Thailand to Impose 300 Baht Tourist Fee from April

A statue of Buddha in Thailand's tourist mecca Phuket.

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A statue of Buddha in Thailand's tourist mecca Phuket.

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The 300 baht fee would be used to develop tourist attractions in Thailand and to provide accident and death insurance for all visitors.

The charge will be included in airfares. The Bangkok Post reported officials are still  considering how to collect the entry fee for people arriving across the land borders with Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. 

Thailand, a popular tourist destination, has been hard hit by the Covid pandemic and the Omicron variant has further complicated efforts to draw visitors back to the Asian country.

Travel confidence dented

Tourism operators have called for the introduction of the fee to be postponed. Sisdivachr Cheewarattanaporn, the president of the Association of Thai Travel Agents, told the Bangkok Post the new fee will worsen travel confidence following the indefinite suspension of Thailand's Test & Go quarantine-free scheme.

The country suspended the scheme this month, meaning would-be tourists can now only enter through the so-called "sandbox scheme", under which visitors to Phuket do not need to quarantine if they are vaccinated, have a negative PCR test and stay for at least seven nights.

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