After opposing a similar decision in cabinet in August 2019 for both India and China, which was later overturned and replaced with visa price waivers, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is expected to investigate the plan to make all visas free. The admissions process should include immunization and health status verification, according to the industry, and the visa-on-arrival program should be expanded to include all countries. On Friday, Yuthasak Supasorn, the Governor of Thailand’s Tourism Authority (TAT), appeared to support a number of proposals, including extending the visa-on-arrival concession to all countries, waiving all visa fees for six months starting July 1st, and increasing the length of stay on incoming tourist visas from 30 to 45 days. At a meeting hosted by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Yuthasak Supasorn on Friday, Thai tourism industry representatives agreed on a set of proposals that will be presented to up to four key government committees in the coming week, including the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) chaired by Prayut Chan ocha on June 17th.

The meeting also approved Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn’s earlier proposal to scrap the Thailand Pass, while it appeared to acknowledge that passengers must still show proof of immunization or health status, as well as medical health insurance, before entering the country. The recommendations ask for the visa-on-arrival concession to be extended to all nations globally beginning July 1st next year in order to improve foreign tourism numbers in the second half of the year. Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Yuthasak Supasorn hosted a meeting of foreign tourism industry representatives at which a wide range of plans were approved to be presented to the government as a way to boost foreign tourist inflows in the second half of the year, as Thailand relies on the industry’s recovery to fuel economic growth in 2022.

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