Bhutan, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Romania, San Marino, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.