Visa to Thailand Via WeChat? Maybe Soon

News in Asia
Visa to Thailand Via WeChat? Maybe Soon

This week the Immigration Bureau of Thailand has announced that the authorities are considering to let the Chinese tourists to apply for their visa to Thailand via WeChat, the Chinese most popular multi-purpose messaging, social media and mobile payment application.

One of the main reasons which prompted this move is the fact that many Chinese tourists experience problems filling in the TM6 arrival/departure card in English. When WeChat application scheme is introduced, the TM6 form will be generated automatically. Also, it will be possible to pay the respective visa fees via the user's e-wallet.

Now to enter Thailand, the Chinese tourists need to obtain visa on arrival that costs THB1000. Yet up to the end of April 2019 the VOA fee has been lifted in order to stimulate more Chinese tourists to visit Thailand.This exemption is expected to cost the state 2.1 billion baht in lost revenues though the authorities hope that the increase in tourist spendings will cover this loss.
If the idea of applying for visa via WeChat gets approved at the official meeting next week, the whole scheme can be implemented in the course of four months. 

In 2018, the arrivals of the Chinese tourists to Thailand hit the historic milestone reaching 10 million visitors.



Samui, Phangan, Tao Lure Tourists with Huge Promotions during Green Season

Green Season at Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao is luring domestic and foreign tourists with extra attractive deals: the Tourism Authority of Thailand launched a special promotion campaign that will last till the end of the year.

21 November 2019

Thailand Offers Online E-Visas for Nations Under VOA Fee Waiver

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) informs travellers who are entitled for visa-on-arrival to Thailand that while the Royal Thai Government’s visa-on-arrival fee waiver scheme has effect it is possible to apply for a Thailand e-visa online to skip the queues on the arrival.

21 November 2019

Kyushu Offers Last Chance to Spot Autumn Leaves in Japan This Year

Kyushu, the southwesternmost of Japan’s main islands, is the last one to see the autumn off hence it is a great destination to see autumn leaves if you've missed the spectacle in the more well-known northern areas.

20 November 2019