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Indian passport holders or holders of travel papers will be granted a temporary visa exemption for a 30-day stay in Thailand for tourism purposes, with effect from 10 November 2023 to 10 May 2024.

For IndiGo Flight 6E 1639 from New Delhi, India, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has organized a special welcome at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Passengers on this flight, who have Indian passports or travel documents and are visiting Thailand for tourism, will be eligible for a 30-day temporary visa exemption.

“This special airport event symbolises Thailand’s invitation to Indian tourists to take advantage of the tourist visa exemption during the six-month period,” said Thapanee Kiatphaibool, Governor of TAT, who was hosting the airport welcome ceremony. The occasion demonstrates the Thai government’s dedication to facilitating immigration and visa processes for overseas visitors, particularly during this busy travel period.

Joining as well. At the event, Thapanee was among them. The Indian ambassador to Thailand, Nagesh Singh, and the TAT deputy governor for international marketing for Asia and the South Pacific, Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya.

Thailand is providing a temporary visa exemption for Indian tourists for a 30-day stay for tourism purposes from 10 November 2023 to 10 May 2024. This came after such temporary stimulus visa programs for travelers from China and Russia.

Among Thailand’s top 10 source markets is India. Compared to the same period in 2022, there were 1,302,483 Indian tourists in the first ten months of this year, an 86% increase.

With the visa exemption program in place, TAT projects 1.6 million Indian visitors to Thailand by 2023, bringing in roughly 65.6 billion Baht. Indian visitors to Thailand spend about 5,500 Baht a day on average during their 7-8 day stay. In addition to millennials and families, wealthy Indian tourists often visit Thailand for weddings, golf outings, and incentive programs.

“TAT will take advantage of the temporary visa exemption and enhance its collaboration with regional tour operators to organize joint sale promotions for various market segments, such as leisure, women, seniors, and golf,” stated Chattan.

In 2024, the TAT will extend an invitation to Thai travel agencies to participate in two of the largest trade events in India: the South Asia’s Travel and Tourism Exchange (SATTE) in New Delhi from February 22–24, and the Outbound Travel Market (OTM) in Mumbai from February 8–10.

By promoting a wide range of meaningful travel experiences that represent Thai soft powers and sustainable aims, TAT is also strengthening the promotion of Thailand’s trend towards high value and sustainability in the Indian market. We will set up specific promotion plans just for the wedding, incentive, and corporate markets.

Source- Travel daily


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