In an effort to revitalize its tourism industry, the Thai government has announced a series of new travel measures designed to make the country even more attractive to international tourists.
These initiatives, part of the quick-win policy, are set to take effect over the coming months and are expected to boost tourism significantly.
Measures for Ease of Travelling
The measures, which include a temporary suspension of the TM6 form at the Sadao Immigration Checkpoint, a temporary extension of the tourist visa exemption for Russian tourists, and a temporary tourist visa exemption for Indian and Taiwanese tourists, are designed to make it easier for visitors to enter and travel within the country.
1. Thailand Suspends TM6 Form at Sadao Immigration Checkpoint for 6 Months
Starting November 1, 2023, the Thai government will temporarily suspend the TM6 form at the Sadao Immigration Checkpoint in Songkhla province for six months, until April 30, 2024.
The temporary suspension of the TM6 form at the Sadao Immigration Checkpoint is expected to boost tourism in Songkhla province and the surrounding areas. The TM6 form is a departure card that must be completed by all visitors leaving Thailand, and it can be a hassle for visitors who are only staying in Thailand for a short period of time.
By suspending the TM6 form at the Sadao Immigration Checkpoint, the Thai government is making it easier for visitors to enter and exit the country through this important crossing point.
2. Thailand Extends Tourist Visa Exemption to 90 Days for Russian Tourists
Starting November 1, 2023, the Thai government will temporarily extend the tourist visa exemption to a 90-day stay, from originally 30 days, for Russian tourists. The temporary extension of the tourist visa exemption to a 90-day stay for Russian tourists is designed to attract more visitors from this country.
Russia is a major source of tourists for Thailand, and the government believes that this measure will help to boost the tourism industry and the economy as a whole.
3. Temporary Tourist Visa Exemption for Indian and Taiwanese Tourists
Starting November 10, 2023, the Thai government will introduce a temporary tourist visa exemption for Indian and Taiwanese tourists. This measure will be in place until May 10, 2024.
The temporary tourist visa exemption for Indian and Taiwanese tourists is another significant change, as Indian and Taiwanese tourists have previously been required to obtain visas before entering Thailand. The Thai government believes that this measure will help to boost tourism from India and Taiwan, both of which are major sources of tourists for Thailand.
In addition to the measures listed above, the Thai government has also announced a number of other initiatives to boost tourism, such as:
- Increasing the number of direct flights to Thailand
- Promoting Thailand as a sustainable tourism destination
- Developing new tourist attractions and activities
- Investing in tourism infrastructure
The Thai government is committed to making Thailand a world-class tourism destination. The new ease of travel measures are a significant step in this direction, and they are expected to have a positive impact on the tourism industry and the economy as a whole.