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Caitlin Ashworth

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Beaches and national parks might not fully open to international tourists until a Covid-19 vaccine is available. Around 120 to 150 tourists departing from China are set to arrive in Phuket on October 8 after a 6 month ban on international tourists. They’ll have to go through a 14 day state quarantine, but after that, they may not be able to enjoy some of the island’s beaches. A report from Bloomberg says it’s “unlikely” beaches and parks will fully open to overseas travellers until a vaccine is out.

Thailand’s borders won’t fully reopen to international tourists until a vaccine is widely available to the public, according to Tourism Council of Thailand president Chairat Trirattanajarasporn. For the time being, only tourists on select charter flights with a 90 day Special Tourist Visa can enter the country.

“It’s good for the country to reopen even if it’s just for trial … Once we’ve tested our reopening plan for a month, we can assess how to go forward and allow more visitors to come in.”

The new Special Tourist Visa is an effort intended to help revive Thailand’s tourism industry which has been crippled by the coronavirus pandemic. According to Bloomberg, the sector makes but about a fifth of the nation’s economy. Last year, the tourism industry generated 1.9 trillion baht with about 40 million foreign visitors. With travel restrictions in place to control the spread of the coronavirus, Chairat predicts tourism revenue will drop 82.6% to 336.5 billion baht by the end of the year.

“Businesses that rely on foreign tourists, especially in Phuket, Samui, Pattaya and Chiang Mai, will continue to close in the coming months because there would only be a small group of people coming in after the reopening.”

SOURCE: Bloomberg

 

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    29 Comments

    29 Comments

    1. Avatar

      Andy Finley

      Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 5:20 pm

      Vaccine for a virus?? Been trying for one for 60 years for influenza, good luck with that…

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        Latecomer

        Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 1:56 pm

        And HIV~AIDS for 35+

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      MasterOfDisaster

      Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 5:38 pm

      The beaches are empty anyway, pretty sure those 120 Chinese tourist won’t fill them up.

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        Jrray

        Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 11:12 pm

        Ya U got that right and now special visas and increase of tourist taxes and state quarintine all big money grab from Thai Gouvernement and they expect tourist to come in and pay this shit while the have 150,000 expats they are trying to kick out of the country rather than accomodate these people to stay and spend.
        They have no clue to what their doing. People who own house are being kicked out WTF.

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        Edy F.

        Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 4:16 am

        Welcome to the new world order picture show..

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      Daniel Allen

      Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 5:54 pm

      Hang on so after all the testing and ASQ 16 nights and proven to not have Covid you still can’t visit some beaches. A vaccine may never come. Im sorry but people have to accept this virus like any other. I have property in Thailand and if im not able to return soon I may look at selling up and taking my money somewhere I am welcome.

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        Delles

        Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 11:02 pm

        Right on. Disgusting and so Löw life the way they treat thosecthst have Supported the Economy For years. SHAME ON THAIILAND For what they arme doing to us

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        Issan John

        Friday, October 2, 2020 at 3:06 am

        “ASQ 16 nights and proven to not have Covid you still can’t visit some beaches.”

        No, that has never been proposed nor has Bloomberg ever said it has been proposed.

        All Bloomberg have said is that the plan is to limit numbers on the beaches, parks, etc, by limiting the numbers allowed into the country. Nothing more.

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      Frank Leboeuf

      Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 6:48 pm

      Weird and worrying – what does that mean for the 150K foreigners already in the country?
      We’ll need to stay off the beaches as well?

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      Frank Leboeuf

      Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 7:39 pm

      Weird and worrying news – what does this mean for the 150K foreigners currently in Thailand?
      We’re to stay off the beaches as well once the plan starts?

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      Mike Frenchie

      Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 8:06 pm

      Getting better and better… why would tourists go to a country like Thailand where they cannot go to the beach? How do you track tourists (bracelets like convicts?)?
      What does Bloomberg know about Thailand? They do not even have journalists on site!

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        Issan John

        Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 11:30 am

        It isn’t what Bloomberg said.

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      Sam

      Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 8:18 pm

      Limiting numbers on beaches ? Dontneedlaws or regs to see that happen !more Thai nonsense

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      EdwardV

      Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 10:00 pm

      You have to be kidding! Nothing says “welcome” quite like inviting someone to an island but not letting them go to the beach. Just when you thought all the rules, requirement and regulations couldn’t get more absurd, they go and limit access to the beach. Oh well, it’s not like it’s going to effect that many tourist anyway.

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        Issan John

        Friday, October 2, 2020 at 1:32 am

        As I’ve attempted to explain, there is no such plan and Bloomberg do not say there is.

        If you read the original article by Bloomberg, the restriction on numbers visiting beaches is the result of limiting the number of tourists allowed into the country. There is NO suggestion by Bloomberg that anyone would be allowed in then not allowed to a beach. NONE.

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      Jrray

      Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 11:27 pm

      Ya U got that right and now special visas and increase of tourist taxes and state quarintine all big money grab from Thai Gouvernement and they expect tourist to come in and pay this shit while the have 150,000 expats they are trying to kick out of the country rather than accomodate these people to stay and spend.
      They have no clue to what their doing. People who own house are being kicked out WTF.

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        Issan John

        Friday, October 2, 2020 at 1:19 am

        No they’re not – totally untrue.

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        Issan John

        Friday, October 2, 2020 at 2:57 am

        “People who own house are being kicked out WTF.”

        No they’re not – totally untrue.

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      Toby Andrews

      Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 11:43 pm

      Yes I would not be surprised.
      Limit access to the beaches. Why not?
      It makes as much sense as all the other stupid bans the peasants in charge under the banner of:
      Virus Virus Virus! have brought in.
      Do they want to save lives. Enforce the traffic laws! 6120 deaths to June the 13th this year.

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      Nipral

      Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 1:54 am

      Does anyone care about Thai people starving while their moronic government plays
      monopoly with stupid reopening plans ? The vaccine tale is just the last of a number of
      laughable ideas born from the sick heads of brainless government members.

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      Maag

      Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 3:05 am

      Beaches empty…..sound good for sea turtles !

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      Rudolf Reingruber

      Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 3:10 am

      good luck for your economy!

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      Stephen Westrip

      Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 3:57 am

      It is inside spaces like enclosed markets that need more attention than wide-open spaces of a beach! Social distancing on a beach should be more than enough.

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      Malcolm R.

      Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 1:21 pm

      ROTFL, at most, a vaccine is under 60% effective. What is Thailand going to do about the 40%-plus who have the vaccine and still catch covid?

      Another day, another piece of idiocy in Thailand. Seems to me, at this point, their goal is to completely dissuade tourists from going to Thailand.

      No worries. My wife and I and her brother are going to book flights to both Japan and Taiwan as soon as those companies open up. Their governments are smarter and they offer the same kind of 3-6 month stay for us that Thailand used to offer, until its government descended even further into the Stupid Realm.

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        Issan John

        Friday, October 2, 2020 at 2:53 am

        “at most, a vaccine is under 60% effective …” based on what?

        There is no vaccine yet so no-one knows how effective one will be. Some are 100% effective, such as polio, some less so.

        “My wife and I and her brother are going to book flights to both Japan and Taiwan as soon as those companies open up”

        Japan and Taiwan currently require 14 days quarantine on arrival, exactly as Thailand does. Hard to work out how that makes them “smarter” if they apply the same rule …

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      Latecomer

      Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 2:01 pm

      What “visitors”? Anyway, great idea. Maybe Ibiza or Mikonos or Bali or Goa should try as well..

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      Issan John

      Friday, October 2, 2020 at 1:25 am

      You seem unaware that Japan and Taiwan, which you wax lyrical about, also have the exact same 14 day quarantine requirements you’re complaining about here.

      How can that be “stupid” for Thailand but “smarter” for them???

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