No winter holiday in Thailand

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The tourism minister of Thailand, has announced that the virtual closure of its borders to overseas visitors has been extended to 31st March 2021.

Pattaya – Jomtien Beach. Image © Tourism Authority of Thailand

For a country that has been welcoming about forty million visitors a year before the pandemic hit, this is blow as it virtually wipes its main holiday season.

The reason for effectively keeping the country closed is the pandemic, a nasty stain that has blotted tourism and travel throughout the world.

About half-a-million Britons would visit Thailand in a “normal” year and the country would take in some forty million visitors per annum. Next year the country is anticipating just eight million.

In October 2020, just 1,201 overseas visitors went to Thailand but this is partly due to the stringent entry measures that the country had introduced, measures that will now last until next year. In Oc tober 2019, there were just over three million overseas visitors.

To get to Thailand over the next four months, those few people that can enter will have to apply for the special 80 day visas which require a fourteen day quarantine just as we require in the UK.

That procedure is unlikely to change even with the spiralling positive news about vaccines.

It means that British holidaymakers who were considering Thailand be it for its beaches at places like Phuket, and the Phi Phi island archipelago, city-breaks in Bangkok and Chiang Rai and heritage sites like Phanom Rung and Kanchanaburi will have to wait a bit longer for their Thai wonderment.

Krabi in Thailand
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