Thailand opens its borders for the festive season

Posted: Dec 21, 2020 12:15 Category: Asia ,

Thailand will open its borders to over 56 countries, including Italy and France, to boost tourism over the holiday season

According to Bloomberg, Thailand is easing travel restrictions on visitors from 56 countries, including Singapore, Japan and the United States, ahead of the peak holiday season to boost the country’s pandemic-hit tourism industry. 

According to Taweesilp Witsanuyotin, a spokesman for the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration,

Tourists are allowed to enter Thailand without prior visas but will need to carry a health certificate to prove they are free of Covid-19 and undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival

Taweesilp said that visitors will also undergo three virus tests while in quarantine, an increase from the two mandated earlier. 

Thailand | SiGMA NewsMore frequent tests for visitors during quarantine might help the government shorten the isolation period to 10 days from next month, he added. 

Taweesilp said at a briefing last week,

The definition of which countries are low risk or high risk changes every day. So, let’s allow them all to enter, but put them into quarantines upon arrival.

Travellers from the designated 56 countries, which also include Australia, Italy, and France, will be allowed to stay for up to 30 days for tourism activities as part of Thailand’s unilateral agreements since before the pandemic. 

 According to the COVID-19 panel, citizens from five countries – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru and South Korea – can stay in Thailand for 90 days but the country will not issue any visas-on-arrival, or allow 14 days free travel for those from Cambodia and Myanmar until the virus outbreak improves, it said. 

‘These are new processes and models for travel that we must adjust to in the new normal,’ Taweesilp said. 

The central bank predicts it may take at least two years for South-east Asia’s second-largest economy, Thailand, to return to the pre-pandemic growth levels. 

Foreign tourist arrivals generated more than US$60 billion in revenue from about 40 million visitors last year. 

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