Thailand Travel Restrictions and Info

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Re: Thailand Travel Restrictions and Info

Post by phuketrichard » Thu Aug 27, 2020 5:15 pm

This is a start but wont come close to reviving the tourism industry, IF they allow tourist back in an thats a BIG IF

THAI Airways to launch international charter flights to Phuket
PHUKET: THAI Airways International will launch direct charter flights to Phuket from six international destinations – Denmark, Germany, England, Korea, Japan and Hong Kong – around the end of November, the airline’s Acting President Chansin Treenuchagron has announced.
Each route will fly approximately two flights or more per month, depending on passenger demand, MrChansin said in a release issued today (Aug 27).

“In order to boost the national tourism industry, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) will operate chartered flights to Phuket from six destinations: Denmark, Germany, England, Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong. THAI also plans to fly tourists from the People’s Republic of China to Phuket,” said the release.
https://www.thephuketnews.com/thai-airw ... w_2Hj8X1rg

so thats 12 [email protected] apx 200 ++ people/flight/month to Phuket
theres over 28,000 hotel rooms on Phuket island

You do the math
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Re: Thailand Travel Restrictions and Info

Post by phuketrichard » Fri Aug 28, 2020 9:01 pm

Dont expect to see any tourists outside Phuket anytime soon.
Thailand will not be fully reopened to foreign tourists along the lines of the so-called “Phuket Model” any time soon because the government has to consider too many details, deputy government spokesperson Traisulee Traisoranakul said on Friday (August 28).

She added that the government needs to consider many factors, including guidelines, screening processes and measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 to ensure there is no second wave of infections.

She added that Phuket residents and Thai tourists can rest assured that no steps to reopen the country have been taken and that utmost precaution will be taken when borders are reopened.
https://www.nationthailand.com/business/30393678
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Re: Thailand Travel Restrictions and Info

Post by phuketrichard » Mon Aug 31, 2020 11:40 am

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The visa amnesty finishes in less than a month. What happens to people without a current visa after September 26?
Really, you have 3 options. Leave the country before the amnesty finishes. Or find a way to extend your visa. If you are unable to leave the country, because of flight issues returning to your country, or some other medical or urgent reason, you should contact your Embassy or Consulate ASAP. They may be able to provide you with a letter recommending an extension of your stay.

The third option is to visit a temple, buy a lottery ticket and hope like hell that the government will extend the amnesty again. At this stage that appears unlikely.
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Re: Thailand Travel Restrictions and Info

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:33 am

Coronavirus: Thailand woos tourists back to Phuket with ‘Safe and Sealed’, but is it worth the risk?

Pilot project ‘Safe and Sealed’ could see small numbers of travellers return to Thailand for the first time since borders were closed in April
But some question if it is worth risking a strong record in containing Covid-19 for a scheme that may have only a small impact on the industry’s bottom line


Vincent Vichit-Vadakan
Published: 8:00am, 1 Sep, 2020
Updated: 9:38pm, 1 Sep, 2020

American writer Mark Weyant had been planning an extended getaway to Thailand’s sun-soaked tourist island of Phuket for over a year, aiming to finish writing a screenplay and complete a diving certification over a three-month period.
But then Covid-19 hit and the 53-year-old figured he would have to scrap his plans and forfeit his 150,000 baht (US$4,800) deposit on a villa rental in Tri Tang Beach, Phuket.

But a Thai government plan to grant visas for foreigners who want to stay in Thailand for up to nine months could mean he could travel to Asia as planned, rather than be forced to look elsewhere.

Thailand’s borders have been closed to most foreigners since late March as the kingdom battled the Covid-19 pandemic but it is now finalising a scheme rumoured to start on October 1 called Safe and Sealed, which would confine tourists to a particular resort or area with a defined perimeter for a 14-day quarantine, allowing them to leave their rooms.

Those who complete three weeks on Phuket and test negative after several tests would be allowed to travel to other Thai regions, offering a potential lifeline for a tourism-reliant economy that is tipped to contract by a record 8.5 per cent this year.

[However...there are many ifs and buts...]
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/health-e ... huket-safe
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Re: Thailand Travel Restrictions and Info

Post by crob » Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:40 am

phuketrichard wrote:
Mon Aug 31, 2020 11:40 am
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The visa amnesty finishes in less than a month. What happens to people without a current visa after September 26?
Really, you have 3 options. Leave the country before the amnesty finishes. Or find a way to extend your visa. If you are unable to leave the country, because of flight issues returning to your country, or some other medical or urgent reason, you should contact your Embassy or Consulate ASAP. They may be able to provide you with a letter recommending an extension of your stay.

The third option is to visit a temple, buy a lottery ticket and hope like hell that the government will extend the amnesty again. At this stage that appears unlikely.
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Re: Thailand Travel Restrictions and Info

Post by phuketrichard » Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:48 am

Bank of Thailand warns of tourism meltdown
Foreign arrivals could be downgraded from a projection of 8 million this year and 16 million next year given the deflated tourism outlook, said Don Nakornthab, senior director of the economic and policy department.

The loss cannot be computed directly into full-year GDP calculations because there are other economic factors to be considered, he said.

Thailand received no foreign tourist arrivals for the fourth consecutive month in July as international travel restrictions remain in place to safeguard against a second outbreak.

Foreign arrivals to Thailand reached 40 million in 2019, with revenue generated from the tourism industry contributing almost 20% of GDP.
https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/19 ... UDwig_Ow14

As to opening phuket in 29 days for certain tourists willing to spend the $$$

I dont expect it will happen.
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Re: Thailand Travel Restrictions and Info

Post by clutchcargo » Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:42 am

Those damn uncultured aliens... :evil:

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Re: Thailand Travel Restrictions and Info

Post by God'sGift » Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:03 pm

How is staying at a 5 star resort going to help the local community anyhow...
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Re: Thailand Travel Restrictions and Info

Post by phuketrichard » Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:06 pm

God'sGift wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:03 pm
How is staying at a 5 star resort going to help the local community anyhow...
employs staff
purchases food & beverages
pays goverment tax
creates good will
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Re: Thailand Travel Restrictions and Info

Post by God'sGift » Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:09 pm

it's hardly going to help the wider commnity in any meaningul way, esp when the guests are under house arrest at the hotel
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