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Thailand to Impose Tourist Fee Starting in April — What to Know

The fee will be included in the cost of airline tickets.

Thailand Tourist Fee

Photo by anyaberkut/Getty Images/Canva

By Alison Fox

Jan 17, 2022

THAILAND WILL BEGIN LEVYING a tourist fee in April, using the money for things like funding new projects and upgrading tourism infrastructure.

The new Bt300 fee (about US$9), will be included in the cost of airline tickets, Reuters reported. The fee will also be used to cover accident insurance for foreigners who can’t pay themselves.

“Part of the fee will be used to take care of tourists,” Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn told Reuters, adding, “We’ve encountered times when insurance didn’t have coverage for tourists… which became our burden to take care of them.”

A government spokesman told Reuters the country expects to see between 5 and 15 million foreign arrivals this year with foreign tourists generating Bt800 billion, or US$23.97 billion.

Supasorn initially announced the new tourist fee would be Bt500 with the goal to collect Bt5 billion in its first year with the intention of focusing on things like eco-friendly tourism in Thailand.

Despite the immense popularity of the Test&Go program, which allowed short-term visitors to enter Thailand en masse just in time for the important festive season, the country suspended most quarantine-free entry last month amid the spread of the omicron variant, but is still allowing visitors to travel to certain areas under the country’s Sandbox program like Phuket (one of T+L’s 50 best places to travel in 2022), Krabi, Phang-Na, and Koh Samui, voted No. 7 best island in the world.

Phuket
Phuket. Photo by Cedric Arnold

Travelers who do go to one of the designated sandbox destinations must show proof of vaccination, proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of traveling to Thailand, prepay for a stay in an approved hotel for at least seven nights, prepay for two PCR tests to be taken when in Thailand, and show proof of an insurance policy with coverage of at least US$50,000.

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