Thailand extending Free Visa on Arrival Fee for India

Thailand will be extending their Visa on Arrival Fee Waiver for tourists from 21 countries and regions, including India, who can enjoy the visa-on-arrival fee exemption until late April this year. This take effect Jan 14, 2019.

The Thai Government has decided to extend the campaign until April 30th 2019.

… The cabinet approved a draft ministerial regulation proposed by the Immigration Bureau, which said the current visa-on-arrival fee exemption that started from Nov. 15 last year worked well. …

“We continue the visa-on-arrival fee exemption to attract more tourists to visit Thailand during the festivals to be celebrated in the kingdom, such as the Chinese New Year, and Songkran to boost our tourism continually”, said Thai Minister of Tourism and Sports Weerasak Kowsurat to media on Tuesday.

The proposal still has to be released on the Royal Gazette to formally come into effect.

Tourists from 21 countries and regions, including China, India and Ethiopia can enjoy the visa-on-arrival fee exemption until late April this year.

These visas are available at 40 immigration checkpoints including international airports such as the ones in Bangkok and Phuket. You can stay in Thailand for a maximum of 15 Days with this Visa.

This saves you a considerable amount of money since Visas typically cost 2000 THB ($62.66 or ~INR 4500). Note that BKK airport is one of the few airport terminals I have seen that have absolutely no ATM machines anywhere in the secure area. This means one must have cash to exchange in order to pay visa fees etc (and pay a steep fine for the privilege of doing so).

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