Thailand Aims to Overhaul Visa System to Attract More Travelers

PRESS RELEASE:

A plan to overhaul the visa system is currently being discussed by the government and tourism authorities. The changes are expected to increase revenue from Thailand’s key tourism markets such as India and China.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it is aiming to overhaul the visa system in response to calls from tourism operators about the complicated and expensive visa procedure that deters visitors from overseas countries, especially from China and India. They advised that the e-visa system should be streamlined to entice more travelers, especially from China, to visit Thailand.

The ministry also recently hosted an online meeting with Thai consular officials in overseas countries to discuss new tourism strategies to boost the economy. Some of the issues discussed are upgrading consular data and developing e-visa and e-passport systems.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has set a revenue target of 3 trillion baht from foreign visitors next year. However, Thai businesses have advised the government to implement additional measures as well as lifting certain restrictions for Thailand to reach its tourism target for 2024.

It is expected that more countries, such as India, will be included in the list of visa-exempt countries to further attract visitors to the country. More policies are likely to follow for revitalizing the tourism industry once the new government officially takes office.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.