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Aviation Authority monitoring global Covid situation, no re-opening of Thai skies yet

Maya Taylor



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While the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand gave the green light for more international arrivals to enter the country from July, it says there will be no further re-opening for the time being. However, Director-General Chula Sukmanop says the CAAT will continue monitoring developments, in particular improvements in the Covid-19 situation in other countries.

He adds that any decision to re-open to international air traffic needs to be taken in conjunction with the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

From July, an additional 11 categories of international arrivals have been able to land in the Kingdom. These include repatriated Thai citizens, as well as foreign work permit holders and their families, and medical tourists and their carers. All are subject to Covid-19 testing on arrival, as well as mandatory quarantine, and must strictly adhere to the rules set out by the CCSA and Department of Disease Control.

Last Friday a deputy governor or the Tourism Authority of Thailand opined that he didn’t see Thailand re-opening for general tourism until early next year… even up to Chinese New Year in February.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Bobby m

    Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    Well I wish you the very best of luck,

    By then there will be so much poverty, so much crime, So much lack of faith in your leadership (we can already see the onset of civil unrest), zero international investment, massive loss of income and then you have the ordasity to think people will actually want to visit such a country.

    Even your banks are going to suffer, who do you think is contributing to a large proportion of irresponsible loans made by your banks to people who without foreign support have no chance of repaying such a loan.

    Already, many people are booking late holidays in Malaysia, looking at retirement in a more welcoming country. Oil and gas workers that have their second home in Thailand and contribute massively to your economy are ending their property rentals and relocating to Malaysia.

    Unless you do something quickly, I think your tourism will never recover. You seem to have missed completely that some of the reasons you have had so many tourists.

    Yes there is the obvious reasons, but family holidays from the west have been steadily growing. Why, because along with what was a beautiful country to visit. The flight prices were often at an equivalent price to a holiday in Europe and lower costs on consumables.

    With less tourists prepared or even wanting to come and a totally destroyed economy. Thailand will become far more expensive to visit. Less travellers means higher flight prices. Destroyed economy means higher prices for consumables and people across the world with less to spend on luxuries such as holidays means they will holiday where they can afford.

    Leave it until next year and I am afraid you will have missed the boat, if you will forgive the pun.

    So as I said. I wish you the best of liuck.

    Oh, and I wouldn’t bank on China being your saviours or it could even be Thailand that the next pandemic Comes from.

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    Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 1:05 am

    Same article written multiple different ways. You guys struggling for content?

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