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Thai travel agents propose opening borders to tourists from “low risk” Chinese provinces

Foreign tourists are entering Thailand slowly… very slowly. Only around a couple hundred tourists have entered the country since travel restrictions were put in place 7 months ago. Thailand needs to step up, according to the Association of Thai Travel Agents.

Travel agents warn that around 2 million people could lose their jobs if foreign tourists aren’t allowed to enter Thailand in large numbers. They’re suggesting that Thailand open its borders to Chinese tourists from areas considered a “low risk” for spreading Covid-19.

A petition calling on the government to allow travellers from 22 provinces in China to enter Thailand was submitted by ATTA president Wichit Prakobkosol with the Tourism and Sports Ministry. The provinces, including Zhenjiang, Anhui, Chongqing, Hebei, Hubei, Hunan and Fujian, are considered a low risk for spreading Covid-19.

Wichit claims that 300,000 foreign tourists could potentially enter Thailand each month if the government opens borders to tourists from the 22 Chinese provinces. He says the move could generate 15 billion baht in revenue each month.

So far, 150,000 workers in tour businesses have been laid off from more than 10,000 firms, Wichit says. For most of them – around 90% – the job loss is temporary. If travel restrictions are still tight, around 2 million people in the industry could end up being unemployed, he says.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

Caitlin Ashworth

Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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    • Yes, low risk Chinese provinces like Greenland, Madagascar, and New Guinea. All of these islands belong to China, because they're on maps that were made up hundreds of years ago.
      That's what I read on the CCPinterest.

      My contacts in China tell me that the real rate of infection there is reportedly about 100 times higher than reported, and three cities are in total lockdown.
      ...but if it doesn't come from the CCPinterest, you mustn't believe it.

    • Technically yes but the Government has stop travel outside of Australia and the other problem is 36000 Aussies are still waiting to return from the first outbreak so you could you could end up stranded like the rest.
      Due to limited hotels for quarantine back in Australia.

    • I believe the inside of the coconuts is full of gold, and if you crack one open, using a celestial golden hammer and sickle on a red cloth, you get a fortune.

  • When will these "bright guys" understand that China will impose two weeks quarantine on the way back...(killing this idea). Thailand is not testing so China has zero trust in the Thai figures and moreover keeping Chinese at home is good for the economy!

  • I’ve said this so many times corvid is going to be around for a long time like flu we have to live with this and work around it the best we can open the borders up before it’s too late. I’m also missing my fiancé as it’s been far too long

  • Once again they are targeting the people who they think have money. Chinese are generally very tight with their money. I think they should target the ones that made them all the money in the past. Thats foriegners wanting to get laid lol

  • Yes there is nothing more willing to spend as a rampant stud in a go go bar with a beer in his hand.
    All the Chinese want is selfies in front of Buddha Temples.

  • I agree with Jesus monroe my friends jack Scott and Daz go every year to Pattaya with bundles of cash to spend on the ladies and the industry. They are sleazy men like most just wanting to have a good time and get laid.... the sunshine is a beautiful bonus so get the borders up and let’s get back to some normality

  • Most of the two week millionaires spend huge amount of cash here.
    They should be encouraged to return asap.

  • The government want a domestic consensus before they open up to the world. Not gonna happen.

    There's a good possibility a vaccine and more treatments will be available early next year. Maybe better testing too. So what's the plan when some or all of these tools are available? If it's a 14 day quarantine, get a virus shot, show 500,000 baht in the bank, wear a tracking bracelet, have a Thai chaparone, etc. then nobody is coming. I hope someone is thinking long-term. All these short-term attempts are a waste of time.

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