Thailand works on travel bubbles with some ASEAN countries

By TIN Media | Asean News Published 1 week ago on 7 April 2021
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THAILAND:

Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, the Minister of Sport and Tourism of Thailand, said that the country and Singapore are talking about forming a travel bubble.

He added that Thailand observes travel bubbles with low COVID cases with ASEAN countries like Vietnam and Laos.

Phiphat noted that Singapore has experience establishing green lanes with Asian and Oceanian countries, and Thailand hopes to join that group.

Meanwhile, it is easier to create travel bubbles by sharing a land border with Vietnam and Laos. In October, the Minister intends to start travel bubbles.

Meanwhile, Mario Hardy, chief executive of the Pacific Asia Travel Association, believes that Thailand and Vietnam could easily form a travel bubble because the two countries have done a good job of containing the coronavirus and keeping infection rates low.

However, Chinese and Russian tourists – Thailand's top source markets – are hesitant to travel elsewhere for fear of contracting a mutated form of the coronavirus.

While talks with European nations stalled due to successive waves of infection.

Deals with India have also been halted, despite the fact that the country records 80,000 cases per day.

Nevertheless, Thailand wishes to redeem its travel sector with strict requirements and measures for the virus to keep its borders open.

The tourist agency continues to develop new ways of attracting international visitors, including shortened quarantine, yacht and golf quarantines, etc.

However, as vaccines are in place in many countries, numbers may not belong.


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