The Thai National Tourism Policy Committee has approved proposed guidelines for a 300 Baht (approx £7.34 or US$9.98) tourism fee from each international visitor.
The collected fees will be used for the management of local tourist destinations and to provide insurance benefits to international tourists visiting the country.
The tourist fee was originally proposed in 2019 but was delayed due to the pandemic. It is thought that 34 baht (approx £0.83 or US$1.13) of the fee will be used for the insurance coverage.
The National Tourism Policy Committee has now assessed the situation and has agreed that collection of the tourism fee will go ahead this year. Thailand is hoping to attract 10 million tourists in 2021, compared to the 6.7 million who visited in 2020, the majority prior to the pandemic.
A date has not yet been set for the start of the tourism fee scheme.
Thailand has so far 11,450 cases of Covid-19, the majority of these have occurred in the last few weeks following an outbreak centred on Samut Sakhon which has resulted in new measures to control the spread of the virus. Thailand has reported an additional 188 cases in the last 24 hours. Thailand has reported 69 deaths during the pandemic.
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