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Thailand Introducing a $ 9 entrance fee for overseas visitors. The tax will come into effect from April to manage tourist sites and provide accident insurance for certain holidaymakers, said Yudasak Subasorn, governor of the Thai Tourism Authority.
It will be linked to air fares, government spokesman Tanakorn Wangpongkonsana said in a statement.
100,000 visitors in ten months
In 2019, Thailand, one of the most visited countries in the world, received nearly 40 million visitors. But the kingdom was shut down from 2020 by imposing strict isolation rules to fight the epidemic. Only about 100,000 visitors went there from January to October 2021. At the end of 2021, Thailand relaxed its strict entry rules Before closing again with the Omicron variant.
However, the “sandbox” project has been expanded: three southern coastal locations have been added to Phuket Island. As part of this program, fully vaccinated travelers spend seven nights in the “sandbox” area. If their Govt test is negative, they can travel freely throughout Thailand. For 10 to 14 days compulsory isolation is used for those who have not been fully vaccinated.
Officials believe it will attract five million foreign tourists by 2022, and that number could triple if deregulation of the two main markets for the sector, China and India.