Thailand, China to Implement Mutual Visa-Free Agreement in March
by: The Beat Asia
January 04, 2024
In a bid to speed up the tourism industry’s recovery from the pandemic, Thailand and China have agreed to grant visa-free entry to each other’s nationals on a permanent basis, according to media outlets.
In effect since September 2023, Thailand’s current visa exemption granted to Chinese nationals is set to end on Feb. 29. The extension is expected to be approved in February and take effect permanently in the following month, the AFP reported.
In exchange, China will also grant the same privileges to Thai passport holders on a permanent basis.
Like other tourism hotspots, Thailand is taking advantage of renewed demand for travel in a post-pandemic world. China remains one of its biggest markets, with an expected 3.5 million Chinese visitors for 2023.
Still don’t have any travel plans for 2024? Now you will have the opportunity to experience China’s rich culture, bustling cities, and breathtaking tourist spots. Similarly for Chinese nationals planning to travel to Thailand, it’s now easier to soak up the sun on the stunning beaches of Phuket, or delve into the rich cultural tapestry of Chiang Mai without the hassle of obtaining a visa.
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