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Thailand’s battered tourism industry is making final preparations for the big November 1 reopening with high hopes of welcoming back international travellers across Thailand. On November 1, the country will reopen with still somewhat convoluted 3 entry options and quarantine-free travel for arrivals from 46 low-risk countries. The Phuket Sandbox, with nearly 58,000 arrivals from July 1, has been viewed as both a success and a failure by observers. The Samui Plus reopening was clearly far less successful with 1,825 arrivals into Koh Samui and a paltry 134 and 54 international arrivals into Koh Phangan and Koh Tao respectively since […]

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Who in their right mind would take the time to wade through the miasma of restrictions, regulations and tests that are required to visit here! Rather go to the Caribbean, Mexico, the Mediterranean, the Maldives. This so called reopening is nothing but a catastrophic hot mess.

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32 minutes ago, Thaiger said:

Thailand’s battered tourism industry 

They've had their chips if the farangs don't get their skates on .. 

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I think most are delaying travel to Thailand till next year. So I don't think there will be a mad rush on November 1. But imagine if Phuket's population were fully vaccinated....Then you might have a rush. The conditions placed on international tourists are more stringent than the local population. Compare that to say, Seychelles who are over 85% fullay vaccinated now, without the hoops to jump through and who do you think will get the tourists??

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They don't learn!

Tourists didn't buy into the Sandbox idea.

Tourists didn't buy into the C. O. E.

Tourists will not jump through all these hoops as dictated by the Thailand Pass.

What are you coming back to, the place is dead, run down, no entertainment open etc?

What they will do is just Pass Thailand, go somewhere more welcoming, or wait until later next year and see if the numbn nuts get the message.

Fully vaccinated tourists, yes.

Proof of negative Pcr test 72 hours before arrival.

Visa on arrival.

simple.

Covid19 is already in the country, fully vaccinated tourists are not the problem. 

 

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15 minutes ago, Jason said:

Compare that to say, Seychelles who are over 85% fullay vaccinated now, without the hoops to jump through and who do you think will get the tourists??

Well, the Seychelles have been averaging 16,000 tourists a month for the last few months, and their best month ever back in 2019 was 38,000 tourists.  As they're only aiming for between 100,000 and 150,000 tourists a year I doubt Thailand will lose too many tourists there 😂.

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Spot on Biggles.

Putting obstacles in the way of vaccinated tourists does nothing to control the amount of covid, all it does is keep money and jobs out of Thailand.

Such a pity, the lovely Thai people deserve better 😢

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5 hours ago, Thaiger said:

They are still setting their sights narrowly on wealthy tourists, pointing out that Phuket Sandbox travellers spent 60,000 baht each, 15,000 more than pre-Covid travel, though they don’t seem to take into account the increased cost of mandatory testing and other Covid-19 costs.

To be fair the cost of 2 pcr test is only 5-8 kBaht.

It is more likely to be because of single travelers, and also I think people determined enough to come at these times with all these extra steps are well of economically.

So maybe if the they don't want the poor tourists perhaps they should  just carry on with the COE and other obstacles! 🤣

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7 hours ago, Pompies said:

Who in their right mind would take the time to wade through the miasma of restrictions, regulations and tests that are required to visit here! Rather go to the Caribbean, Mexico, the Mediterranean, the Maldives. This so called reopening is nothing but a catastrophic hot mess.

Damn... I plead guilty.  If the new reopening plan remains in place until January I am going.  Ko Samet sounds appealing in January when it is freezing in Korea. I don't need the bar scene but I generally like "the vibe" in Thailand and the new reopening is doable.

Cheers

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11 hours ago, BIGGLES said:

They don't learn!

Tourists didn't buy into the Sandbox idea.

Tourists didn't buy into the C. O. E.

Tourists will not jump through all these hoops as dictated by the Thailand Pass.

 What are you coming back to, the place is dead, run down, no entertainment open etc?

What they will do is just Pass Thailand, go somewhere more welcoming, or wait until later next year and see if the numbn nuts get the message.

Fully vaccinated tourists, yes.

Proof of negative Pcr test 72 hours before arrival.

Visa on arrival.

simple.

Covid19 is already in the country, fully vaccinated tourists are not the problem. 

The lesson is repeated until it is learned-hence the thai merry go round continues with the useless concept of face riding on the horses...we have all made it clear what we want and thais will always do what they want

If you apply the very true mindset of thais and "money #1" it all makes sense, another example of "pay to play"..consider it a bribe to get in...are u willing to pay the bribe?..if not pick another spot....simple as that

Tourism and thais are transactional. full stop.......sady expats, such as many here, get caught in that line.

First accept the money #1 theory , then read anything regarding reopening and it all adds up....money

hotel--tests--limo--visas--extensions-agents-insurance- and an app to track that "money"..yes you($$$)

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