THE THAI government will charge 300 baht or around IDR129,053 for foreign tourists visiting the country from April 2022. The fee is used to develop tourism objects and for accident or death insurance for foreign tourists.

According to the Bangkok Post, Wednesday (1/12), said the maximum insurance payment is 1 million baht (approximately IDR430 million) for death and 500,000 baht (approximately IDR215 million) for medical expenses.

A fee of 300 baht will be included in the cost of the plane. However, the Thai government is still discussing whether the fee will also be applied to tourists visiting Thailand by land.

Thai government spokesman Thanakorn Boonkongwanchana said the plan also included the promotion of “white routes” for tourists. The promotion is in line with the government’s efforts to create more sustainable and safe tourism.

This year, the Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports is targeting revenue from the tourism sector of 1.3-1.8 trillion baht (approximately IDR559-774 trillion) from 5-15 million foreign tourists.

Previously, three destinations for the sandbox program besides Phuket in Thailand had been opened. The destinations are Krabi, Phang-Nga, and Surat Thani (only Ko Samui, Ko Pha-ngan, and Ko Tao).

Meanwhile, new registrations for Thailand’s quarantine-free scheme or Test & Go for foreign tourists are still pending. Foreign tourists who want to go to Thailand are encouraged to join the sandbox program or the Alternative Quarantine System. [ special]