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Thailand tourism officials talk of potential travel bubble with China




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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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