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- February,2023(part4) -
20 Feb, 2023
Thai government announces imposition of entry fee on foreign travelers from 1 June 2023
The Thai government has announced that from June 1, 2023, all foreign travelers will be charged an entry fee when entering Thailand, with some exceptions.

The entry fee, which will be named the Thai Tourist Fee (TTF), must be paid at 300 baht if arriving by air and 150 baht if arriving by land or sea.

However, holders of diplomatic or official passports, foreigners with work permits, day travelers, transit passengers, children under the age of two, or individuals classified by the National Tourism Committee are exempt from the TTF.

Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said the TTF collection is expected to bring in 3.9 billion baht in revenue in 2023.

From 2017 to 2019, the Thai government subsidized treatment costs for foreign tourists in public hospitals worth about 400 million baht annually. There was also the issue of receiving treatment costs from foreign patients. In response to this situation, the introduction of TTF is expected to compensate for these costs.

19 Feb, 2023
Thailand to collect entry fee for foreigners 300 baht per flight
At the cabinet meeting on March 14, 2023, the Thai government officially approved the introduction of an "entry fee" to be collected from foreigners entering Thailand.

The entry fee is 300 Baht for air and 150 Baht for land and sea. Holders of diplomatic passports, official passports and work permits are exempt from payment.

Although the entry fee has been on the agenda so far, there are concerns that it will be a barrier to foreign tourists visiting Thailand, and the approval has been postponed, but it is expected that the entry fee will start to be collected from 1st June 2023.
18 Feb, 2023
Sightseeing tour on Japanese Kiha 183 series railcar starts
A sightseeing tour will start from Bangkok to Lopburi Province on the Japanese Kiha 183 series.

The outbound train departs from Hua Lamphong Station at 12:15pm and arrives at Lopburi Station at 2:45pm.
The return flight departs Lopburi Station at 8:30pm and arrives at Hua Lamphong Station at 11:05pm.

The tour is cheap at 599 baht, but it can only accommodate 200 passengers per day.

This tour includes cultural performances, light and sound shows, visits to both King Narai's Palace and Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat, allowing you to enjoy Lopburi Historic District, which is over 3,500 years old.

The Kiha 183 series diesel car is a limited express diesel car that was developed by the Japanese National Railways (JNR) and was operated as a vehicle exclusively for Hokkaido with attention to cold and snow resistance functions.

In Hokkaido, since October 1, 1961, the limited express train called Kiha 80 series, which is known by train names such as "Hokuto", "Ozora" and "Otori", was used. Frequent breakdowns and wear and tear due to land use became a problem. Therefore, the Kiha 183 series was developed as a limited express railcar that is "resistant to snow and cold", paying attention to use in the extremely cold weather in Hokkaido. Series Kiha 183 started mass production on October 1, 1981 and ran in Hokkaido as a limited express train.

The Kiha 183 series ended its operation in Hokkaido in 2017, but the fact that it was specially developed to withstand the harsh winters of northern Japan means it can also adapt to the extreme heat of tropical Thailand. , and was handed over to State Railways of Thailand (SRT) in Makkasan District, Bangkok in December 2022. Refurbished at SRT's maintenance and repair center and now completely overhauled with new wheels, bearings, engine, electrical system, brakes and air conditioning.

Kiha 183 series has 17 trains. Three of these trains have already been converted to operate on Thai railways and are now ready for commissioning. The train will be in service for the next 15-20 years.

17 Feb, 2023
Thai Ministry of Transport Orders Strengthening of Airport Passport Control and Luggage Claims to Respond to Increasing Number of Foreign Tourists
Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand's main international arrival airport, handled a total of 4.3 million passengers in January 2023 (an average of 138,287 passengers per day) in January 2023. This number represents a 317% year-over-year growth.

In terms of flight numbers, in January 2023 Suvarnabhumi Airport had an average of 829 flights per day and a total of 25,690 flights per month. Of those 25,690 flights, about 2,000 flights per month (about 80 flights per day) came from China, with a total of 255,000 passengers per month (about 11,000 per day) arriving.

Since the number of tourists from China is expected to increase sharply in the future, it is urgent to strengthen passport control and baggage claims in order to avoid congestion at airports.

In response to this surge in foreign tourists, the Thai Ministry of Transport has asked the Airports of Thailand (AOT) and Suvarnabhumi Airport to make immigration as well as baggage claim at baggage claim smoother. They instructed that shortening the waiting time be dealt with urgently.

As a result, Suvarnabhumi Airport will add 60 new immigration counters to the airport's passport control area. This is expected to increase the throughput at passport control to 3,000 people per hour.

In addition, it has been decided that two new ground handling companies will join the work to reduce waiting times for baggage claims, and work is underway to select a third company.

16 Feb, 2023
Khon Kaen Airport Expects 5 Million Passengers Annually After March 2023
The expansion of Khon Kaen Airport was approved by the Thai Cabinet in 2017 with a budget of 2 billion baht, and expansion work is currently underway. The construction is expected to be officially completed in March 2023. Once completed, the new terminal building is expected to handle 2,000 passengers per hour and 5 million passengers per year.

In 2022, approximately 10,000 flights carried 1.4 million passengers through Khon Kaen Airport. This is an increase of 150% and 123% respectively compared to the same period in 2021. Once the airport expansion work is completed, the number of passengers using the airport is expected to increase significantly from 1.4 million to 5 million. Deputy Government Spokesperson Tipanan Sirichana said the expansion of Khon Kaen Airport is part of the government's eight-year national strategy to strengthen Thailand's transport network.

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