The Thai government’s plan to introduce “travel bubbles,” which allow tourists from selected countries to visit Thailand, is highly likely to face delays due to the resurgences of coronavirus cases in several nations.
The “travel bubbles” scheme is a bilateral agreement between Thailand and particular nations, including China, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, and others, that would allow for tourists’ movement between the countries.
However, many of the nations earmarked as potential candidates for the scheme have witnessed recent resurgences of covid-19 cases, leading to a likely delay in the plan according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).
According to CAAT Director-General, Chula Sukmanop, talks will continue with several countries regarding a “travel bubble,” but the implementation of any agreements would face lengthy delays as Thailand monitors the coronavirus situation both at home and globally.
Mr. Sukmanop continued by stating the importance of domestic tourism to rebuild Thailand’s aviation industry and assist in generating income for local towns and villages across the country.
Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob echoed the CAAT Director-General’s thoughts by stating that public safety is the government’s top priority, and there are many steps before the country can safely reopen to international travelers.
Currently, several groups of foreigners are permitted to enter Thailand under certain conditions. However, the country remains closed for tourists.
At Chulalongkorn University, Thira Woratanarat, an epidemiologist stressed the importance of exercising extreme caution when implementing “travel bubble” arrangements due to the ongoing coronavirus situation globally.
According to an earlier report by the Public Health Ministry, Thailand may need to lower its guard concerning strict lockdowns and restrictions while maintaining effective management of new coronavirus infections if the economy is to have a chance of recovery.
Source: Bangkok Post