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What many people fail to see is that Thailand is not a stand alone country in regard to tourism. No country in the world is a stand alone country at this point. Suppose Thailand opens the borders for anyone to come, no tests, no quarantine, no demand for insurance, but do so without bilateral agreements with other governments. As it is now - most countries demand quarantine for anyone entering. So a tourist that come for a holiday in Thailand has to take into consideration 2 extra weeks quarantine at his home country upon return. Who will come here (or go anywhere) under these conditions? 

Unless all (or most) countries remove all covid 19 restrictions, the only way to have any sort of international travel is by way of bilateral agreements between government, or simply put - bubble travel

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18 hours ago, BritManToo said:

It's been 30 years and the first HIV vaccine isn't out yet.

Why do you think a COVID vaccine will be easier?

Because at its core it’s a flu virus and they have decades of experience making flu vaccines but typically you get a vaccine next year for this years flu and that pattern will continue with this flu virus.

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On 6/29/2020 at 5:40 PM, richard_smith237 said:

Allow travel from any country - the Certificate of Entry requirement is absolute idiocy:

 

The Philippines seem to have a sensible approach to all this with testing on arrival and quarantining in a hotel until the test results are known (approx 2 days).

 

If people have a Covid-19 test before departure, the chance of importing Covid-19 is minimal. 

And, if people also have a Covid-19 test on arrival, quarantine in a hotel until the test result comes back negative, the chance of importing and spreading Covid-19 into Thailand is minimal. 

 

Nothing is water tight, however, a common sense and non-hysterical approach to re-opening Thailand and kick-starting tourism and the economy is essential. 

 

 

Currently the requirements to apply for the application of ‘Certificate of Entry’ are outright daft: 

1) Covid-19 Test 

2) Fit to Fly Certificate

3) Marriage Certificate (or other proof of reason to return)

4) Flight Booking Confirmation

5) ASQ Booking Conformation 

6) Proof of Insurance which includes Covid-19 cover (in excess of $100,000 eq.)

7) Copy of Passport and Visa 

8 ) Consent to be quarantined form (signed).

 

E-mail all the above to the Embassy - Await approval: How long would this take? 10 days?

 

Once / IF the ‘Certificate of Entry’ is issued....  depending on how long it took to approve...

1) Take another Covid-19 Test (within 72 hrs of your departure)

2) Obtain another Fit to Fly Certificate (within 72 hrs of your departure)

3) Re-confirm your flight booking

4) Re-confirm your ASQ booking 

5) Turn up at Airport for your flight with all your documents. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uh, you forgot one (maybe more) the letter from the wife stating why it's urgent that you return!  Love that one.  Can you imagine the response from most wives: "No way, leave the old <deleted> there. Been nice and peaceful here thanks."

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They can ask for what they want, regular tourists will not be rushing back to Thailand. Maybe a few for Christmas / New Year. 

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14 hours ago, Max69xl said:

"Allow travel from any country - the Certificate of Entry requirement is absolute idiocy."

Really??

Do you read the news? There are many countries where the numbers are skyrocketing because of opening economies to early. US for example. EU will ban flights from the US according to news sites online yesterday.

Yes, really. If people are being tested for Covid-19 and having to show that proof before getting on a flight the need for all the other requirements makes little sense. 

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On 6/30/2020 at 2:31 PM, sezze said:

Waiting for vaccine ? Too long , will take at least 6 months more before 1st vaccine might be out , and then it still needs provided to people .

And then it needs to be effective !!! -

 

If its possible,  by the time a vaccine for the Q1/Q2 2020 vSARS-CoV-2 virus is available the virus may have evolved (as many do - antigenic drift) and the Vaccine may not be effected against more recent strains as they circulate. 

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37 minutes ago, richard_smith237 said:

Yes, really. If people are being tested for Covid-19 and having to show that proof before getting on a flight the need for all the other requirements makes little sense. 

I agree.  Test people before they are allowed to board, then upon arrival, test them with the two most reputable tests that are available ( seeing as both tests aren't 100% accurate), then test one more time 24 hours later and let them go.

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On 6/30/2020 at 9:07 PM, BritManToo said:

You're right, anything harder than a temperature check and a signed declaration, and they'll get NO tourists.

If it costs me extra time or money, I ain't going.

 

I've money in my pocket for 2 holidays to Cambodia at the moment.

Rumour has it Canbodge also wants insurance and a deposit.... not yet verified.

 

Roadrunner is on a flight to Europe tomorrow, I know I can't get back into Thailand anytime soon and if they want extravagant outlay for insurance I ain't coming back.

 

I am tired of their greed, ignorance and stupidity. Wait till they find out the tourists are not coming.

 

Beep! Beep! Gone.......

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1 hour ago, DaRoadrunner said:

I am tired of their greed, ignorance and stupidity.

Let me add, lack of responsibility, to the list.

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4 hours ago, DaRoadrunner said:

I am tired of their greed, ignorance and stupidity. Wait till they find out the tourists are not coming.

Let's not forget that pre-covid, tourism was dropping steeply in Thailand, the Chinese market and not only, for a variety of other reasons that have been mentioned countless times, that I will not go into.

 

Let's also not forget that they were hoping for a breakthrough from Indians at that time, without sizeable results.

 

Teflon Thailand was already no more teflon.

 

Let's now add covid into the equation and wait for the result.

 

Villa quarantine for tourists? Insulting everybody's intelligence. What impression are they under, that Thailand is the magic Kingdom?

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