Thailand: soon a tourist tax to be paid on arrival

Thailand: soon a tourist tax to be paid on arrival

Announced at the beginning of the year, this measure required by the Thai government is slow to implement. This tax will provide travel insurance for 30 days and will be used to fund sustainable tourism projects.

It’s a small cost to add to your travel budget if you’re planning to visit the Land of Smiles anytime soon. Initially scheduled for January and then April 2022, the new tourist tax required by the Thai government has been postponed several times. “It will be 300 baht [soit environ 8 €, NDLR]However, the date of application has not been set by the authorities.“, to me figaro Soraya Homchin, director of the Thai Tourist Office in France.

If the collection system is already ready at airports, the government is still considering the system to be set up at sea and land entry points, the paper says. Bangkok Post Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Mongkun Wemunrat. The program will start when all entry points are equipped. Finishes that must shift the application of this tax to January 2023 at least.

Pay on arrival

The authorities wanted this tax to be collected directly by the airlines when buying a plane ticket, as already the airport taxes or taxes related to safety and security, for example. But the kingdom’s airline association objected, saying the charges could be discriminatory. In fact, carriers have only access to the data contained in the passenger passport (surname, first name, date of birth, etc.). But in this case it is impossible to make a difference between a tourist and an expatriate or a diplomat, the latter must be exempted from this tax. So the government has chosen to collect on arrival when going through customs.

The revenue will be used to cover insurance for foreign tourists and improve sustainable tourism infrastructureIt was announced at the beginning of the year to AFP, the governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand Yuthasak Supasorn. The insurance, valid for a maximum of 30 days, will cover the risks of accidents, riots, terrorist attack and natural disasters up to 500,000 baht (about 13,700 euros), and sets Bangkok Post. But it is not the risks related to Covid-19 or other diseases for which tourists are invited to obtain optional travel insurance before departure.

Tourist taxes elsewhere in the world

Thailand is not the only country that imposes a tourist tax on foreign visitors. Recently, Bhutan tripled its amount, and it is now set at €200 per day per passenger. Since 2019, foreigners must pay a fee of €9 upon arrival in Bali (Indonesia), which is an amount reintroduced into a program to preserve the environment and Balinese culture. This tax is also applied locally. In many cities around the world, a tourist tax is applied to every night you spend in a tourist accommodation (hotel, camping site, etc.). In Italy, Venice plans to levy a tax of 3-10 euros on daily visitors from January 2023. But there, too, its implementation has been repeatedly delayed.

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