Foreign visitors visiting Thailand will be required to pay a 300 baht tax beginning in June, according to Minister of Tourism and Sports Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn.
Phiphat claims that the money from this tax would be utilized to help tourists who are injured and to improve popular tourist spots in the country.
However, Minister Phiphat emphasized that the price will not be levied on foreign nationals who had valid work permits and passports.
About 25 million tourists are expected to visit Thailand this year, up significantly from the 11.8 million who visited in 2022. Over 11 million Chinese were among the record 40 million foreign visitors the nation saw in 2019.
Prior to the epidemic, tourism in Thailand accounted for around 12% of GDP, making it the country’s most important economic sector. This year’s tourism industry is expected to bring in at least 2.38 trillion baht.
The idea of charging visitors an additional fee was initially floated in 2020, and it is currently pending approval by the government.