The first stage of Thailand’s “travel bubbles” plan will allow 1,000 foreign visitors per day into Thailand without need for the 14 day quarantine, said Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Yuthasak Supasorn on Monday.
The governor said the formal greenlight will have to come from the government’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
Yuthasak said that he expects the approval from the CCSA to come on Wednesday.
“On the first stage of the travel bubbles plan, we want to see mostly business people and patients seeking medical treatment in Thailand,” said Yuthasak, “it will be an agreement between Thailand and selected countries which have managed to contain COVID-19 pandemic.”
“We will need to test the waters first in regards to the entry of business people and those seeking medical treatment,” said the governor, “then after that, general foreign tourists can follow suit.”
He said that the COVID-19 screening tests will be mandatory before the visitors leave their countries and upon arriving in Thailand.
The TAT will map out the destinations in which foreigners will be allowed to visit. They will be tracked via a smart phone application.
Final details of the plan are currently being discussed by the Tourism and Sports Ministry, Public Health Ministry, Interior Ministry and Foreign Ministry.
The CCSA said that it is confident that the government is able to stem the COVID-19 domestically, however it expressed doubt whether inbound travelers (from countries beyond Thailand) will create a second wave of infections in the country.
“Since late May, Thailand had not discovered new local transmission of COVID-19. Almost all of the new COVID-19 cases were of Thai returnees from overseas,” said CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin.
Thailand on Monday reported zero new case of COVID-19 and no new fatality as the country moves toward further easing restrictions on high-risk business and leisure activities.
Source: China – ASEAN Business Council