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Thai cabinet extends free visa-on-arrival until April 30 for Indian nationals
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Thai cabinet extends free visa-on-arrival until April 30 for Indian nationals

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Thai cabinet recently approved a proposal to extend visa-on-arrival fee exemption until April 30 in a bid to attract foreign visitors during Chinese new year and Songkran water splashing festival, reported Xinhua.

Travellers from 21 countries and regions, including India, China and Ethiopia can enjoy the visa-on-arrival fee exemption until late April this year. However, the proposal still has to be released on the Royal Gazette to formally come into effect.

Statistics released in the summary of cabinet meeting on Tuesday showed that foreign tourists asking for visa-on-arrival at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport 45 days after November 15 grew as much as 173% than 45 days before November 15, while the number even surged 246% at Chiang Mai airport.

“We continue the visa-on-arrival fee exemption to attract more tourists to visit Thailand during the festivals to be celebrated in the kingdom, such as the Chinese New Year, and Songkran to boost our tourism continually,” said Weerasak Kowsurat, Thai Minister of Tourism and Sports.

Indian passport holders can register their request for a visa on arrival in advance at www.evisathailand.com. The request can be made 30 days in advance or at least 24 hours in advance. Once the tourists arrive at the airports under the E-VoA system, they can show their passports at specially marked counters to obtain a visa in just one minute, rather than a one-to-two hour wait

The E-VoA is free, however, the online visa is priced at THB 525 and the visa applied through VFS is for INR 2700 for Indian nationals. (Xinhua)