Update Aug 24, 2020: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has agreed in principle to conditionally open Phuket for international tourists from October 1 as part of the Tourism and Sport Ministry’s Safe and Sealed plan. Read here for more information.
More and more indications are pointing to the possibility that Thailand’s international borders will remain closed to tourists until 2021.
At the time of writing, many countries across the world are still battling COVID-19, with some experiencing the second or third wave. Vietnam, one of the few countries thought to have built a success story with its fight against novel coronavirus in the past few months, on August 14 (Friday) reported 24 new COVID-19 cases and one death, bringing the total tally to 929 cases with 21 fatalities.
According to deputy governor for international marketing at Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, Thailand’s international borders might not be opened to tourists until 2021.
Speaking at a webinar hosted by Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office and TravelMole, he revealed Thailand’s government was taking a “very, very cautious” approach to the reopening of international borders and that “there has been no talk of or timeline issued for reopening the country to inbound or outbound leisure travel during weekly Covid-19 national meetings”.
Nevertheless, there has been a plea to the Prime Minister of Thailand to reopen borders. On August 4, Glasgow-based journalist and public relations consultant Ken Scott released a video appealing to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to reopen the country’s borders to tourism.
In the video, he also presented proposals for Prayut Chan-o-cha to consider.
I’m Ken, a passionate traveller from Sarawak on the exotic island of Borneo. Currently a teacher in a rural town in Southern Thailand, from time to time I share on this blog my experiences teaching the kids and living a laid-back lifestyle here. With its focus on all things Thailand, mrdefinite.net also features a handful of stories about my travel adventures in other Asian countries.