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Thailand to charge $9 tourist tax from June in sustainability push

Fees to serve as insurance for emergency expenses

Tourists take a selfie at Wat Arun temple in Bangkok in January. Starting in June, travelers arriving by air will have to pay a tax of nearly $9.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand's government has approved new fees on foreign tourists, due to take effect on June 1, as travel demand recovers in the tourism-dependent economy.

Each foreign visitor entering the country by air will be charged 300 baht ($8.84), while those arriving by land or boat will pay 150 baht. Day travelers and transit passengers are exempted, as are children under 2 years old.

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