Thailand extends visa-free entry relaxation for Russia: Details inside

02:38 PM | 24 Apr, 2024
Thailand extends visa-free entry relaxation for Russia: Details inside

BANGKOK - The government of Thailand has allowed Russian tourists who enter the country without a visa to stay for a maximum of two months.

Thailand is currently trying to attract tourists from across the world and has eased visa restrictions in recent months to the economy.

Under the fresh approval granted by the cabinet, Russian passport holders who arrive in Thailand between May and July can stay up to 60 days per trip. The current agreement between the two countries is expiring in April.

The deputy government spokesperson Rudklao Suwankiri confirmed the development and the fresh directives would replace the current policy, which allows Russian citizens to enter Thailand for stays up to 90 days.

Tourists from Russia have been landing in Thailand in large numbers. The Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports announced that about 9.4 million foreign tourists visited Thailand between January and March 2024.

Russians emerged third among international tourists, with 622,813 people visiting Thailand during the first quarter of the ongoing year despite concerns raised by the locals in the backdrop of a few criminal activities.

In terms of statistics, the Chinese topped the list in terms of the highest number of tourists to the country followed by Malaysia, Russia, South Korea, and India.

The Thai government aims to attract 35 to 40 million international visitors this year and generate 1.8 trillion baht ($49 billion) in revenue as the social distancing protocols have been lifted.

It has also been reported that Thailand has introduced a 30-day visa-free scheme for Bangladeshi officials. The government has also signed a visa-free agreement with China on a permanent basis from March this year and is also trying to get a Schengen Visa waiver for its citizens - a move for which it has also tried to enlist the support of Germany and France. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 17 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 16, 2024 (Friday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.25 for buying and 280.05 for selling.

Euro stands at 296.25 for buying and 299 for selling while British Pound rate is 344.5 for buying, and 348 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.15 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 17 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.25 280.05
Euro EUR 296.25 299
UK Pound Sterling GBP 344.5 348
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.15 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.50 74.2
Australian Dollar AUD 180.5 182.2
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.77 747.77
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.49 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.25 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.61 35.96
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 904.28 913.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.45 169.45
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.67 25.95
Omani Riyal OMR 722.59 730.59
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 306.51 309.01
Thai Bhat THB 7.57 7.72


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