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Next year, “tourism tax” will apply to all non-Thais

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The “tourist tax” was delayed to give Thailand’s tourism sector time to recover from the pandemic. Thai passport holders won’t be taxed. Visitors arriving by plane in Thailand must pay the entry fee, however those staying less than 24 hours are exempt. The ministry said the tax will act as accident insurance, although specifics have not been released. Although details aren’t finalized, it appears the Ministry of Tourism will solely charge foreign visitors arriving by plane.

The tax will be enforced “next year,” most likely on January 1, 2023, says Thailand’s tourism minister. The Malaysia-Thailand land border fee is $8.22. Foreigners with legitimate work permits, diplomats, and children under 2 will likely also be exempt from the tourist fee.

Thailand’s plans for a “tourist tax” are unclear. According to the tourism ministry, the fee will fund tourist attractions. Saturday, the Hatyai Songkhla Hotels Association criticized the tourism fee. Sitthiphong Sitthiphatprapha, association president, says the fee will be another obstacle for passengers, especially if it’s imposed on those arriving. The association worries that short-term guests coming by car, bus, or rail in southern Thailand may be deterred by the cost. Foreigners flying into Thailand will be charged 300 baht as of next year.

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