Thailand to offer new multiple-entry visas

But regulation not expected to be game-changing move
Thailand is planning to roll out multiple-entry visas for all visitors, a move praised as a positive initiative to boost arrival figures. But the travel trade is not expecting the new regulation to be a game-changing move, as the country already offers visa exemptions to citizens of some 40-plus nations.
The Thai government last week announced the introduction of a multiple-entry visa valid over a six-month period. The new visa is expected to be effective within 60 days.
“This would be better for countries without visa-free entry, like Sri Lanka and India,” said Willem Niemeijer, founder and chief executive of Khiri Group, whose clients mainly hail from countries that have visa-free entry to Thailand. “India, for example, would be a good market for regular short-stay visitors.”
Pornthip Hirunkate, managing director of Destination Asia Thailand: “This measure will encourage regional tourists from neighbouring countries such as China and India to come to Thailand more frequently within the six-month period. This multiple entry visa will be great for corporate travellers who also come in and out of Thailand on a frequent basis.”
The cost of the multiple-entry visa is on the high side, at 5,000 baht (€127), compared with just 1,000 baht for a single-entry, 30-day visa. Pornthip said that extending the six-month validity to one year “would be more beneficial”.
Meanwhile, for travellers with visa exemptions, Niemeijer suggested that the Thai authorities make a distinction between arrivals at land borders and at airports. “Currently, land-border arrivals will get only 15 days, why not make that 30 days as well?” he said.
TTG Asia

x

Check Also

Air Italy, Italy, flights, plans, Meridiana, Qatar Airways, rebrand, India, A350-1000, Alitalia

Qatar backs Italy’s “new national carrier”

Air Italy will take on Alitalia. Qatar Airways also takes the world’s first A350-1000 and reiterates India plans.

Finnair, USA, Juha Järvinen, San Francisco, Chicago, extend, seasonal, routes, flights, Helsinki, Slush, Minsk, Helsinki, Belavia

Finnair extends key US routes, opens Minsk

Persuaded by demand, Finnair is extending the operating period for two US routes this autumn.

Visit Pacific, islands, Malmo, expo, talks, event, trade, travel, tourism, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Malmo live

Visit Pacific fair set again for Sweden

The colourful travel fair in Malmö will attract public and trade for presentations, discussions, meetings.

Interbus, Sweden, biofuel, green, bus travel, fleet, rubbish, trash, Roger Mathiasson, environment, road, travel, carbon

Nordic bus firm: “Green fuel creates new business”

Interbus cuts its carbon footprint by 90% by running a 65-strong fleet on green fuel.

Hurtigruten, Roald Amundsen, new, expedition, ships, vessels, cruise, Antarctica, Chile, South America, adventure, tourism, float out, Norway, construction

Hurigruten floats out new explorer ship

Roald Amundsen has innovative technology and a range of special features.

SiteMinder, Ideas, hotels, white paper, robots, AI, artificial intelligence, hoteliers, future, tech, travel, guests, service, bookings

Hoteliers want – yet fear – robot-run future

Research shows that hoteliers know artificial intelligence is the key to guest personalisation.