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Travel bubbles to launch next month, foreign businessmen, experts to arrive first

Travel bubbles to launch next month, foreign businessmen, experts to arrive first

BANGKOK: Businesspeople and experts will be the first group of foreigners allowed to re-enter Thailand next month under the travel bubble model, Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Friday (Jun 19).

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 19 June 2020, 06:48PM


A traveller looks at a flight board at Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan province. Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Friday that the government should welcome foreign businesspeople and experts next month. Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb / Bangkok Post

A traveller looks at a flight board at Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan province. Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Friday that the government should welcome foreign businesspeople and experts next month. Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb / Bangkok Post

Mr Anutin revealed the timetable after discussing a travel bubble with Japanese ambassador to Thailand Nishida Kazuya at Government House, reports the Bangkok Post.

He said that ambassadors of many countries would discuss travel bubbles with him to allow trips between the countries in a manner that can keep COVID-19 at bay.

“People should not panic because tourists will have not been allowed in yet. Businesspeople and experts will arrive first,” Mr Anutin said.

During his meeting with the Japanese ambassador, Mr Anutin said they discussed the requirement for Japanese visitors to clearly set their stay duration and whereabouts. They would not be allowed to travel in the country freely. Besides, they must have fit-to-fly health certificates and report to the companies where they would work, Mr Anutin said.

“Without a movement, the economy would stall. COVID-19 does not kill the economy but the immobility of businesspeople does… We [will] try to start the travel bubble in July," he said.

Mr Anutin said that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was aware of the plan and stressed that no one would be allowed to arrive in disguise of businesspeople and go on vacation in the country.

The prime minister also told relevant officials to prioritise public safety in efforts to push the travel bubble policy. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration should consider the plan next week, Mr Anutin said.

Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said that the travel bubble started with businesspeople, skilled workers, machinery experts, foreign patients, teachers of international schools and those seeking work permits in the country.

About 20,000 people have registered for such visits. The health system could handle 20,000-30,000 such visitors, he said.

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Victor Peeke | 19 June 2020 - 22:44:43

Everybody and anybody except those stranded globally who have wives/husbands and children waiting for them. Some waiting as long as six months to come back to a home and country that they have lived in, and supported for many many years.  The silence from the government concerning those stranded overseas is shameful 

charles | 19 June 2020 - 21:24:29

Not going to help especially in Phuket
foreign visitors are tourist not business travelers.  When international travel opens up within any bubbles & Thailand is still not allowing tourist they will go elsewhere within that bubble. Thailand will lose those customers for the foreseeable future maybe permanently.  More business in Phuket will not be able to survive that long & will close 

LALALA | 19 June 2020 - 19:07:18

We [will] try to start the travel bubble in July... thats what Bob the builder said, we all know what the term 'we will TRY' in LOS means... anyway, just was reading that Myanmar recorded 23 imported cases from Malaysia AND Thailand, luckily they could not infect anybody in LOS before leaving so that the tally here is still ZERO.... LOL 

 

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