When will Thailand open its borders for tourists? And will it?


Recently, there have been reports in various sources about the imminent opening of Thailand’s borders for travelers. However, there is not a lot of good news coming from the Kingdom itself.

At a major tourist webinar the other day, a representative of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said that so far there are no signals from the authorities for the possible opening of the borders in 2020.Moreover, during the weekly meetings at the national level to contain COVID-19 and prevent further spread of the virus, there was no talk or announcement of the start date of entry of tourists.

According to the official, he does not expect Thailand to receive visitors until 2021.

There was talk of creating so-called “tourist bubbles”: enclaves in separate areas isolated from the main part of Thailand. Only for travelers from certain countries. But the project is temporarily (?) suspended due to new outbreaks of coronavirus in places from which Thailand plans to get tourists. First of all, in Vietnam.

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We would like to remind you that for medical and health purposes visiting Thailand is open from July 1, but with obligatory observance of 14-day quarantine. To enter, you will need a lot of documents, including the “Agreement on Entry”, which you will need to obtain at the Embassy or Consulate of Thailand in your country. There are other categories that have the right to legally enter the Kingdom with the appropriate permits, but this has nothing to do with ordinary tourists.

Due to the now unclear prospects for “tourist bubbles”, Thai tour operators are proposing a new inbound tourism plan called “Safe and Sealed”. It is assured of safer, more flexible selection procedures:

  • only tourists from cities with a record level of absence of infection for at least 30 days will be allowed;
  • they will be allowed to travel and stay in certain hotels and provinces.

Mandatory tests, health insurance and more… This entry plan is expected to attract at least 500,000 tourists.

Frankly speaking, as long as Thailand has strict restrictions, such as mandatory two-week quarantine on arrival, it is premature to make plans to resume even part of the tourist traffic.

Image by Sirawich Rungsimanop from Pixabay

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