Thailand, China start permanently waiving visas for each other

By Hoang Phong   March 2, 2024 | 05:39 am PT
Thailand, China start permanently waiving visas for each other
Tourists from China dressed in traditional Thai costumes visit Wat Arun temple ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year as China reopens the border in Bangkok, Thailand Jan. 18, 2023. Photo by Reuters
A mutual visa-exemption agreement between China and Thailand officially took effect on Friday as both countries seek to boost the recovery of their respective tourism industries.

Under the new arrangement, Chinese passport holders are granted visa-free travel and a maximum stay of 30 days per entry in Thailand and vice versa, according to, the official English-language website of China News Service.

A total stay of 90 days is allowed in case of multiple entries within 180 days.

The number of bookings by Thai visitors to China on Friday on Chinese travel platform increased by three times year-on-year, Global Times reported.

Shanghai, Guangzhou, Kunming and Beijing are among China’s top destinations for Thai visitors.

China restored its position as the top source market for foreign tourists to Thailand so far this year, with more than 1.1 million arrivals as of Feb. 25, according to Tourism and Sports Minister Sudawan Wangsuphakijkosol.

Thailand recieved nearly 6 million foreign visitors during the period.

This year Thailand seeks to welcome 8 million Chinese tourists, double last year’s figure. Last year Malaysia surpassed China to become Thailand’s largest source of tourists.

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