Thailand plans to reopen its door to business travelers and professionals

By TIN Media | Asean News Published 3 weeks ago on 18 June 2020
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Thailand plans to reopen its door to business travelers and professionals in accordance with its travel bubbles proposal, although foreign tourists are still not allowed. 

As Thailand continues to record zero transmissions in 23 consecutive days, Anutin Charnvirakul, Deputy Prime Minister, said that he will suggest Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan o-cha the travel bubbles plan next week.

“The plan will apply to countries that managed to curb COVID-19,” he said.

At the initial stage, Anutin said Thailand plans to open its doors to business travelers and professionals, including engineers and foreign teachers, to the country.

A travel bubble or corridor means an agreement to allow free movement for countries that successfully curb the outbreak of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Meanwhile, National Security Council Secretary-General Gen Somsak Roongsita said many countries approached Thailand to work together.

Given that public health is a top priority for the government, the authorities concerned will study the plan from every point of view.

“There must be thorough discussions, which may continue until next month,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chula Sukmanop, Director General of the Thai Civil Aviation Authority (CAAT), said Thailand could prolong the ban on all international passenger flights scheduled till 30 June.

He said the Public Health Ministry will evaluate the situation while relevant ministries and agencies are looking into the travel bubbles plan.

“Thai business travelers and investors could be the first group allowed to book air tickets on international routes,” he said.

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