The first tourists under the quarantine-free travel scheme have arrived in Thailand today and have also announced that travellers from an additional 17 countries and territories will be able to visit under the arrangements.
Main picture the first group of foreign tourists arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport during the first day of the country’s reopening campaign, part of the government’s plan to jump start the pandemic-hit tourism sector in Thailand. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
Around 3,000 passengers are expected to arrive at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport today on 61 flights, around 2,300 foreign travellers and the rest Thai citizens returning to the country.
Fully vaccinated visitors can from approved countries can now arrive in Thailand and once they have spend their first night in an approved hotel and passed a PCR test, are able to travel freely around the country.
The approved countries list, which already included the US, UK, China and most of Europe has now been expanded to include; Croatia, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Laos, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Philippines, Romania, Slovak Republic, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Taiwan.
The pandemic has hit Thailand hard with around 3 million tourism-dependent jobs and an estimated US$50 billion a year in revenue being lost.
The Land of Smiles is not expecting tourism to recover fully until at least 2023. Pre-pandemic almost 40 million foreign travellers arrived, just 180,000 are predicted this year and 7 million in 2022.
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