Phuket Welcomes Chinese Tourists on Visa Exemption Scheme

Phuket –

Phuket welcomes tourists from China into the Thailand visa exemption program.

Our previous story:

The Thai government’s free-visa policy for Chinese and Kazakhstani tourists has been endorsed in the Royal Gazette and published on Tuesday, September 19th.

On Monday morning (September 25th) at the Phuket International Airport, officials and staff welcomed 166 tourists on a direct fight from Almaty in Kazakhstan.

The Prime Minister of Thailand, Srettha Thavisin, welcomed the inaugural Chinese flight under the visa waiver initiative on Monday morning, September 25th.

Now for the update:

On Monday morning (September 25th) at the Phuket International Airport, the Phuket Governor Naroong Woonciew and airport staffers welcomed tourists on three direct flights from China.

The Director of the Phuket International Airport Mr. Monchai Tanod told the Phuket Express that there were 158 passengers from Spring Airlines, a direct flight from Hangzhou, 180 passengers from Air China, a direct flight from Shanghai, and 237 passengers from Air China in a direct flight from Beijing.

There were 2,341,080 Chinese visitors so far this year up until September 17th. Phuket is the second top Chinese visitors destination in Thailand after Bangkok. This Visa Exemption scheme is estimated to generate 257 billion baht from Chinese visitors this year.

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.