Thailand holidays: Britons may not be allowed back until next year in huge blow to tourism


    Thailand was once a popular holiday destination among Britons. Once popular with backpackers and students, the country has remained devoid of tourists. However, the country has managed to survive the coronavirus pandemic and remain largely unscathed.

    Four million people were employed in the tourism sector in Thailand.

    Thailand welcomed 39.8 million foreign tourists last year but projects as few as 14 million for 2020.

    David Keen, CEO of Thailand-based branding agency QUO, said that hotels remain closed and could stay that way.

    He said: “From Bangkok to Phuket, hotels remain shut or more or less empty, and the likelihood is they will stay that way through the end of the year.

    “I cannot see the Thai government softening its stance too much and the entire tourism community needs to buckle down for sustained losses.”

    Thailand is currently exempt from Foreign Office (FCO) advice against all non-essential international travel.

    However, the requirement to self-isolate for 14 days on return to the UK from Thailand remains in place.

    The FCO is advising against all but essential travel to areas within the provinces on the Thailand-Malaysia border which include Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and the Southern Songkhla province.

    Currently, only certain categories of foreign nationals can enter Thailand.

    If you are eligible to enter, you will be subject to 14 days in quarantine at your own expense.

    Anyone suspected of having coronavirus could be denied entry to the country.

    The FCO website added: “All travellers to Thailand, including all British nationals, are required to complete 14 days quarantine at a State Quarantine or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility.”


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