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Thailand ponders introduction of entry tourist tax

05/14/2020 - 03:28

Thai authorities are pondering introduction of a new tax for tourists who come in the country after the coronavirus pandemic. The fee is planned to be included in the airfare.

Once the pandemic ends, all tourists arriving in Thailand may be required to pay a fee of up to 300 baht ($ 9.28), the Bangkok Post reported. The tax for those who fly by plane will probably be included in the price of air tickets. The method of levying a fee for tourists arriving by land or sea has not yet been determined.

The new tax will become part of the 20-year national plan, which should provide state authorities with constant income to maintain and stabilize the economy, the newspaper notes with reference to Head of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of the country Pipat Ratchakitprakan.

The size of the tax has not yet been finalized: it can be reduced to 100-200 baht ($ 3.09-6.18). The Thai government will announce the final decision on the new tax no later than the fourth quarter of 2020 so that foreigners can prepare in advance.

According to the Ministry of Tourism of Thailand, in 2019, the country was visited by 39 million foreign tourists. After the pandemic began, the government lowered its forecast for foreign tourist flows this year to 16 million. But this goal may not be attainable, the Bangkok Post emphasizes. Thailand does not expect recovery of international tourism before October-December.


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