Thailand to waive visa fees for Chinese, Taiwanese tourists

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BANGKOK, Aug 2 — In an effort to boost tourism, Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Sihasak Puangketkeow said he and tourism related agencies had sought and received approval from the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to waive visa fees for tourists from China and Taiwan for three months, starting from August.

Currently, more than six million Chinese tourists visit Thailand annually, said Mr Sihasak.

He said the decision to waive the visa fee for tourists from China and Taiwan is also part of the planned 40th anniversary celebrations of diplomatic relations between China and Thailand.

A meeting will be held by the Interior Ministry next Monday and an order will be issued and enforced immediately, said Mr Sihasak, adding that the Immigration Bureau will then be informed on the temporary waiving of visa fees for citizens of both countries.