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Wednesday, 23 November, 2016, 10 : 00 AM [IST]

Thailand halves visa-on-arrival fee for 19 countries including India

Rolls out new 10yr retirement visa
In order to promote tourism during the high season, the Thai Cabinet agreed to reduce its visa fees to baht 1,000, including those for visas on arrival, for tourists from 19 countries, as of December 1 until February 28.

The 19 countries include Andora, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Romania, San Mario, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

“The fees will be cut to baht 1,000,” the Tourism Ministry announced yesterday. This change was announced less than two months after visa fees were increased to baht 2,000 on September 27.

In another development, Thai cabinet also agreed that the country's long-stay visa for tourists aged over 50 can be extended to a maximum of 10 years from the current one year, though the visa holder still have to report to immigration police every 90 days. The prolonged visa aimed to promote medical and wellness tourism while the target groups are visitors from many countries, such as China, Japan, India, United States and the United Kingdom.

A foreigner seeking the visa must have a minimum monthly income of 100,000 baht (about 2,777 U.S. dollars) or a minimum deposit of three million baht (about 83,333 U.S. dollars) in a bank account and it has to be maintained for at least a year. Besides, they have to have a health insurance lasting a minimum of one year and worth a minimum of 1,000 U.S. dollars. The visa will be valid initially for five years and could be renewed for another five and the visa fee was set at 10,000 baht.
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