The Thai government’s Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is now working on plans to form bilateral agreements with selected nations to accept both tourists and business people who do not hold a work permit.
The so-called “travel bubbles” plan had been well-publicized as a method to allow chosen groups of tourists into Thailand over the coming months.
Now, the Thai government is also considering a “business bubbles” plan, which would offer similar bilateral agreements for short-stay business people who wish to visit Thailand.
The plan was announced by National Security Council Secretary-General, Gen Somsak Rungsita, who confirmed that discussions are underway with several nations.
Currently, business people who do not possess a work permit and want to enter Thailand must first gain permission from agencies such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Office of the Board of Investment.
Decisions are then made by a committee formed of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Public Health, National Economic and Social Development Council, and Board of Investors.
However, under the new plan, agreements with selected countries would reduce the waiting time for short-term business people while a decision is made and allow them to enter Thailand under certain conditions.
Gen Rungsita believes a “business bubble” plan could help to stimulate the Thai economy, but arrangements should be carefully planned. He said:
“In allowing entry for businessmen, we must see how they can help boost our economy. If they don’t drive business a lot, then we shouldn’t allow them since we can’t endanger public health. To take the risk, it must be truly worth it.”
Several countries have expressed interest in forming a “business bubble” with Thailand, including Singapore, China, Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong. In the case of China, agreements would involve individual provinces and not the entire country.
A list of the current quarantine measures and facilities in Thailand is available here.
Source: The Star