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Representatives of the Immigration Bureau

According to Thailand's Immigration Bureau, providing free visas to Chinese tourists could lead to an increase in transnational crime.

Representatives of the Immigration Bureau are heading to China to engage in negotiations with their Chinese counterparts and find solutions aimed at preventing a potential influx of Chinese criminals into Thailand during the visa waiver period.

Additionally, the Immigration Bureau has initiated the recruitment of 200 more officers to work at immigration counters in major international airports. This is intended to prevent long queues at passport control.

Last week, Thailand's Prime Minister, Srettha Thavisin proposed considering the cancellation of visa fees for Chinese citizens starting from October 1, 2023.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has stated that the temporary visa waiver program could potentially increase the number of Chinese visitors by 500,000 to 700,000 compared to the previous estimate of 4.2 million.

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