Thailand prematurely canceled the visa fee for Ukrainians. The tourists will not pay the consular fee on the arrival in Thailand from November 15 instead of December 1, 2018, as it was planned earlier, as Andry Beshta, Ambassador of Ukraine to Thailand reported on Twitter.
“To the attention of Ukrainians who plant to spend the vacation in Thailand. According to the refined decision of the Thai government, the Ukrainians will not pay the consular fee in the sum of about $60 for the issuance of the tourist visa on the arrival already from November 15,” he wrote.
The owners of passports of Andorra, Bhutan, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritania, Papua New Guinea, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. The preferential treatment extended to the foreigners who come to Thailand for not more than 15 days.
According to the Immigration Bureau of Thailand, the number of foreign students continues to decrease since January 2016. It is expected that the initiative with the cancelation of the visa fee will help to increase the tourist flow by 30%. According to the official data, during nine months of 2018, 28,54 million foreign tourists visited Thailand, and it is more by 8,7% than during the same period of time last year.
However, Thailand is more concerned about the number of the visitors from China as they make the majority of the tourists (the citizens of South Korea are in second place, and the Russians ranked third).
On November 2, Ukraine-Qatar visa-free regime took effect. The citizens of Ukraine who use the Ukrainian foreign passports and the citizens of Qatar who use the usual passport can enter, stay, leave, and pass the territory of the state of another side without the visa if the duration of their stay does not exceed 90 days over the 180 days-long period.