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Thailand ponders visa fee waiver for Chinese tourists

16 January 2015 - The Nation

Thai authorities are discussing whether the exemption of visa fees for Chinese tourists should be re-introduced, said Deputy Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai on Friday.

He was referring to exemption of Bt1,000-visa fee for Chinese tourists between August and October 2014 in a bid to boost tourism.
Don said that last year was a pilot project and it is found that tour agencies still charged the tourists for the fee despite the fact that the sum was already exempted, Don said.

Therefore, the tourists were not benefitted from the privilege, Don said, adding visa exemption is different from free visa. The latter involved the national security that both countries have to discuss.

He reiterated that it is easy and convenient to get the entry visa to Thailand as the Chinese tourists could apply for the visa at Thai Embassy in Beijing and Thai Consulate General offices in China. Moreover they could apply for visa on arrival at the airports they enter Thailand.