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Chinese official rules out return of China-Thailand tourism anytime soon

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China is not yet ready to welcome international tourists, says a senior embassy official in Bangkok. Speaking to Nation Thailand, Yang Xin from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to Thailand, says that, while domestic tourism has resumed in China, the country is not yet ready to open its borders to foreign tourists, nor is it encouraging its own citizens to travel abroad. He adds that even if Chinese tourists did want to return to Thailand, the current border closures mean they are unable to do so.

In more normal times, China accounts for around 10 million of the nearly 40 million foreign visitors to the Kingdom each year (2019 figures from TAT). However, despite numerous discussions about a safe re-opening, with various plans being put on the table and taken back off it again, Thailand is also closed to foreign tourists for the foreseeable.

A plan to use Phuket as a pilot programme, allowing limited foreign tourists to return in a strictly controlled manner, actually looked like it might happen – until the discovery of Thailand’s first locally transmitted Covid-19 case in over 3 months. That plan too is also off the table, according to the Governor of the TAT.

Like Thailand, China is re-opening for foreign business travellers and a few other small categories. In China, those approved to travel do not have to carry out a 14 day quarantine, but are limited in where they can travel within the country. Yang says that China has now managed to bring the virus under control and schools have been re-opened after months of closure. He adds that the country has not set a target for economic growth this year, instead concentrating on the labour market and job creation, as well as improving living standards. Like Thailand, various stimulus packages are in place to help small to medium-sized businesses.

Asked about Hong Kong, he says the recent introduction of the national security law has stabilised the volatile political situation, claiming that, while China remains committed to the principle of ‘one country, two systems’, other nations that interfere “are trying to create a two-country system”.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Pui love Chinese

    Monday, September 7, 2020 at 10:35 am

    Finally. Welcome back out Chinese brothers and sisters
    Thailand is yours!

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    patrick

    Monday, September 7, 2020 at 11:15 am

    basic sense, if Thai government had any hopes to get back the Chinese, big and deep thinking mistakes as many others. The Chinese will do what ever they can to keep their tourists at home, obvious from any correct professional and politicals without blindness already from the beginning….You may get only democratic countries tourists only if you reopen correctly with obvious and clever security measures of course. Those ones will be few since many are already disgusted the way they have been treated here through the New Normal of Xenophobia and immigration hassles and difficulties, including changes of policies days after days, which bring insecurity for the travelers whom may think once again to be stranded here for political reasons

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    Perceville Smithers

    Monday, September 7, 2020 at 11:45 am

    I thought the hoops and hurdles to enter Thailand didn’t apply to Chinese Nationals.

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    Mike

    Monday, September 7, 2020 at 11:48 am

    Poor Thailand – I think they were hoping for a different answer.

    On Hong Kong – I live here, the situation as not stabalised. Protests have stopped because of COVID. Small protests are happening all over the city, the Police are brutalising citizens daily.

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    Tobias Krantz

    Monday, September 7, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    I have recently seen a huge influx of Chinese tourists into the province where I live visiting tourist attractions. Where are they coming from? I am sure they don’t have to go through the hoops that westerners have to go through.

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      Max

      Monday, September 7, 2020 at 2:12 pm

      There are many Chinese nationals living and working in ThaiIand.You do know that the borders are closed for tourists?

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    Thomas

    Monday, September 7, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Good news. The Chinese probably worked out that if Thailand continues as of now they can buy the whole place for a fraction of what was budgeted. Why spend more if you can get a heavy discount by the beginning of next year.

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    Mark

    Monday, September 7, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    China going through change right now you can’t withdraw your money from banks the government has set limits there is political unrest Hong Kong is finished even the banks are leaving unexpectedly is at a level that is unbearable food prices especially pork are crazy people are finding it hard to live day to day

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    Gary

    Monday, September 7, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    So the plan should be to get the retirees stuck abroad back as soon as possible.

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    EdwardV

    Monday, September 7, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    The idea the Chinese Tourist would return anytime soon was folly. China announced over two months ago they were instituting a so called “internal circulation “ model for the economy. Basically they were suggesting (read demanding) Chinese citizens spend their money in China. Contrary to media fed reports the Chinese economy is not doing well. Add in the demonstrations in Thailand and HK, and its understandable why China isn’t going to allow its tourist to visit Thailand anytime soon.

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    Rinky Stingpiece

    Monday, September 7, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    It’s one big game of musical chairs all over the world, what it might look like when the music stops is anyone’s guess, but it may not look like it did before. With HK experiencing indelible changes, Asia may see a new place replace it as a banking and stockmarket centre. Finance likes freedom, and stability, so Tokyo might be the sensible choice to replace Hong Kong.

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Expats condemn Phuket’s “xenophobic” rapid-test payment policy

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Expats living in Thailand are up in arms after Phuket officials confirmed that foreigners arriving on the island would have to pay for a rapid Covid-19 test that is free for Thais. The testing requirement is part of new restrictions now in force to combat the spread of the virus. However, it is not the cost of the test – 500 baht – that has angered so many expats, but the fact that officials see nothing wrong with charging people based on their nationality.

On Monday it was announced that EVERYONE arriving in Phuket would have to pay 300 baht if they needed the ‘rapid covid test’. But that was amended the next day. Now we have the latest example of 2-tier pricing in Thailand (below).

The news was shared by travel blogger Richard Barrow on his Facebook page and has so far generated over 430 comments (and still growing), most of them furious…

“Unbelievable. I know Thailand is xenophobic, but for the authorities to do that is an absolute disgrace. They can piss off. I’ll take my business elsewhere in future.”

“I pay Thai taxes, I have for 16 years! am happy to bring my money elsewhere then!”

“Phuketians: “Tourists please come back.” Also Phuketians: “500b khap.”

It was not just foreigners commenting however, with at least one Thai person condemning the policy…

“I feel so so ashamed of how my country (or its government) so desperately wants more money to continue their corruption. Any possible ways they can rip you off – they will do shamelessly.”

Effective yesterday, anyone flying in to Phuket from elsewhere in the country must take a rapid Covid-19 test, unless they have taken a negative PCR test within the last 72 hours or can prove they’ve received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. With less than 1% of the country vaccinated – almost none of them foreigners – the second requirement is unlikely to be met by many.

Foreigners who have to take the rapid test, regardless of whether they are tax-paying work permit holders or retirees contributing to the economy, long-term residents or married to a Thai, will have to pay 500 baht. For Thais, it is free. The focus of expat anger is not the cost, but the principle, which is being roundly condemned as xenophobic.

Foreigners employed in the Kingdom in particular, are angered, given that they have been paying tax for years and have social security coverage. In response, Phuket health officials have issued an “explanation” – that manages to explain very little.

Expats condemn Phuket’s “xenophobic” rapid-test payment policy | News by Thaiger

Meanwhile, while the new restrictions apply to everyone arriving by air, for those arriving by road, only people coming from the high-risk “red” provinces need to meet the entry requirements.

And, just as a footnote, if your rapid covid test conducted by airport officials happens to come back positive you will be whisked away to a Phuket field hospital for a 14 day stay.

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No one answered PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s calls to Covid-19 hotlines

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No one answered PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s calls to the country’s Covid-19 hotlines. The prime minister is now ordering more staff to work for both the 1668 and 1669 Covid-19 hotlines to make sure calls don’t go unanswered. There is now an official LINE account primarily for Covid-19 patients requesting hospital beds after the hotlines were “overwhelmed” with callers, a spokesperson said.

After both of his calls to the hotlines went unanswered, Prayut says he wants to look into how the hotlines are managed.

“I tried both numbers, but nobody answered. I want to find out if this is because there are too few health personnel manning the lines, or if they are too busy tending to patients in hospitals.”

With the recent wave of infections at a record high with more than 18,000 active cases, more than doubling the last wave’s peak, hospitals have turned down Covid patients due to a shortage of beds. Recent reports say some Covid patients have been denied a ride in an ambulance. Prayut says he wants both problems to be dealt with immediately.

“I want the Public Health Ministry to urgently deal with this problem. I can’t accept the fact that entire families are getting infected because they are being denied medical help.”

A spokesperson for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration said at a recent press conference that there are thousands of calls made to the 2 hotline numbers and not enough people to answer.

Covid-19 patients seeking a hospital bed can send a LINE message to @sabaideebot with their name, lab results, ID number, telephone number and address.

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Covid UPDATE: 1,470 new Covid-19 infections, 7 deaths, provincial totals

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1,470 new Covid-19 infections and 7 deaths were reported today by the CCSA. 446 new cases are in Bangkok which remains the hotzone of new infections, although the latest outbreak has now spread to most Thai provinces. Out of the 7 deaths, one was a 24 year old Thai woman with a history of visiting an entertainment venue in the southern province Surat Thani where other Covid-19 infections were reported.

The young woman’s death is a rare case as the vast majority of Covid-related deaths in Thailand are the elderly or older adults with pre-existing conditions. Health officials say the woman suffered from obesity and died 3 days after testing positive for the virus. At present, there are 18,148 patients in state care… 14,555 in hospitals and 3,593 in field hospitals.

Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported a total of 48,113 Covid-19 infections and 117 coronavirus-related deaths.

The other Covid-related fatalities include…

  • 68 year old Thai woman with pre-existing conditions of asthma
  • 83 year old man from Bangkok with pre-existing conditions of high blood pressure
  • 80 year old woman with pre-existing conditions of diabetes
  • 45 year old woman in Bangkok with high blood pressure
  • 59 year old man in Bangkok with pre-existing conditions of diabetes
  • 86 year old man in Bangkok with pre-existing conditions of heart disease

Here are the provincial totals for today, as published by the NBT…

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