Thailand authority will free the citizens of 21 countries, including Ukraine, from paying the visa fee. The entry preferential regime will be in force from December 1 till January 31, 2019, as Bangkok Рost reported.
“Government spokesman Buddhipongse Punnakanta said the cabinet agreed with a draft ministerial regulation to waive the 2,000-baht fee from Dec 1 to Jan 31 for visitors staying in the country for no more than 15 days. The 21 countries are Andora, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan, said the government spokesman,” the message says.
According to the Thailand Bureau of Immigration, the number of foreign tourists continues decreasing since January 2016. It is expected that the initiative to cancel visa fee will help to increase the tourist flow by 30%. According to the official data, over nine months of 2018, 28,54 million foreign tourists visited Thailand, which is by 8,7% more than during the same period last year.
Thailand is mostly concerned about the tourists from China, which compose the majority of the tourists (South Korea is in the second place, Russia is on the third place).
In September, around 648 000 Chinese people visited the country, which is by 14,89% more than last year. Yet, the tourist flow from China decreased by 8,8% in the third quarter, compared with the same period last year.
This is related to a high mortality rate of Chinese tourists in Thailand. In 2016, 13 Chinese tourists died in the country, in 2017 – three, and in 2018 – nine. It was reported, that mostly, they die in water-based recreational facilitates.