Thailand Scraps Visa Requirement for Indian Travellers
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Thailand Scraps Visa Requirement for Indian Travellers

In a move to boost tourism, Thailand has waived off visa requirements for travellers coming in from India and Taiwan from November 2023 to May 2024, said a government official in a statement on October 31.

Arrivals from India and Taiwan will be permitted to stay in Thailand for duration of 30 days.

India has emerged as Thailand’s fourth-largest source market for tourism this year, after Malaysia, China, and South Korea, with approximately 1.2 million arrivals.

In September, Thailand had eliminated visa requirements for Chinese tourists. The country had 11 million arrivals from China in 2019.

The latest government data reveals that from January to October 29, Thailand received 22 million visitors, contributing 927.5 billion baht (approximately $25.67 billion) to the country’s economy.

With more airlines and hospitality chains targeting the market, inbound tourism from India showed signs of growth. Thailand is aiming at about 28 million arrivals in 2023.

In October, Sri Lanka announced visa-free entry for India and six other countries, China, Russia, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia and Thailand, until March 21, 2024, in a bid to boost tourism with immediate effect.