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With restrictions in Beijing easing and plans to issue digital Covid-19 vaccination certificates to Chinese nationals, there may soon be a travel bubble between Thailand and China, allowing those vaccinated against the coronavirus to travel between the countries without quarantine.

Just yesterday, the Chinese government announced it would issue the digital certificates to help citizens travelling overseas, a move that made the tourism industry in Thailand “jubilant,” the president of the Association of Thai Travel Agents, Vichit Prakobosol, told the Bangkok Post.

Immediately after the announcement, tour agencies in China contacted operators in Thailand to talk about the possibility of quarantine -free travel for vaccinated tourists.

“If Thailand can implement a travel bubble with China by that time, we have high hopes we can have 8 million Chinese visitors this year… If a pact is finalised in July, Chinese arrivals would be less than 6 million, and if not until October, the figure is more likely 3 million.”

Thailand may potentially set up a tourism project called the “Andaman sandbox” that would allow quarantine-free travel to tourism destinations along the Andaman coast such as Phuket, Koh Ngai, Railay and Khao Lak, according to Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn.

The Andaman pilot projects will benefit the tourism industry, Vichit says. He also says travel arrangements with China should be a top priority.

“The Chinese market could take just two months to resume after regulations are settled. Chinese arrivals could reach 10 million within one year.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    LondonAl

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    What is the difference between a Chinese person who’s been vaccinated and a non-Chinese person who’s been vaccinated?

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    Tom

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    have to admit that’s typical of the Thai government wanting the chinese travel bubble… you’d love to find who exactly within the government and TAT is bending over and dropping the trousers for the CCP. after all it’s the dirty farangs that they don’t want or at least the ones that aren’t bringing in the big money to the country.

    Well whatever happens next I hope the Thai bigwigs get everything they want and more… make the wrong choices and they deserve everything they get

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    Wayne C

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    LOL don’t even try to figure out what Thailand government is doing . They’ve stated a long time ago the only reason they’re interested in a bubble with China is because of the money it brings to Thailand . Chinese tourist spend 25% more in Thailand than the western countries . At least that’s what the Thailand government has stated . They are not interested in the dirty for farang tourist or their money . That has been stated clearly to buy the Thai government .

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    EdwardV

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    The idea you could get upwards of 6 million Chinese from July to December is absurd. In 2019, Thailand got just over 10M for the entire year. That was when the Chinese wanted to travel, something that’s not high on their priority list right now. The average Chinese citizen is reluctant to get vaccinate and it’s a large part of why their vaccination rate is so low. That doesn’t scream “let go to Thailand!”. I do find it funny the official almost wets himself over the prospect of hordes of Chinese tourists descending on Thailand once again. That aside, if they do let the Chinese tourist in early (as in before October), chances are good Thailand would do the same with some of the western countries too. There would be a level of irony if that were to happen.

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    Ian

    Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    London Al the difference is China rules Thailand but Thailand doesn’t realise it yet Thailand is just another yes nation to them no balls only can attack defenceless students while wearing full combat gear

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    Issan John

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 12:47 am

    Spot on, Ed V – the numbers just don’t add up and that’s even before you factor in that the vaccination “window” Thailand’s currently planning on is only ten weeks (after a fortnight, before three months) out of what will probably be a year (probably), so less than 20% with reduced or no quarantine.

    The ONLY solution is mass vaccination, but there seems to be some reluctance to hurry that up – some are starting to wonder why.

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    BangkokBen

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 2:15 am

    Which country was it that brought Covid to Thailand in the first place?

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    BangkokB

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 2:16 am

    Which country was it that brought Covid to Thailand in the first place?

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    Fred glue

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 3:49 am

    IJ your solution is always right.

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    Dreqo

    Friday, March 12, 2021 at 10:10 am

    Sounds like more lip flippery. The Chinese aren’t even allowed out for frivolities, unless they’ve very recently changed that. Lmao.

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    AC

    Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    Does thai government expect Chinese to spend a lot of money during their holidays? Like in Europe they go to their affiliated hotels run by chinese where they eat and drink. Does this government expect eight millions Chinese to reach Thailand soon ? They don’t want us dirty farangs, we won’t come, Vietnam and Philippines are four, five times cheaper than Thailand whose prices are almost European.

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    Andrew

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    As a New Zealander currently living and working in China on a work visa. I am obsessively following developments to determine if will be able to travel to Thailand in July for two months of training returning to China in late August/early September.

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Thailand’s CCSA has announced 985 new Covid-19 infections today – a rise in new case numbers but not as drastic as in the past week when there has been a steady climb. In the past 4 days there has been an increase of more than 100 new infections.

Out of the 980 local infections announced today, most were in the northern city of Chiang Mai with 246, Bangkok with 137, Chonburi which includes Pattaya with 92, Samut Prakan just south east of Bangkok with 83 and Prachuap Khiri Khan, which includes Hua Hin, with 52. 10 new Covid infections announced in Phuket today. A total of 74 new infections since last Monday when the first case was announced involving the 3 big parties on the previous weekend.

The Department of Disease Control says the policy limits the number of patients who go on to transmit the virus to friends or family, thereby controlling the spread more effectively. They insist there are no plans to allow patients to self-isolate at home, despite reports that many hospitals have run out of beds.

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Possibility of a review to 90 day reporting and some other immigration and investment changes in Thailand. As of today only 0.5% of the Thai population has been vaccinated. Thailand is in 8th position among the ASEAN nations.

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FILE PHOTO: Mask up! Covid-19 infections could be surging this month.

Without swift and decisive action, Covid-19 infections could surge to 28,000 people per day within the next month . This according to expert warnings and computer predictive modelling. The Department of Disease Control warns that the current spike is more infectious and deadly than the previous 2 waves and extreme action is needed. 967 new infections were reported by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration yesterday, the highest single-day number Thailand has ever seen.

The DDC’s epidemiology division, working with the International Health Policy Program, calculated models to predict the arc of future infection rates if Covid-19 safety measures were not enforced. The model’s worst-case scenario predicted a maximum of 28,678 daily cases.

This is the worst-case scenario, however, as the minimum number of infections could be around 1,300 people. But a reasonable average without safety measures could be about 9000 daily infections, not a great situation for Thailand, a country that had until now done a great job avoiding a heavy wave of Covid-19 infections.

But for the UK variant (B117) newly arriving in Thailand, much like many new tourists arriving before it, Thailand’s hedonistic nightlife scene may be where it all goes wrong. Of Bangkok’s 1,114 infections, 823 of them were traced to entertainment venues. Across Thailand, a total of 140 bars and clubs in 15 provinces have been identified as virus-transmission locations.

Krystal Club in Thong Lor, now infamous amidst a swirl of news of politicians and powerful elite spreading infection there, tops the list of the 85 Bangkok infected clubs, with 211 infections this month. Chon Buri, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Pathum Thani, and Chiang Mai all had less than 10 Covid-19 infections linked to nightlife venues. In total, Covid-19 cases linked to nightlife outbreaks have spread to 70 provinces all over Thailand.

As a result, we’re facing a party-free Songkran with 41 provinces closing all entertainment venues for 2 weeks and the 36 other provinces are following stringent screening and mask-wearing, poised to lock down the same if the pandemic comes knocking.

Bangkok intends to ready 10,000 field-hospital beds in preparation for any possible surge of the more infectious B117 strain spreading through Thailand now. The DDC does reassure though that the situation is still manageable if everyone works together and takes swift and strong actions.

The third wave of Covid-19 infections might be contained, but it will take a lot of personal discipline from everyone, and a sacrifice of Songkran’s joyous celebrations, unfortunately.

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PHOTO: Road accidents remain lower than average for the Songkran holiday.

On the second day of the Songkran road safety campaign, officials report 30 deaths, 374 injuries and 357 road accidents, up slightly from yesterday. The week of Songkran is infamous for increased traffic incidents and is often referred to as “7 dangerous days”, prompting government officials to push a campaign to raise awareness and safety this holiday. This year the usual 7 days of danger are more like 10 days+.

DAILY FIGURES
Sunday recorded 357 separate incidents resulting in 374 injuries and 30 deaths across Thailand. 87% of the road accidents involved motorbikes, while once again speeding and drink driving were the leading causes of crashes, accounting for 34% and 24% respectively. 58% of accidents were on straight roads and 40% of crashes occurred on highways. 41% were in local community villages.

For the second day in a row, the majority of crashes took place in the late afternoon to early evening, with 27% of road accidents happening between 4 pm and 8 pm.

Roi Et was the province with the most accidents, 16 total. Nakhon Sri Thammarat had 20 injuries, the most of any province. Trang and Samut Prakan each had 3 deaths making them yesterday’s most deadly provinces.

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After 2 days of the “7 dangerous days”, there have been a total of 56 deaths and 729 injuries reported from a total of 705 road accidents around the country. Nakhon Si Thammarat now holds the unenviable record of most accidents, with a total of 27 so far.

The southern province also reported the most injuries, tied only with neighbouring Surat Thani, both having 31 injuries. Bangkok and Samut Prakan are tied with 4 deaths each.

These numbers are lower than average for Thailand, mostly due to the sheer reduction of travel because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Hopefully the “Happy Songkran, Safe driving, Stay safe from Covid-19” campaign will encourage people to stay safe and keep these figures low.

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