Thailand plans to waive visas for more countries

By Reuters   February 16, 2024 | 10:00 pm PT
Thailand plans to waive visas for more countries
Tourists visit Maya bay at Krabi province, Thailand, Jan. 3, 2022. Photo by Reuters
Thailand's Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said on Friday the government plans to offer visa-free travel to citizens of several more countries.

Thailand has recently waived visas for citizens of China and India to boost tourism, a key driver of Southeast Asia's second-biggest economy.

The visa-free program for China has helped stimulate the economy "quite a lot", he said.

"Not just for China, we'll continue to do this with several more countries," he said without elaborating.

From Jan. 1 to Feb. 11, Thailand received 4.39 million foreign tourist arrivals, up 48% from a year earlier, with China the top source market.

The government expects about 34-35 million foreign visitors this year, up from about 28 million last year.

There were a record of nearly 40 million foreign visitors in pre-pandemic 2019.

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