Thailand to Impose Tourist Fee Starting in April — What to Know
Thailand will begin implementing a tourism fee in April, using the money for things like funding new projects and upgrading tourism infrastructure.
The new 300 baht fee, or about $9, will be included in the cost of airline tickets, Reuters reported. The fee will also be used to cover accident insurance for foreigners who can't pay themselves.
"Part of the fee will be used to take care of tourists," Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn told Reuters, adding, "We've encountered times when insurance didn't have coverage for tourists... which became our burden to take care of them."
A government spokesman told Reuters the country expects to see between 5 and 15 million foreign arrivals this year with foreign tourists generating 800 billion baht, or $23.97 billion.
Supasorn initially announced the fee would be 500 baht with the goal to collect 5 billion baht in its first year with the intention of focusing on things like eco-friendly tourism.
A representative for the Tourism Authority of Thailand did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Travel + Leisure.
Thailand suspended most quarantine-free entry last month amid the spread of the omicron variant, but is still allowing visitors to travel to certain areas under the country's "Sandbox" program like Phuket (one of T L's 50 best places to travel in 2022), Krabi, Phang-Na, and Ko Samui, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Travelers who do go to one of the designated sandbox destinations must show proof of vaccination, proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of traveling to Thailand, prepay for a stay in an approved hotel for at least seven nights, prepay for PCR tests to be taken when in Thailand, and show proof of an insurance policy with coverage of at least $50,000.
Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she's not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.