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Srettha Thavisin, the Prime Minister of Thailand, has announced an extension of the visa exemption period for Taiwanese and Indian Passport holders effective from 11 May 2024 to 11 November 2024, Wego reports. The current visa-exemption scheme for Indians and Taiwanese has been in effect since 10 November 2023 and will be valid until 10 May 2024. 

This extension permits tourists from both nations to stay in Thailand for up to 30 days, offering abundant opportunities to discover the country’s varied attractions and support its tourism-driven economy.


This announcement was made due to the fact that the previous visa waiver program, launched in November last year, was a significant success and bolstered Thailand’s tourism sector. Indian and Taiwanese tourists could now enjoy an extended visa-free entry period, as previously, they were allowed a 15-day stay under a visa-on-arrival scheme. 

Thailand, heavily dependent on tourism, has been strategically relaxing visa regulations for travelers from important markets like China and Russia to boost visitor arrivals. 

Moreover, Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports reported a 39% increase in foreign tourist arrivals for the first four months of 2024, with over 12 million visitors welcomed. Tourists from China, Malaysia, Russia, South Korea, and India made up half of the total arrivals, highlighting their significance in Thailand’s recovery efforts.

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