A new tax on tourists – now for leaving the country, the Thai authorities have proposed to introduce. According to the proposal of the Department of Revenue of Thailand, it is planned to introduce a “departure tax” in the amount of 1,000 baht (2.3 thousand rubles) for all departing air passengers, both Thais and foreigners. For those leaving the kingdom by land or water, the tax will also be, but less. True, local representatives of the tourist market are still trying to challenge this law.
The focus, however, is not on foreign tourists, but on Thais, although everyone, including Russian tourists, will pay the tax. Thus, under the proposal, airline passengers would be charged a fee of 1,000 baht to leave the country, while those traveling by land and sea would be charged a fee of 500 baht “to deter local residents from spending too much money for border.” True, for now this is a proposal for a new tax at the level of proposals and an Internet survey. It invites the “general public” to comment on May 17.
The announcement has already been met with criticism from tourism officials who believe the tax will hurt Thailand's rebounding tourism industry, especially as that the permanently deferred “tourist tax” of 300 baht is still on the shelf amid industry concerns. In addition, they add a departure tax that would be an additional headache for airlines.
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