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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thailand – considers entry fee to discourage ‘trash’ tourists (See Photo)

Via: The Sydney Morning Herald


Thailand is mulling slapping a 500-baht ($A16.60) entry fee on tourists to help cover foreigners’ unpaid medical bills at hospitals, officials say.

“The policy is the result of foreign tourists who have accidents or fall sick in Thailand and seek treatment at our hospitals but then can’t pay their bills,” the Health Ministry’s Deputy Permanent Secretary Charnvit Phrathep said on Tuesday.

Foreign tourists’ unpaid hospital bills cost the state about 700 million baht ($A23.25 million) per year, according to the ministry.

“We try to send the bills on to the respective embassies but they always say they have no budgets,” Charnvit said.

We will be the first country to implement such a policy, but Britain and  Cambodia are considering something similar.”

The Interior Ministry, Health Ministry and Tourism Ministry had agreed on the  policy, Health Minister Pradit Sintavanarong said in an interview with the  Bangkok Post over the weekend.

The ministries were to try to draw up a regulation that would not require new  legislation, and implement it from January 1.

The new policy might help prevent “TRASH” tourists from entering the country,  Pradit was quoted as saying. (See Photo)



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