Indonesia Looking to Start Mass Covid-19 Vaccinations

Reuters have reported that Indonesia President Joko Widodo has said that there were advanced plans to introduce a mass Covid-19 vaccination programme as soon as possible. “We expect to start the vaccination process by the end of this year following a series of tests by BPOM,” Jokowi said. BPOM is the Indonesia food and drugContinue reading “Indonesia Looking to Start Mass Covid-19 Vaccinations”

UK Adds Countries to Travel Corridor List

On Thursday 12th November the UK Government announced additional countries being added to the travel corridor list, and it included Southeast Asia countries. The Travel Corridor means that anyone returning from that country would not be required to self-isolate on entering the UK. It is not a two-way agreement however. From 4am, UK time, onContinue reading “UK Adds Countries to Travel Corridor List”

Malaysia Extends Lockdown

On Saturday Malaysia introduced a month long “conditional movement order” to all but 4 states as the number of Covid-19 cases hit new highs. A further 972 new cases and 8 deaths were reported today (Monday) as total numbers reached 41,181 cases and 294 deaths. The restrictions will cover all of Malaysia apart from Perlis,Continue reading “Malaysia Extends Lockdown”

Thailand Hoping to Boost Tourism

European Tourists Thailand has not seen any new European tourists since lock down of the country in March this year. There are hopes that this might change soon. The Bangkok Post has reported that the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is hoping that the first Europeans, from Scandinavian countries, will arrive later in 2020. SiripakornContinue reading “Thailand Hoping to Boost Tourism”

Malaysia Tourism Update

Malaysia registered more than 4.3 million tourist arrivals in the first 6 months of 2020 which represented a decrease of more than 68% on 2019. Tourist expenditure in the first six months was RM12.5 billion (approx £2.3 billion, $3 billion) down almost 70% from RM41.6 billion (approx £7.8 billion, $10 billion) in 2019. The biggestContinue reading “Malaysia Tourism Update”

Singapore Tourism Update

Singapore was the fifth most visited city in the world before the COVID-19 pandemic and in 2019 tourism contributed SGD27.1 billion (approx £15.3 billion, $19.7 billion) of revenue to the economy. According to The Singapore Tourism Analytics Network (STAN) , Singapore had 76% less arrivals up to and including July 2020, than in the sameContinue reading “Singapore Tourism Update”

Thailand Tourism Update

In 2019 tourism contributed around 20% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Bangkok is the world’s second most visited city. This year Thailand was predicting record numbers of tourists, 40 million of them. I was one of those back in February before COVID shut the world down. Now some estimates predict just 8 millionContinue reading “Thailand Tourism Update”

Travelling in Thailand at the Start of the Covid Pandemic

Back in February we were staying in Ao Nang in Thailand as the world was starting to get to grips with the increasing global threat of Covid-19. When we transited through Suvarnabhumi Airport in the middle of February there were some notable changes. There were far more areas with sanitising products available and plenty ofContinue reading “Travelling in Thailand at the Start of the Covid Pandemic”