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The cabinet on Tuesday agreed to increase the fee for visa on arrival from 1,000 baht to 2,000 baht.
Government spokesman Maj-Gen Sansern Keawkamnerd said the reason for the doubling of the visa on arrival fee stemmed from the fact that many tourists tend to apply for visas at immigration checkpoints rather than applying for visas at Thai embassies or consular offices.
This, he said, has caused congestion at immigration checkpoints and also compromised immigration checks which may pose a security threat and allow undesirable elements to enter the country more easily.
The visa on arrival is valid for just one time and cannot be renewed.