Thailand’s a financial winner as free Visa on Arrival extended to end of April
A government spokesman has indicated that offering free visa stamps on arrival has stimulated tourism to Thailand and the scheme will be extended.
Though money lost from not charging for the stamps was 2 billion baht the extra tourists have spent a whopping 6 billion.
Phutthipong Punyakan said that Visa on Arrival (VoA) that was previously charged at 2,000 baht would be offered for free until April 30th.
The scheme to boost tourism from certain nationalities including the Chinese was started on November 15th and was set to run until January 13th.
Now it will encompass Chinese New Year in early February and Songkran in mid-April too, reported INN.
Phutthipong said that figures from November 15th to December 27th showed 1,030,561 tourists seeking VoA stamps at various points of entry into the kingdom. This represented a 70.44% upturn on the same period of the previous year, he claimed.
While revenue from charging for the stamps was down 2,140 million baht he said that revenue from tourist expenditure was 6,420 million baht.