• Wednesday, April 24, 2024

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To boost tourism, Thailand waives visa for Indian travellers for 6 months starting November 10

Sri Lanka recently came up with a similar decision, announcing visa-free entry for visitors from seven nations, including India.

This aerial picture taken on November 26, 2021 shows tourists in longtail boats in Phi Phi Leh. – While travel stopped and the world locked down, in the dazzling blue waters of Thailand’s idyllic Phi Phi islands, a gentle renaissance was under way. (Photo by LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

INDIANS can visit Thailand without carrying a visa starting November 10 till May 10 next year, Thai Tourism said, and stay in the Southeast Asian nation for upto 30 days. Thailand has waived visa requirements for citizens of India and Taiwan to boost its tourism industry. Last month, it did the same for Chinese nationals.

Sri Lanka recently came up with a similar decision, announcing visa-free entry for visitors from seven nations, including India, China and Russia, as part of a pilot project till March 31 next year.

Indian tourists are being wooed aggressively by various countries after the Covid-19 pandemic. The South Asian nation is Thailand’s fourth-largest source market for tourism in 2023 so far with about 12 lakh (1.2 million) arrivals. Malaysia, China and South Korea are the top three countries.

Indian government data have shown that the number of Indians travelling overseas rose steadily from 1.4 crore (140 million) in 2011 to a peak of 2.7 crore (270 million) in 2019. Two years of pandemic restrictions saw a dip in the numbers before the figures rebounded to 2.1 crore (210 million) last month.

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