After implementing the fourth phase of easing of anti-COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, the Ministries of Tourism and Sports, Public Health, Interior and Foreign Affairs will propose a travel bubble plan to the government’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Wednesday (June 17).
The Tourism and Sports Minister, Pipat Ratchakitprakarn, expressed his confidence in Thailand’s tourism sector and the country’s ability to deal with the COVID-19 situation. The travel bubble will reopen the country to international visitors, limiting visitors to those from countries where the outbreak is well controlled. It is a bilateral cooperation in tourism, and many countries around the world are also interested in this concept. It is already approved in principle by the CCSA. The various ministries are now looking into implementation and negotiations with selected countries, various protocols and precautionary measures. The issue will be proposed to the CCSA this Wednesday.
In the initial stage, the travel bubble will reopen the country to foreign entrepreneurs and patients seeking medical service appointments in Thailand. The country is expected to welcome about 1,000 foreigners a day. If it works out well, more groups will be allowed to enter the country. The travel bubble will not impose the 14-day quarantine, but other measures have been prepared to ensure public safety. A mobile application will be used to help track international visitors after arriving in Thailand. The potential of the country’s tourism and health sector help revive the domestic economy, once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. (NNT)