Thailand to collect B300 tourist entry fee

Thailand to collect B300 tourist entry fee

Travellers from overseas arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport in December, ahead of Christmas and the New Year holiday. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)
Travellers from overseas arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport in December, ahead of Christmas and the New Year holiday. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)

Thailand will begin collecting a 300-baht entry fee from foreign tourists from April, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.

The move is part of the Tourism and Sports Ministry promotion plan for 2022, themed "Amazing Thailand New Chapter".

The plan includes promotion of "white routes" for tourists in line with a bio-, circular and green economic  plans for more sustainable and safe tourism, the spokesman said.

The 300 baht entry fee would be used to develop tourist attractions and for accident or death insurance for all tourists. The maximum insurance payout would be 1 million baht in the case of death and 500,000 baht for medical expenses.

The charge would be included in air fares. The means of collecting the entry fee from people arriving by land was still being considered.

Despite the prevalence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, the government would continue with its tourism promotion campaigns, the spokesman said.

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Vocabulary

  • campaign: a planned series of activities - การรณรงค์
  • chapter: era; a period of time in a person's life or in history - ยุค, สมัย
  • consider: to give careful thought to something before making a decision - พิจารณา
  • insurance: an arrangement in which you regularly pay an insurance company an amount of money so that they will give you money if something you own is damaged, lost, or stolen, or if you die or are ill or injured - การประกัน
  • means: methods; ways - วิธี, วิธีการ
  • payout: a large amount of money that is given to somebody - การจ่ายเงิน
  • prevalence: how often something happens or how common it is; predominance, pervasiveness - ความแพร่หลาย, ความดื่นดาษ, prevalence of disease ความชุกของโรค
  • promotion: activities done in order to increase the attendance at an event or sales of a product or service - การส่งเสริม
  • spokesman: a person who speaks on behalf of a group or an organization - โฆษก
  • sustainable: able to be successfully continued for a long time - ยั่งยืน, ถาวร
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