Thailand to trial “Travel Bubble” scheme to restart tourism

Four ministries have been developing a new travel scheme, under which citizens of countries which have managed to control the spread of COVID-19, or have low risk of infection, will be allowed to visit Thailand without the need to enter quarantine for 14 days.

Deputy government spokeswoman, Ms. Traisulee Traisoranakul, said Sunday that the so-called “Travel Bubble” scheme is a new concept in tourism, which is gaining popularity among countries which have managed to contain the spread of the contagion.

The scheme involves a bilateral arrangement between two low-risk countries, allowing their citizens to travel between them without being subject to quarantine.

The “Travel Bubble” option will be proposed, by the ministries of Public Health, Interior, Foreign Affairs and Tourism and Sports, to Thailand’s security affairs committee of the CCSA for consideration on Wednesday.

Ms. Traisulee said that the Tourism and Sports Ministry expects the scheme to partially reboot the country’s ailing tourism industry adding that, initially, the scheme will target the medical tourism market.

If there are no infections among the foreign arrivals, Mrs. Traisulee said that the scheme would be widened to include other types of tourism.

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