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Thailand Extends Visa-Free Entry for India and Taiwan Until November 2024

07 May 2024

Thailand extends visa-free entry for Indian and Taiwanese tourists until November 11, 2024, boosting tourism and inviting longer stays of up to 30 days. This visa exemption aims to attract more visitors and strengthen Thailand's tourism industry.

Good news for travellers from India and Taiwan! Thailand has extended its visa exemption program for tourists from these countries for another six months, allowing visa-free entry until November 11, 2024. This move aims to boost Thailand’s tourism industry, a vital sector for the nation’s economy.

Prime Minister’s Announcement
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin revealed the extension following a cabinet meeting, emphasizing its importance in attracting foreign visitors to Thailand. Under the extended program, tourists from India and Taiwan can enjoy a visa-free stay of up to 30 days, doubling the previous duration.

Visa-Free Entry with Extended Stays
Previously, Indian and Taiwanese tourists could only stay in Thailand for a maximum of 15 days under a visa-on-arrival scheme. With the visa exemption extension, visitors can now enjoy stays of up to 30 days, potentially encouraging longer trips and more frequent visits from these key tourism markets.

Success of the Initiative
The decision to extend the visa exemption program comes on the heels of the program’s initial success implemented last November. Previously, tourists from India and Taiwan were granted only a 15-day stay under a visa-on-arrival scheme. With the extension, Thailand aims to further stimulate tourism and encourage sustained visits from these key markets.

Growing Tourism Numbers
Thailand’s efforts to relax visa rules have yielded promising results, with the country welcoming over 12 million foreign tourists in the first four months of 2024 alone—a notable 39% increase from the same period last year. Among the top visitor demographics were tourists from China, Malaysia, Russia, South Korea, and India, collectively contributing to half of this year’s total arrivals.

Economic Impact of Tourism
Tourism serves as a cornerstone of Thailand’s economy, contributing approximately 12% to its GDP of $500 billion and supporting around 20% of total employment. Recognizing its significance, the government has set an ambitious target of attracting 80 million tourists by 2027.

Planning Your Trip to Thailand
If you’re from India or Taiwan and considering a trip to Thailand, this visa exemption extension presents an opportune time to explore the country’s vibrant culture, stunning beaches, and delicious cuisine. Remember, visa-free entry allows a maximum stay of 30 days. Be sure to check Thailand’s official tourism website for the latest travel requirements and information before booking your trip.

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