Published on : Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Thailand will welcome its first batch of tourists at the end of this month. It is holding discussions with China to exempt Chinese tourists from the mandatory 14-day quarantine by 2021.
According to Thai Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, the exception might push through if the limited reopening of Thailand for international tourism turns out to be a success. He said that the current 14-day quarantine will be replaced by corona virus testing and mobile tracking app.
Chinese tourists made up for more than a quarter of Thailand’s international tourists and might be the first low-risk country to sign up for quarantine-free travel. Most Chinese visitors visit Thailand for a week, so being quarantined would not be of significance for many.
Official data says that around 11 million Chinese tourists visited Thailand in 2019 contributing USD 17 billion to the tourism industry.
Besides China, Thailand may also establish travel corridors with places like Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan.
Thailand has struggled to reopen its borders due to public concern and fear of second wave of infections.