Thailand announces visa-free entry for Indian citizens in bid to boost tourism

Bangkok: Thailand has decided to waive visa requirements for a substantial number of Indian tourists aimed at revitalizing its tourism industry.

Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin announced during a press briefing following a cabinet meeting held yesterday. According to the Prime Minister, from November 10th of this year to May 10th, 2024, Indian tourists will enjoy visa-free entry into Thailand. This strategic decision is part of Thailand’s ongoing efforts to reignite its tourism sector as it enters the high season.

Notably, Taiwan has also been included in this initiative to attract more tourists as Thailand seeks to diversify its visitor base. Thailand lifted visa requirements for Chinese tourists in September, demonstrating its commitment to revitalizing its tourism industry.

India has emerged as Thailand’s fourth-largest source market for tourism this year, following Malaysia, China, and South Korea. With approximately 1.2 million arrivals, Indian tourists have played a pivotal role in bolstering Thailand’s tourism sector. The move to grant visa-free entry is expected to stimulate growth in inbound tourism from India further.

The tourism landscape in Thailand has shown encouraging signs of expansion, thanks to increased efforts by airlines and hospitality chains targeting the Indian market. As Thailand opens its doors to Indian visitors without the hindrance of visa requirements, it is poised to welcome a surge in Indian tourists, fostering economic growth and strengthening the bond between the two nations.

This strategic decision is expected to not only boost Thailand’s tourism industry but also enhance cultural exchanges and people-to-people ties between India and Thailand. As the visa-free period approaches, both countries eagerly anticipate the positive impact on tourism and broader bilateral relations.

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