Thailand to delay imposing THB300 tourist fee from Jun to Sep 23

  • Thailand will delay imposing an entry fee on tourists from June to September because of problems with implementing the levy.
  • The Bangkok Post reported on Wednesday that there were issues with collecting the THB300 (SGD12) fee from travellers flying into one of South-east Asia’s most popular tourist destinations as airlines refuse to take a selective approach with foreign tourists, Thais and expatriates.
  • Tourism and sports minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn told the Thai daily that airlines are insisting on giving all passengers the same treatment, based on their regulations. It was previously announced that the levy would be added to air ticket prices.
  • The Thai government said earlier that it expects to use a part of the tourist fees to provide health and accidental insurance cover for travellers during their stay in the country. It will also use it to fund the development of local tourist attractions.

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