Thailand To Start Implementing Its Long-Awaited Tourist Tax In June

Thailand To Start Implementing Its Long-Awaited Tourist Tax In June

According to the government, the tax, which takes effect on June 1, will range from 150 to 300 baht, depending on how visitors arrive.

The fee will be spent “for expenses linked to taking care of tourists,” as determined by Thailand’s cabinet.

Travelers arriving by air will be required to pay 300 baht ($8), while those arriving by land or water will only be required to pay 150 baht ($4).

According to Bloomberg, the government anticipates receiving around 3.9 billion baht in fees overall this year. These funds will be utilized to improve regional tourist destinations as well as provide travelers with health and accident insurance.

For travelers arriving by air, the tax will be included in the price of their ticket. Officials still have not determined how they will collect the tax from those arriving by other means.

Without any pandemic-related entry restrictions in place, Thailand welcomes visitors from throughout the world, including those from the United States, and no longer requires them to present proof of vaccination or proof of any testing in order to enter.

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According to the U.S. Department of State, American visitors do not need a visa in order to enter Thailand as long as their intended stay is less than 30 days. According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand, it has been extended to 45 days through March 31.

The government will begin collecting a tax as the country enters its low tourism season, which runs from July to September. That period, known as the rainy season, is often the ideal time to find cheap flights, hotels, and tours, as well as the best time to avoid crowds.