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Visa on arrival fee waiver extended

The cabinet on Tuesday agreed to extend the waiver on the 2,000-baht visa-on-arrival fee for nationals of particular countries until the end of April to boost tourism, according to Tourism and Sports Minister Veerasak Kowsurat.

The minister said the waiver for nationals of 20 countries, including China, was set to end on Sunday.

The cabinet however granted an extension which will benefit foreign tourists and draw them to Thailand during the Chinese New Year early next month and the Songkran festival in the middle of April.

Tourist arrivals from mainland China have dropped in the past few months because of multiple factors, including the economic slowdown in China and a boat capsizing off Phuket in July killing dozens of Chinese tourists.

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