The Strategist

Thailand to impose a tourist fee of $10

01/19/2021 - 02:46

The Thai authorities will introduce a tourist fee of $10, according to Travel Off Path website. The idea of introducing such a fee has been discussed since 2016. The decision has not yet taken effect.
"Thailand's Minister of Tourism and Sports Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn announced that each foreign visitor to the country would have to pay 300 Thai baht ($10). It also emerged that the fee should have come into effect as early as last year but the decision was delayed until this year," the report said.

The money will be partly used for travel insurance and also to improve infrastructure in places frequented by tourists, it added. The kingdom aims to welcome 10 million travellers in 2021.

In December, it was reported that Thai authorities, amid a decline in mass tourism, want visitor spending to increase. The Tourism Authority of Thailand estimates that the country needs to revamp its tourism industry after the coronavirus pandemic, increasing average spending per person by almost 30%.

Entry into Thailand is now permitted, but strict restrictions apply. In particular, those entering must spend two weeks quarantined in a government-approved hotel. Thailand has identified 12,400 people infected with the coronavirus since the pandemic began.