Holders of Chinese and Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) passports will be exempt from paying the visa fees when visiting Thailand purely for the purpose of tourism for the period of 3 months between August – October 2014.
The short-term waiver has been passed by the National Council of Peace and Order (NCPO) as part of a package of measures to rapidly revive Thai tourism in the second half of 2014.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has now communicated this to the Ministry of Interior as the direct agency authorised under the law to waive visa fees. The Ministry of Interior will now consider this in the Committee meeting on Monday, 4 August, 2014, and will draft the relevant ministerial decree, which is expected to be able to fully implement this measure within this week.
Chinese visitors were selected for the exemption as part of commemorative activities marking the 40th Anniversary of the Diplomatic Relationship between Thailand and the People's Republic of China.
The exemption will apply only to visitors coming to Thailand for tourism, and submitting their applications at Thai diplomatic missions or via the visa-on-arrival desks at the Immigration Checkpoints. Only a Tourist Visa is applicable to this measure; visitors who apply for other categories of visa; such as, Transit Visa or Non-Immigrant Visa still have to pay for the visa fee as normal.