Raise your hands if you have been waiting to visit your favourite country Thailand. If yes, there is good news for you! From June 1 onwards, Thailand shall welcome all unvaccinated or partially vaccinated foreign tourists without implementing quarantine on arrival. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) forecasts that from 20,000 foreign tourists per month, there will be 5 lakh tourists per month visiting Thailand after the quarantine is removed.
Thailand Had Reopened Some Destinations For Foreign Tourists
Besides, the Covid task Force, led by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha, has decided to extend a nationwide state of emergency to handle the Covid-19 outbreak by two months till the end of May, Chote said. Thailand has taken this move to restart tourism as countries from Australia to the Philippines and Indonesia join nations opening up borders after more than two years.
If you are a Leonardo DiCaprio fan must have watched his famous movie The Beach. The was shot in Thailand’s Maya Bay, which is a beach cove. The good news is that it has started welcoming tourists on January 1, 2022. The place got overcrowded and that destroyed the natural ecosystem of the coral reef. It was forced to shut down in 2018. And while Maya Bay is all set to reopen for tourists, only 300 tourists will be allowed to dock by the cove at any one time. The timings will be between 10 AM to 4 PM each day and each tourist will get a window of one hour to explore it. Apart from Maya Bay, Thailand has also added Krabi, Phang Nga, and Koh Samui to the visa program for vaccinated foreign tourists.
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Thailand Is Betting On Indian Tourists For Revival Of Tourism Industry
Thailand is now looking to attract Indian travellers during the festive season of Navratri and Diwali is a tourism-reliant economy that is hit hard with holidaymakers from countries including China. The Thai tourism industry expects Indians to resume travel during the festival of lights. Indians made up the third-largest group of visitors to Thailand before the pandemic and now Thailand is betting on Indian tourists to take advantage of its relaxed rules.
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How Is Thailand Welcoming Vaccinated Travellers?
In order to welcome vaccinated tourists back to the thrilling destination, Thailand had implemented a four-stage plan. The first stage involves permitting fully vaccinated tourists to enter the country through Phuket, Phang Nga, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, and Krabi. Tourists will undergo testing on arrival and must use a government tracing app. Proof of vaccination approved by the World Health Organisation and a Covid negative certificate tested 72 hours before departure must be produced.
Only 29 days until the #PhuketReopening. There’s a lot riding on the #PhuketSandbox. If this works then other tourist destinations in #Thailand will open to vaccinated foreign tourists. But there are still many unanswered questions. Hopefully we will know more soon. pic.twitter.com/ZvS7ZZwtMM
— Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) June 2, 2021