Thailand's free tourist visas for the Taiwanese extended to August

Taiwanese who want to save NT $1,200 visa fees have to seize the opportunity this month

(By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Thai cabinet has approved the scheme to extend the current free visa incentives for the Taiwanese to August, while the Taiwanese government is seeking for a new and easier visa measures for Thai people to visit  Taiwan. 

After former Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej died on October 13, 2016, a year-long period of mourning was subsequently announced, which had had an impact on Thai tourism. Therefore, the Thai government later approved the visa fee waiver and reduction for visas on arrival for tourists from 21 countries, including Taiwan.

The original scheme, established on November 30 last year, was announced in February to be extended to August 31 this year.

China has been the largest source of outbound tourists to Thailand over the recent years. It is estimated that over 9 million travelers from China have visited Thailand this year, which is one third of the country's total inbound arrivals in the same period of time, CNA said, adding that the Thai government has earned over 9 billion baht from the Chinese visa applications.

Thailand once suggested that the  Than and Taiwanese governments grant visa-free to each other, but did not reach a consensus. As the Thailand's military government now follows the "one China policy", Taiwan now has a certain degree of difficulty in seeking reciprocal visa-free treatment.