Thailand is eyeing a July date to welcome back tourists after keeping its doors shut for over a year. The beach country that received 20 lakh visitors from India in 2019 and close to 3 lakh visitors in 2020 before the pandemic forced the country into a lockdown, earns nearly 20% of the GDP from tourism.
Thailand is slowly opening its gates for business but tourism is yet to flourish due to strict Covid protocols, with a compulsory 14-day quarantine and a minimum balance of Rs 5 lakhs in the bank over a period of six months before entering the country.
“We are in talks with the government to reduce the 14-day quarantine period and initiate vaccine passports where tourists with Covid vaccine will be given a priority. However, we are very strict in maintaining the safety protocols and thus negative tests and the new visa norms need to be followed,” said Vachirachai Sirisumpan, the director of Tourism Authority of Thailand in New Delhi.
Thailand has so far witnessed a total of 26,162 infections including 85 deaths, with 54 new infections reported on Wednesday. “Thailand is in a lot of demand in Kolkata. We have requested authorities to reduce the quarantine period to 5 to 7 days and we can bring in business travellers and tourists in chartered flights,” said Anil Punjabi, chairman Travel Agents Federation of India (east).
Source: Times of India