Pressure is growing on the Thai Government from the hospitality and tourism industry to reopen Thailand’s borders and skies and attract more visitors now that vaccines are either on the way or are being rolled out in some countries.
The requests and pressure is also focusing on reducing quarantine or removing it entirely for low risk countries and areas and enacting travel bubbles. The tourism and hospitality industry is also looking for the Thai Government to come up with a solid plan to allow people who are vaccinated to enter Thailand under less restrictions.
The Thai Government is not expected to start vaccinating their vulnerable and at risk population until May but the tourism industry has warned the infrastructure cannot survive another six to nine months. Prime Minister Prayut Chan O’ Cha has stated recently that Thailand is trying to move up the timetable on vaccinations and will be monitoring the situation around the world in terms of travel bubbles. The Thai government has already made several steps to loosening some restrictions, however, a fourteen day quarantine remains which is a significant hinderance for any short term tourists.
Meanwhile, prominent Thai doctors such as Thira Woratanarat, a leading epidemiologist and on the faculty of medicine at Chulalongkorn University has continued to strongly warn against any loosening of restrictions, travel bubbles or reductions in quarantine, stating that the country must focus on self sustainability until they are able to vaccinate those at risk, even if it takes until Quarter two or three of 2020.
A prominent speaker at the meeting was Andrew Wood, president of SKAL Bangkok. He had this to say ”
Wood continued, “Today we take a pause and reflect on a better and brighter future. With vaccines around the corner and a focus on what is possible, building on that and by working together and coming up with sensible and achievable goals. I am confident with all the creative minds and willingness to succeed we will persevere,” he said.