Thailand considering keeping general tourism closed till 2021 second quarter

Published on : Thursday, December 3, 2020

Thailand’s beleaguered tourism industry is looking for ways to revive its once active condition, said the Minster for Sports and Tourism, Pipat Ratchakitprakan.

Besides the STV and the modified 60 day Tourist Visa, and a few other options requiring quarantine and a lot of red-tape for now, there’s not much good news on the horizon for people willing to visit Thailand right now. The minister’s viewpoint does not hold much hope of any tourism renaissance for the 2020/2021 high season.

The Thai Hotel Association and The Thailand Travel Agents Association have been lobbying, even demanding, that the Thai government cancels its obligatory quarantine provisions and urgently discuss travel bubble with provinces in China and other nations that are currently “low risk” for Covid-19, including Singapore, Vietnam, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan.

However, Pipat said that everything is on hold at this moment and that the Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is urging to practice carefulness concerning any extensive easing of restrictions.

Pipat said, “The country will continue with opening to businessmen, technical experts, high level workers and those in the medical field for now. 14 day quarantine will continue for now with many countries still in the grip of the pandemic.”

He also stated that even Chinese officials are advising caution and waiting till the hot season next year (mid-year).

There were small outbreaks in 3 cities in China over the past few weeks, amounting to less than 10 cases in each city.

Thai people, around the country, are also in support of keeping the borders closed currently, in spite of the country’s tourism and hospitality industry being devastated by the government’s policies.

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