The Thai government plans to waive visas for more European countries as well as increase their visa validity to 90 days in a new “grand tourism strategy”.
Prommin Lertsuridej, top assistant to Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, said on November 19 that the country’s leaders are taking “bold steps to boost the national economy” through an additional visa exemption plan for some European countries. The government is also discussing allowing guests of some European nationality to stay for 90 days, three times the current time.
As expected in the first phase, some countries that will enjoy this policy include England, Germany and Scandinavian countries. European tourists are the second largest market to Thailand after Asia.
The previous administration temporarily waived visas for Russian, Chinese, Kazakh, Indian, and Taiwanese tourists during the year-end peak tourist season and also required airlines to add more routes and reduce waiting times. of tourists at the airport.
Thailand plans to allow night entertainment venues in some areas in Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Chonburi to operate until 4 a.m. starting from December, instead of midnight or until 2 a.m.
In addition, the government licensed nearly 3,000 concerts, marathons and other cultural festivals in 2024 to attract tourists, encourage them to stay longer and spend more.
The government’s latest move is considered a new “grand strategy” to promote tourism and attract more international visitors. Since taking office in August, Prime Minister Thavisin has identified tourism as the key to promoting the country’s economic growth.
Thailand has lifted most Covid-19 prevention restrictions, but the average spending per tourist is 12% lower than before the epidemic. In 2019, Thailand welcomed nearly 40 million international visitors and earned more than 53.2 billion USD. The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism sets a target of earning 57 billion USD by 2024.
To kick off Thailand’s ambitious “grand campaign”, Prime Minister Srettha announced the Winter Festival program including famous events such as the Loi Krathong festival, Bangkok Marathon and the 2024 New Year celebration event. .
Visa exemption or extended stay is a policy applied by many Southeast Asian countries to attract visitors. Malaysia and Singapore waive visas for 162 countries, the Philippines exempts 157 countries, Thailand 65 countries and Vietnam only exempts 24 countries. Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Cambodia all launched “golden visa” policies valid for 5 to 20 years to attract rich tourists from around the world to stay long and spend a lot. Vietnam increased the temporary stay period from 15 to 45 days with citizens of 13 countries being unilaterally exempted from visas from August 14.
Mr. Minh (According to Bangkok Post, Thaiger, Nation)