Thailand holidays: Country could reopen borders this year but tourists face strict rules

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    Thailand was a popular holiday destination with Britons that, like many other countries, has remained off the cards. Despite being popular with backpackers and gap year students, the country has been empty of tourists. Now, Thailand is looking at plans to reopen its borders as it struggles to cope financially without international tourism.

    The tourists will be from countries with limited infections.

    However, they will be required to follow strict rules to track the spread of coronavirus which include wearing a wristband with a GPS tracking system.

    Saksiam added that tourists will also have to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in a hotel.

    The plan is likely to be tested in Phuket before it is rolled out.

    Twenty percent of Thailand’s economy comes from tourism.

    Around four million people were employed in the tourism sector in Thailand.

    Thailand’s government has been trying to encourage people to travel domestically within the country.

    They have even said they will pay for 40 percent of travellers’ hotel bills.

    The Foreign Office (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.

    However, the Thailand’s stringent entry requirements mean they have only recorded 3,395 cases and 58 deaths at the time of writing.



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