Tourism between China and Thailand not likely to resume any soon

 Monday, September 7, 2020 


According to latest reports, early reopening of tourism between China and Thailand is not likely to happen anytime soon as the two countries have not opened up for tourism yet. Although China recently began reopening for domestic tourism, no foreign tourists have been welcomed so far. Chinese nationals have also been asked to avoid international travel.

On the other hand, Thailand continues to remain closed for international visitors. The Thai government has not yet reopened the tourism sector as it is still concerned about the potential import of new COVID-19 cases. As of now, the government have only planned to allow first 200 long-stay tourists to enter the country next month. About 10 million Chinese tourists visited Thailand annually in recent years out of some 40 million every year. At present Chinese tourists are eager to visit Thailand but have to wait until the country opens up for tourism again.

Yang Xin, Minister Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to Thailand said in a statement China has currently reopening travel for business persons who could apply for fast lane clearance when they enter China for doing business. He also mentioned that foreign business persons are not subject to 14-day quarantine but they can visit only limited places essential for their business activities.

He also informed that China has not set a target for economic growth this year but focus on job creation and people’s living standards. He shared that the government has implemented many stimulus packages to support people and businesses especially small and medium-sized enterprises. He also informed that ties between Thailand and China has deepened and widened in many areas and officials from both sides are presently working together on a submarine deal.

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