first_imgThailand has announced a hike in its Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) fee. Thailand is doubling the fee from THB 1000 to THB 2000 ($29 to $58) with effect from September 27, 2016.The visa fee hike will apply to citizens from all the 18 countries to which Thailand offers VoA, including China, India, Taiwan and Saudi Arabia. Tourists are entitled to apply for VoA at 42 designated immigration checkpoints that will allow a stay of 15 days in the country.According to the Foreign Ministry, the decision to implement a 100% increase was based on the idea of the current charge being lower than the visa fees paid by Thai tourists visiting other countries.The other countries offered VoA to Thailand are Bulgaria, Bhutan, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Romania, San Marino, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said that the year’s target of 2.4 trillion baht (69 billion) in tourism revenue, a nine percent increase from 2015, remains unchanged.last_img

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